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Friday, April 20, 2012


The mother red tailed hawk is spending more time away from her nest, getting a break from the chicks.

I caught her on a distant bough this misty morning.

I went to the Bottom Shelf yesterday, the non profit bookshop affiliated with the Fallbrook Library and bought a wonderful copy of Philip Unitt's The Birds of San Diego County.

The book shows historical data and nesting spots of the local birds and the sometimes visitors.

The San Diego members of family Accipitridae (hawks and eagles) included in the book are the Osprey, White Tailed Kite, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Harris' Hawk, Red Shouldered Hawk, Broad Winged Hawk (very rare), Swainson's Hawk, One Tailed Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough Legged Hawk and Golden Eagle.

Falcons (Falconidae) include the Merlin, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon and Peregrine Falcon.

RenĂ©e has a red shouldered living in her trees as do Les and Mary. One flew over my head when we were in their garage porch the other morning and the underside was variegated and gorgeous. Their There is a nest near Ranger Road that I must look at soon.

I once saw a golden eagle standing on the ground outside of the North County Bank in Escondido on Aldergrove. It may have been injured. I called the tellers out to see the amazing sight.


Ken Seals said...

check the typo (their) in your last sentence. Ken

Anonymous said...

Hi Robert I have the bird book "San Diego Bird Atlas" I bought it years ago. You probably paid alot less. I use it frequently. Beth Cobb