Faux Hawk

The Times Union Center is looking good. They’ve made a number of improvements lately, including a grand new atrium and giant electronic signs that make South Pearl Street look like Times Square. Heck, they even got rid of their most unsavory tenant, Talk 1300.

But there’s one problem that’s hard the fix: the pigeons.

Downtown Albany’s pigeon population is thriving, and they seem especially drawn to the arena’s nooks and crannies — so much so that a maintenance worker is outside every morning scrubbing pigeon shit off the sidewalks and walkways.

I noticed recently that the TU center was taking measures to scare off the birds, by fighting fire with fire. Ladies and gentlemen,  I give you the faux hawk.

You’d think this bit of fakery might have some effect, but I’m guessing the faux hawk is a flop. It’s covered pigeon poop — and in fact, the day I took this picture, several of the birds were roosting just above it.

What to do next? I’d suggest using REAL hawks. Every day when I walk from my parking lot, I see pieces of dismembered pigeons scattered about. One time I saw an entire set of wings still attached in the middle by a chunk of pigeon spine. The rest was completely gone. These hawks mean business.

So, you don’t need to be an ornithologist to figure this one out: bring more hawks to the arena and your problem will be solved. Maybe they could try releasing rats to draw in the hawks. That may sound unpleasant, but hey, it’s Downtown Albany. Nobody would notice.

4 responses to “Faux Hawk

  1. We have two bird feeders and a hawk is now hanging around. The birds we do want to attract have left. The TU Center can have our hawk.

    • Everybody’s gotta eat!

      We have a Cooper’s hawk that stops in a our feeder for lunch now and then. It’s nice to see him, but I wouldn’t want home there every day.

  2. why is talk 1300 an unsavory tenant?

    • The sketchy characters coming and going at all hours, mostly.

      But seriously, I don’t think it’s any secret that I don’t have a high regard for what goes on at that radio station. It always struck me as funny that Vandenburgh rails against government and then rents space in a building that we’re subsidizing with our tax dollars.

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