Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Plovers
- Hello all,
Yesterday at Bolsa Chica, we saw about half a dozen Snowy Plovers (both adults and
chicks) in the fenced-off area off the foot bridge. There were also a number of Least Tern
chicks in the area as well.
We also saw a juvenile Peregrine Falcon in the hilly area behind the tidegates. She sat in
the same tree for over an hour. (A photographer also watching the bird said it was a
female.) At one point, we thought she was going to fly off, but instead, she walked to the
base of the thick branch she was sitting on, grabbed a large piece of meat she had been
keeping there, and started eating it.
I've never seen this behavior before; I wasn't aware that raptors were able to store food
like this. How common is this? It was kind of surprising, at least to me.
We also stopped by San Joaquin on Saturday afternoon/evening--no luck finding the
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, but we did spot an Osprey and several Yellow-breasted Chats.
Costa Mesa, CA