sandhill crane/R-L Hawk
- 19 Nov. 2002 This morning I arrived at Garcia Flats at 0900 and
immediately saw the lone Sandhill Crane from the Highway 1 pullout near the
guard rail just north of Miners Hole Road. The crane was out in the
middle in the recently plowed/leveled field. Close by were two Great Blue
herons. After a short while the crane ended up (flew?) in the permanent
pasture on the south side of the fence working its way across the field
with a GBHE. The crane was easily viewed from Miners Hole Road at this
point ... but still a ways out there (a scope helps). The whole while
there was a beautiful Rough-legged Hawk sometimes perched on fence posts,
sometimes working the fields... even hovering once in a while.
No swans were present as of yet. No sign of "Al" the Laysan Albatross at
Point Arena Cove either.
A Peregrine Falcon was atop the large pointed island (almost an island) off
the Vista pullout just north of Irish Beach.
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html