Scary birds attacking Providence!

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Why has no one ever sent me a link to this before?

I think I saw one of these birds eating a pigeon in Burnside Park a few months ago.

The post on YouTube has this to say about this pair:

There are 95 known nesting pairs of peregrine falcons in New England.The nest in Providence has produced 22 nestlings since the female, called Shadow, laid her first clutch of eggs in 2000.

This huge bird was chilling on the telephone pole outside my window a couple years ago, not a peregrine, I don’t really know what it is:


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Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  1. That looks like it might be a Cooper’s Hawk. I took a couple ornithology classes when I was in college. They’re fairly common in southern New England (saw quite a few around UConn). I’ve seen that same bird (or another of the same species) hanging out on lamp posts on Atwells.

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