Clark's Nutcracker/Evening Grosbeak/Lake County
- Today (10/14) Mary Beth and Brian Woodward and I walked the 4
miles from the Summit Springs Trailhead to the Milk Ranch on Snow
Mtn., a location that is rarely searched for birds in fall. We were
all rewarded with some excellent Lake County birds. Highlights were
23 Clark's Nutcrackers (3 of those were seen in both Lake and Colusa
Counties not far past the trailhead, the rest at the Milk Ranch
Meadow). Also at the Milk Ranch Meadow were at least 34 Evening
Grosbeaks and a N. Goshawk. Other species seen during the day
included White-headed Woodpecker, Cassin's Finch, Mountain Chickadee,
Townsend's Solitaire, Varied Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, Pine Sisken, Winter Wren, Violet-green Swallow, Western
Bluebird, Cedar Waxwing, Band-tailed Pigeon, Fox Sparrow, Golden-
crowned Sparrow, Am. Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk and an immature Golden
Eagle. Dave Woodward
- On October 12th, I was quite surprised to see a Red
Tail Hawk eating carrion by the roadside. Not fresh
roadkill, either, but a deer carcass that had been
well worked over by the turkey vultures and ravens.
Is this unusual? I have never seen such a thing
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- Hi, Amanda,
It is very common, when hungry or stressed in other ways by lack of food, for
a redtailed hawk to eat carrion. They'll even eat suet from a birdfeeder as
well as earthworms, if they are hungry enough.