Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Red Car Property: "Corra Rose,"
The Red Tailed Hawk

Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 8, 2011, 9:47 AM. The familiar Red Tailed Hawk, "Corra Rose" was hunting from the telephone poles on the Red Car Property meadow. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

"Corra Rose," the Red Tailed Hawk, has been around the neighborhood for a few years. Shawnda Thomas Faveau captured the best image of her back in the fall of 2009. Shawnda named her for Corralitas Drive and Rosebud Ave.

Corra has a distinctive pattern of feathers on her chest, and is generally paler in color. Corra is most likely a female because she is a huge hawk. (Female raptors are larger than males.)

Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 8, 2011, 9:46 AM. Arrow points to Corra's perch above the meadow of the Red Car Property. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Corra has been seen daily in the tops of the tall trees on Corralitas Drive and the 2 Freeway adjacent to Corralitas. In the past few weeks, most mornings, I've seen her making hunting forays onto the Red Car Property from the telephone poles above the meadow. The grass is short, so it's easy to see the gophers and rats when they surface from their dens.

UPDATE: Corralitas Kestrel, January 8, 2011: I saw the Kestrel having breakfast on top of a telephone pole at the highest point of Corralitas Drive. The lighting conditions were not conducive for a photo.