Who knew birds of prey had a thing for Starbucks? Kristina Garcia snapped a photo Monday afternoon of what she thought was a falcon hopping around the sidewalk and bushes outside the Starbucks on York Boulevard in Eagle Rock. Said Garcia:
I‘ve never seen one on the ground in the city before so it seemed like a rare event. At first I was worried he might be injured, but he flew up onto a wire after a couple of minutes. Maybe he was hunting little birds in the brush?
Jeff Chapman, director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park, said the bird was probably looking for something to eat but it is not a falcon:
Pretty sure this is a Cooper’s Hawk …we do see them on the ground, and they are doing really well in urban areas. They do eat other birds, so probably hunting.