We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I still have a difficult time believing that the beautiful creatures at my feeders and woods are descendants of dinosaurs. Beside I still think all dinosaurs are green..........that is what I was taught in the "olden times". I will say there is violence in some avian creatures and currently the predatory hawks are picking off the new crop of blue jays. I just wish they would choose some of the too numerous squirrels we have pestering us.
I've seen plenty of hawks and even chickens dismantle rodents. Once they pin it with a claw and give a big pull with the beak, it's over. Not hard to imagine them scaled up to our size or bigger while being just as vicious.