Monday, January 28, 2013

Zone-tailed Hawks being seen again at Frontera Audubon Center


I hadn't been back to Frontera Audubon Center since it looked like the Zone-tailed Hawks would not be perching or roosting in same locations that could be shared with the many other birders who were interested in seeing them. I returned yesterday afternoon and was told that both the juvenile and adult Zone-tailed Hawks had been seen in the past week or so near the pond viewed from Audubon Frontera where I had photographed them previously. I found this juvenile Zone-tail perched in a tree on the other side of the pond from Frontera at 3:40 pm. Thanks to staff member on duty Chris Warren who was willing to stay past the 4 pm closing to accommodate viewing of the hawk by others who were there to look for it, a group of 9-10 birders (including several from England) were able to view, photograph and videotape this bird also.

Note: I believe there are likely two juvenile Zone-tailed Hawks frequenting Frontera Audubon as the photos I have taken do seem to show juveniles with significantly different appearing tail feathers. I do hope that birders will be cautious when viewing these birds so the juvenile does not stop using this area for perching and likely for roosting as it did for a period. Viewing and photographing should take place not in the open area but behind vegetation (that's where I got these photos) to reduce disturbance. SeEtta