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  •  So far so good (6+ / 0-)

    And I have the same thoughts.  It mostly hangs out near a plant nursery, but it's right next to the freeway.  Not good for first year birds, but then again, he seems to be holding his own.  But what is he eating?

    "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

    by Tyto Alba on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:42:47 PM PST

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    •  I think they eat a lot of reptiles, but also small (6+ / 0-)

      mammals and the occasional bird - pretty similar to red-shoulders, I think.  They may have different lizards in their home range, but similar enough to ours that they'd recognize it as food.  

      •  Thanks Lineatus, (6+ / 0-)

        I really appreciate your help.  I've been following this hawk only via email reports from our local birding group, as spotting it with my eyesight prior to surgery would have been a waste of time.  

        But the other open question in my mind is that no resident raptor has attempted to drive him out.

        During winter migration our local hawks here are very territorial, and often attack migrating intruders. I'm assuming that the Grey hawk found an unoccupied territory, and a small one at that, as it's not moving around much at all.  Either that, or there must be plenty of small prey around for him in that small area (which again, asks the question why no local raptor challenges him).  Thanks for your feedback.

        "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

        by Tyto Alba on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 08:19:54 PM PST

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        •  In trish's video, there is one scene where a (5+ / 0-)

          second hawk is visible, and it appears to be a juvenile redtail.  It could be that the freeway location is just undesirable enough that local residents don't want to bother, but just good enough that a bird who's trying to get through its first winter can eke out a living there.  If it's mostly juveniles there, they may not have too much territorial instinct if hormones haven't really kicked in for them yet.

          •  Yes, that was a RTHA in the video (4+ / 0-)
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            I noticed it only because the Gray turned and acted "alert" all of a sudden.
            I also saw another raptor that turned out to be a Lineatus just before getting off the highway. I doubled back to check and make sure it wasn't the Gray.
            I've had others tell me they saw it eating bird.

            •  when we were looking for it there were three RT (1+ / 0-)
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              soaring at about 300' in that area, all along Sc lane and the marsh.

              We gave up and went out in the marsh and were thrilled to watch a Kite doing what Kites do.

                 Up on Foothill Rd inland from there 1/4 mile there was a big Cooper's hawk on a phone pole with a Kestrel giving her an earful, she flew when I stopped and turned to look and flew in your video's direction.

              Thanks for the video, there is also a video from a great source of Vimeo's from a link thru the SBCO birding site..I was dumb to not bookmark it, grrrr....but he has a great collection of bird and critter videos, worth looking for..there is a grey hawk link at the sbco link...his grey hawk vids are really excellent of this bird, done with big glass, heh.

              Happy new year y'all, sorry I didn't get here on sunday...thanks for all these Lineatus, you have given great riches with these, and  'thanks' just ain't enough!


              This machine kills Fascists.

              by KenBee on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 02:15:01 AM PST

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