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L.O.M.L. calls me all ticked off.
We've got a hawk that's dive bombing the bird feeders.
This morning he nailed a second cardinal, second that we know of.
I hate to stop feeding the birds for awhile. But I don't know how else to get the hawk to vacate the area. I'd like to put a sheet of plexiglass and have it kiss that on one of his raids. But I know it'll screw up the other birds. Realy don't want to hurt it....real bad.}> F.W.I.W. I'm pretty sure it's a sharp shinned hawk.
03-11-2004, 12:50 PM
Glen, I assume you're "city folk", or you've been transplanted to a rural area. That's the way the world works buddy, well at least until they start stealing the chickens ;-)
It just kills me how folks these days love nature, but only on "their terms". They get upset when a farmer shoots wolves, but have no trouble calling animal control to have a skunk live trapped and hauled to the country (my backyard).
I'll forgive your disdain for the hawk eating those purty cardinals, if you forgive me for shooting 'em and hanging 'em on the fence next to the brooter house as a warning to the next flyer by.
"I do what the voices in my decoy bag tell me to do!"
03-11-2004, 01:19 PM
My solution would be a Remington Model 1100 with some No. 6 Federals.
No more Hawk problem.
The expert at anything was once a beginner...
03-11-2004, 01:52 PM
Hawks are far more endangered than the other birds. You are lucky to have attracted one. Think of your bird feeder as a Hawk Feeder.
03-11-2004, 02:05 PM
A small wire cage, a hamster or a rat inside the cage, and lots of tiny slip knots made with monofilament fishing line.... Hawk lands to get the hamster, get's snared by the slip knots, and you throw a towel over him and transport him somewhere else....
It actually works :)
03-11-2004, 03:11 PM
To expand on Woodmanglers advice.
After you catch the pesty feathered devil, shove about 1/2 cup of popcorn up his a$$ and throw him on the grill. when all the popcorn has popped, grab a cold beer and a fork and enjoy. Maybe want to add a little BBQ sauce.
If it taste good, build another bird house and catch a few more.
Like the Woodmangler says, "it actually works".
03-11-2004, 03:19 PM
Live in the city here, up towards a hill top. Beautiful to watch a pair of now local red-tailed hawks floating up over my head. Done everything I can to attract them down but no luck. Now ya tell me all I need is some Cardinals to attract them.
Hmm, there's a church up the street. Wonder if they could spare a few Cardinals?
03-11-2004, 05:26 PM
LMAO Gary you crack me up!!!
"Glen, I assume you're "city folk", or you've been transplanted to a rural area."
No, actualy just the opposite. Nashua though a city form of Government is a far cry from a metropolis. I've cleaned my share of stalls and handled many share of hay and feed. Have also helped a few calfs into the world. I have no problem with Darwinism. The wife; well thats another story, Nashua is a compromise I guess.
" It just kills me how folks these days love nature, but only on "their terms".
Guess you really don't know me at all. But I do know farmers don't shoot wolves or anything lest they have to. Call animal control? not hardly. I trapped and moved out an extended skunk family from under one of my decks. Not to mention the ocaasional coon or chuck foraging the garden.
Be assured my disdain for this hawk is short lived. I feed the birds because I WANT TO! For our enjoyment and the pleasure of teaching the little ones the difference between a titmouse and woodpeckers, the finches, etc.
So as for loving nature on "their terms" as you put it. I'll be refrained and simple state your way off your mark. Wonder if I accepted nature on her terms when we were trapped atop a mountain range in 80 mph winds and a white out in the dead of winter over night? It was a great hike. Need to read the newspaper front page article? We were heraled by the authorities for having been prepared for the worst and having our survival skills honed. Which I taught my wife.
Maybe being among numerous grizzlies with no more than a flyrod in AK isn't accepting her on her terms either? Need to see the pictures?
Or litteraly having to run away from a very aggressive green mohave rattlesnake ("two stepper")isn't "country enough" for folks like your self these days. Sorry no footage. Not to mention side stepping a few others rattlers and tarantulas while playing in the desert. Ever have a shark bigger than the boat your in (22') cruise around and under you? Anything more and I'd be bragging instead of making my case.
You want to go country on me; you'll need a bigger pair of suspenders.
Okay, enough. I'm starting to get a little worked up here.You get the point I hope. Not looking for a flame war. But won't just take this one on the chin.
I once was lost in the woods (ya right!)I was so hungry that when I came across an eagle feeding on something I threw a rock. I only wanted to scare the eagle off of it's kill so I could eat. But I nfortunatly hit the eagle with the rock and killed it. Well I managed a fire and decided to eat the eagle since it was fresh. The smoke from my fire was spotted as I was told later. But the ranger who found me noticed the eagle's remains. I tried to explain but he still arrested me. Well, long story short, when I went to court and explained everything to the Judge. He was simpathetic and understood it was not intentional and it was after all "a matter of survival". He promptly dismissed the charges. He then leaned foward over his bench and asked, "I'm curious, what does eagle taste like?" I exclaimed it wasn't as tough as spotted owl but better tasting than California condor.
That was a joke; in case your BP is up also.
Chuck in NC
03-12-2004, 01:44 PM
You didn't get stuck on Mt Washington? Seems like a popular place to get stuck, although I'd guess it would be unforgiving in winter. Heck, it's unforgiving in summer.
No doubt New Hampshire's got its share of nature. I lived in Vermont for a few years. God's country for sure. Man, I loved every day of it. I just couldn't make a living there after my company stopped operations there. Otherwise I'd be writing as "Chuck in VT".
03-12-2004, 02:57 PM
I was eyeing a couple pairs of Peregrine Falcons circling out my office window in the morning sun today . . . though I didn't see them catch anything today. They nest in the top of the apartment buildings across the way . . . they did tear apart a pigeon a couple weeks back . . .
They'd make short work of your hawks. }>
They aren't circling now . . . it's friggin' snowing!! :o
03-12-2004, 03:12 PM
Maybe some "dirty one's". :o
Looks like the Avitar is a workin still! ;)
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