Long way from home



The Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway), pictured above, is a sluggish member of the falcon family, more prone to scavenging for carrion than fast-flying pursuit of prey. The vulture of the falcon clan, you might say. The map at right shows its normal range, but late this morning, one showed up at Lawrencetown Beach, HRM. I’m not sure if this is the first record in Nova Scotia, but it is certainly rare.

Photo: Tom Grey; H/T: JBD