Sorry but couldn't resist that subject line ! ..;)
Yesterday evening around 7:20pm while leaving work at the steel mill in Butler, I saw a very large raptor flying directly over me and landing on a very high tower near the slab grinding area at the edge of the plant. I headed out the main gate and from Armco Drive was able to get it into view, an adult Cooper's hawk, seemed like a really large one but definitely the adult reddish breast and blocky head. I watched it for a short while and then it shot directly down towards me in a dive to the scrubby bank along the fence there. I waited awhile but it did not reappear and I imagine something met it's fate there. The old buildings of the mill are infested with house sparrows, starlings and pigeons so I imagine one of those was the victim.
Just thought this was an interesting sight for what some might consider an industrial wasteland. This plant sits along Conoquenessing Creek and has wooded hills across the way, as well as adjacent waste fields along the creek and railroad there where I believe the old Pullman Standard used to be. Along with this Cooper's hawk, large numbers of turkey vultures regularly kettle above the warm air that rises from the plant and melt shop area, and I regularly see a kestrel hunting these fields at the edge of the plant. I would guess for these birds there is a smorgasbord of food available and hopefully not contaminated.