Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ferruginous Hawk on Rangeland Road

Ferruginous Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk. Rangeland Rd, Ramona, California. November 28, 2014. Greg Gillson.
On the edge of the Ramona Grasslands Preserve is a dead end road through pastureland with large scattered boulders. It is a great area for raptors and grassland birds. [Birding site guide here.]

On a quick recent visit I found this Ferruginous Hawk on a power pole. This is a regular wintering species here, October to March.

I love the rufous leg feathers and wing coverts on this prairie loving hawk.

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