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Nature_and_Environment.66

Birds

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{Nature_and_Environment.66.210}: annie {oceanannie} Wed, 27 Dec 2006 15:57:23 CST (21 lines)

Last Saturday I was walking to the library along the street beside a
small enclosed mall.  I was struck dumb by seeing a magnificent hawk
on the sidewalk beside a car, and the hawk had a dead pigeon in its
talons. He must have just caught it as the pigeon was quite clean.

Unfortunately, at that moment, a man came rushing out of the mall
towards his car which was the one the bird was parked beside, and so
the creature took off. He had the pigeon clutched in his talons but
not well enough and dropped it - I nearly got beaned, it was that close!

So beautiful it was, standing there looking at me as I stood perfectly
still watching it.  I thought most unkind thoughts about the intruder
dashing out of the mall.  I hope the hawk came back and fetched his
lunch from the road.

I think it may be a Red Tail Hawk - there is a pair that circle and
spiral in the thermals just north of us, over a city park.  They
sometimes fly between our buiding and the one beside us.  One supper
time last summer they flew by, then swooped up, around and spiralled
by us again at the 8th floor level!  They live in a park not far from
us, I think.

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