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“a beautiful falcon having brunch in front of the Columbia Heights Giant.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 14, 2016 at 10:10 am 22 Comments

Photo by Petworthian

Been a while since we had an awesome hawk falcon sighting. The destruction is epic. Video from Saturday is not for the squeamish:

Photo by Andrés Almeida

  • LittleBluePenguin

    That’s awesome :)

  • petworther

    It’s better than waiting in line for food across the street.

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  • forsomemasses

    Giant new section. Can’t get fresher than that!

  • Ben

    I pretty certain in that last photo the falcon is saying “What are you looking at?! Do you want to be next?”

  • sproc

    Way less gross than the pizza box and fast food sidewalk wreckage on any given Sunday morning on U or H St.

  • wdc

    I love our modern dinosaurs.

  • bruno

    Not a vegan.

    • bruno

      Right in front of Sticky Fingers, the annoyingly vegan bakery, he he. They must have freaked.

      • welshie

        +1 Yes. This is my favorite part of this post.

    • OP Anon

      Falcon: “F#ck your kale salad.”

  • say what

    holy cow that is amazing. And one less pigeon. Now if they would just start going after the rats…

    • Anon

      They do! I used to live one street over on Monroe and would occasionally see a falcon perched in a tree next to the alley de-fluffing a dead rat.

  • Lorenzo Hart

    Sing for your supper and you’ll get breakfast…Falcons always eat.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Nature, red in tooth and claw

  • Philippe Lecheval

    Would be more appropriate if it had been spotted in front of the Hawk ‘n Dove.

  • Lisa

    Great pictures. and an FYI I know it is yucky, but if you see a dead rat you should somehow obscure it because a hawk will consume a dead rat which in the city may well have been made dead by poison, which the hawk would then ingest to its detriment.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      A hawk most likely wouldn’t eat a dead rat. They would, however, eat a dying rat – and if it’s dying because of poison, then yes, the hawk may also die upon ingesting it. It’s actually a huge problem among accipiters right now…

  • General Grant Circle

    Not for the squeamish? Ive seen people devour chicken wings with more ferocity and flinging bits than that!

  • elbeech

    Woah. I saw the feather remnants on my walk to work Friday and thought “what on earth happened here? Did someone pluck an entire bird?” PoP explanation to the rescue, and I’m glad it wasn’t human-related!

  • Doh

    Just walked by here (Monday afternoon) and there’s still a pigeon leg and feathers all over the place, I would have thought one of the stores there would have called the authorities or cleaned it up, not exactly what you want to see outside a food establishment

  • MPinDC

    I thought a bird exploded near my house a few weeks ago – feathers (like in this photo) everywhere!
    Might also be falcon related ~ fortunately no remaining bird parts from that event


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