Last week researchers in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress in D.C. looked up to see a hawk staring at them from inside the top of the dome. Wonder what kind of research she was doing?

Cooper's Hawk in Library of Congress

Hawk in Library

The staff of the Library of Congress determined that the in-scaped hawk is a female, juvenile Cooper’s Hawk.

Pigeons like to perch on the outside of the dome, and Cooper’s Hawks love to eat pigeons. She may have flown in through a broken window in the dome while hunting for dinner.

Rescue in progress

The Library of Congress blog reported Monday that a net has been strung under the inside of the dome. This will protect researchers and the hawk (no dive-bombing, no hawk fallout.)

On Sunday a humane trap was baited; she ate the bait but then got away. The trap will be baited again on Tuesday.

Washington Humane Society says the hawk is in no danger from stress, and the traps are humane and appropriate.

Read more

Library of Congress prepared this research guide about Cooper’s Hawks:

A Cooper’s Hawk in the Main Reading Room: Further Reading

Read the backstory on the LoC blog.

She’s a hawk COOPERSTAR!

Written by Suzanne

Suzanne has loved books from an early age, and remembers reading her 24 volume World Book Encyclopedia set when she ran out of novels. Now that she works in a library, she will never run out of reading material again! Suzanne is a recent MLS graduate who loves working with students and technology.

This article has 5 comments

  1. Computer technical support

    That is really awesome to look. Anyway I want to know which spices it is? Is there anyone to provide more details about Hawk?

  2. Suzanne

    According to the VA Raptor Society, the hawk is a juvenile female Cooper’s Hawk. They expect to return her to the wild after a short rehabilitation.

  3. Earrings with emeralds

    Thank you for the time you spend just to share this information with us.

  4. Anonymous

    It is interesting to know that Hawk in the Library (of Congress)
    Thanks for sharing this information. It is really awesome.

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