by Tim Regan February 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

(Updated at 4:01 p.m.) A red-tailed hawk has been spotted swooping at dogs at Francis Dog Park in West End, according to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

“The warning was issued because members of the public had seen the hawk swooping at dogs,” said Parks and Rec spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump.

Though we didn’t see the rampaging raptor when we visited the park earlier this morning, several dog owners there said they’ve seen a hawk circling the area. (more…)

by Tim Regan February 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm 2 Comments

City squirrels have hard lives. Long hours spent outdoors. Nothing to eat but acorns and tree bark. Constant harassment from urban hawks.

It’s not surprising, then, that one might want to curl up with a good read and just chill out for once.

This tree rodent was spotted lugging a large wad of newsprint up the side of a house on P Street NW yesterday afternoon. While several onlookers held their breath, the squirrel perilously tugged its prize up a black metal fire escape and out of view. (more…)

by Tim Regan February 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm 2 Comments

Who needs an exterminator when you’ve got a hungry hawk?

This ravenous raptor was spotted perched on a tree at the corner of 15th and Corcoran streets NW. Though it’s not clear what the bird was chowing down on, it’s probably safe to assume it was a pigeon, squirrel, rat or other urban critter.

Contrary to what you might think, spotting a metropolitan owl, hawk, eagle or other bird of prey isn’t exactly rare. Still, seeing a big bird gobbling up bloody bits on a tree branch in the middle of a city is an exciting experience.

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Photos by Luis Gomez

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