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Today in Hawks around Town “this hawk slammed a pigeon into our dining room window”

by Prince Of Petworth February 8, 2017 at 11:10 am 6 Comments

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“Tuesday morning, this hawk slammed a pigeon into our dining room window with such force, it sounded like a basketball hit the window! Here’s a picture of it, along with one of the poor pigeon. Columbia Heights!”

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  • soozles

    dayyum. Pretty awesome.

  • textdoc

    So did the hawk eventually eat the pigeon? Or did it just slam it into the window and leave it on the patio?

  • kb

    Several months ago, I was walking through Dupont Circle and I saw a hawk sitting on the edge of the bowl at the top of the fountain. Out of nowhere, a pigeon flew into the hawk, causing the hawk to fall into the fountain. Watching the hawk stumble out of the fountain bowl was a very funny sight.

  • asdf

    How did the hawk “slam” the pigeon into the window? Like, bar-fight style?

    Based on the number of birds that slam into my office window of their own accord, guessing the pigeon may have been frantically trying to evade the hawk and slammed itself into the window?

  • Ally

    Boy they’re out and about this week. Was heading into work yesterday near L’Enfant and saw a cop photographing a parking space; figured it was for a ticket or something. Looked up to see a giant (I think) red-tailed hawk gnoshing on a squirrel.

  • mpt

    The hawk had the pigeon in its talons and then banged it up against the window after struggling with it in the air for awhile. I think that stunned the pigeon because it laid there on our back porch, motionless, while the hawk sat perched on the fence watching it. When we came home later that day, it was a pretty gruesome scene out back. Pigeon carcass, innards, and feathers everywhere.


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