Yesterday I noticed a group of people standing in a circle on Mission Street in downtown San Francisco. “One of our amusing drunken homeless people must have fallen over,” I thought to myself. To my surprise, however, I poked my head through the circle to find a northern goshawk (at least I think that’s what it was) tearing a pigeon to shreds in the middle of the sidewalk.
Apparently the hawk had swooped down only seconds before my arrival, snatched the pigeon, and was now totally content to spend the afternoon in the…
…middle of an extraordinarily busy San Francisco sidewalk, directly in front of the entrance to salesforce.com (a massive tech company) eating its meal. Businessmen and women, bicycle messengers, tourists, hipsters, and even two policemen stood by snapping Blackberry pictures of the raptor. I even overhead the policemen say that that they couldn’t wait to include this in their weekly department newsletter.
Anyhoo, here are some pics a co-worker, Tammy Edlin, got with her camera and was kind enough to share with me. Is this a northern goshawk? Kind of looks like a northern harrier as well. It definitely did not have the distinctive red tail so I’ve ruled out the red tailed hawk. Either way, the whole thing was pretty sweet. Now, if I could see a bird of prey swoop down and snatch up a drunken homeless person. Booya!
I’m not sure what is more interesting here: the hawk eating the pigeon in the middle of the sidewalk; or the guy in the background simultaneously speaking on his Bluetooth headset while squatting down and taking a picture of the hawk eating the pigeon in the middle of the sidewalk.
Pigeon tastes just like chicken
Savvy Zooillogix readers will notice me in the background in the pink shirt, calling Andrew actually, to tell him what a loser he is.