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Predatory dinosaurs of Utah



Dear Greg and List,

    I saw my first Bald Eagles in Utah two weeks ago, going Southeast on the
191 just past Wellington. The two seemed to be foraging around some
sagebrush for something we couldn't see.
    Last week, on the I-6, going west through the canyon, we saw a Golden
Eagle, surrounded by crows, chowing down on a road kill mule deer. The crows
were keeping a healthy distance while the Eagle ate its dinner.It really
gave me the impression of a giant theropod, getting first dibs, while
smaller species waited in line.
     It is open drill night at the Bonelab at CEU, tonight at 7:00. I get to
find out if that strange growth on the bottom of the brachiosaur ulna that I
am working on, is actually an embedded tooth fragment.

Backwoods Cliff
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <GSP1954@aol.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 2:00 PM
Subject: Predatory dinosaurs of Baltimore - the real raptor red


> Today was unusually mild, so took a walk through the big, Olmstead
designed
> Druid Hill Park around the Baltimore Zoo. Had just passed the zoo entrance
and
> was in an open area with rowhouses across a main city route about 100
yards
> away. Saw a large bird flopping on the ground. Too big to be a pigeon and
too
> brown to be a crow. It was a hawk that had just caught a squirrel. I stood
about
> 40 ft away, the hawk barely paid attention to the clumsy bipedal one. For
> about 10 minutes it continued to beat the rodent to death, its wings
spread out
> on the ground classic raptor style. It then dragged the corpse a few feet
to
> the base of a sappling and started to feed. Even when I walked by about 30
ft
> away the hawk hardly paid me attention. Watched for at least 20 mins
overall,
> left the predator to finish its afternoon dinner in peace.
>
> Not sure what kind of hawk it was. It was fairly large, the size of a big
> crow. Maybe too big for a pigeon hawk, have seen one around here for
years. A
> dull brown uppersides, off white underneath. Wonder if it was a fully
grown
> juvenile.
>
> G Paul