Oct 11 2008
Not much to report – but it was a sunny day in Pittsburgh so I ignored my Saturday chores and took a walk in Schenley Park.
The fall colors are beautiful, as you can see by my photo.
I had my binoculars with me (always!) and searched the Cathedral of Learning for the peregrines when I got within view. It didn’t take long to find them.
A light southeast wind was carrying migrating red-tailed hawks over Oakland. The migrants didn’t know there are peregrines at Pitt and inevitably tried to catch an updraft at the Cathedral of Learning. When they did, one of the peregrines would pop off the building and attack them. This was bewildering for the hawks but I must admit I enjoyed watching the action after so many boring months of peregrine inactivity.
Between mock attacks, Dorothy and E2 perched up high to wait for the next red-tail. It was a perfect day for hawk watching.