The desert air was fresh and crisp and it was a beautifully sunny morning as I hiked the remote trail into Anza-Borrego’s Indian Canyon. There wasn’t another person within miles. A Bewick’s wren bounced over the boulders next to the trail as if greeting me, and I caught a glimpse of a blue-gray gnatcatcher darting about in a fragrant sage bush. This was going to be a good day of birding.
The quiet of a Sunday morning was jolted by the sudden explosion of the quail flock that had been leisurely enjoying my garden seed feeder. The reason soon became apparent. Right behind the fleeing quail was a magnificent Cooper’s hawk, with flared tail and wings widespread, diving in with hopes of getting a plump morsel. How he missed, I don’t know, but no quail were injured in the telling of this story. This was not my first encounter with a Cooper’s hawk looking for an easy meal.
I didn’t even see him, but the black and white bird with the long legs let me know he was unhappy with my presence as he erupted from the edge of the pond and noisily flew off. I thought I had startled a black-necked stilt, but the soft rust color on the head and neck soon told me this was an American avocet in full breeding plumage. Looking around, I realized there were several more of these graceful birds feeding in the shallow water at this inland pond.
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