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Catalina-Island&apos;s bird population includes rare finds Colorful migrants among Catalina's avian visitors BY ELIZABETH BAILEY A Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) appears to be like the nearly 1 million visitors to Catalina every year: It has taken its own vacation on the Island. Often referred to as a Mexican eagle, the Crested Caracara is known to inhabit Mexico and Central and South America as well as Arizona, Texas and Florida in the United States. This tropical falcon took a vacation of sorts on the Channel The Western Tanager, a small bird, appears on Catalina during migration. Photo by Tyler Dvorak Islands earlier this year. In addition to Catalina, this They primarily eat insects per year. Keep an eye out for these island visitor was spotted on Santa ., : .y and you can find them foraging fiery birds next spring. Cruz, San Miguel and Santa Rosa  " methodically along branches and . Elizabeth Bailey is the edu- Islands. Conservancy Director The Crested Caracara was spotted for the first time on the Channel Islands this year, including leaves of trees, cation program assistant at the of Conservation and Wildlife this sighting at Catalina's Middle Ranch. The Crested Caracara is known to inhabit Mexico and While most red birds owe their Catalina Island Conservancy. Management Julie King said Central and South America as well as Arizona, Texas and Florida. Photo by Julie King redness to a variety of plant pig- For more information, visit this was the first time a Crested merits known as carotenoids, the CatalinaConservancy.org. Caracara had been observed on Other birds to watch for on consistent with yellow bodies, Western Tanager gets its scarlet the Channel Islands. the Island include the Western black wings and a flame-like head feathers from a rare pigment It was first spotted n Middle Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), a orange head. called rhodoxanthin. Western Visit US online: Ranch on April 25th and has even small cardinal-like bird, which The females have a yellow- Tanagers are unable to make this ]li a been seen on the golf course in appears on Catalina in greatest green plumage, substance in their own bodies, Avalon, it was last seen in Middle numbers in the Spring. These are beautiful birds that most likely obtaining it from t Ranch as of September lst. When the males dart through come to Catalina during migra- insects in their diet. ]jLl0l The Crested Caracara eats the air, they can appear like a tion as a stopover point where they Western Tanagers' numbers insects as well as small and occa- dancing flame, capitalize on the scrub oaks and have steadily increased over the .COM sionally large vertebrates, includ- The male color patterns are other habitats found here. last half-century by 1.2 percent ing fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. W4I prJd# 111lohollle Its vulture-like tendencies 'argtvcrtt o you gall include a taste for eggs, carrion or < :'" tay tn Avalotll dead animals. Their flat talons allow them A to walk and run more easily than other falcons, z4-lor 'e In Cre Alzheimer's & Dementia Medication Reminders October Light Housekeeping Meal Preparation Harbor Companionship Our CorCyi,er Report Insured " Background Checked Pre-emp|oyment Screening CNA's Available The Scheyden Catalina Air ('all: .....   'Y Show welcomed October with the roar of a F18 fighter jet and some $1,100 OFF First Month with Lire.ln Care, pretty awesome "air-crobatics." t;,t;on Guranteed! After the air show, The Doors (cover band) continued the fes- tivities with a concert at Casino Point. The 28th Annual Jazz Trax Festival was held the second and third weekends of October this year. The weather was beautiful and so was the music. This event always brings a great crowd of visi- tors to Avalon. Avalon Harbor was also thrilled to host several yacht clubs in October: The first weekend of the month brought the Dana Point and Bahia Corinthian yacht clubs; the weekend of the 10th saw Seal Beach and Long Beach yacht clubs; the weekend of the 17th 1 welcomed Shoreline yacht club; UMIIID and the weekend of the 24th rallied Dana West and Huntington Harbor yacht clubs. A total of more than 90 boats visited with these yacht clubs. Unfortunately, due to the surge, the Carnival cruise ships were not able to off load passengers on the 6th or 7th. However, in addition to Carnival's visits the balance of the month, we were also pleased to see the Westerdam on the 2rid and Celebrity's Golden Princess on the 3rd and the 21st. THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, November 7, 2054 i 9