Saturday, March 15, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Hawkwatch

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, March 12, 2014.  Definitely a Red Tailed Hawk.  Vlahakis comments, "The chest and underwing is AMAZING on this one.  Plus amazing how efficiently the talons are stowed."  (Click on photo to enlarge.)
For the past few years, Vlahakis has had the best view of the nest at the corner of Rosebud & Allesandro.  He's gotten to know "our hawks" by sight.  The adults have been renovating the nest again.  While waiting for the chicks to arrive this year, he noticed the one in the photo above, wasn't right...
"Nest still empty but I spied this one sitting in same tree but on a branch 15' above the nest.  By the time I switched from binocs to camera it was off.  It is not one of ours from that nest.  Our female has dark chest and the male has the one or two EXTRA red feathers on his right side tail."
Through the years many have asked, "How did you ever find the nest?"