I live in a wildlife refuge...not really but it feels like it

@sedel1027 (17854)
United States
February 25, 2008 4:21pm CST
Around Christmas my son and I heard loud crack and saw a branch drop from an oak tree in the center of our complex. We heard a squirrels yelling at something and then saw a hawk. Well, now they have moved into the neighborhood, we have 3 of them! Which we think this is awesome as we are huge animal buffs. I hope the complex doesn't do anything to them.
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
11 Mar 08
That is so awesome that the have come into your complex. We have had them in our neighborhood for quite a while and I could see them soaring in the sky and hear them screeching in the distance. A few weeks ago we were blessed to actually have it in our yard. I have several bird feeders and I went to check on the and realized that there were no birds at them. Looking around I saw a larger bird under light brush and it was eating something. I got out my binoculars and saw it was a small hawk eating it's prey. I must have scared it and it flew away, but moments later a larger hawk came and perched itself on a branch right above it. After about 45 mins. or so later it flew to the cable wire and then swooped back down and grabbed the prey.It was an awesome site, I have a picture of the hawk in one of my discussions on back yard hawks. That is the closest I have ever been to a hawk in real life. This one is a red tailed hawk and has come by to visit a few times. As far as your complex doing anything to them, they are not allowed. They are protected by the national wildlife protection agency. They will do good in the complex, you will have less rodents,snakes and other such animals that they eat. If you see anyone doing them harm, it will only take a phone call to the wildlife federation and they will step in to protect them. I hope you and your son get quite a few sitings of your new neighbor, look up in the sky and tops of trees. Enjoy!
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I don't think they will physically harm the birds. I would think that they might call the zoo and have them removed since our squirrel population is quickly dwindling.
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Send the hawks my way, we have to many squirrels here. They eat most of my bird food and as for the squirrel free bird feeders??? The squirrels never heard of them, they can learn to get into any one of them. I hope the zoo doesn't come and take them, I would hate to see your son miss out on the enjoyment of them in the natural state and I would also haate to see the hawks inside a cage.
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