Camp Polk was very active yesterday morning. While I was trying to keep track of all the action around the pond below the old structure, a wave of CALIFORNIA QUAIL came off the hill behind me and landed a few meters away. I'd forgotten how noisy they are in flight.
Right after that, an immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWK made a low-level pass directly overhead. This was the second time I observed this species in as many days. Two years ago, almost to the day, I reported my first sighting of a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in the Black Butte Area. At that time, this species was considered to be uncommon to rarely occurring, now I am not surprised when I find them there. My first thought was that I was seeing the same bird two days in a row - now I don't think so.
The CALIFORNIA QUAIL:
(fledglings - in toe)
(male - up close)
The immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Camp Polk on 1 September 2013:
The RED-SHOULDER HAWK seen at Glaze Meadow the day before:
It hard to tell for sure from the photos, but it looks to me like they are different birds. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be able to give us their thoughts.
Other birds seen and photographed but not shown include: EVENING GROSBEAK, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, HOUSE WREN, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WARBLING VIREO, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and WILD TURKEY
Interactive map showing the location of Camp Polk: