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Caracara cheriway


Large long legged raptor type bird that is an omnivorous scavenger. Identification point are the orange, grey tipped beak, long yellow legs, black crest and white-speckled neck with white tipped dark brown to black wings which is native to Mexico, arizona, texas, florida and central to south america


Between the highway and the river at a gravel station near the Redwood National Forest and Jedediah St Park Redwoods


According to a local lady who stopped(and prevented us from getting closer photos) this individual has been living in the area for close to 2 years. While we watched it was interacting closely with a Raven, and at one point offered it a large twig, as if trying to initiate a pair bonding. The two birds flew off together

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KarenSaxton 6 years ago

And Alicia, I just noticed this is your first comment on Noah. Welcome!

KarenSaxton 6 years ago

Emma, by now everyone in the region knows about him and that sounds like his usual spot: near the gravel works, just south of 197 to the park?! I am so jealous though, that you saw him feeding! Did you get a photo?

Hema 6 years ago

Alicia,you must report this finding to the Audobon society. They are always on the look out for this kind of unusual spottings!!

AliciaMarieKrueger 6 years ago

Just saw this individual Sunday (9/2/12) around 1 P.M. right on the side of Highway 101 just north of Crescent City! Had to turn the car around because I couldn't belive my eyes! This is literally just a few miles south of the Oregon border! It was munching on roadkill racoon and fending off several vultures. Gorgeous!

MelonyDixon 6 years ago

Beautiful, can't wait to see more!!

KarenSaxton 6 years ago

supposedly, airzone, texas and florida for sure, and they had been sighted in San Francisco. This one has apparently been living near Smith river Ca for a couple years.

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

I didn't know we got these in the US?!

KarenSaxton 6 years ago

I will post another set of photos as I think this is an important and exciting spotting

California, USA

Lat: 41.82, Long: -124.12

Spotted on Feb 12, 2012
Submitted on Feb 13, 2012

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