Acorn Woodpecker up a tree by the parking lot at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California.
After going on the monthly walk at Santiago Oaks Regional (see A Walk at Santiago Oaks Regional Park ), I went a short distance to Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California. It was pretty close. I parked in the parking lot past the lake and walked back to the lake. I was thinking of it anyway, but someone at the park told me that they had recently seen about 4-5 Red-Shouldered Hawks there. I have been trying to get more pictures of the Red-Shouldered Hawk. The Red-Shouldered Hawk is more of a woodlands bird. Unlike the Red-Tailed Hawk which perches on a high, exposed perch like a light pole or dead tree and looks out over a field, the Red-Shouldered Hawk perches in the midst of the branches of trees in a woodlands. Both hawks eat rodents among other things.
The oak woodlands were filled with the sounds of woodpeckers calling and pecking. As I approached the lake, quacking and whistling were added to the mix. At the lake were Mallards, American Coots, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, and Wood Ducks. Luckily, there were no paddle boats out yet.
There were lots of ducks out on the larger part of the lake where they have the paddle boats.
The Ring-necked Duck is a mostly fresh water duck which dives under the water for food. No dabbling for this duck.
I heard a really loud raucous. It was a Red-Shouldered Hawk up in a tree by the lake. He was calling constantly at a high volume. They are one of the most vocal hawks we have. Them easy to spot. My source on the Santiago Oaks walk was right--there were Red-Shouldered Hawks here at Irvine Regional Park. Not surprising, since as I said, they like woodlands.
Then I heard a ruckus of another kind. A Nuttall's Woodpecker. It was moving up a sycamore tree.
I walked over by the pony rides and heard the Red-Shouldered Hawk again.
By the time I got there he had attracted a few birders and photographers.
There were other birds there are well. A Northern Mockingbird feeding on berries. And several Western Bluebirds . This was the first time I had seen them since late summer.
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