No sign of the Zone-tailed Hawk this morning. Several people looking from the east end of Village Lane later this afternoon will be hoping for a repeat performance of the past two days.
From: Tom Edell [mailto:<tedell...>]
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:53 PM
To: 'tedell' <TEdell...>; <slocobirding...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26
This afternoon Herb Elliot and I watched for the Zone-tailed Hawk from the east end of Village Lane in Cambria. We were essentially across the valley from the Santa Rosa Cemetery where the bird was seen yesterday. At about 3:50 PM, a dark raptor flew past us that looked a lot like a Turkey Vulture but had a longer tail and a more hawk like structure. When I first saw the bird I though I saw a pale tail band on an otherwise dark tail. Herb managed to take photos as the bird flew away that show the features I described above, plus barred flight feathers wuth a dark trailing edge and yellow feet and overall the right shape for Zone-tailed Hawk.
The bird was seen heading west when spotted and was essentially between us and the cemetery. It did not head to the Turkey Vulture roost on the hillside north of Main Street and the Bluebird Motel, but instead continued west. We lost sight of the bird and have no idea where it ended up. If looking for the bird tomorrow morning, it might be best to position yourself somewhere on the south side of the town that affords a view of the area.
The other option is to set up where Herb and I did and watch birds approach the town from the east. There may be a better location for afternoon viewing. It was seen on Tuesday at 3:40 and today at 3:50.