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Old 08-12-2015, 12:16 PM
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ACK! I let Dorothy outside this morning. He had a very keen eye on her the entire time she was in the yard. I went down the steps and stayed close to her. At first I thought it was a Cooper's Hawk but then I got out the binoculars and I'm pretty sure it's a Falcon. Through the binoculars you can see the white ring around the eyes. I KNEW there was a bird of prey out there the second I opened the back door. NOT a sound to be heard from the other birds. That usually means he's been there a while. And sure enough, there he was! He's still there half an hour later. Big birds of prey and five pounds dogs means LUNCH!



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Old 08-12-2015, 12:36 PM
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Yuck! I listen to the birds too. If it is quiet my kids DO NOT go out!
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:40 PM
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Yuck! I listen to the birds too. If it is quiet my kids DO NOT go out!
Yeah, I only have Dorothy so I just shadow her and watch. But I know that when I leave for work today the specific instructions to my kids is only WALKS on a leash today. I trust ME to shadow her in the yard - not my kids. I know they would really try but, well, kids are just kids sometimes. Teenagers but still......well, you know!
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That's so creepy! My worse fear since I've had Corona, and I had to find actual news articles to let hubby know this really happens! I don't know what he didn't get about the fact that a 4 pound dog isn't any different than a rat, rabbit, whatever when it comes to birds of prey. But now he watches out! Thanks for the tip on the other birds will be silent, this I didn't know. I had an osprey swoop down on Corona while I was in Arizona and it was a feeling of sheer panic I never want to feel again!!! Good eye Mom!!
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:43 PM
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oh, that's so scary ! I am always on the lookout for birds of prey when I take my girls out. we have a lot of red tail hawks around
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:25 PM
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oh, that's so scary ! I am always on the lookout for birds of prey when I take my girls out. we have a lot of red tail hawks around
We also have a lot of Red Tailed hawks. We live pretty much on the edge of the city. And our city is named "the forest city" so lots of woodlots and forests and open fields here. The end of city is literally only about 500 yards from our house so lots of wildlife around here. But this is the first time I have seen a Peregrin Falcon near our house. There are a few nests known in the city but I didn't think any were near our property.

And, yes, the birds go nuts when a bird of prey first shows up. And then once they have all let out their warning calls they are silent until that bird flies away. Most birds of prey will actually swoop down on smaller birds, midflight, and capture them. This is why the other birds freak out and then go silent.
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omg that's scary how its got its eye on her, at least you spotted it before you let Dorothy out!
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Creepy birds! We have tons of them as we live kinda in the woods and there's loads of wildlife. Be safe!
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