Hawk Sighting

No, I’m not talking about some sports mascot. I’m so sports-illiterate that I probably wouldn’t even be able to tell you if there was a sports mascot that was a hawk, or which sport they were a mascot for. I’m talking about Buteo jamaicensis, the Red-tailed Hawk. I was walking back to Hewitt from the campus center, and this hawk swooped by, about 2 feet off the ground, coming up from Mocon circle and into the courtyard. He harassed a squirrel a little bit, before perching on the railing connecting hewitt 9 and 10.

He chilled there for a while, then decided he’d be more comfortable in a tree, so again, flying just inches off the ground, he swooped across the courtyard and up into a tree.

Reactions from passers-by were quite amusing. One girl, upon seeing it/having it pointed out to her, took two steps backwards and nearly fell over.
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28 thoughts on “Hawk Sighting

  1. Anonymous

    Last year this hawk used to perch outside my dorm every once in a while (nic 6) on the tree right by my window and one day I looked up and it was tearing flesh off a squirrel and eating it… it was awesome

  2. Anonymous

    Last year this hawk used to perch outside my dorm every once in a while (nic 6) on the tree right by my window and one day I looked up and it was tearing flesh off a squirrel and eating it… it was awesome

  3. Anonymous

    speaking of vultures in september a skunk died out by the field hockey turf and there were about 20 of them flying around and swooping in to eat it. great fun.

  4. Anonymous

    speaking of vultures in september a skunk died out by the field hockey turf and there were about 20 of them flying around and swooping in to eat it. great fun.

  5. Anonymous

    Last year a hawk, clutching a dead squirrel in its talons, swooped down over my head. it was being chased by three crows.that was pretty nuts, I’ve gotta say.

  6. Anonymous

    Last year a hawk, clutching a dead squirrel in its talons, swooped down over my head. it was being chased by three crows.

    that was pretty nuts, I’ve gotta say.

  7. Anonymous

    I saw a that hawk (or another red-tailed hawk) in the WestCo courtyard about a week ago and it did the exact same thing.

  8. Anonymous

    I saw a that hawk (or another red-tailed hawk) in the WestCo courtyard about a week ago and it did the exact same thing.

  9. Matt

    The first two photos were taken with my camera phone, then I went inside and got my real camera and took the bottom one.

  10. Matt

    The first two photos were taken with my camera phone, then I went inside and got my real camera and took the bottom one.

  11. Larry

    I like that bottom photo!It’s nice to see that someone’s keeping an eye on the avian activities at Wesleyan!

  12. Larry

    I like that bottom photo!It’s nice to see that someone’s keeping an eye on the avian activities at Wesleyan!

  13. Anonymous

    I saw this hawk stalking a squirrel over by the CFA a few weeks ago. Maybe it should be our new campus mascot…

  14. Anonymous

    I saw this hawk stalking a squirrel over by the CFA a few weeks ago. Maybe it should be our new campus mascot…

  15. Anonymous

    dude, I saw a hawk just like that chase a squirrel around a couple weeks ago! Nobody else saw it, and none of my friends were particularly excited when I told them.

  16. Anonymous

    dude, I saw a hawk just like that chase a squirrel around a couple weeks ago! Nobody else saw it, and none of my friends were particularly excited when I told them.

  17. Anonymous

    On a similar note, I saw a vulture mauling some animal carcass when I went for a jog up Pine St. a few weeks ago. A vulture!!!!

  18. Anonymous

    On a similar note, I saw a vulture mauling some animal carcass when I went for a jog up Pine St. a few weeks ago. A vulture!!!!

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