Mesa Morning Vistiors

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Mesa Morning Vistiors
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By Dulce

Morning visitors on the Mesa, across from the Lighthouse. A peregrine falcon? A scrub jay awaiting a peanut and many birds enjoying breakfast.

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a-1529760751 Nov 16, 2017 11:55 AM
Mesa Morning Vistiors

Edhat has some knowledgeable birders. I think those little guys mobbing the feeders are Scaly-breasted munia aka Spice finches. "Mine" are long gone. Is that an older photo or did mine migrate to The Mesa?

dulce Nov 17, 2017 07:04 PM
Mesa Morning Vistiors

Yes we have been calling the Scaly-breasted munia aka Spice finches, Nutmeg Manikins for years. They love our feeders on the mesa. Seems to be 20-50 of them up here at any given moment.

pii Nov 16, 2017 10:32 AM
Mesa Morning Vistiors

Certainly a Cooper's. The Scrub Jay is afflicted with early onset posterior cranial pattern baldness.

macpuzl Nov 15, 2017 03:35 PM
Mesa Morning Vistiors

The Eyes in the Sky group often has a peregrine falcon that you can see up close and personal at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

woodruff Nov 15, 2017 01:01 PM
Mesa Morning Vistiors

This is what a Peregrine falcon looks like: https://www.birds-of-north-america.net/images/peregrine-falcon-11.jpg As you can see, Peregrines have dark eyes, spectacular, dark 'mustaches, and a lot of dark grey in their plumage. You might want to google Cooper's Hawk and compare what you find with your bird.

dulce Nov 17, 2017 07:05 PM
Mesa Morning Vistiors

Agreed indeed it is a Coopers Hawk. Thank you

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