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Old October 7th, 2009, 04:23 PM
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Unhappy Poor Pigeon...

Today when we came back from walking Bailey,we walk in to our back-yard and spot a large Hawk with one of"our" Pigeons:sad:
Hubby wanted to rescue him,but there was just no way,we had to let nature take it's course.
Of course I cried,it's all so brutal and I love our Pigeons,later after the Hawk left I went out to bury the Pigeon,his neck had clearly been broken,so hopefully he had a quick death.
Of course I did not take any pics,but these ones are from just an hour before,can't see much though.
It happens all the time in the winter,I guess the Hawks have a hard time finding food,as horrible as it is,I am always in awe at the beauty of these predators.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 04:44 PM
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RIP little birdie.

I know how you feel Chico, we just had a newcomer in our neighbourhood, a red-tailed hawk. It is a killing machine. All the birds have dissapeared, only ones left brave enough are the family of crows in the willow and my many blue jays. The starlings, the robins, the pigeons.....all have either moved on or passed on.

Nature can be so beautiful....yet so brutal
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Old October 7th, 2009, 05:00 PM
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Old October 7th, 2009, 05:17 PM
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Old October 7th, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Just natures way chico2. Helps control the pigeon population too. I know the hawks here are having a field day with all the flocking starlings right now. I'm sure the poor birds don't know what hit them once one of these hawks get them.

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Old October 7th, 2009, 06:47 PM
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Old October 7th, 2009, 06:51 PM
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Chico, I'm so sorry about the little pigeon.

sweet bird.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 06:52 PM
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I have this issue with my Morning Doves and the hawks here :sad: so I know how you feel
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Aw, chico Generally hawks kill cleanly--the pigeon likely didn't suffer and maybe didn't even know it was a target. Still hard to watch, though.

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Old October 7th, 2009, 08:15 PM
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:sad: little pigeon. so sorry Chico, I too love to watch hawks...I get one here that likes to 'shop' at my feeders, if I'm home I try to scare it off... not that I don't want it to eat, I just don't want to see it. Isn't it funny how attached we get to the wild birds we feed? We can't pet them, or interact with them too much, but I know when I found one of our regular finches dead of natural causes beneath the feeders, I cried for an hour or so and had to have a proper funeral for it too.
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Such a terrible circle of life to see. So sorry Chico2.

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hope he got a good meal anyway ill send u all the pigieons you could possibly want of courase thier city birds and have an additude probaly beeat up the hawk
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Old October 8th, 2009, 07:16 AM
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JimI think I have enough
Hazel,I was wondering how the Hawks kill and how quickly,the back of the neck of this Pigeon was torn,so maybe that's what the hawk does to kill?

L4H,our Morning-Doves seem safe,the larger Hawks always go for the Pigeons,the smaller Kestrels take whatever they can,usually Sparrows.
"My"5 Crows are good guardians though,usually scare away Hawks.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 07:20 AM
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the hawks here often attack my morning doves, the minute they strike the dove/bird, its dead, they snap the spinal cord and the prey dies instantly, its funny he left anything? Here he will tear it apart and not much will disturb him from eating his meal, we let brina out the last time and he took his kill with him, another time daughters boyfriend wanted to see how close he could get, he got about 8 feet from him before he took his meal and flew away, usually all we are left with is feathers everywhere
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Old October 8th, 2009, 07:39 AM
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Melinda,at first I thought what he had left was a second Pigeon,the Pigeon was laying on his chest,wings in tact.
However,when I turned him over,there was nothing there,chest-cavity just bones.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 09:41 AM
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I am so sorry Chico2. It is very difficult to be helpless and witness nature. I have seen it and it is brutual but it is the way of survival. I have at times have seen and had to turn away and cover my ears. There really is not much that can be done as if this life is spared, it may be in vain, and it will cost another life shortly thereafter. Survival of the fitess they say, as harsh as it is.

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Hazel,I was wondering how the Hawks kill and how quickly,the back of the neck of this Pigeon was torn,so maybe that's what the hawk does to kill?
They use their talons and the force of the strike to good purpose, chico. Most of the kills I've witnessed have been very clean and the prey dies suddenly. Hard as it is to watch, it is the cycle of life.
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They use their talons and the force of the strike to good purpose, chico. Most of the kills I've witnessed have been very clean and the prey dies suddenly. Hard as it is to watch, it is the cycle of life.
Yes, better than a house cat, playing with it's prey until death occurs :sad:.
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Yes, better than a house cat, playing with it's prey until death occurs :sad:.
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I know when I first found out we had a hawk, all I saw was a blur and a poof of feathers, and the hawk was on the ground with it's kill. It was fast...don't imagine the other bird had a chance to know what hit it. I was having coffee with my mom on the back deck, she looked at me and said "wow, did you see that?" ummmmm yeah........kinda scary the quickness and aim the hawk had.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 03:42 PM
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In the winter we have all kinds of Hawks here,probably because of the Pigeons and all the other birds,at the feeders,especially in the winter.
I know right away if there is a Hawk around,the birds all fly in to the cedars,the only thing the Pigeons can do is try to fly away,they are really good fliers.
I do really love to see the Hawks,they are beautiful and they have to eat..

If my cats catch anything,like a poor little mouse,there is no way I am letting the cats torture it,we take their victims away,before any damage has been done,seeing we are always with the cats.
I have seen mice play dead,belly up,until we leave him and he'll run off,cute little guys.
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Yes, better than a house cat, playing with it's prey until death occurs :sad:.
Even the cats become targets big time with large fox populations!
Hawks have to live as well & tyhe cities provide all the meat they need.Pigeons are a slow poke cows & make easy meat for birds of prey! When i lived in Kitchener Ont. the flat roof in front of my apartment , I used to put out seed bread etc. for the starlings & one day I heard high pitched squeels & when I looked out a kesteral had taken down a starling while the group feed.The frensy of the group feeding is the one weakness for the opening they need to select a meal! I feel no sadness or anything like that because in the big scence "yes you are feeding the birds" & Nature always provides for itself!
At my mothers house the pigeons are always being taken by birds of prey!

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