A Four Prairie Day - Give Thanks

I wish Prairie Falcons weren't so skittish, but maybe the rarity of close encounters is what makes them so special. So to see 4 of them on my recent trip out to Panoche Valley was unexpected.

Such amazing birds. Ability to write decent caption... compromised...

A storm of blackbirds results from a Prairie swooping in and landing on the power pole below.

Check out those dark axillaries... a nice field mark for a Prairie Falcon that you can easily see from a distance.

Definitive proof that falcons can keep a close eye on you even when they are flying away.