After confining my bird photography to my backyard for too much of this strange year, I went out last Sunday (12/22/2020) and was delighted to get the desired photos of the light morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK on east Palm Ave. in Coyote Valley: https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294618;
1. At Coyote Valley, the Ferruginous was not in the reported oak tree when I arrived, and, lacking the required patience, I was about to leave. But then I noticed that next to that oak was a persimmon tree with several fruit still hanging -- and some birds moving around. Binocs revealed among them a cute White-crowned Sparrow and several sparkly starlings.
I can't resist photographing birds eating persimmon and spent a fun half hour shooting the spectacle. At the end of which the Ferrug arrived!
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