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Hawk Makes A Home At The Library Of Congress

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Hawk Makes A Home At The Library Of Congress

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When not swooping around the Main Reading Room, the hawk finds a ledge to perch upon. Abby Brack/Library of Congress hide caption

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When not swooping around the Main Reading Room, the hawk finds a ledge to perch upon.

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A Cooper's Hawk has been trapped in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress here in Washington, D.C., since last Wednesday.

Tori Hill, the acting Chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Library of Congress, talked with Melissa Block on All Things Considered about the unexpected visitor.

Hill says the bird is a juvenile female who swoops around from time to time in the reading room, then returns to her perch.

It's not clear how the hawk got into the Library of Congress. It has, however, drawn curious employees and visitors to the august reading room.

So far, attempts to lure the bird back outside have failed.

The Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress provides an unusual backdrop for the hawk's occasional flights. Abby Brack/Library of Congress hide caption

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The Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress provides an unusual backdrop for the hawk's occasional flights.

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The hawk is seen here circling a recently restored Edwin Blashfield mural. Abby Brack/Library of Congress hide caption

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The hawk is seen here circling a recently restored Edwin Blashfield mural.

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