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999Crested Caracara

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  • George Chaniot
    Aug 23, 2004
      Mon, 23 Aug 2004 -- A CRESTED CARACARA
      is currently being seen in coastal Mendocino
      County near the town of Westport. It was first
      reported on Aug 21 along Highway 1 several
      miles south of Westport feeding on carrion. For
      the last two days it has been seen by many
      observers north of Westport near milemarker
      79.75. It has been seen most often with Turkey
      Vultures in a lone cypress tree to the west of the
      highway. There is a deer carcass between the tree
      and the road where they are feeding. As of this
      afternoon there is still a good deal of meat on the
      carcass, and it may be attractive for several days
      to come. At about 3:30 P.M. today the caracara
      approached this area from the north where it had
      been sitting in another cypress about 0.5 mile
      away. It flew off to the north again about 10
      minutes later - probably going at least one mile
      along the Westport-Union Landing State Beach.
      More details of the sightings may be found
      at the Mendobirds website at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds
      messages 993,994,996, and you can watch that
      site for updates.

      George Chaniot
      Potter Valley, MEN, CA
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