As disappointed as I am that the CMU red-tailed hawks have been raiding bird nests in Schenley Park, there's another item on their menu that makes me happy to see them patrolling Oakland.
In early May, Lisa Zirngibl saw a red-tailed hawk eating breakfast on a ledge at Cyert Hall. (This is the female of the pair; I can tell by her pale head.)
One glance at the tail of her prey tells me this bird is performing a public service.
Can you guess what she's eating?
I hope she catches a lot of these!
(photo by Lisa Zirngibl)