photos by Brian Wee

Thanks to Brian for sending: “Attached are three photos showing the sequence of three Cooper’s hawks lining up for a flyby photographed Wednesday 2023-09-13 at the US National Arboretum. The photos capture a one second duration of a complex 15-plus minute long choreography of harassment between the hawks and a murder of more than 10 crows.” Read More


photo by Brian Wee

Thanks to Brian for sending this awesome shot: “I managed to grab a shot of one of the arboretum’s pair of bald eagles (Mr. President and Lotus) in the act of hauling back home improvement materials (a branch with dead leaves) for upgrading their nest in preparation for breeding season!”

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


This month Sara from Long Walks DC writes:

“Happy Earth Day from the National Arboretum! If you are still craving beautiful spring flowers, thousands of vibrant azaleas are begining to bloom over the next weeks. The walking paths through the Azalea Collection are picturesque and soon will be fully blazing with color.

Download the National Arboretum App for help finding all the cool spots throughout the park.

There is also a free flower show in the Visitor Center Auditorium today (Friday) from 1pm-4pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. On April 30th, Read More


via google maps

From MPD:

“Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on Monday, June 8, 2020, in the 7000 block of Piney Branch Road, Northwest.

Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 9:17 pm, a vehicle was traveling in the listed location when it struck a pedestrian. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the crash and determined the pedestrian displayed no signs consistent with life. The pedestrian remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified 21-year-old Timothy Abbott, of Northwest, DC. Read More


Photo by Erinn Shirley

Ed. Note: The Arboretum was closed to the public March 24th.

From the U.S. National Arboretum:

“The U.S National Arboretum will reopen to the general public on a limited basis starting on Monday, June 8th, 2020 in support of the District’s reopening plans. Thehealth and safety of our visitors and staff are of the utmost importance.

In-line with the latest CDC, and District of Columbia guidance, in order to keep staff and visitors safe, we will be implementing new operating procedures and schedules.

Until further notice, the U.S. National Arboretum grounds will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 5 pm and limiting total on site visitors. Vehicular access will be allowed only through the New York Ave Entrance and there will be a limit of 200 cars allowed on the grounds at one time. Visitors planning to arrive on bike or foot are encouraged to enter via the R Street NE Entrance. The R Street NE Entrance will remain close to non-official business vehicles. Directions for parking will be provided upon entering the National Arboretum and for safety reasons, the majority of the roads on the grounds will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please come prepared to walk once you have parked your car and note that there will be limited amenities and services available including no drinking water or vending services. Visitors should come prepared with bottled water, comfortable walking shoes, and a hat or umbrella. Additional information will be provided when arriving such as available bathrooms and recommended safety procedures. We ask that you wear a mask at all times when visiting. Read More


If you have a photo of a neat find from your house or place of work please send an email to princeofpetworth(at) thanks. Please let me know where/what neighborhood you found it in too. Thanks.

Thanks to John for sending: ” These pics of JFK and RFK have been in my 1937 garage for a long while. Nice piece of 20th century history next to a 21st century electric car charging station.” Read More


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