Local author and sometimes blog contributor Steve O’Connor makes note of the evolution of critters in the neighborhood:
As I drank my coffee on the deck this morning, I could hear the hawks calling to each other high in the pine trees near, appropriately enough, Pine Street. I don’t recall seeing hawks around the Highlands when I was a kid, and unlike today’s kids, we were always outside. Now the hawks are always circling the pine tops and gliding off to hunt. It seems their hunting has been going well, because it struck me that I’m seeing fewer squirrels, and that the pigeons have vanished. Pigeons used to be everywhere in the Highlands, and I recall watching them as a kid in the Acre, too, and marching all over the sidewalks of downtown. Where have all the pigeons gone? Have they vanished like the crowds of kids who were always playing touch football and “relievio” in the streets?