Thursday, February 6, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Hawkwatch 2014

Photo: Esteban Gonzalez, February 5, 2014.  Gonzalez was fortunate to capture photos of "2 awesome hawks outside my balcony. The one on the post is obviously having lunch."  Lunch certainly look like the Red Tails are dining on squirrel.

Indeed, we've seen similar behavior in our resident Red Tailed Hawks at the same time, last year.  It's hard to tell from the cell phone photo, but it may well be an adult feeding one of last year's brood, who is not yet adept at catching squirrels. 

Nesting season began February 1. At a 2 Freeway Terminus meeting last year, CalTrans publicly stated, they will not work within 1000' of nesting raptors.  We'll see how that works out when they start on the sound walls on the 2 Freeway.   

Be on the lookout for Red Tails flying to & from Corralitas & the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract & their nest on Allesandro & Rosebud. They'll be calling to each other a lot soon. 

Cooper's Hawks tend to mate & nest in the area around Riverside Place & Red Car Canyon.  I almost always see Cooper's Hawks near the historic landmark How House on Silver Ridge. 

Red Shouldered Hawks nest on the northern end of the Red Car Property near Adelbert.

Kestrels were making a comeback, seen on Corralitas & the meadow area of the Red Car Property.