Re: Exciting birds
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Nice finds! Expect trouble with ebird reviewers on that chicken....
We've had a pair of Red shouldered hawks and a pair of white tailed kites off and on in our area. They perch in the tall trees nearby and get mobbed by the neighborhood crows. One of the Red-shouldered was in our tree holding the back half of a rat and screaming to its' mate (for credit?) before it flew off. A visible reason to ban rat poisons!
The Swainson's was nice to hear about. On 3/11, we saw a group of 6 to 8 raptors circling high over Mt Wanda at the John Muir Historic site. They were too high to identify, but seemed a little smaller than red tails. At the time I wondered if they could have been early Swainson's. (Too early?)
I follow the Borrego Valley Swainson's hawk watch near Anza Borrego, CA. They are speculating that many of the Swainson's that migrate through the valley might be further east, following a flower (and caterpillar) bloom in Arizona instead. It was wetter over there this winter. They've seen numbers drop off from their usual. Anyone interested in their Swainson migration can check it out here;
On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 12:38 AM Susana dT <trapaga@...> wrote:
I found a chicken in my freezer! This is a very good find considering the shelter in place, good save from going to the store.