Hot pepper added to sunflower seed has barely slowed squirrels from feasting at our birdfeeder. This redtailed hawk will do the trick, but unfortunately, birds are the hawk’s intended prey, so none will come close.Photos are poor quality taken through kitchen windows. With the feeder only thirty feet from the house, the hawk would flee with even a sudden movement from inside the house. The squirrel understood the danger in approaching the feeder, but was compelled to test the limits. Each time the squirrel moved closer, the hawk jerked its neck and the squirrel fled.
After several minutes, the hawk realized the futility of hunting from this perch, so it flew off to find higher ground.