A Different Kind of Pest Control
Ever had to wade through a passel of pigeons?
Maybe you've just had a murmuration of starlings swing through and left you with an unusually white windshield. Either way, it makes you wonder where the hawks are when you need them.
Oooo, now there's an idea...
Some municipalities or large business are making use of falconers to deal with this problem. One such, in Los Angeles, we recently visited. A lovely greenspace is surrounded by high rises--we entered the area around lunchtime, and most of the tables around the area were occupied.
I never saw a pigeon until we got to the parking garage. A pair of them were hiding out on the second level.
Apparently, this fine fellow shows up with his hawks (3 of them) a couple of times a week. I never got a really good image of the hawks themselves, but I think they are Harris's hawks (illustration here). That would make them non-natives to California, but an excellent choice for the task at hand. Harris's Hawks are more successful when they hunt cooperatively, and they nest in social groups.
Terrific lunch time entertainment--never saw a pigeon, but just watching the hawks was great fun!