I spied this crested caracara atop the telephone pole at the end of my driveway. I had just enough time to go back in the house for my camera and take this shot before he flew away. It’s not a terribly clear photo, but the best I’ve gotten of one of these big birds so far. Caracaras are in the falcon family, but they often hang out with vultures. You may have seen one feeding on a dead animal in a field or on the side of the road. They they also will eat small animals and birds that they can swoop down on and pluck off the ground. I think that is what this guy was scanning the area for.