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?
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.
Library of Congress prepared this research guide about Cooper’s Hawks:
She’s a hawk COOPERSTAR!