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Quite a Sight: Red-Tailed Hawk on Tanglewood Boulevard

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Tarif Abboushi was biking on Tanglewood Boulevard when he paused to take in the sight of a Red-Tailed Hawk perched on a bench, enjoying breakfast. (Photo: Wendy Mehling) 

Yesterday, Tarif Abboushi was biking on Tanglewood Boulevard, like he does at least five days a week. Ahead of him, he spotted Wendy Mehling, who runs on the Boulevard daily, suddenly stop in her tracks “as if she had hit a glass pane,” he described.

Tarif thought it was strange that she stopped so suddenly and turned to see what she was looking at: a “magnificent” Red-Tailed Hawk perched on a bench. 

They both approached slowly to capture the moment, noticing that the hawk was enjoying breakfast (it had a rodent in its claw). 

“Our collective breath was taken,” Tarif said. 

Tarif said that although he’s been bike riding on the Boulevard for the last 30 years, he’s never seen anything like that. “It was quite a sight.” 

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