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  • The pictures are too blurry to really tell, but that does not look like a crow to me. The outline (especially the shape of the tail) screams bird of prey.

    • In the bottom picture it looks much more like a crow. I can see how in the top picture, with the feathers spread like fingers it looks a bit like a vulture or acipiter, but I think it just looks that way because of the other branches and things in the way. I’m fairly certain this is a crow.

  • Yeah, it looks like some sort of hawk. A hawk that could make a nice meal out of that raccoon.

  • Not sure if it was the same one, but I had a raccoon visitor yesterday in Columbia Heights whilst sipping on some morning joe on back porch. It was all very casual. It saw me , I saw it. It bugged out up a tree. I went back to reading . Good size. Maybe 15 lbs.

  • Why? I really hate these look at this animal kill this animal posts. It’s sort of unnerving that this is exciting to some people but I guess if that’s what you’re in to.

    • We are all animals.

    • what are you talking about, “Kill this animal”? It was a bird defending its territory from a raccoon, and the raccoon got the message after getting swooped at and buggered off. Nothing got killed. Many people find it at least mildly interesting to watch the natural world, especially when those people spend the majority of their day surrounded by concrete and steel as opposed to mountain and lakes.

    • I just love nature, in most of its variety. Not all… I can live without scorpions.
      Even if this were an animal getting a meal (but probably isn’t, as LBP points out) just think of it like Instagram. But anyway, the raccoon was likely looking for eggs to eat. Crow’s just doing what a good parent crow does.

  • How high do raccoons climb? My new condo looks out towards tall trees, and I swear that I saw something climbing in a tree one night that looked to be at least 6 stories above the ground.

    • Pretty high. There is a raccoon on our block and it seems to have no limit on how high it climbs. I wouldn’t mind if the bird in these photos came to our neighborhood. Raccoons can do serious damage to your house if they take up residence in your attic.

    • They will climb until there is nothing left to climb. They will also climb up things you would think are unclimbable. I once watched two climb straight up the waste pipe on the side of my house and chill on the roof.

      • There’s a zaftig mama raccoon that hangs out on the roofline of the houses across the street from us. I have no idea how she gets up there, but she seems perfectly comfortable.

    • I had a family of raccoons underneath my air conditioning unit. It was 7 stories up. No way up there other than the side of a brick building, covered with ivy on one side. They’re amazing climbers.

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