Sonoma Land Trust, Raptor Hike, 9.25.2022 Estero Americano.
Heavily fogged out day, overcast, cool, Day
A few Red-tailed Hawks, A Kestrel or two, and distant Harriers, from 10am to roughly noon, then we a had a Sharp-shined hawk down by the water as things started clearing, 12:30 A coyote, King Fisher, Snowy and Great Egrets, Great-blue Heron... not seeing a lot of hawks!
Then we headed back about 1pm, as we stared the hiking back up the service road and the sky's cleared up a bit, just enough to see a close Harrier, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Kestrel.... Then off on the eastern flank of the coastal hill, we noticed a Coopers Hawk tussling with a Harrier and the Kestrel flew over to strafe them both, suddenly another Harrier appeared, a Peregrine showed up an adult Red-tailed Hawk flew over us, A juvenile Red-tailed hawk appeared on the coastal hill, as all this was going on the fog started getting thick again... and then obscured and almost colorless, a interesting buteo appeared. photos below at very bottom of this post (juvenile Swainson Hawk) we studied its form and were 90% sure of the SWHA ID, photos later would confirm ..
below some of the raptors we saw....
It is so fascinating;)
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