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Old 07-25-2015, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Yesterday (Friday 24 July) we noticed it was very quiet. ALL the wildlife in our back yard was absent.
Usually there are squirrels, robins in the grass getting bugs, blue jays doing what blue jays do, and butterflies and flying bugs.
Today it's the same. Stone quiet.
Yesterday two blue jays showed up in the afternoon and took some of the peanuts we toss out for the squirrels. We saw one squirrel at a distance running along a power line.
We're near Toledo and AFAIK no spraying or other activity like that has gone on.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:59 AM
 
Location: CO
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I WISH my squirrels would disappear. LOL! But no such luck. As for the other wildlife, in the dog days of summer the creatures are not as active and tend to hunker down. Most of the baby birds have fledged and moved on. The robins begin molting and stay out of sight. The scores of baby bunnies that hopped around the yard a month ago have been reduced to a handful that now look full-grown. Do you maintain bird feeders aside from throwing peanuts? You can usually keep some small birds around by feeding sunflower seed, suet, and thistle seed. I do miss all the spring/early summer activity!
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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It could be the result of a predator, such as a hawk, raccoon, or fox. Sometimes, the sound of raccoons chasing squirrels out of their nests make a huge racket. Some are probably killed and others move away. They will eventually move back. We have someone in the neighborhood who feeds predators in their backyard which has upset some of the pet owners.
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Coyotes will also move wildlife out of an area one way or the other. But nature abhors a vacuum. Sooner or later the predators move off looking for their next meal and the prey will move back. It's a dog eat dog world, squirrel and rabbit eat garden, or predator eats prey - one never ending cycle.
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:31 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Yesterday (Friday 24 July) we noticed it was very quiet. ALL the wildlife in our back yard was absent.
Usually there are squirrels, robins in the grass getting bugs, blue jays doing what blue jays do, and butterflies and flying bugs.
Today it's the same. Stone quiet.
Yesterday two blue jays showed up in the afternoon and took some of the peanuts we toss out for the squirrels. We saw one squirrel at a distance running along a power line.
We're near Toledo and AFAIK no spraying or other activity like that has gone on.
Do you have some unsettled weather heading your way? You'd be surprised how much the critters know whats coming before you do.
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:33 PM
 
Location: My little patch of Earth
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Earthquake?
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Old 07-25-2015, 04:22 PM
 
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You have a predator close by. Keep an eye out for Hawks, foxes, or coyotes. They will come back when the predator leaves.
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:40 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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You have a predator close by. Keep an eye out for Hawks, foxes, or coyotes. They will come back when the predator leaves.
damn predators!

(from wiki)


maybe you could try flash-tape
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We do have a few preditors but we still have more than our share of wildlife: we have rabbits, many kinds of birds, (all colors) and lots of squirrels, plus Armidillos and the larger creatures, like coons, a few skunks, groundhogs, and yes, deer. We also have lots of fox and a few coyotes, plus hawks,and rodent eating Owls.
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