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3 January 2011

Watch for Hawks in Trafalgar Square

Patrolling the area to keep the pigeons at bay since 2003, a pair of Harris Hawks are generally on out and about each day in Trafalgar Square.

They are rather attractive birds, and seem to do the job well, but considering that they have cost up to £78,241 a year, you would expect them to be helpful.

The tourists seem to like them, too, and if they are keeping the sky rats at bay, then this is presumably good, though when your author was younger he always thought that the Square was famed for its pigeons.

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  1. :O I have been to Trafalgar Sq many a time and not noticed these birds!! I will definately keep an eye out next time, thanks for the heads up!!

  2. Brilliant. They're not there all the time, and come in on shifts, so you have to be there at the right time. They use hawks on the Houses of Parliament too.