California Quail and Red-Shouldered Hawk

September 02, 2013  •  1 Comment

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:

(female)

California Quail California Quail (fledglings - in toe)

California Quail (male)

California Quail (male - up close)

California Quail


The immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Camp Polk on 1 September 2013:

Red-shouldered Hawk

The RED-SHOULDER HAWK seen at Glaze Meadow the day before:

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawk

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:


Comments

Katie Williams(non-registered)
Jack, once again you have captured amazing photos. What type of camera and lens kit are you using? Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful sightings. I shared your last post on the Black Butte Ranch Facebook page and it got rave reviews. I hope you don't mind if I continue to share your sightings. I know we have a lot of bird lovers at the Ranch.
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