Wednesday, February 20, 2013

San Benito County Birding: A Short Drive

Howdy, Birders,

Late this afternoon, February 20th, I made a short drive around the Hollister area. A CASSIN'S KINGBIRD, below, was at John Smith Road. A dark morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK was near the intersection of John Smith Road and Santa Ana Valley Road. The usual grassland species were around, including quite a few LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES. 
I am delighted to report that San Benito County's most reliable nesting pair of BALD EAGLES have begun incubation! One eagle was sitting in the nest today. I could not be certain if it was the male or female because the bird is very low in the nest and only the top of the head was showing. This nest was discovered in 2004. Its whereabouts is kept secret to protect the birds. They have successfully raised two young every year, except one since 2004. I will keep you posted on this year's outcome!

Happy Trails,
Debi Shearwater
San Benito County Birding

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