mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
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Hawk in Copley Square

(And no, he wasn't accompanied by Spenser.)

I work in Copley Square, Boston, and just before lunch I had one of my regular meetings. All the chairs were gone by the time I got to the meeting, so I ended up having to stand near the window.

I'm glad I did. Shortly before the meeting began, a hawk (I think it's a red-tailed hawk) perched on the window sill of our ninth floor meeting room, and hung out for the balance of the meeting and then some. I managed to snap the following six photos using my cell phone camera, so the quality is low. But when it's a choice between a low-quality photo and none at all...



Hawk in Copley Square Photo #1 Hawk in Copley Square Photo #1
Photo copyright © 2008 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.





Hawk in Copley Square Photo #2 Hawk in Copley Square Photo #2
Photo copyright © 2008 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.




Hawk in Copley Square Photo #3 Hawk in Copley Square Photo #3
Photo copyright © 2008 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.




Hawk in Copley Square Photo #4 Hawk in Copley Square Photo #4
Photo copyright © 2008 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.




Hawk in Copley Square Photo #5 Hawk in Copley Square Photo #5
Photo copyright © 2008 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.




Hawk in Copley Square Photo #6 Hawk in Copley Square Photo #6
Photo copyright © 2008 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.





As I was watching the hawk, I made sure to take meeting notes so I wouldn't miss anything. But I was experiencing that classic etiquette dilemma, to wit: when is it appropriate to interrupt a meeting at work to alert your co-workers to the presence of a red-tailed hawk?

The answer I chose was when the first presenter had finished with his presentation and Q&A. Fortunately, as I mentioned before, the hawk was still around. In fact, as far as I'm aware, he's still there. So we had about five minutes of everyone looking at the hawk, and then we resumed.

I'm sure my manager loved it.
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