IN JANUARY, I raised the blinds in the bedroom and right out the back window was an adult Cooper’s hawk, perching upright. It looked huge.
In May I saw a bald eagle hunkered down in a sod field up the road from where I grew up.
In September I interviewed the woman who filmed a red-tailed hawk diving into a garbage can by Morningside Park to kill and retrieve a rat.
In November I tried and failed to take a picture of a red-tailed hawk in the air.
I didn’t publish anything about it but in two different times in December, in Morningside Park, I saw a red-tailed hawk fly up low and settle onto a prominent perch—once on top of a flagpole, once in a tree right over my head—only to be surrounded and strafed by blue jays until it gave up and flapped away. The second time, with the hawk in the tree, I was looking nearly straight up from below, so when the first jay flew in, I saw the gray and white underfeathers instead of the blue top feathers, and for a moment I got the scale all wrong and thought it was a titmouse and the titmouse might potentially be in trouble. The jays were absolutely not in any trouble. The hawk barely even tried to hold its spot before fleeing.
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