The Van Cortland Squirrel Murderer

I was happily minding my own business in Van Cortland Park today, watching fluffy little squirrels like this one playing gleefully amongst the fallen leaves:

Exhibit A: cute, fluffy squirrel. Aww.

See how cute and fluffy he is? Then all of a sudden, a massive hawk shot over my shoulder and picked the tiniest, fluffiest squirrel of them all right off the tree next to me, smacked him to the ground like a rag doll and ate him, three feet from where I stood. I was gutted. So was the teeny, tiny, fluffy squirrel. Here is the Van Cortland Squirrel Murderer, caught red-handed beaked:

Wanted for murder of cute. fluffy squirrel. See Exhibit A.

He then turned his hungry gaze upon me, at which point I beat a hasty retreat.

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Is that the time? I really must be going.

Rest in peace, teeny, tiny, fluffy squirrel.

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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12 Responses to The Van Cortland Squirrel Murderer

  1. Sad! But great pics, and writing about the food chain : )

  2. The dovies on the fence have seen that gaze, know the feeling and send condolences. (great pictures)

  3. corduroya says:

    Great photos AIlsa! I can just picture you in full camo ala David Attenborough. If I’m ever eaten alive by a hawk, I hope you’re there with your camera

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, never fear, should that day ever come, I shall be there, skulking in the hedgerow, fully camouflaged, with my camera at the ready! 😉

  4. That’s a powerful sight. I’ve watched (and photographed) the red-tailed hawks of Riverside Park (mostly in Morningside Heights) tear apart squirrels, rats & pigeons. But I have yet to see one actually catch & kill one! Wow!

  5. bronxboy55 says:

    This is why squirrels are all such nervous wrecks. Sometimes I hate nature. Great photographs, though. I’m glad you weren’t dessert.

    • ailsapm says:

      I’m glad too, Charles, although if I had been, I’d hope to have resembled a light, fluffy concoction involving meringue and whipped cream. 🙂

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