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Home » Quirky ThingsApril 2008 » Bird Brained

Bird Brained

Truth is stranger than fiction: a 13-year old girl named Alexa Rodriguez was attacked at Fenway Park by a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Could have it been the same hawk that killed Wily Crow Peña?

Last August the mythological implications of a squirrel climbing the foul pole at Yankee Stadium were explored. The hawk or falcon also is of import in Norse myth: Veðrfölnir (“the one bleached by weather”) perches upon the beak of an eagle in the crown of Yggdrasil, the World Tree. The wings of the eagle power the winds of the world while the hawk’s meaning is mixed. Some sources state it represents higher knowledge like Odin’s ravens Hugin and Munin while others say it symbolizes the union of man and woman.

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