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As I opened the blinds yesterday morning I saw a large hawk in the middle of my front yard , wings out, feathers spread, fighting off an attack by a small gray squirrel ! The squirrel repeatedly jumped towards the hawk, chattering, coming within inches before quickly retreating. Over and over he pounced , climbing on stumps so he could jump towards the hawk from a height. Finally the hawk gave up and started to rise. At that point, a large red squirrel ran from under the hawk and went up into the closest tree. These two squirrels were apparently unrelated, two different species, and yet one risked its life for the other against what was surely a terrifying foe. Nature can be amazing.
 

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Squirrels can be ornery little fucks. I shot one out of a tree once. I thought I hit him cause he dropped. I must've hit the branch he was on cause the little bastard tried to attack me. Bastard hit the ground and at a full on run, ran at me, lucky for me it was a double barrel shotgun. BTW, squirrels are good eatin.............. PETA: People eating tasty animals
 

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I saw a squirell here on campus that had been nailed by a Cushman (they are thick around here) or maybe an actual car or UTV. Most of the fur on his back was gone and he was all rashed up.

Kinda walking gingerly outside the cafeteria area, couldn't even properly run away.

I walk that way all the time and eat outside if its nice.Probably saw him 3 times a week for a month. He must have thought I was his pal because he quit trying to shuffle away from me (fries and popcorn etc will do that).

At the end of the month he was a scarred mess and his fur was all jacked up but he was fine. Hopping around like a little crack fiend. Must have been all the chips and fries that got tossed his way.
 

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Back in Colorado I was out walking a trail near my house and along those trails is a Prairie Dog village, those little buggers sit upright at their burrow like Meerkats looking for dangers. A large hawk caught one from behind right at the shoulders and kept flying, he circled around a couple times as I walked along the open stretch of the trail. I swear it looked like the Prairie Dog was Hang Gliding ; swooping and soaring - I'm sure it didn't end well but it looked like he was having fun while it lasted...
 

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Back in Colorado I was out walking a trail near my house and along those trails is a Prairie Dog village, those little buggers sit upright at their burrow like Meerkats looking for dangers. A large hawk caught one from behind right at the shoulders and kept flying, he circled around a couple times as I walked along the open stretch of the trail. I swear it looked like the Prairie Dog was Hang Gliding ; swooping and soaring - I'm sure it didn't end well but it looked like he was having fun while it lasted...
:laugh: Red Bull...........it gives you wiiiiings. :surprise:
 

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Buried somewhere in my archives are photos I took of a Cooper's hawk eating an eastern gray squirrel in one of our city parks. I did not mind as the eastern gray is an invasive species that is pushing out our native Douglas' squirrel.
 

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Last fall there seemed to be a squirrel mass genocide in VT and NH, road kill squirrels all over the place.
I believe @mlukason has a GoPro video of a kamikaze squirrel dive bombing @Stick on their way home from NECM II.
That dive-bombin' bastid musta known I'm a squirrel hater. I popped 3 of them this past week with my PCP Benjamin Maurader. Best air rifle I've ever owned. Something comes overnight and grabs the carrion - I think it might be a fisher-cat

I love hawks. They are my hunting frens:

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.........dive bombin' bastid....................................:grin2:
 

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That dive-bombin' bastid musta known I'm a squirrel hater. I popped 3 of them this past week with my PCP Benjamin Maurader. Best air rifle I've ever owned. Something comes overnight and grabs the carrion - I think it might be a fisher-cat
I love hawks. They are my hunting frens:.

Yeras back I used to modify Benjamin carbine pump up's with my own custom valve springs so instead of dumping 4 pumps they'd dump 20 pumps in one blast.
Used to cast our own 20 grain 22 solids and they'd come out at 900 ft/sec and the 177's would do 1150 ft/sec enough to penetrate 1" of pine at 20 yards.
used them for crows mostly, the 22 would hit them hard and knock em down.
The 177's would go right through and they'd fly off and die later.
Used to love the bronze barrels and mechanism with the walnut stocks which we used to chequer and customize with recoil pads and raised cheek rests.
Laws changed here so now there in storage with a licenced mate with the rest of my collection.
 

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The kamikaze squirrel video is In the "Ducati Chat" section, under NEECM II
thread, post #392, 12/5/18 if anyone wants to see it.. @mlukason even slow-moed it.

@Stick and I were chatting away on the Sena. The topic of the day was how we could tell if @flynnmon was getting ready to pass a farm implement (code for a car...and, if you're wondering, pretty much if it was in his sights, it was going to be passed :wink2:) and all the damned squirrels. He had just finished talking about shooting one, or eating one or something to that extent. Flynnmon and @Yorik were in the lead and scared a gray squirrel that was in an overhanging tree. That damn thing fell off the branch (or was blown off by Flynnmon's bow shock from his ST2) and nearly landed on Stick's head. Missed his helmet by 6 inches. :grin2::grin2:
 

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The kamikaze squirrel video is In the "Ducati Chat" section, under NEECM II
thread, post #392, 12/5/18 if anyone wants to see it.. @mlukason even slow-moed it.
@Stick and I were chatting away on the Sena. The topic of the day was how we could tell if @flynnmon was getting ready to pass a farm implement (code for a car...and, if you're wondering, pretty much if it was in his sights, it was going to be passed <img src="http://www.ducati.ms/forums/images/Ducati_ms_2015/smilies/tango_face_wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />) and all the damned squirrels. He had just finished talking about shooting one, or eating one or something to that extent. Flynnmon and @Yorik were in the lead and scared a gray squirrel that was in an overhanging tree. That damn thing fell off the branch (or was blown off by Flynnmon's bow shock from his ST2) and nearly landed on Stick's head. Missed his helmet by 6 inches. <img src="http://www.ducati.ms/forums/images/Ducati_ms_2015/smilies/tango_face_grin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><img src="http://www.ducati.ms/forums/images/Ducati_ms_2015/smilies/tango_face_grin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
@mlukason, guess I'm a pretty easy read when it comes to "farm implements"😎
 
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