Saturday, March 19, 2011

hawk eats beloved dove

This past Sunday, on the 3800 block of S. 9'th St. in south Arlington, a hawk swooped down and snatched a pet dove placed on a tree branch to enjoy the great outdoors.  One of the dove's human friends was sitting nearby.  But this was not enough to protect the dove.

The dove was named Paci, which is Latin for "peace".  She was a gentle, quiet, friendly bird.  She was the subject of a blue-ribbon-winning photograph in the Arlington County Fair (see photo above).  She is sorely missed.

Birds of prey are active in our neighborhood. Bald eagles, the national bird of the U.S., have naturally chosen to reside in Rosslyn and raise a family here.  Bald eagles and other birds of prey are native species here.  Their presence amidst Rosslyn's soaring, built architecture is wonderful.

The natural world is beautiful and violent.  Beware.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the food chain