- Around 2:30 PM today Nikki White and I found the bird in the area already described. Shortly after Toby Tobkin arrived. We watched the bird for over an hour. At about 4:10 PM the bird flew north. Dave Jensen's report describes the events following our last sighting.
Additional information concerning the discovery of the bird may be of use to those who will be "chasing".
I had a call from Bonnie Eagleton a Lake County resident . She saw the bird yesterday at about 2:30 P.M. while driving on highway 1 . At that time it was not far south of Westport in an area called Blue Slide feeding on carrion. This is between Chadbourne Gulch (a steep gulch with a small creek and an extensive riparian area) and Westport. Evidently it then moved north of Westport to its present location and has stayed in that area through today.
Also this morning I found an Orchard Oriole in Westport. The bird was perched in a tree (there is a dilapidated shed right next to this tree) near the intersection of Hillcrest Terrace and Pelican Rd. It flew off and I could not relocate it. However at about 4:30 P.M. Toby Tobkin refound the bird in the same tree.
Additionally at about 12:30 P.M. there was a fly-over White-winged Dove at the Mendocino Headlands. Jerry White
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- 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
messages 993,994,996, and you can watch that
site for updates.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA