Date: 11/30/18 2:21 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Swanton Rd this morning
This morning, Lois Goldfrank and I drove up to explore Swanton Rd during
this break in the rains. At Last Chance Rd, we ran into Glenn Tepke who had
already spotted the continuing HARRIS'S SPARROW. It had disappeared but we
re-found it among other zonos though at some distance away, in the weedy
field across the street from the corrals. We were also treated to excellent
looks at the continuing FERRUGINOUS HAWK plus several other birds of prey.
At one point, two immature RED-TAILED HAWKS got into a squabble and were
flailing away at each other on the ground; the Ferruginous briefly got into
the fight too but it then broke up and the birds separated, seemingly none
the worse for the experience. An accipiter was on the fence - we're still
looking at photos trying to decide if it was a Sharpie or a Coop.

We eventually headed south on Swanton Rd. Just north of #482, a PILIATED
WOODPECKER landed on the trunk of a large tree on our left, and quickly
vanished on the back side of the tree. We waited, listening to him call,
then when he didn't reappear, I finally inched my truck forward but
unfortunately the movement flushed him and we watched him vanish down the
gully into deep woods. One RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (male) was in a fruit
tree at a residence about 2 miles south of Last Chance Rd, and a BELTED
KINGFISHER was on the power line above the road nearby, reminding us that a
creek flowed off to our west. Near the pond, a mature NORTHERN HARRIER male
made close passes over us, and the BURROWING OWL came out of hiding long
enough for some very bad photos. The usual birds were on and around the

It was quite a good day for birds of prey - we ended up with 8 species, if
we include the one Turkey Vulture we saw.

Sharon Hull

Lois Goldfrank

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