Hey birders. While leaving our banding station at the
Carmel River Lagoon this morning (Monterey County),
Brett Tryon and I had great looks at the CRESTED
CARACARA that has been seen off-and-on in various
locations in Monterey County since April. The bird
spent several minutes circling low over the Odello
Lagoon restoration site before moving off to the east.
Also of note was a HOODED WARBLER that we both heard
calling and I saw briefly.
Odello Lagoon is currently closed to the public.
However, this bird may be visible from Cross Hill
(access is off of Ribera Road, the first road south of
the Carmel Bridge on Highway One), or from the
shoulder of Highway One (exercise caution here!).
Of further note, the Carmel River is currently flooded
to capacity, and as such, there is currently no
Shorebird habitat there, except perhaps along the
beach (which I did not check today). I hope the River
breaches soon! Good birding,
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