I love birdwatching so when I had the chance to visit Pittsburgh for the weekend between two halves of a business trip, I jumped at the chance to do a bit of birding. Pittsburgh's Parks Conservancy runs monthly bird and nature walks in Schenley Park. Pittsburgh is also home to the National Aviary, a bird zoo of sorts. Here are some photos from a day of birdwatching in Pittsburgh.
Birding Walk in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
Kate St. John, the naturalist and blogger who writes Outside my Window runs a free 2 hour walk on a Sunday morning (8:30 - 10:30 am) in Schenley Park once a month. We hiked through Schenley Park's forested paths spotting various birds like red-winged blackbirds and common grackles as we walked.
We also spotted a red-bellied woodpecker pecking away at a tree in Schenley Park.
Pittsburgh's National Aviary
The next stop on my birding focused Sunday was Pittsburgh's National Aviary. This premier bird zoo in Pittsburgh features exhibits with birds from around the world. Each room is dedicated to a particular area of the world and climate and the birds roam free within the limits of the exhibit. I had fun spotting various tropical birds at the National Aviary.
Pittsburgh's National Aviary also features a baby 2-toed sloth. I'm not sure why they have a sloth since the National Aviary is a bird zoo. Regardless, the sloth was super cute and I enjoyed getting an up-close look at it when a National Aviary intern brought out the sloth for a feeding session.
Are there birding opportunities in Pittsburgh? The answer is a resounding yes. Between natural encounters with birds in places like Schenley Park to the National Aviary bird zoo, there are plenty of opportunities to do some bird watching on a weekend break while on a business trip to Pittsburgh.