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Tom Martin, Bookseller
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This was the scene in front of The Book Plate on
Cross Street on Monday afternoon: one dead pigeon,
one stunned hawk, one vigilant cat.
It happened about 1 p.m. Sarah Myers was inside the
bookstore when she heard a THUD and looked up to
see the birds fall from an awning outside the shop.
"The pigeon looked dead and the hawk . . . his eyes
were open but he wasn't moving. His head was
hanging down, almost lifeless." Wanting to do
something, Sarah picked up the hawk. She soon put
it down. "It was very foolish of me," she says now. "I
won't do it again."
A few minutes after that, the hawk (believed to be a
Cooper's) got to its feet and held one wing as if it
were broken. Sarah began phoning around for bird
rescue. "Just as I got someone who sounded like
they knew what to do, the bird flew away," she says.
The entire incident lasted maybe half an hour. The
cat, which Sarah says "was just an excited
observer," never left the window.
Drew McMullen, president of Sultana Projects, who took the photo, reports: "Apparently the hawk
chased the pigeon into the second story window of the Book Plate, where the pigeon broke his neck
and the hawk got a nasty bump on the head."
The pigeon likely belonged to the flock that roosts under the draw-up span of the Chester River Bridge.
There was, notably, only one snow-white bird in that flock of maybe fifty, and pigeon fanciers will be
watching for and probably lamenting its absence. Every hunter knows, what stands out in nature will
be taken down. Even, as we see, in downtown Chestertown.
Originally printed in The Chestertown Spy, December 15, 2009 by John Lang