Yeah, “Natural Pest Control” sounds like a typical spammer subject line, but, in this case, it’s the real thing: rather than defaulting to traps and poison, some building owners have been hiring falcons to keep their balconies and balustrades free of pigeons.
The bird in the snapshot below is a contractor working for The Hawk Pros. He’s a new hire being acclimatized to the presence of people and noise before being put to work. His handler was sitting quietly by while shoppers at the farmers’ market that sets up every Wednesday morning at the Wilshire Courtyard in LA’s Miracle Mile wandered by.
There is, in fact, a number of wild falcons living atop LA highrises, including one at the Desmonds building two blocks east, whose morning calls I can hear from my home office window.
Though it may not be part of the LA cliché, in reality, this new bird in town will fit in with a city that boasts puma-prowled wildlands only five miles north of this intensely urban neighborhood.
Cover Image: Alan Manson – Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus) Uploaded by Snowmanradio near Tugela Ferry, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa via Wikimedia Coimmons