A nice day at Yaki Point
28 Sep 2018, 7:48 PM,
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A nice day at Yaki Point
Brooks Hart and I spent about 4 hours at Yaki today.

The hawk counters this year were very charming and, as usual, good hawkers.

Although we didn't have huge numbers, we enjoyed wonderful looks at many accipiters, falcons, dark morph Red-tails, Northern Harrier and Osprey.

The highlights were a gorgeous adult Broad-winged Hawk and California Condor #J1. Both birds flew low overhead in perfect light for real jaw droppers.

Altogether a really nice day with good weather, good birds, and cool people.
Tom
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5 Oct 2018, 7:35 PM,
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RE: A nice day at Yaki Point
Deb Linda and I hit the canyon today. We checked out all of the points to Hermit's Rest and then spent a few hours at the hawk watch at Yaki. The buses make everything so convenient.The canyon was spectacular with weather and sunlight making an ever changing mosaic.

About 130 birds passed by, with nice looks at Zone-tailed, Swainsons Red--tailed, N. Harrier, with many Sharp--shinned, Coopers Hawks. Throw in a couple Merlins, Peregrines, Kestrels and you get the picture, but it was actually considered pretty slow until we arrived at 12:30.

No Condor or Broad-winged, but a condor passed over earlier.

However, the bird of the day passed overhead around 2:30, an adult Herring Gull, which pretty much blew my mind. To see a gull, ANY gull at the GC seems unimaginable.

Get up to the canyon if you can, the weather is great (except this weekend), and the clouds are changing everything below into an always changing and colorful show.
Tom
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6 Oct 2018, 8:30 AM,
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RE: A nice day at Yaki Point
nice work! I've got Ring-billed, California, and Bonaparte's on my park list, but not Herring!
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