Urban wildlife action
June 9, 2010
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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).
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.