Date: 11/5/17 3:21 pm From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ferruginous Hawk - Holy Sepulcher Cemetery / Villa Park Flood Basin - 5 NOV
I stopped by Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange this afternoon to survey more of the fire damage from the Canyon Fire 2. The cemetery escaped a lot of damage, but did lose a fair amount of trees along the fence line that separates it from the Villa Park Flood Basin. Scanning from the fence down into the basin, I first spotted this bird perched in a dead tree around GPS: 33.814956, -117.763572. It was really far away, but I could tell it wasn't just a Red-tailed Hawk, so I went to get my scope to have a better look and the bird had left that spot by the time I returned. I later relocated it on the ground pretty far south of where it was and it was now just to the west of the outdoor nature center at IRP, near GPS: 33.804687, -117.757716. Never was able to get a good look at the bird in flight. I watched it sit on the ground for 75 minutes until an adult RTHA came in and forced it to take flight. When it lifted off, I noted that it looked entirely white underwing. It stayed low and I never saw it land in view anywhere near by.
All of the wilderness areas of Irvine Regional Park and Villa Park Basin are still off limits due to the fire, so if you're thinking of looking for the bird, I'd suggest scanning from the cemetery.