Locals don't always realize the variety of good food you can get at Faneuil Hall - like fresh squab

Mike Ball reports on an interlude on the cobblestones outside the Quincy Market building today:

Not-at-all-shy hawk went for lunch at Boston's Quincy Market. It started right on the pigeon, thrilling and disgusting the tourists and locals. This young female brought the pigeon down with a thump (apparently dead before hitting the paving stones) and looked at 50 or so of us like, "You'd better not try to take my meal!"

Oh, you want a look? But of course:

Hawk about to eat a pigeon

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Adorable!

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    ( sorry for my tardiness — I'm not always watching UHub like a hawk )

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What a Foodie

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Now I want squab

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Boston's Pigeon Population

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Boston's Pigeon Population Patrol. And the taxpayer's don't have to pay a dime!

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Poults may be tasty

But Hawks learn quickly that adult turkeys in groups are not with messing with.

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Hm

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Id suggest that this is likely a peregrine falcon given the choice of prey. Falcons hunt birds; hawks hunt mainly ground-based prey.

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Vision check

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Are you blind?

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Peregrines

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I think peregrines grab their food mid air and roostvto eat. No?

Plus, this looks like a cooper's or red tail. Let the debate rage.

Nice to hear from you Elmer!

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lol no

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I've seen at least 4 red-tailed hawks eating pigeons. Now, you might also claim that pigeons are ground-based, and I wouldn't argue much...

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Red Tailed Hawks

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Red tails eat plenty of other birds, including pigeons. One can often spot them sitting in trees because they're being mobbed by crows or smaller birds. That's a great photo - if you look closely, you can see the hawk's tail.

Also, kudos for "thrilled and disgusted" onlookers. I would have been firmly in the thrilled column.

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