Date: 10/5/17 2:19 pm
From: Eric Culbertson <ebc101...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Romero hawk watch

From the hawk watch point on Romero road yesterday evening October 4 we had two distant Bueto moving with a vulture that I'm guessing were Broad-winged hawk by size/shape. These birds were moving between us and Ortega Ridge to the south out over the foothills. After passing us they headed to Toro Canyon Ridge where they gained elevation and moved to the high ridge at Monte Alegre behind Carpinteria before we lost them. September 30th several of us had had a Broad-winged Hawk follow this same path in the company of six vultures. Both the Vendanta Temple and the Pacifica Graduate Institute Campus along Ladera lane (south of the hawk watch ) would be good places to see birds along this path. Additionally the high point along the road into Toro Canyon Park (before descending into the park) would be worth a try. October 4th we also had a total 38 vultures pass over the hawk watch point.

October 1st and 2nd I had zero Broad-winged Hawks and little to no raptor movement at all between 3 and 5pm from the Romero road overlook. Clouds covered the hills up to Camino Cielo at Romero until at least 1pm October 1st and conditions looked the same October 2nd with cloudy conditions through the first half of the day followed by hazy and warm conditions later in the day. I didn't get out October 3rd (and conditions hadn't changed along the coast here).

Eric Culbertson

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