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Sorrow is common in urban and suburban

areas. I once saw sorrow sitting on my fence but

when I tried to take a picture, it flew into the trees.

Sorrow catches prey with its feet and repeatedly

squeezes, holding it away from its body until

it dies. It’s been seen drowning prey by holding

it underwater until it stops moving. Sorrow

resembles a sharp-shinned hawk and even

experienced observers find it difficult to distinguish

the two, but sorrow has bigger feet. Sorrow can live

twelve years in the wild. The oldest recorded

sorrow lived twenty years and four months.



“Sorrow” is a replacement poem using both original sentences and sentences based on the Wikipedia and All About Birds entries for the Cooper’s Hawk.


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