O Melveny Park Specialties

Juvenile Western Red-tailed HawkHighlights from today’s walk in O’Melveny Park included a large hawk showing lots of barring on the underwings and tail, white translucent wing windows, dark primary tips and a dark body. Since some folks did not see the dark patagial markings or a belly band, there was speculation that our bird was something more exotic than a Red-tailed Hawk. Fortunately, Karen Piorek got some very nice shots allowing us to confirm that it was a juvenile intermediate-morph Western Red-tailed Hawk, a plumage we don’t often see in the San Fernando Valley. We also had a distant look at a Northern Flicker showing yellow shafts in the wings and tail. Plumage detail on the head was too difficult to discern, so the bird goes down as an intergrade. Nice views were also had of California Thrasher and two Red-breasted Sapsuckers. The complete list follows.

Location:……………………………………. O’Melveny Park
Observation date:……………………………… 11/16/10
Notes: SFVAS; 11 observers, 16 Nov 2010, 9:00AM-11:30AM, clear, 68-75 deg F, calm wind, 0-1 mph. Leader: Jim Hardesty.
Number of species:……………………………….. 29

Cooper’s Hawk……………………………………… 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)…………………….. 2
1 individual an intermediate-morph juvenile B.j.calurus. Photos.
Mourning Dove……………………………………… 8
White-throated Swift……………………………… 4
Anna’s Hummingbird……………………………… 4
Red-breasted Sapsucker…………………………. 2
Nuttall’s Woodpecker…………………………….. 2
Northern Flicker (intergrade)…………………… 1
Distant view but yellow shafts on wing and tail visible. Face and nape markings not clear in distant view.
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)……………….. 1
Black Phoebe………………………………………… 6
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)…………………… 10
American Crow……………………………………… 6
Common Raven……………………………………. 12
Oak Titmouse………………………………………… 2
Bushtit………………………………………………… 15
White-breasted Nuthatch………………………… 2
Bewick’s Wren………………………………………. 1
House Wren………………………………………….. 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet…………………………… 4
Wrentit………………………………………………….2
California Thrasher………………………………… 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)……… 30
Black-throated Gray Warbler………………….. 1
California Towhee…………………………………. 4
Song Sparrow……………………………………….. 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel’s)………… 8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)……………………… 6
House Finch………………………………………….. 5
Lesser Goldfinch………………………………….. 12
American Goldfinch………………………………. 8

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

Submitted by Jim Hardesty.