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Re: Florida wild life

Postby Rmoses » Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:14 pm

quote by Liz: I can understand how the kittens have been picked off by hawks but could not believe that my big cat fell prey to the hawks. Charles said he saw a hawk being chased by a Bald Eagle.

Liz, maybe you are also dealing with coyotes in your area.
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Re: Florida wild life

Postby liz » Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:26 am

Rick, that is quite possible. We also have wild cats here.

One night I left Jake loose in the horse field. He was barking out of control. My son called me to put him back in his kennel. When I went out he came running to me and was very scared. He did not quiet until he was in the safety of his dog lot. I don't know what it was but it must have been more than he thought he could handle.

I find a lot of tracks in the field. There are mother and baby raccoon tracks going into the dog lot for water.

Every morning I would find holes in the hay in the tack room. I would mess them up but find another one the next morning. I never found out what it was but Jake was not afraid of it.
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Re: Florida wild life

Postby liz » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:13 pm

We had some really bad storms last week. It usually is dry in the winter. None of the black cows were out but the white birds were flying circles looking for them.

Today the black cows were out. There were white calves scattered among them. I don't get it.

Ran out of cigs with no one up to run to the store for me. We live in a somewhat rural area with each of us having more than an acre. About a mile down the road is the start of a shopping area. The Dollar General was followed by a post office, gas station, car garage, Italian Restaurant and some kind of weird store that has a fire works sign.
When I came out of the gas station I noticed movement in the road. It turned out to be two young Bald Eagles playing war in the road. They would both jump in the air and kick each other before falling down. They did not yet have all their white feathers. What a sight. Glad we are rural and not much traffic.
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Re: Florida wild life

Postby Wolf » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:06 am

It sort of depends on the hawk. Most hawks can carry about 70% of their own weight and many of them are large enough to kill and carry off a grown rabbit which is roughly the same size as a domestic house cat. They can easily kill one that is too large for them to carry off, but then if they can eat enough of it first then they may still be able to carry off the carcass.

It is because of the feral cats out here and the large number of predatory birds such as hawks and eagles in my area that I built a fully enclosed pen for my Lady's cats. Nothing can get to them from the ground or from the air.
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