15 October 2022
Fall colors were looking good in the City of Pittsburgh this week. A maple in Schenley Park turned shades of orange and red while the sunrise worked to match it.
This acorn in Schenley Park is a squirrel’s dream come true, the largest acorn native to North America. Bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa also spelled burr oak) were planted in several places in the park more than 100 years ago, most notably at the main trail entrance near Bartlett Playground. This species withstands harsh conditions and is one of the most drought resistant oaks.
Goldenrods are blooming in the small meadow near Bartlett Playground.
During my walk to Schenley Plaza on 11 October I saw a peregrine fly toward Heinz Chapel’s scaffolding and disappear among the dense rods.
If he hadn’t moved I would not have found him. Ta dah! (See inside red circle.)
Amazingly he was easier to see through binoculars from Schenley Plaza tent. Too far for a photo.
(photos by Kate St. John)
3 thoughts on “Seen This Week”
Ooh, a bur oak at Bartlett? Where is that, specifically? Is it large? I have totally missed that.
Steve, it is the tallest widest-branched tree at this spot: 40.433643, -79.936617