(Some people worry about government surveillance and loss of privacy. But, one North End family is literally facing a more imminent threat.)
Renato Climaco holds the distinction of being the earliest riser among his neighbors on Copp’s Hill. From a Hull Street apartment, he greets the sunrise through his living room window overlooking the ancient elms which tower above the burying ground
Recently Mr. Climaco has greeted more than a panoramic view. It seems that a red tail hawk has appropriated the family’s wrought-iron fire escape as a sentinel perch to scan the 1 ½ acre Freedom Trail site for creatures, both winged and furry, which inhabit the trees and subterraneum burrows beneath the gravestones. First it was rabbits, then pigeons, now squirrels and who-knows-what. This raptor’s fierce appetite and hunting skills has caught the attention of Copp’s Hill residents who have named the hawk ‘Diana’ after the Roman goddess of the hunt.
The Climaco family is not about to throw open the windows for a little fresh air while Diana is at her post since she has begun to eyeball the interior occupants who have been unnerved by such scrutiny. Perhaps the bird is just searching for a flat-screen to catch an episode of Wild Kingdom on the Nature Channel.
(From Boston’s North End, Thomas F. Schiavoni writes about neighborhood life and city living)