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Pigeon lunch
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I didn't get enough sleep last night; I over-prioritized my Computational Geometry assignment relative to being awake, so didn't get to bed until after 5:00a. So after Biomedical Ethics, I decided to bike back to my dorm, skip Stats, and get some extra sleep.

On the way back, I heard the flapping of wings and an agonized "SQWALK!". A hawk of some form had just caught a pigeon for dinner. I do feel some sympathy for the pigeon, but I'm more moved by how inherently cool it is to see a hawk catching lunch. There was something of a rain of small, grey feathers as the hawk took its kill to a nearby tree, looking rather proud as I passed by on my bike.

I didn't even know we had hawks near this campus!

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That would be a cool thing to see :)

Hawks are such beautiful creatures. It's no wonder their held in such high esteem by so many cultures. I'll never forget the time I was driving in the fog up in Nor. Cali, and every mile or so I'll see a perched hawk shrouded in the gloomy fog, looming over it's territory, ever vigilant.

Probably a redtailed. :> Prrrretty birds. There are several pairs around WashU, I know... Have to ask Bur where the one pair is.

Hawks are actually far more common than you think. Each one can have a territory of several square miles, usually including quite a number of birdfeeders...

The easiest way to find them, actually, is to listen for the crows. Crows have this habit of picking on hawks (and owls) - you'll see a whole noisy flock of dark birds circling and shifting, and if you look close enough, they're all chasing one particular bird, who'll look lighter (brown, white, red, depending) if the light's right.

Red-tails are indeed among the most common suburban hawks, and probably the largest of the 3-5 species you'll see. They're slightly larger than crows, with light bellies and wing undersides, brown backs and wing tops, and the characteristic red tail.

Mom does wildlife rehab. I've handled hawks, owls, even an osprey (in cat carriers) enough that while still cool, it's no longer "OMG awesome!" :)

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