Chances are you’ve seen them flying in the sky, ever so high, so high that it hurts your eyes to stare into the sky that high. It’s hard to miss them when they’re circling in the air, holding down their turf like sky like vatos locos. Picking off pigeons whenever they get hungry and no one can stop them. Up there, they have no equals. Except maybe the ghetto bird or planes that fly over the Eastside, but that’s about it. Walking to Primera Taza this past Monday morning down First st., by happenstance, I was lost in my train of thought walking under the freeway bridge, when my doughy eyes lay sight to a marvelous scene that seemed like something out of a day dream. A hawk perched on a chain link fence post, wrapped in barbed wire, in-front of a now defunct clinica. Next to it, a mural depicting the American and Mexican flags side by side in harmony. The last time someone was walking, minding their own business and saw a bird like this, perched with a bunch of symbols next it, Tenotchtitlan was founded. But at the same time I’m probably making too much of my sighting, but it was still a sight to behold. Watching that 12 inch plus bird stand there, looking at me as I try to walk up to it. With it’s gold,brown feathers and long tail end, flying away, spreading its wings more than 3 feet apart, flying of into the distance. It looked a little something like this …..
(Pic courtesy of Gallery 727. “Sky Shark” by William Acedo. All Rights Reserved.)
It’s safe to say that there’s a few of these Hawks patrolling the skies from as far as Pershing Square, to Atlantic Blvd. I tried looking up some info and trying to identity what kind of Hawk it is, but no such luck. Because their feathers change color with age and I didn’t have any other defining characteristics, it’s hard to find a match. Maybe someone else whose seen them will chime in with a little help. None the less, it’s pretty cool be sharing the Eastside with these birds of prey. How they got here ? I have no idea, but how they survive is understandable. They are the top of the food chain here. No equals in the skies, plenty of churches, house and buildings for them to nest in and chill and a smorgasbord of pigeons, sparrows and other common birds for them to feed on. If you pay attention to the skies next time your out and about, I’m sure you’ll see one of the Hawks patrolling the skies, keeping all the other birds in check. tru-cha.