While we here at the UNE Project Squirrel know that every week is squirrel week, Washington Post reporter John Kelly has declared this week squirrel week. Here is a link to a sweet story by Kelly including an epoch video of a red-tailed hawk chasing a grey squirrel.
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