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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 05-02-2017 11:53 AM 425 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2017 11:53 AM

In a long stretch this is wood related, lol. Behind my home is a 100 year old oak tree, which has become home to a falcon and his female partner and a baby bird in a huge nest. The neighbor made it comfortable for them by offering a perch he had made and setting out some food from time to time. The problem is, the male bird has been attacking my wife and I and our small dog. He dive bombs and swoops right in behind us with no sound until he is right up on you, then he flaps and rises to the tree and sits watching you.
Have any of you had a similar situation, and if so, were you able to remedy it. Thanks for your help in advance, so worried he’ll scratch our pup with his talons.

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#1 posted 05-02-2017 12:09 PM

Firstly, stop leaving food. They most likely will leave once the baby can fly, once they do remove the perch. The show of aggression is simply “papa” protecting his family. I have hawks take up residence in my back yard from time to time, as I do leave food. Leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone. I would, however, keep an eye on the puppy!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 05-02-2017 12:48 PM

I would contact a local state Conservation Officer or the nearest office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Tell them that it is menacing to your family and pet. See what they do. Don’t provide food as suggested but also don’t disturb it yourself. Let the Fish and Wildlife handle it. Lots of red tape, if you know what I mean. Federal laws, etc.

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#3 posted 05-02-2017 12:58 PM

My parents has the same issue with a couple birds that were trying to builds nests in their carport. After a few weeks of mean birds my dad was planning on shooting one with a shotgun but my mom took care of one with a bb gun first. The other birds have not been back.
If you don’t want to shoot it u might just scare the heck out of it a few times and it should get the hint and leave. I will ad that it is very likely illegal to shoot a falcon. You might get away with it but you might get caught too

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 01:30 PM

Quit leaving food out in some states it may be illegal to feed wildlife. Your problem is one of the reasons why. When the birds migrate this fall. Tear the nest down completely then nest spring as they try to rebuild continue to tear down until they leave. Depending on type and size of bird keep an eye on the dog. It might be considered a meal.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 02:22 PM

Like I said in my post above: ...”don’t disturb it yourself. Let the Fish and Wildlife handle it.” When they are using a nest, the nest is also covered by federal law. See: Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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