This hawk was not too difficult to find as it likes to perch on the South bound Carpinteria Ave. exit sign. With directions from Humboldt ornithologist Kerry Ross and help from another Humboldite Jared Hughey, who I ran into while he was also looking for the bird, we were able to track it down shortly after being fooled by a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.
This was my first experience chasing a rare bird and I'm sure it won't be my last.
See the Gray Hawk range map below for reference.
-Map by Arizona State University