Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

Urban wildlife action

Yesterday (June 8, 2010), in the late afternoon, I was hiking in Shenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This park offers an urban wildlife (and people life) refuge in a noisy and congested urban area.  The photos that follow give testament to the importance of this naturalized habitat in a city landscape.

Near the railroad tracks in Shenely Park (Map A), I witnessed close up a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) that had inadvertently “trespassed” on the territory of several American Robins (Turdus migratorius), Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata), and Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula).


Map A: Location of where I saw the red-tailed hawk (green arrow)

Photo A: The red-tailed hawk I saw being attacked by a territorial blue jay.

Video A: The red-tailed hawk I saw being attacked by jays, robins, and Baltimore Orioles.

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