Prarie Falcon over Willits Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Thus. Oct. 25, 2012
Dear fellow birders:
A good variety of birds of prey in Little Lake Valley today. Best was a Praire Falcon (probable female). It was flying in a southerly direction over the treatment plant ponds on the west side. It gave no indication that it would stay around. A Peregrine Falcon was occasionally making dives at birds in the ponds. The numerous water birds were very nervous. A golden eagle being harassed by several ravens flew over headed east. Other more common birds of prey included: Kestrel (1), Northern Harrier male (1), Red-shouldered Hawk (2), Red-tailed Hawk (2) and White-tailed Kite (6).
The Willits WWTP is about 1/4 mile east of highway 101. To get there, travel east down Commercial Street (at the north end of Willits) from 101, turn left on North Lenore Avenue and follow it down to Sewer Plant Road and then turn right, following it to the plant. The construction is mostly done, but be sure to check in at the office if you go. The ponds are through the plant (a bit muddy) to the north-east a bit.