Date: 1/9/21 3:06 pm From: Leslie Flint <lflint...> Subject: [pen-bird] Adult Ferruginous Hawk along Stage Road today 1/9 plus a few other nice birds
Hi all, this morning I made my 4th/5th? attempt to see the Ferruginous Hawk that had been reported and seen by many along Pescadero Road between Water Lane and town. I didn’t see it. So I drove around checking fields and hillsides near town to no avail. Finally I headed down Stage Road - Ginny Marshall had seen a Ferrug fly over when she was looking for the Sapsucker at 1650 Stage Road this week. I drove past that spot along the section where there are huge Eucalyptus trees and the the road makes a sharp left turn. I stopped and checked the ridgeline and saw several birds flying, one of which was very white; I saw a white tail so jumped out and by the time I got my scope set up, all the birds were out of sight. I scoped the grassland below the ridge and there was the Ferruginous Hawk. It apparently had prey so stayed in one spot for quite a while. I took some photos but the distance was very far; now that I downloaded the photos, such as they are, I could see that the bird had rufous leggings, making it an adult. Here is my eBird checklist. https://ebird.org/checklist/S78936643 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S78936643> I have more terrible pics of the bird if you want to see them!
From there I drove up to Lower La Honda Creek OSP where it was very quiet. I did see the Loggerhead Shrike reported recently on the wires near the big water tank. From there I went to Reflection Pond which has had some changes…sections of the reeds have been bulldozed and a trail created behind the pond. Not sure if that is a great idea since birds were easily flushed by noisy hikers. However I counted at least 26 Hooded Mergansers! Amazing.
Early this morning I stopped at the pond opposite Bob’s Produce Stand but could not see the swans. On the way home I drove up Verde Road and scoped from there. The 4 swans were in north corner of the pond which you can’t see from Hwy 1, especially when there are cows obscuring the view.