Date: 10/12/20 2:30 pm From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Bella Vista 'falconwatch'
After I took over from Joan and Jake on Sunday afternoon, I failed to see much other than a Merlin and a few Red-tails. This morning, I tried a new spot at Bella Vista x Mariposa, a bit west of the regular spot. I have seen birds thermaling up on a ridge at this spot from the regular spot. It has a more 360 degree view here, although it seems that the best thermal route may be even further west as it seemed birds were sneaking by just over the ridge above me. I was able to see a couple each of Cooper's and Sharp-shinneds. Two of these were flying out over the coastal plain and made a 90 degree course change to thermal up near where I was, which seemed to indicate some value in this spot. On the ridge above me, I saw both Prairie and Peregrine Falcons, a Northern Harrier, and 2 WT Kites. A perched Kestrel gave me all four falcons along this stretch in <24 hours. In addition to regular looks at TVs and Red-taileds, I saw one Red-shouldered and eventually had another small buteo fly by rather distantly for several minutes out over the coastal plain that I felt comfortable calling a Broad-winged based on the relatively pointed wings and apparent lack of the pale primary panel.