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  • Ghengiz Ken

    My guess would be that the raptor was in close pursuit of the pigeon and they both bit it on the glass…

    • AMDCer

      Yup – my thoughts exactly.

    • neighbor

      That seems like the most likely situation.

  • NW_Sammy

    I’m no ornithologist, but that looks like a hawk to me (based on the tail). RIP

    • Anononymous

      Yeah looks far too small to be an eagle.

  • blue peter

    that’s it, i’m moving out of the city…

  • can_i_park_here

    CPR stat!

  • ET

    Avian flu precautions? Just waiting for whomever to come an haul them off?

  • Nate S

    Sounds like a job for ACE VENTURA!

  • Not an expert

    Yeah, that’s a hawk.

  • anon

    “C-1 reports that on December 11, 2015, at approximately 1415 hours, he was flying home, heading westbound above H St NE. C-1 was approached by S-1, S-2, S-3, and S-4, at which time S-1 pecked C-1 with a closed beak on C-1’s left cheek. C-1 fell to the ground, at which time S-2, S-3, and S-4 began pecking and kicking C-1. S-1 then stated “caw, caw, caw,” at which time S-2 attempted to reach into C-1’s tailfeathers. C-1 was able to stand up and began defending himself by attempting to strike the listed suspects. S-1, S-2, S-3, and S-4 then fled on wing, last seen heading eastbound above H St NE. C-1 gave chase, at which time S-1 and S-2 flew into the bus stop glass, both dying instantly of broken necks. S-3, and S-4 fled the scene. Taken from C-1 was a bread crust.”

    • LOL

    • DRC

      Bravo sir, well done. I’m guessing the police were involved since it is highly illegal to own even a feather from any type of raptor (hawk in this case, most likely). And because it could potentially turn into a health hazard.

    • textdoc

      Well done, sir/madam.


    • Elvis’s Mom

      OK, just snorted aloud

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  • stano

    Am I the only one who thinks this being s crime scene of nature is kind of adorable? Reminds me of a Far Side cartoon.

    • Guillermo Brown

      Far SIde was the greatest. I still remember the day they stopped running it in the Post…

  • C

    I saw a dead hawk last week on 8th St nw a block from the giant

    • Steph

      Was it near a glass window? Such incidents can be reported to City Wildlife’s Lights Out program so they can add it to their database of window-strikes. If it is dead or injured, you can call them at (202) 882-1000. If the bird is clearly injured but it’s outside of business hours, call DC animal control at 202-576-6664.

  • Steph

    Yeah, it is most likely a Cooper’s hawk (they have longish tails) – lots of them in the city and they often eat pigeons (as well as other small birds and rodents). Flying into glass is an all too common means of death for birds and I’ve wondered about the updated bus shelters being a problem for them. Too bad the hawk didn’t make it, it’s nice to have some predators around :(

  • TJ

    Not necessarily pushing this as a theory, but sometimes raptors eat rodents or other animals that have ingested rat poison and meet an end through secondary poisoning. Doesn’t always happen at bus stops, though.

    • anon

      Romeo the hawk and Juliet the pigeon knew their parents would never accept their relationship, so they each ate half of a poison rat and met their fateful end.

      • TW

        This is definitely what happened. Mystery solved!!:

    • neighbor

      It really looks like a window strike. The hawk was probably chasing the pigeon, and they both hit the glass in the bus stop.

  • I knew Trump would get revenge on that eagle.


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