My Neighbourhood Squirrel Chaser
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada.)
In the tree with a Pigeon in it's talons.
It was early afternoon in my neighborhood in downtown Toronto, I had noticed something chasing Squirrels on the ground.
As I got nearer I noticed a young Red Tailed Hawk trying to catch some lunch, however he was not having much luck.
I also noticed he was inexperienced and still learning how to hunt for his food and observed this behaviour for a while and he finally figured it out and he caught a Black Squirrel.
I didn't get a pic of him eating his prize because I didn't want to disturb him because he earned it after how long it took him too catch it!
I observe Red Tailed Hawks quite a bit in my area as well as Peregrine Falcons, Osprey, Owls, and Turkey Vultures which are more scavengers that hunters, but this is the first time I had seen the Red Tailed Hawks going after Squirrels.
They are usually going after the Pigeons as there are a lot of them in my area, however this one was only going after Squirrels.
It is such a beautiful sight seeing these beautiful birds in the city.
Thank you for sending us this report and your great pictures, I'm sure our readers will enjoy this, as I did!