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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.
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
Druid Hill Park around the Baltimore Zoo. Had just passed the zoo
was in an open area with rowhouses across a main city route about 100
away. Saw a large bird flopping on the ground. Too big to be a pigeon
brown to be a crow. It was a hawk that had just caught a squirrel. I
40 ft away, the hawk barely paid attention to the clumsy bipedal one.
about 10 minutes it continued to beat the rodent to death, its wings
on the ground classic raptor style. It then dragged the corpse a few
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
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
crow. Maybe too big for a pigeon hawk, have seen one around here for
dull brown uppersides, off white underneath. Wonder if it was a fully