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Re: Predatory dinosaurs of Baltimore - the real raptor red

There has been a red tail hawk hunting in around Druid Hill Park from some years now; it used to roost by the Reptile House (when it was open) and was not at all concerned with human presence (it showed up as a first year and stuck around for a few more).

Sounds like the next generation has moved in, I will be interested to see if it remains in the area. There is a Coopers Hawk hunting regularly in the Charles Village area as well.

On a note of more general interest (for the non-Baltimoreans) I have seen more raptors (species and numbers) in urban settings in the last year than any year previous.

--Mike Habib

On Tuesday, February 15, 2005, at 04:00 PM, GSP1954@aol.com wrote:

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

G Paul