Leaving a Jan 2015 trip with the family to Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, walking along the DC Mall I noticed this Cooper’s hawk stalking squirrels. There were actually two squirrels. The mother was up above in think vines, calling, tail flicking. The young one (born this Fall) was the prey of choice. It was amazing watching the hawk position itself such that the squirrel would then move into a more favorable position. I’m not sure what the final outcome was (after 15 minutes my cold dad had enough of hawk & squirrel watching). Video
The squirrelologists are back on campus, traps are open, collars are ready to be deployed, and collared squirrels are being followed. What could make a National Squirrel Appreciation Day better? Only an albino grey squirrel–I took this picture in a city park in Columbus, OH in late-Dec 2014.