Soaring over pond
Dead adult bird, perhaps a female. No readily apparent injuries.
Probably a Red Tail Hawk. Flying above the eucalyptus grove, buzzing the top of the trees and excited about something. I heard at least 20 "screes"
1 flying along the bottom of the valley
Notice "fork" in tail.
The Accipitriformes is an order that has been proposed to include most of the diurnal birds of prey: hawks, eagles, vultures, and many others, about 225 species in all. For a long time, the majority view has been to include them with the falcons in the Falconiformes, but some authorities have recognized a separate Accipitriformes. A recent DNA study has indicated that falcons are not closely related to the Accipitriformes, being instead related to parrots and...