MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Osprey Nest Removal

https://06880danwoog.com/2019/03/30/osprey-nest-is-down-whats-up-with-that/#comment-154131

https://06880danwoog.com/2019/03/30/osprey-nest-is-down-whats-up-with-that/

Westport loves its ospreys. The pair that nest next to Fresh Market — right there on the main drag — are particularly well known and admired.They returned from their southern home last week. Today, several Westporters noted with distress that the nest is gone.
Lindsay and Nick from Earth Animal — across the street from the tall pole — emailed “06880”:
The osprey nest was taken down early this morning. The maintenance crew are driving around a crane today so we believe this was done by the landlords.
It has been heartbreaking to see the osprey circling around the area that was once their home, not knowing what to do. They are carrying large sticks and trying to rebuilt and are even attempting to built on their old home location on the telephone pole. The osprey are loved by our community and we are not sure how to help them. Do you have an idea?
This still image from a video shot by Sam Levenson shows the ospreys as they circled what used to be their nests.

(Photo from video by Sam Levenson)
Here’s a close-up view of the now-bare nest:

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)
A few years ago Eversource moved the nest, from one pole to a less dangerous one.

(updated, Ospreys nest has been replaced.. thank you all who contacted officials)



Rush Ranch Open Space this Saturday! APRIL 6th

https://solanolandtrust.org/events

Bird of Prey Hike (lead by West County Hawkwatch) …

with Northern Harrier Presentation by Dr. Shannon Skalos 


April 6 @ 9:45 am - 1:00 pm 

Rush Ranch Open Space, West County Hawkwatch 2018 -2019 Season close





Young Northern Harrier 


We are happy to announce an end of season event which will be held on April 6, 2019 at Rush Ranch.  Larry Broderick will lead a Bird of Prey Hike, followed by a presentation on the Northern Harrier, by Dr. Shanon Skalos from U.C. Davis. A chili and cornbread lunch will be provided.


In lieu of the $10 fee, donations will be accepted for The Suisun Wildlife Center.

Some items on their wish list are:

Paper Goods

-paper towels

-Xerox copy paper( 8 1/2 x 11)



Garbage bags
- large yard
- large kitchen
- compactor bags

Cleaning Supplies

- glass cleaner
- cobweb duster/ broom/ dustpan
- unscented laundry detergent
- bleach ( unscented),

Sheets, pillowcases, baby blankets ( especially flannel or fleece)

Food items
- Grapes and apples
- Unsalted Nuts in the shell ( walnuts, almonds, pecans)
- Eggs
- Meat ( including freezer burned or outdated beef or chicken, no processed meat)
- Shrimp and seafood
- Bird seed
- Mouse Food
- Liquid Bird Vitamins/ Calcium Powder

Miscellaneous Items:
- Heating Pads
- Electric Fans
- Heavy Duty hoses/ nozzle
- Pet Carriers ( no cardboard unless new, please)

Gift cards from grocery stores, pet stores, gas stations, Walmart, Amazon, Costco, and Home Depot are welcome.

Cash donations welcome.

Venue  Rush Ranch

3521 Grizzly Island Rd.
Suisun City, CA 94585 United States
+ Google Map
Website:
https://solanolandtrust.org/protected-lands/rush-ranch



Organizer Solano Land Trust

Phone:  707.432.0150

Email:  info@ solanolandtrust.org

Website:  https://solanolandtrust.org/



Young Ferruginous Hawk 

https://solanolandtrust.org/

Young Red-tailed Hawk


 Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk 


 Ferruginous Hawk

Merlin

Friday, February 8, 2019

2019 Winter dates! Come on out!




But first please go to our facebook page and like:

 www.facebook.com/WestCountyHawkWatch 



thanks!



Here is some more dates for you....



February- 9th, 10am to 2pm

- Flyway Festival at Lynch Canyon Open Space, Lynch Canyon provides raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Each year from fall through late winter, Solano Land Trust docent and raptor expert, Larry Broderick, leads hikes and workshops so others can learn about the birds of prey. You can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranchland and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat. During migration, the bird population can double or triple. “It's a wild, remote wilderness, and yet it's right in our backyard," says Larry Broderick. “Lynch has a great prey base, and that is a testament to Solano Land Trust's ecosystem management." This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.

Check here of details: https://solanolandtrust.org/events


February- 10th, (two hikes) 9am to 11am & 12noon to 2pm

Sears Point, Baylands, Dickson Ranch, wetlands (Flyway Festival) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday. Experience this Baylands restoration in process, Sonoma Land Trust and San Pablo Bay’s flagship wetlands Restoration project in full swing, the former Dickson Ranch now a wetland along with the reestablished Baylands wetlands, with open Ag space all around, provides a winter wonderland of Raptors, we’ve seen all seven diurnal Birds of Prey species here over the years, this outing delivers exciting sights, sounds and experiences.




February 17th 10am to 2pm,

Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday. Let’s look to the skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Skaggs Island is a bay area raptor hot spot. Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the Over-wintering season.




February 23rd - 26th (four days)

Lower Klamath Basin annual trip. West County Hawkwatch Team and Guest annual event...

Half day on 23rd, full days 24th and 25th, half day on 26th Going to try to hit all the hot spots, Lower Klamath Ref, Tule Lake Ref, Stateline Hwy, Township Road, Butte Valley and the Petroglyphs, All these will be auto tours, pack your car with food and drinks, warm clothes and binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras! 

Check with Larry for details, hotel, travel, agenda…. northcoastraptor@gmail.com

Check here for regional info:  https://www.fws.gov/refuge/lower_klamath/



March 2nd 10am to 1:30pm

Lynch Canyon Open Space (Season Close) Solano Land Trust, Saturday.

- Lynch Canyon provides raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Each year from fall through late winter, Solano Land Trust docent and raptor expert, Larry Broderick, leads hikes and workshops so others can learn about the birds of prey. You can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranchland and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat. During migration and over-wintering distribution the raptor population can double or triple. “It's a wild, remote wilderness, and yet it's right in our backyard," says Larry Broderick. “Lynch has a great prey base, and that is a testament to Solano Land Trust's ecosystem management." This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.

Check here for details: https://solanolandtrust.org/events



March 3rd 10am to 2pm

Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday

Let’s look to the skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the Over-wintering season.




March 10th 10am to 2pm

Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday

Let’s look to the fall skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the Over-wintering season.




New dates Announced!



April 15, 7-9 pm.

Santa Rosa, Madrone Audubon Society Raptor Identification and Natural History PowerPoint program, with handouts and a book raffle.  West County Hawkwatch Raptor presentation, natural history and identification with rare regional updates, Larry Broderick's fascinating and visually-exciting presentation includes not only wonderful first-hand stories from the field, but also is packed with interesting information about raptor habits, identification, and suggestions of where to spot them, as well as some interesting one-of-a-kind and rare special surprises. Once you attend Larry's presentation, you have him as a resource and reference for questions and outings for years to come, as he is highly accessible through West County Hawkwatch Raptor Research's web pages and his direct contact information. Larry Broderick is a local Birds of Prey Natural History and Interpretive Specialist, Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch Director and Certified California Naturalist. Larry has been working with Birds of Prey as an educational specialist for over 25 years. For the last 10 years he has led walks, hikes and presentations with Solano and Sonoma Land Trusts, Madrone Audubon, Bird Rescue Center and Redwood Regional Ornithological Society. Larry conducts Bird and Wildlife surveys for the Wildlands Conservancy, Sonoma Land Trust and Pepperwood Preserve. He also runs West County Hawkwatch and manages dozens of docents, photographers and tour guides. Larry is the recipient of the Madrone Audubon's 2012 Betty Burridge award and Sonoma Land Trusts Special Recognition of Volunteer Service award 2015-2016.





April 27th, Saturday  TBD

Little River Inn. Mendocino Raptor Identification and Natural History PowerPoint program, with handouts and a book raffle, then a short birds of prey themes hike / walk in suitable habitat. West County Hawkwatch Raptor presentation, natural history and identification with rare regional updates, Larry Broderick's fascinating and visually-exciting presentation includes not only wonderful first-hand stories from the field, but also is packed with interesting information about raptor habits, identification, and suggestions of where to spot them, as well as some interesting one-of-a-kind and rare special surprises. Once you attend Larry's presentation, you have him as a resource and reference for questions and outings for years to come, as he is highly accessible through West County Hawkwatch Raptor Research's web pages and his direct contact information. Larry Broderick is a local Birds of Prey Natural History and Interpretive Specialist, Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch Director and Certified California Naturalist. Larry has been working with Birds of Prey as an educational specialist for over 25 years. For the last 10 years he has led walks, hikes and presentations with Solano and Sonoma Land Trusts, Madrone Audubon, Bird Rescue Center and Redwood Regional Ornithological Society. Larry conducts Bird and Wildlife surveys for the Wildlands Conservancy, Sonoma Land Trust and Pepperwood Preserve. He also runs West County Hawkwatch and manages dozens of docents, photographers and tour guides. Larry is the recipient of the Madrone Audubon's 2012 Betty Burridge award and Sonoma Land Trusts Special Recognition of Volunteer Service award 2015-2016. Little River Inn Mendocino, timing TBD but most likely noon to afternoon.


Male Northern Harrier 


Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, Lower Klamath Basin 2019



Young Red-tailed Hawk

Peregrine Falcon, (educational bird [Bird Rescue Center Ca.])


 Cooper's Hawk Don Bartling


Merlin, Tiaga

Friday, February 1, 2019

Galt Winter Bird Festival

Galt Winter Bird Festival



The City of Galt, in collaboration with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary and High School Districts, is pleased to bring you the 12th Annual Winter Bird Festival on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Our festival guests will enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Cosumnes River Preserve and the incredible opportunity to catch sightings of waterfowl, shorebirds and wildlife in their winter habitat. Festival headquarters provide a starting point for exclusive preserve tours, educational presentations, wildlife shows, art displays, wine walk, hometown history and hands-on activities. This is a winter celebration you'll always remember!


KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Larry Broderick

 Larry-Broderick-300x225 
 Welcome to the 12th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival. The City of Galt, in collaboration with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary and High School Districts, is pleased to bring you the 12th Annual Winter Bird Festival. Our festival guests will enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Cosumnes River Preserve and take advantage of the incredible opportunity to catch sightings of waterfowl, shorebirds and wildlife in their winter habitat. Festival headquarters provide a starting point for exclusive preserve tours, educational presentations, wildlife shows, art displays, wine walk, hometown history and hands-on activities. This is a winter wildlife celebration you'll always remember!
 
SactoMoFo Foods Trucks will be onsite, so bring your appetite!!
 
Details:
 
 

GUEST SPEAKERS & PRESENTATIONS

 
PRESENTATIONS                                             
 
Ø  10:00 am Wild Things & Conservation Ambassadors, Gabriel Kerschner

Meet our wildlife ambassadors!  Back by popular demand, these wild creatures have sustained injuries that prevent them from surviving in the wild or were kept as illegal pets.  The Conservation Ambassador team delights tens of thousands of school children every year with a message of conservation and appreciation for the earth's natural wonders.  Join us in welcoming these animal ambassadors and learn about each one's special place on earth.
 
Ø  11:00 am Backyard Bird Safari, Mike & Annette Heacox, Luciole Design Inc.
Mike and Annette Heacox of Luciole Design Inc., landscape architects based in Sacramento, return with more secrets on how to design and enjoy your ultimate bird/wildlife garden. Learn which bird species have a preferred time for taking baths in sum- mer, design and create a simple water feature for birds, attract birds year around with the right mix of low water plants, and discover through the seasons the best time of day and location to observe birds and wildlife.
 
Ø  12:00 p.m.  Keynote Speaker, Larry Broderick
Larry Broderick's fascinating and visually-exciting presentation includes not only wonderful first-hand stories from the field, but also is packed with interesting information about raptor habits, identification, and suggestions of where to spot them, as well as some interesting one-of-a-kind and rare special surprises. Once you attend Larry's presentation, you have him as a resource and reference for questions and outings for years to come, as he is highly accessible through West County Hawkwatch Raptor Research's webpages and his direct contact information.

Larry Broderick is a local Birds of Prey Natural History and Interpretive Specialist, Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch Director and Certified California Naturalist. Larry has been working with Birds of Prey as an educational specialist for over 25 years. For the last 10 years he has led walks, hikes and presentations with Solano and Sonoma Land Trusts, Madrone Audubon, Bird Rescue Center and Redwood Regional Ornithological Society. Larry conducts Bird and Wildlife surveys for the Wildlands Conservancy, Sonoma Land Trust and Pepperwood Preserve. He also runs West County Hawkwatch and manages dozens of docents, photographers and tour guides. Larry is the recipient of the Madrone Audubon's 2012 Betty Burridge award and Sonoma Land Trusts Special Recognition of Volunteer Service award 2015-2016.

 
Ø  1:30 pm Hawks, Honkers & Hoots, Kelli Moulden
Director Kelli Moulden's mission is to inspire respect for local and migratory birds through customized and entertaining educational programs.  Enjoy a fantastic opportunity to see and experience hawks, owls, and water birds up close and personal.  Yes, the birds are coming to visit!

 Ø   2:30 pm Cal-Waste Recovery Systems Materials Recovery Facility Tour, Leesa Klotz
Take a guided tour through our Materials Recovery Facility.  See what we do and how we do it.  Each day we recover discarded natural resources destined for landfills, conserve natural resources, create new jobs, and reduce local carbon footprint.  Our goal is to preserve our environment and build a better future for our community and the lands and waterways that surround it.  Good for all ages, Kids' activity will be included during your visit.

 
Ø  3:30 pm Going Batty, Corky Quirk
Get a close up view of bats and learn about the importance of inviting them to your yard or farm!  With years of experience, Corky will delight you with her extensive bat knowledge!
 

WORKSHOPS
 
Ø  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.       Everybody Can do Bird Photography  - Bob Lanza
Learn how to Get Started, where to watch birds, birding etiquette, safety, cameras and equipment.  Open to all ages and limited space available. No cost

Ø  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.          Building Bird Houses
$5.00 per participant, open to all ages and limited space available.
 
Ø  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.       Nature Game Workshop, Guy Galante
These games are sure to activate your senses, sharpen your awareness, and bring a smile to your face! Have fun playing games that teach about animals, trail etiquette, and natural phenomenon. Run, hide, dance, sing and sit beneath the trees while laughing, learning, and creating happy memories.   Open to all ages and limited space available.  No cost. 
 
Ø  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.     Everybody Can do Bird Photography - Bob Lanza
Learn how to Get Started, where to watch birds, birding etiquette, safety, cameras and equipment.  Open to all ages and limited space available.  Open to all ages and limited space available. No cost

 
Ø  2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.           Fill the Bill, Mickie Grove Zoo Educational Specialist      
Open to all ages and limited space available. No cost.

 
TBD:   Ducks Unlimited, "Consumptive Conservationists", Aaron Will
 
Aaron will be discussing the role of the hunter community in wetland and waterfowl conservation, showcasing the role that dogs play in conservation.  You will get to witness "Tess" the amazing (slightly crazy) retrieving water dog as she plunges in the Gora Aquatic Center Pool to demonstrate her retrieving skills!



Galt Winter Bird Festival: Saturday, February 02, 2019
Chabolla Community Center
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Price: FREE


VENUE:


Chabolla Community Center
610 Chabolla Avenue
Galt, CA 95632
google maps Show Map
Phone: (209) 366-7180
Email: galtpandr@ci.galt.ca.us
Web: http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/index.aspx?page=495
This listing courtesy of CA Watchable Wildlife CA Watchable Wildlife

Friday, December 14, 2018

North Bay Area Birds of Prey Trips. January to March 2019 West Cointy Hawkwatch


January 5th - RR open space – (time TBD)
Rush Ranch Open Space (Raptor Identification and Natural History PowerPoint Presentation & Susuin Hills hike) Solano Land Trust. Rush Ranch Open Space provides raptors with habitat where they can hunt and rest. Each year from fall through late winter, Solano Land Trust docent and raptor expert, Larry Broderick, leads hikes and workshops so others can learn about the birds of prey that call Solano Land Trust properties home.  During this viewing season, you can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranchland and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat. These lands have resident yearlong raptors in addition to its wintertime visitors. During fall and winter the bird population can double or triple. “It's a wild, remote wilderness, and yet it's right in our backyard," says Larry Broderick. “Rush Ranch has a great prey base, and that is a testament to Solano Land Trust's ecosystem management." 

 
February 2nd, (timing TBD)
Galt Birding Festival, West County Hawkwatch Raptor presentation, natural history and identification with rare regional updates, Saturday.
 
 

February- 9th, 10am to 1pm
Lynch Canyon Open Space (Flyway Festival) Solano Land Trust, Saturday. 
- Lynch Canyon provides raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Each year from fall through late winter, Solano Land Trust docent and raptor expert, Larry Broderick, leads hikes and workshops so others can learn about the birds of prey. You can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranchland and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat. During migration, the bird population can double or triple. “It's a wild, remote wilderness, and yet it's right in our backyard," says Larry Broderick. “Lynch has a great prey base, and that is a testament to Solano Land Trust's ecosystem management."
This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.
 

 
February- 10th, (two hikes) 9am to 11am & 12noon to 2pm
Sears Point, Baylands, Dickson Ranch, wetlands (Flyway Festival) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday.
Experience this Baylands restoration in process, Sonoma Land Trust and San Pablo Bay’s flagship wetlands Restoration project in full swing, the former Dickson Ranch now a wetland along with the reestablished Baylands wetlands, with open Ag Space all around, provides a winter wonderland of Raptors, we’ve seen all seven diurnal Birds of Prey forms out here over the years, so this walk always delivers exciting sights.
 

 
February 17th 10am to 2pm
Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday.
Let’s look to the fall skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the fall migration.
 

 

 

February 22nd - 25th
Lower Klamath Basin annual trip.
West County Hawkwatch Team and Guest annual event... 
Email: northcoastraptor@gmail.com
 
 


 

March 2nd  10am to 1pm
Lynch Canyon Open Space (Season Close) Solano Land Trust, Saturday.
- Lynch Canyon provides raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Each year from fall through late winter, Solano Land Trust docent and raptor expert, Larry Broderick, leads hikes and workshops so others can learn about the birds of prey. You can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranchland and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat. During migration, the bird population can double or triple. “It's a wild, remote wilderness, and yet it's right in our backyard," says Larry Broderick. “Lynch has a great prey base, and that is a testament to Solano Land Trust's ecosystem management."
This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.

 

 

March 3rd  10am to 2pm
Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday
Let’s look to the fall skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the fall migration.

 

 

March 10th, 10am to 2pm
Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday
Let’s look to the fall skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the fall migration.