Zone-tail Hawk - Lake Hodges

Tracy Henchbarger

At 8:00 a.m. I saw the Zone-tail as you look up the elevation to the east at the ranger's booth next to the first boat ramp off Lake Hodges Way/Mission Road. For the last several hours 1 to 3 p.m., I've been watching it riding the thermals in the canyon off Purer Road. It's been making big circles so it may also be visible from the Lake too. Take the sharp left turn as you drive down Purer. 

Three times I saw it drop its bright yellow feet as it flew close to the ground. 
Tracy Henchbarger
Lake Hodges, Escondido, CA 92029