TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Red-tailed hawk first suspected to be bald eagle

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Courtesy West Homestead Police
Pennsylvania Game Commission removed an injured red hawk that was discovered by a pedestrian along Route 837 in West Homestead on Friday.

Daily Photo Galleries

McKeesport Photo Galleries

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The discovery of an injured red-tailed hawk in West Homestead on Friday caused a brief scare among bird lovers, who initially feared the creature might have been one of several bald eagles that have been nesting in the area.

Local authorities contacted the state Game Commission, who sent an officer to the area of Route 837 near the ramp to E. Carson Street where the bird was discovered and identified as a hawk.

The Game Commission removed the animal.

West Homestead police Officer in Charge Jim Ferson said the bird, though injured, was intimidating, rolling over and showing its talons when approached.

“It didn't want us anywhere near it,” he said.

It was reported in the media this week that a young bald eagle born in April on a hillside in nearby Hays had not been seen recently by birdwatchers. There has been speculation the young bird may have flown south though its parents reportedly are still in the area.

Police said several news outlets called them after the injured bird was reported by emergency dispatchers.

Ferson said a pedestrian discovered the hawk at about 12:18 p.m. and thought it might be the eagle.

Local police did not know what brought the hawk down but said it appeared to have an injured wing.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read McKeesport

  1. Charges held against suspect in McKeesport market robbery, assault
  2. East Allegheny may meet this week with education association
  3. Ankle replacement makes UPMC McKeesport history
  4. Tuesday takes
  5. McKeesport man accused of firing at child to stand trial
  6. Elizabeth Forward board OKs cost to move trailer
  7. Erie attorney named trustee for bankrupt Homestead Cemetery
  8. Elizabeth Township to pay for road paving study
  9. McKeesport man charged with sex assault on 13-year-old girl
  10. Homestead summit addresses ways to help inmates transition after prison
  11. Mifflin Road project is on schedule, within budget