Red-tailed hawks delay Aurora Bridge repainting

A red-tailed hawk nest temporarily foiled WSDOT’s plans to repaint the Aurora Bridge.

“Though the birds are common to the area, it’s extremely rare for them to nest on bridges,” explains WSDOT’s Marqise Allen in a blog post.

When the birds built the nest in April, WSDOT contacted the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The painting contractor proposed a work schedule that left the love birds alone, and Fish and Wildlife gave it the go ahead.

WSDOT says the egg hatched in May.

“The baby bird – which our contractor named Gerry – has already taken flight and left the nest for higher beams in the area,” Allen said. “It’ll stay near the nest for the next few months until it builds up enough strength to hunt and fly farther before moving on somewhere else.”


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Robert Wykoff
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Robert Wykoff

The idea that anyone can live wherever they decide they want to in this city is ridiculous.

Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

They better move along real soon or the City Council will slap an egg tax on them.

David Robison
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David Robison

Kudos to the contractor for finding a way to make it work for humans and the hawks!

Denial River
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Denial River

More hawks fewer dogs and cats.

Hawks usually ignore harassment by scavenging crows (sound familiar?) but they sometimes will fight with them if pushed. Animals have weapons and boundaries. Nature teaches us many things.

Theresa Logan
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Theresa Logan

They are not stupid birds – one flew into my living room and grabbed my bird cage – wow – I hit it in the head ad it leaf but you could tell the bird was angry.