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Artificial raptor perches installed on Mount Diablo used by hawks to hunt

By Gary Bogue
Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 6:14 am in Artificial Raptor Perches, Bats, Hawks, Red-tailed hawk.

Red-tailed hawk eating ground squirrel on artificial raptor perch on Mount Diablo. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
In case anyone asks, those artificial raptor perches we (the county) put up in  the open space areas on Mount Diablo DO work.

I got up to North Lime Ridge early for a work party so I could look around and saw a red-tailed hawk on one of the perches. I stopped and watched.

Remains of ground squirrel left on artificial raptor perch by red-tailed hawk. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA.
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It dropped off the perch and grabbed a ground squirrel, then flew back up to the perch and removed what it didn’t want to eat, and left those parts on the perch and flew off to a less open area to enjoy the ground squirrel in peace.

The County Ag. Dep. lady who works on that found Jerusalem cricket parts in a nice pile next to where the cricket had been eaten by a pallid bat as apparently the bat caught the cricket and then hung from the raptor perch to enjoy its meal.  Nice to know at night we have those around here.
Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, California

Red-tailed hawk eating ground squirrel on artificial raptor perch on Mount Diablo. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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Brian:
It’s really great to know that those artificial raptor perches are working as planned. And being used by bats, too, eh? I’ve also seen songbirds using them. Those perches are a super idea. Something simple and easy to install with wide-ranging positive benefits. Good show! /Gary

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2 Responses to “Artificial raptor perches installed on Mount Diablo used by hawks to hunt”

  1. Joanne Smith Says:

    If I put one of these in my yard will an artificial raptor come and eat the squirrels for me? Because that would be totally worth it.

  2. SG Says:

    and/or eat gophers. There are hundreds of gophers in my area and they are very destructive. The City requires a permit just to put a raptor perch up aka any structure over 10 feet. Wonder what a 9 foot 11 inch raptor perch would attract ???

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