Date: 10/11/17 9:59 am From: Molly Zahn <mollymzahn...> Subject: Peregrines etc. at Baker
I took half an hour (OK, 45 min) this morning and stopped at Baker Wetlands (west side). It was gray and cold. Lots of ducks on the pond on the north end of the restoration area. I didn't take the time to sort them all out but some pintail and widgeon and lots of gadwall (and p-b grebes and coots). Also 10 (presumably) white-faced ibis and 4 great egrets. An eagle got all the ducks in the air, and then a peregrine made a couple swoops without getting anything. Not sure I've ever seen one actually hunting! It went off to the south and joined up with a second peregrine on the south edge of the wetlands. They then came back north and took another swipe at the ducks before disappearing. Very cool. Also a kestrel, harrier, and red-tail about.
It really felt like fall -- I'm not looking forward to the heat returning this weekend!