Re: [Mendobirds] I drive by that lake in caspar, all the time, no carcara ~
- Hi, Lisa,
Get yourself a decent field guide. I highly recommend National
Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America and of course,
the Sibley's is good, too.
Caracara's are mainly southwestern US birds (and Mexican), closely
related to hawks on one side of their genes, and New World vultures on
the other. They are featured on the Mexican flag as the "Mexican Eagle,"
and are somewhat considered to be "semi-" eagle like.
They are a magnificent-looking bird, and I haven't yet seen either of
the two (is it the same bird? Could be) that were sighted here; one last
fall up near a deer carcass on Highway One near Westport, the other just
last week at Caspar pond. Would have loved to have seen that one, to be
sure! Would have been a wonderful addition to my lifelist.
*Chuckling at African reference* No, they are not an African species.