Bruce Mast and I had the Common Eider at the Crescent City harbor this morning
at about 9:30 a.m.
Sunny skies and a calm harbor made for perfect viewing conditions. For the 45
minutes we observed the bird, it remained
between Citizen's Dock Rd. and Anchor Way, actively feeding, preening, and
evading inner harbor boat traffic.
We headed north from there to Highway 101's mile marker 37 in search of the
Crested Caracara. We left our vehicle and climbed up to the eastern fence line
for a view, and the Caracara was maybe 1/2 a mile or so to the east on top of a
phone pole. At the same time an interesting raptor flew by and a brief glimpse
showed a lot of white in the tale but a fairly dark ventral side. Fortunately
the bird perched in the trees to the south of mile marker 37 and we were able to
get good looks at an adult Harlan's Hawk.
Nothing eclipsed the Eider, but a flock of Gray Jays at Patrick's Pt. State Park
was a treat for us southerners.
A few digi-scoped images from today can be seen at: