Nature Happens

University Park resident Hallie Lawrence recently sent me an attention-grabbing e-mail:

I took some amateur pictures of a large red-tailed hawk eating a squirrel on Purdue between Hillcrest and Airline — if you’re interested. It was really cool!

Darn skippy it was. If I hadn’t revealed what the hawk was doing, I doubt you would have noticed the squirrel in the photo at the top of this post. For a more disgusting pic, click to the jump.

10 thoughts on “Nature Happens

  • November 23, 2010 at 11:03 am
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    I feel bad for the squirrel, but how cool to see a hawk right here in the city, up close & personal, dining out on someone’s lawn. Hawks are gorgeous and I frequently almost drive into ditches looking for them on road trips.

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  • November 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm
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    We see this every now and then from our office window. But I was surprised a few weeks back to see a hawk eating a squirrel in a yard in my suburban neighborhood. We stopped and watched him for a little while. He was quite impressive. Unlike mk, I did not feel sorry for the squirrel. We have hundreds of crazy squirrels in our neighborhood who create plenty of havoc.

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  • November 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm
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    A pair of hawks have been in residence for years now in the communications tower behind University Scooters. Last week a hawk swooped down into our yard for a squirrel. There are two teacup pups that roam their yard two doors down and I fear the worst. Has anyone lost a pet to these beautiful, albeit deadly birds?

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  • November 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm
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    Who the Hell feels sorry for squirrels? All they do is try to eat their way into your attic, dig up your flowers, and antagonize your dog. F’ em’.

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  • November 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm
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    Wait! Now he can buy some beer or wine in University Park to go with that squirrel.

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  • November 24, 2010 at 10:50 am
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    Dan, it’s a peregrine hawk, a beautful falcon prevalent in NYC as well as along Turtle Creek. One morning early I watched a peregrine in a cottonwood eye-balling a squirrel hugging the backside of a cedar elm doing its best to avoid a swift demise.
    Buddy

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  • November 24, 2010 at 10:59 am
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    think of it as business! he was hungry!

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  • November 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm
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    Buddy, I disagree. It’s a Red Tailed Hawk. Head and over all size, among other factors, are a dead give away. I see them nearly every day from my Preston Center office.

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  • November 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm
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    not as bad as the occasional turkey vulture i see circling my back yard.
    hope its not an omen of further deterioration of the real estate market in the bubble.

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