Driving back from Los Barriles the other day, we see a large dark bird with a white rump speeding by. Stop the car, get the cameras ready. Cameras? Debbie was heads up enough to bring hers with us this afternoon but not me. I was out-of-luck for photography but as always, glad to drive. Off down a side road we go. Backing down the gravel so Debbie can shoot out of her window we see the bird perched on a cardon.
Yes, it’s a Harris’s Hawk. One of the most beautiful raptors around. Following is a series of photos Debbie took that speak for themselves.
And one more
Not many people ever have the opportunity to see this raptor. I provided a link above and if you click on it more information is there for you. One bit of info on this bird I find interesting is that Harris’s Hawks will hunt in packs. They’ll help each other chase a rabbit down and then actually share in the rewards.
One thing I noticed in the town of L.B. this year was the invasion of European Starlings has really taken hold. They’re everywhere. Sure, they are pretty but they also out-compete many native species for food and nesting sites.
Also, for the last couple years we’ve been seeing a few Eurasian Collard Doves around. Another invasive species, they have definitely found a niche to occupy in town. They seem to be taking over the place, a lot like they have in many U.S. cities. Too bad. Again, they are nice to see but they are just too aggressive and out compete the natives.
Debbie and I are seeing many more birds here this year. We’ll have more to show you soon as we just returned from a quad ride up an arroyo and the birds we saw, WOW!
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