Articles tagged with: raptors

This Hawk Will Probably Die Soon. Here's Why.

Thursday, 08 October 2015.

This Hawk Will Probably Die Soon. Here's Why.

This is a story of how a seemingly great urban wildlife encounter can turn rather depressing. Yesterday morning I was walking by the parking lot of the big Safeway in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood and I considered myself pretty lucky when a red-tailed hawk swooped down right in front of me. It landed at the foot of a tree and immediately came back up with a little mouse in its talons. Apparently unfazed by shoppers and passersby just a few feet away -indicating that this was a routine action- it sat on a fence and started to eat the mouse. After a few minutes, the mouse was gone and the hawk returned to its perch on top of a utility pole.

I was quite excited about this unexpected encounter in front of me and my camera. It was a perfect example of urban wildlife displaying natural behavior without resorting to eating trash or food provided by people. Upon closer inspection though, it turned out things weren't so great...