Checklist S51138613

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Owner John Callender

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I parked on the east side of Sudden Road about 50 yards south of the intersection of Sudden Road and San Miguelito Road (that intersection is the mapped hotspot location). I remained by my car scanning the surrounding valley for the entire time; all the birds I recorded were visible from that spot. Most of the raptors were concentrated along the ridges east, south, and west of my location.

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  1. Number observed: 9
  2. Number observed: 3

    Details: One adult and two immature. At one point around 1440 the adult was flying into the distant west, then immediately after the two immatures were on the ground to the east, then took flight and went north.

    During an extended period (roughly an hour) at least the two immature birds (and possibly the adult?) repeatedly perched on the ground and in the bushes near Station Road, along the east side of a ravine roughly at (34.5720965, -120.5137844).

  3. Number observed: 1
  4. Number observed: 6

    Details: A juvenile bird (photographed) spent most of the time I was there perched on telephone poles in the valley, hunting in the valley, or perched on the ground there. At one point two adult birds entered the area and interacted with it, including an incident where all three Red-tailed Hawks mobbed an immature Golden Eagle that was carrying prey; I speculated that the eagle might have taken prey from one of the Red-tailed Hawks, but I didn’t see that happen.

    Other Red-tailed Hawks viewed tended to be more distant, station-keeping above ridges east and west of my location.

  5. Number observed: 1

    Details: A single light-morph individual entered the area flying south along the ridge west of my location, then flew above and twice landed on the ground on the slope east of my location.

  6. Number observed: 1
  7. Number observed: 2

    Details: A female bird spent much of the time hovering over the ridge to the east of my location. A male bird spent much of the time hovering over the ridge to the west of my location, and also occasionally traversed the area in the valley along San Miguelito Road, perching on the telephone poles and the wires between them.

  8. Number observed: 1

    Details: Did a low flyby east to west soon after I started my list. Later seen flying low to the ground above the ridge west of my location, then perched on the ground on the slope west of my location. It stayed on the ground in that area for some time (30 minutes or so?), occasionally walking about, I assume hunting ground squirrels. It left flying low to the ground toward the north.

  9. Number observed: 1
  10. Number observed: 1
  11. Number observed: 2
  12. Number observed: 1
  13. Number observed: 2
  14. Number observed: 3
  15. Number observed: 9
  16. Number observed: 1
  17. Number observed: 1
  18. Number observed: 3
  19. Number observed: 2
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