I was scanning the local turkey vultures this afternoon when this pale hawk caught my attention. I wasn’t looking for this bird. I got a few decent, not great, shots.
How many great fly-bys like this bird have I missed because I wasn’t watching all day every day? Damn.
This is late date for this bird to be migrating through San Diego County. The latest spring date for this bird is May 15, per the Bird Atlas. There may be later, recent records. This bird is common to abundant in the Borrego Valley in the late winter and early spring. It has a migration that takes it from Argentina to Alberta, maybe all the way to Saskatoon.
I may be wrong on this bird. The genus, empidonax, that this bird belongs is difficult. The primary extension looks like a pewee, while, in my experience, the white under the chin looks like a willow fly