Common Black-Hawk near Stockton
This was just posted on the SJBirds listserve. I know of no other details on the report below (or how to get there), but I'm hoping some of the SJ County birders do and will provide more info. A Common Black-Hawk was seen and photographed last winter at this location, but before anyone followed up on it, it was gone.
The Common Black Hawk has returned. This afternoon I heard the hawk call and
then spotted it perched on a gazebo. It stayed in the area of our bay on
Lake Lincoln for about an hour. This time it caught a fairly large fish but
dropped it in the water before it was able to get it to shore. The hawk got in
the water from the bulkhead three different times to try and retrieve the fish
but was unsuccessful. Margaret Williams came over in time to see the hawk and
confirm it as a Common Black Hawk. We watched it fly and land on the ground
and a fence.
I called several people whose phone numbers I have from the Audubon
Newsletter but left messages as most people were probably at work as the time was
around 1:00 to 1:30. The Lake is private property but there is one spot on
Benjamin Holt Drive just past Cumberland where there is an open view of the lake on
the left side of the street through a wrought iron fence. The Hawk probably
fishes the lake in general so that may be a good place to see it. It seems to
show up in the early afternoon, or at least it did this spring and also today.
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