A bird rarely seen in California is causing a flurry of excitement among California birders. A Crested Caracara, commonly called ‘The Mexican Eagle’ and believed to be the original bird on the Mexican flag, was spotted flying between Solano and Yolo counties. It was last seen flying away from a tree alongside Putah Creek. The tropical falcon doesn’t typically reach this far north, instead living year round in Central America, northern tip of South America, and the southern parts of Arizona, Texas and Florida. The bird is a falconized vulture and prefers open areas where it can search for carrion. Unlike other falcons, the Caracara does build nests for its clutches.
This Caracara is still out there, so keep your eyes peeled and your cameras ready!
(Photo of Northern Caracara by www.naturespicsonline.com).