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So I'm sitting at my desk minding my own business and suddenly, outside my window I see this big shape fly by and a burst of feathers.....A large red tailed hawk dived out of nowhere and attacked a pigeon.

The pigeon got away and is sitting on a roof a few stories below looking somewhat shocked.  I don't know if if can still fly or not.  Hawk circled overhead a few times, then flew away.
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Haha, that's awesome, and a better view then the incredibly disappointing snow flurries I'm looking at, out my office window.

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Sounds like a glimpse of real-life nature outside your office window.

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Always a cool thing to witness.  I have been lucky enough to see birds of prey take a meal a few times.  Usually in a more urban setting.  We have a hawk or hawks that like to hunt around our backyard birdfeeders.  Most of the times the finches aren't as lucky as your pigeon.
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I pulled into my driveway a couple of years ago just in time to see a brown blur streaking in from the left and take a starling. It was a redtailed hawk, and it was pretty cool to see.
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This one didn't get away.  (I may have posted these before, if so, sorry for the repeat.)

I thought the pigeon was already dead:



Then the pigeon struggled some:



The red-tailed hawk went in for the kill:





The last struggle:



It is finished:



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I have a red-tail hawk and a brown owl of some sort that nest within decent binocular range of my office. They share a south facing wall.
I know of at least one other owl nesting 4 or 5 blocks away, too.

Birds of prey are returning to many major cities because the buildings are nestable and pigeons and grackles are plentiful.
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About 5 years ago I watched a red-tailed hawk knock a pigeon out of the sky and onto the sidewalk in front of a group of tourists.  I think every one of them shrieked and or jumped as the hawk dropped in to retrieve it's crippled prey.

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There was a pair of hawks nesting near my house this past summer.  They would perch on the power pole in my neighbor's yard and hunt the squirrels and starlings in my yard.  I loathe the squirrels and starlings (destructive varmints), so I really loved those hawks.  Even my little girls would cheer when a hawk nabbed a starling out of the air. I hope they come back this year.

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