Subject: Hungry Hawk
Date: Nov 14 08:55:19 1994
From: MBEB1215 at delphi.com - MBEB1215 at delphi.com
Today, I returned to my school to check up on the Red-tailed
hawk with a taste for seafood. Armed with the camcorder, I intended
to sneak up on the site of the gull's untimely demise.
Unfortunately (fortunately?), I ran across the hawk much sooner
About two hundred yards from the gull corpse, in a grove of
Douglas fir next to a baseball diamond, I surprised the hawk again.
This time only a couple of fleeting glimpses as it fled. But it
left much evidence behind. First I noticed a lot of light colored
feathers. Then, nearby, another gull corpse. This one too, appeared
to be a first winter bird.
The first kill was still in evidence, though it was scattered
quite a bit. Remnants of the skull and one foot were still visible,
but not much else but feathers. It occurred to me that it had been
merely moved to the other locale, but the new bird still had a head
and both feet.
A co-worker suggested the possibility of kids shooting gulls
and the hawk scavenging. I'm not denying the possibility, but it
seems like there are usually too many people nearby for them to get
away with firing a gun.
A man had been working on his golf stroke nearby without
disturbing the hawk.
MBEB1215 at delphi.com