Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

There’s one tree on Lanier Place that’s a frequent hawk hangout. The first (above) seen here are the most frequent visitor. But once in a while…the hawk (below) shows up.

It’s hard to judge scale from a distance, but the second hawk has a big, barrel chest. His body alone looks to be maybe 18-24″ tall, and across the chest maybe roughly one foot? (The smaller hawk is still impressive, but maybe half those dimensions.) The first hawk is like the size of a two-liter soda bottle. The second hawk is more like a scuba tank or fire extinguisher. The first hawk looks like he’s just part of nature. The second one…looks more like a zoo animal. (PS: I get that the second hawk is fluffed up from the rain, but he’s still huge!)

Any help on identifying these guys would be greatly appreciated!”

If you spot a hawk or any interesting wildlife and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected]. Thanks! Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.


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