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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hawk scare-for an instant

I was sitting on the ground in the grass with the puppies scattered all over the dog yard playing. Right above the top of the fence from where I was sitting I saw a big hawk coming straight towards us.

I jumped up with heart racing thinking what I needed to do, and before I was all the way standing I saw the lower part of the hawk. I knew immediately it was a hawk, but hadn't determined what kind. At first I thought a Red Tail.

It was an Osprey coming up the hill in the pasture behind the dog porch and yard from the lake. It must have come through the trees and was flying low, because the fish it had in its talons was pretty big, and it was barely able to carry it.

It turned and went through the tall trees beside the hill in the pasture, but downhill from the dog yard where we were, still having trouble getting that load up in the air.

I was scrambling for a few split seconds. I decided the puppies had enough excitement for that day, loaded them up in a laundry basket (if you get one of our puppies, it might have a strange excitement seeing a green laundry basket) and carried them back inside to play.

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Ohhhh. So scary! Glad it was just a scare.


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Okay, Tom . . . I get your panic. But, now that the danger has passed, what would you do? I guess the only thing that I can think of is to jump up and down, wave my arms and scream like an idiot. Unless, of course, I had some kind of weapon in hand (baseball bat, fly swatter, submachine gun . . .).



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gave me the chills just reading about it!

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I was going for the hawk.
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That is frightening!!! When read it was an Osprey I almost jumped out of my pants!


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Would it help too to have an umbrella handy - to open up over the pups, confusing the predator?

I was visiting a friends neighborhood walking Henry when a german shepherd darted from a yard with 3 feet of me - no owner in site. I started screaming No, No, No. Finally he went away but I think I may take an umbrella around with me from now on.
OK thanks for letting me go off,, it was very scary.
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I really don't think Hawks are much of a worry for dogs bigger than a little puppy. These are just 8 and 9 week old puppies. I'd never leave them out by themselves. Our dog yards are not huge but do give them some room to run around.

I've seen Red Tails catch field rats which are about the size of these little puppies, and I saw just the top of this hawk over the fence. I saw that it was digging hard in the air. At first, I thought it was just trying to build up speed. It was about forty feet away from us when it made the hard right turn through the trees. By then, I had figured out what was going on. It did get my heart rate up when I first saw it.

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That must've been really scary. We have some high electrical wires that run beside our house and when my youngest dog was just a pup, we used to see a hawk perched on the lines looking down into our yard. I was always nervous letting the boys out so made sure someone went out with them. Thankfully he must've just been after some field mice or rabbits and he never swooped down after the dogs. I can just imagine having a number of puppies out there and scrambling to get them all into the basket.
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We have Ospreys and hawks that linger around our small pond behind our house, they scare me too! Even though, I like to think Gucci is too heavy for them to pick up (10-11 lbs)..I still always cringe.. It is neat to see them dive and grab fish, but I do feel sorry for the fish

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