Normally I visit the main branch of Carnegie Library several times a week. It’s an appealing destination in winter: warm and dry, the right distance for a lunchtime walk, lots of books, free Internet access, food and drink at the cafe, a good view of the Pitt peregrines from the front steps (if they’re visible), and the possibility of running into friends.
But that week I worked through lunch so I missed Nature, red in tooth and claw — er, rather, red in beak and claw — when an immature red-tailed hawk very publicly ate a gray squirrel near the library’s front door. (Don’t look too closely if you’re squeamish!)
The event was impossible to miss, if only I’d been there. Fortunately I received this photo from Beth Lawry and read about it on the library’s Eleventh Stack blog. Click on the photo to reach the blog.
Apparently I’m not the only one who spends lunchtime at the library.
(photo by Beth Lawry)