Oh my God a hawk just ripped up a pigeon right in front of me and totally just sat there eating it

[Video Link] Heather's breakfast, Saturday, was eaten in the company of an unexpected visitor. Below, a 45-second time lapse version of the full 15-minute feast, to Moment Music's remix of Ravel's Bolero (download).

Elderly woman strangles pigeons

Cambridge, England, has a pigeon problem. The verminous birds cause so much mess that a $170,000 annual budget was established to deal with them. Progress has been slow, however—too slow for one resident.

A serial “pigeon strangler” has been prowling a historic street in Cambridge to rid it of the messy birds. Traders in Rose Crescent have told how the elderly woman, a resident of the street, is so sick of flocks of the feathered feral creatures making a mess she has started her own one-woman cull. ... “You see a lot of things in the city but that is really odd. She told me she has asked the council to cull the pigeons but they won’t do it. I suppose she decided to take the matter into her own hands. When I saw her with a dead pigeon she just said,“I strangled it”. You just learn to say OK to something like that.”

Hey, it's cheaper than shooting them. [Cambridge News via Arbroath]

Church tower holds tons of pigeon crap

"A hatch on a Swedish church tower inadvertently left open for some three decades resulted in 2 tons of pigeon droppings amassing in the tower." [Yahoo News]