I was talking to my neighbor Stephanie this morning. She had passed me in her truck on the way to work and I called to see if she had seen the osprey in the shade of the sycamore tree that I saw not ten minutes later?
She had not, unfortunately. I mentioned to her that I got around this country a fair bit and that in my opinion there is no better place in the world that I have visited, to consistently see raptors than our own fair Santa Margarita River valley. Serious business. I say hello to a couple red tailed hawks every morning and an occasional Cooper's.
Third time I have seen this guy in about a week, the other two times he was on top of the tall dead tree near the mailboxes and I didn't have anything handy to capture it with.