This afternoon about 3 p.m. an odd looking raptor flew directly over my backyard. I took a good look at in through my binoculars and was satisfied that is was a zone-tailed hawk, a bird usually seen in southeast Arizona and down into Mexico. I’ve seen them several times in the vicinity of the Wild Animal Park in San Pasqual Valley – which is where these two photos were taken. The two or three birds that are sometimes seen there also roam to the Ramona Grasslands, Santee Lakes, Lake Hodges, and Escondido.
These hawks mimic turkey vultures in appearance and often fly with kettles of vultures.
Zone-tailed Hawks are also occasionally seen around El Centro and Yuma. So it not such a big deal that a zone-tailed would be seen in Jacumba and I suspect that zone-taileds are relatively common here. It just takes someone who can distinguish this hawk from a vulture to be at the right place a the right time.
THis bright male calliope hummingbird appeared on the evening of the 3rd, after the storm and winds. He showed up the next morning for his close-ups.
Cassin’s vireos used to be lumped together with two other vireos, the blue-headed and plumbeous. Together they were one species, the solitary vireo.
This poor silly wabbit lost an ear to a poor marksman at the annual Jacumba Easter Bunny Shoot. Won’t you donate to the rehabilitation of this wretched beast?
This rock bathtub was pieced together recently. Last year, and before, there were a series of bathtubs hooked up to the Spa’s open hot water tap. This pool is supplied with an ample supply of warm water. A frog lives in it! The plastic soap bottle, barely visible, is a nice touch.