[CT Birds] Musings on feeding hawks

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 07:59:03 EST 2013


Good points all, Delia.


Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:37 PM, Delia Berlin <delia.berlin at gmail.com>wrote:

> Without passing judgment (because I also love hawks and understand the
> pleasure in attracting and watching them) please consider the following
> when
> feeding raised meats to wildlife:
>
> 1. because of routine antibiotic use in farms, most of the meat sold for
> human consumption is colonized with multidrug resistant bacteria and can
> cause illness in humans and animals when eaten raw
> 2. the carbon footprint of all meats is very high; for example, it takes 4
> lbs of fish feed to grow 1 lb of farm raised salmon
> 3. hawks need to practice and perfect their hunting skills, and they need
> to
> teach those skills to their young
> 4. a good supply of well-fed vegetarian squirrels for hawks to feed on can
> address concerns 1, 2 and 3 - don't squirrel proof your feeders!
>
> Enjoy!
>
> Delia Berlin
> Windham
>
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 10:49 AM, Carrier Graphics <
> carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> > For years now, I have been feeding a pair of Red-s-Hawks in my Harwinton
> > yard
> > from my compost pile. There they glean all the leftover meat scraps. This
> > year i
> > decided to make it even better for them, by making a Hawk feeding station
> > 7' up
> > on a Maple tree trunk. here no day ground critters can get at it, such as
> > Dogs,
> > Racoons, Skunks and many others.
> >  Since placing it there three weeks ago, It has been flawless! This pair
> > now
> > shows up daily at 9 ish, and when i spot them, I go out and place the
> > food. I do
> > this so the crows won't take the food first. Besides, they have the whole
> > compost to themselves now. I use any fresh road kill I can find - Last
> > week it
> > was a Turkey! Or I purchase sell by date Chicken legs. Now, after i place
> > the
> > food, as I walk away one will fly onto the feeder even before i make it
> to
> > the
> > door.
> >
> > If you want to see a picture of this feeder with hawk, please contact me
> > and i
> > will E mail it out to you...Paul Carrier - Harwinton
>
>
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