Exploring the back yard
This morning I went out with a large group of people from the San Diego Beginning Birders and the San Diego Audubon Society. My goal was to see the two nesting bald eagles in the Ramona Grasslands Preserve. Mission accomplished. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a good birding lens so I have no useful pictures of the bald eagles. We did get to see them on their nest and flying above their nest. Coolest thing.
There is a short road in the grasslands where raptor watching is at its finest. In just three hours we saw the two bald eagles and several other raptor species: American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Merlin (a falcon), White-Tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, and Turkey Vulture. We also saw lots of Meadowlarks, Phoebes, and Geese, and even a Roadrunner sitting in a treetop.
Funny thing is, when I got home and turned into the driveway, look what was sitting in one of the pine trees:
I’m not 100% sure but I believe it is a Red-shouldered hawk. Sometimes it’s useful to explore one’s own back yard!
I’ll have more about the Ramona Grasslands Preserve in a post this coming week.
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