Today in Hawks around Town: “two falcons landed on the rooftop of my office building”, Pigeon Destroyed

by Prince Of Petworth March 2, 2017 at 11:00 am 12 Comments

Photos by Hillary Alvare

UPDATE From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

“As a side note, this falcon was seen before in DC last year. She in fact is not a pure peregrine falcon. She is a hybrid cross and most likely a lost falconry bird.”

Thanks to Hillary from POLITICO for sending these shots from last week “we watched this falcon tear apart a pigeon on our patio furniture for 30 minutes.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to princeofpetworth@gmail.com and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.


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  • ElSok

    Looks like a Peregrine Falcon.

    • bdweller

      If it is a Peregrine that’s pretty cool, they are the fast animal on earth and reach speeds over 200 mph! MD has done some recovery efforts to keep these birds in the area and there is currently a nest at MD Heights near Harper’s Ferry.

  • S

    Holy crap.

  • ET

    That pigeon wasn’t just destroyed it was decimated…. As for the second photo – that bird knows you are there, was not impressed, and likely was trying to intimidate you. Just be glad there was glass between the two of you.

    • vocab nerd

      How did you determine 10?

      • Blithe

        :-) Word Nerd

      • Truxton Thomas

        The other nine were allowed to live.

  • Girl on a Hill

    Wow, that hawk certainly knows how to dress a bird..

  • Rich

    It’s a shame they don’t make short work of the pigeon feeders., too.

  • Will

    Several months ago in the Fall, I saw a hawk pick up a huge rat near 14th & Ingraham Streets, NW. The hawk flew up into a tree with the rat. I had never seen a bird this huge in the area. At first I thought it was an eagle. On a positive note, we need more hawks in D.C. to capture some of the huge rats roaming the streets.

  • smrtcar

    Peter: Brian, can I see that paper for a sec?
    (Brian gives Peter the paper. Peter peruses the paper.)
    Peter: Huh… that’s odd… I thought that would big news.
    Brian: You thought what would be big news?
    Peter: Well there seems to be an absence of a certain ornithological piece: a headline regarding mass awareness of a certain avian variety.
    Brian: What are you talking about?
    Peter: Oh have you not heard? It was my understanding that everyone had heard…
    Brian: Heard what?


    Seriously though, gorgeous bird!


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