Pittsburgh Birds and the Pittsburgh National Aviary

Trio of grasslands birds at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
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 on a free birding and nature 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. 
Stone bridge in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
Red-winged blackbird in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
Common Grackle in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
I think this is a Northern Gray Mockingbird...
Northern Gray Mockingbird in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
We also spotted a red-bellied woodpecker pecking away at a tree in Schenley Park.
Red-bellied woodpecker in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
The birds were a bit shy on the day we visited Schenley Park so Kate took the opportunity to show us various plant species along our hiking route.
Orange lichen/moss in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
We even spotted a curious deer peering back at us from the woods of Schenley Park.
Deer in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
I love the sleek industrial feel of Pittsburgh and all the imposing metal bridges remind me of the city's industrial past. Even in Schenley Park, bridges arch overhead in certain areas.
Bridge over Pittsburgh's Schenley Park
We covered a lot of ground and I met some interesting locals by participating in this free nature walk in Schenley Park. It's always a good idea to check local event sites and find interesting and free things to do when you visit a new place for business or pleasure. Once again, I managed to make the most of a serendipitous weekend in Pittsburgh necessitated by an extended business trip.
Hiking trail in Pittsburgh's 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.
Tropical birds at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
Tropical birds at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
The grasslands exhibit at the National Aviary featured all sorts of small colorful birds alight on trees. There were even some field mice on hand on the ground to make the scene as authentic as possible.
Grassland birds at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
Grassland birds at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
Grassland birds at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
Grassland birds at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
Larger grasslands birds scurried along the floor at the National Aviary.
Grassland birds at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
We even spotted a Crowned Pigeon in Pittsburgh. Crowned Pigeons are native to Australia; even the pigeons seem fancy and exotic Down Under!
Australian crowned pigeon at Pittsburgh's 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.
Baby 2-toed sloth at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
I finished my birding Sunday in Pittsburgh at Condor Court in the National Aviary. It was really cool to get an up-close glimpse of a bird that is really an American icon.
American Condor at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
American Condor at Pittsburgh's National Aviary
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.

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