On a walk through Queen’s Park yesterday afternoon, I spotted a huge bird in one of the trees. I started walking towards it only to realize it was, to my surprise, a red-tailed hawk. Many people approached when they saw me snapping pictures — parents pointing it out to their kids, OPS employees on their lunch breaks, picnickers. It was nice to see everyone out appreciating the little bit of wildlife that we get to see from time to time in the city.
The bird turned around nicely a few times so that everyone could get a good view of him from all sides, and as he put his back to everyone, his beautiful red tail hung down from the branch on which he was sitting. Queen’s Park is usually completely overrun by squirrels — but not yesterday; they were clearly staying far away for a good reason. Half a dozen people stood to watch him for a while but dissipated after a few minutes. The hawk just continued to sit while people passed by.
Top photo by Megan Hall; bottom photo by Susheela Willis