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Hawk! Who goes there?

Of all the branches in all the trees in all of Dorchester, this hawk (red tail?) landed on the branch next to my window, prey in tow, for a lunch break.

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It was a fascinating sight for which I am thankful to have witnessed. But if any Dorchester-area hawks read Universal Hub, a small request: I am happy to host you for lunch, just please clear your place. Staring at a red clump of leftover bird ruins my view (I’ll take graffiti any day!)

To make matters more interesting, as I was taking the pictures of my fine-fathered friend, I noticed 6 BPD cruisers and a wagon descending on my street. It seems as though they were looking for someone who didn't want to be found. Who were they looking for? I await word from the oracle at BPDNews.com.

It's a good thing hawks cannot be charged with murder. If hawks were charged with murder, would Dorchester hawks wear "Stop Snitchin" t-shirts?)

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Do you live near Jones Hill? We have a couple of hawks who make regular appearances on the neighbors roof. One wishes they would dispatch rats.

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I live on Alban Street. I have seen hawks flying around the neighborhood a few times, and this is the second time I've gotten a good look at a hawk snacking on some pray in my yard.

Also, at Umass Boston I have gotten face to face with a hawk as s/he sat on a window ledge of the 8th floor of the library. It was neat not only to see the hawk up close, but to actually look down upon it has it floated aroud campus and landed on other buildings. In another rare sighting at UMass late last winter, I encountered wild turkeys! How the hell do wild turkeys end up on the point?

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(Not my photo)

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Actually those turkeys were all over UMB last winter, they were being spotted daily for a while there. Here are a few photos I took of them. Guess they found plentiful food elsewhere this year, with such warm weather...or maybe coyotes got them. I miss them! :-)

P.S. - More hawk photos please - I want to see the carnage!

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I saw a hawk pecking a squirrel to bits on the Common last weekend while other squirrels just scurried around their dead friend. It was pretty cool.

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Every once in awhile, we'll look up and see one or two hawks circling around. But they know better than to get closer to the squirrels because we've got a ton of crows that would promptly gang up on them.

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I'll have to upload the picture I took of the hungry hawk. They're pretty cool (and really creepy).

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By request. Unfortunately, this is my only other good picture of the hawk fiesta from yesterday.

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PS - Jenn, I am impressed that you captured photos of a pair of wild turkeys at UMB. I only would see one at a time.

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Look at that hawk! That must have been pretty cool to watch. Thanks for posting the extra photo.

You would have had to get to UMB campus pretty early in the morning to catch those turkeys - 7:30am!

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What a great photo. This is a Cooper's Hawk, and from the size most likely a female. Cooper's enjoy preying on smaller, song birds. The Cooper's is a frequent visitor to my habitat (http://crhabitat.blogspot.com/). The Cooper's Hawk's visits are at http://crhabitat.blogspot.com/search/label/Cooper%...

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