MBC lu

MBC lu
the Lower K. Legend. Photo MBC

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hawkwatch International - Hawk Watchers Chime in on Optics

Hawkwatch International - Hawk Watchers Chime in on Optics




10x50 SLC is the go to for West County Hawk Watch, Tried them all these work best for me, fond of Zeiss and Leica, But coming from the West Coast GGRO culture, really like what Swarovski has to offer. Regarding shaky hands and comfort levels, being 6'3" and 300lbs holding them "steady" is never a problem and to be perfectly honest have used them from dawn to dusk without really feeling they were to heavy, all that said I am very interested in the 12x50 and even the 15x56, just don't have the funds. One last note I've had the 10x50s for 15 years and they are still like new, very durable product and Swarovski has been very helpful in replacing lost or worn parts free of charge.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dates Fall 2014, please come out and join us....


Solano Land Trust Raptor Identification Team 2014(LT) Hikes, Tours & Workshops.

9-6-14 (Sat) King Swett: Jim Walsh leads fast paced naturalist hike and raptor survey.

9-21-14 (Sun) Lynch Canyon Open Space: “Migration kick off” Survey and Hike.

10-4-14 (Sat) King Swett, Jim Walsh leads fast paced naturalist hike and raptor survey.

10-19-14 (Sun) Lynch Canyon Open Space “Migration & Over-wintering” Birds of prey tour.

11-1-14 (Sat) King Swett Jim Walsh leads fast paced naturalist Hike and Raptor survey.

12-6-14 (Sat) King Swett Jim Walsh leads fast paced naturalist Hike and Raptor survey

12-7-14 (Sun) Lynch Canyon over-wintering survey

12-20-14 (Sat) Lynch Canyon The best Gift, Gift of Hawks. First 5 register get gift bags.


_ Sonoma Land Trust. 2014 WCHW. Hikes and Workshops.

9-10-14 (Wed) REI Marin, Birds of Prey, Natural History, Identification and Local legends

9-27-14 (Sat) Jenner Headlands Preserve  via TWC Sonoma Land Trust (Migration sensation)

10-5-14 (Sun) Estero (public) Sonoma Land Trust (Migration sensation)

10-11-14 (Sat) Jenner Headlands Preserve Raptor Migration Sensation II via TWC {Dave Barry leads) Sonoma Land Trust

10-14-14 (Tues)Santa Rosa REI Birds of Prey, Natural History, Identification and Local legends

11-8-14 (Sun) Skaggs Island (members) Sonoma Land Trust (Over-wintering wonderland 1)

11-15-14 (Sat) Skaggs Island (public) Sonoma Land Trust (Over-wintering wonderland 2)

_ Bird Rescue Center, Sonoma County. Natural History series. Raptor Identification Workshop. 

Friday, 9-19-14: Local Hawks in the region, Migration, Resident and Over-wintering.

7pm Sharp_ Church of the Roses, Santa Rosa. (Near the southeast corner of Montgomery Village)

Bird Rescue Center, Natural History Series is also offing these informative and interesting events from a these local rehabilitators, conservationists, photographers and authors;

9-25-14 with Veronica Bowers Native Song Birds.

10-3-14 Paul Bannick Owls of Northern California.

9-12-14 David Lukas on Birds and how they work.


The Laguna Foundation @ the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Fall 2014 Birds of Prey Hike.

9-28, Laguna Foundation Raptor Migration Sensation 2014, come out and look for migratory and over-wintering hawks.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Great looks at a young Bald Eagle, via Pam Aus.


Eagles, Eagles, Eagles Everywhere! via Pam Aus documentation of the Unalaska BAEA community




big birds, watch out!

Food Fight Bald Eagle style _ December 1, 2012. Pam Aus!




another incredible "days of an eagles lives" by Pam Aus.

Bald Eagles and large food source. via the Bald Eagle lady: Pam Aus!




Great age study for many different Bald Eagle plumage variations...

A Juvenile Eagle Visits Again _ Pam Aus from Unalaska and her Eagles




Great color here, head looks 3 going on 4? what do you guys and gals think?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Last Raptor Identification Hike of the 2013/2014 Year.

West County Hawk Watch team had their last scheduled hike of the year today.  Again, we are reminded why we wrap things up in March.  Not a lot of bird activity, although highlights of the trip included a barn owl (in the barn!), a nesting Great Horned Owl, and great looks at a Ferruginous Hawk who seemed to follow us back to the ranch.  Beautiful sunny day out there and I think a great time was had by all.  Thanks to Larry for an awesome year and continuing to spread the raptor fever!





photos copyright Y. Motherwell. 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bardsey Wildlife: The Sparrowhawk saga

Bardsey Wildlife: The Sparrowhawk saga: March 4th Another day of clear skies and calm winds saw temperatures rising into double figures, and a south-westerly wind certainly prov...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tricky ID at best. Where are all the spotters? any clue on Identification here?


IMG_3455, originally uploaded by ymotherwell.
This is wild crazy light.  _ _ Y. Motherwell WCHW 2014
Tricky ID.

Straights Drain Lower Klamath NWR. Here we have 8 Bald Eagles along with a motley crew of gulls and ravens


IMG_9655 crop oh yeah baby, originally uploaded by norcal_birdman.


top notch experience.
been there 20 times in last 25 years, never fails always cool stuff to see. seen 100s of Bald Eagles on each trip, excellent views of Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Merlin. Kestrel. Rare sightings of Red-shouldered Hawks, Peregrine, White-tailed kite, Coopers Hawk. The Lower K, along with Butte Valley just south off the HWY 97, is a great case study in aging Bald Eagles, with so many present it is easy to learn all the color phases and patterns because of the sheer numbers of sightings. also other wildlife and wide open spaces and total separation from city life. One of the best places on earth, for me.
Written by West County Hawk Watch.  18-Mar-2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rough-legged Hawk

by Earl Reinink

Rough-legged Hawk. Final approach ... .. .

by Earl Reinink

A delicate perch


A delicate perch, originally uploaded by Earl Reinink.

Earl Reinink. fabulous photo.

Zero Hour


Zero Hour, originally uploaded by Earl Reinink.

wow.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk Juvenile Identification. Don Bartling copyright 2014


Red Tailed Hawk, originally uploaded by djbartling.
copyright Don Bartling 2014

Red-tailed Hawk and Golden Eagle size comparison

copyright Don Bartling 2014

Ferruginous Hawk North Bay Area.


Ferruginous Hawk, originally uploaded by djbartling.

Don Bartling copyright 2014

Ferruginous Hawk by Don Bartling


Ferruginous Hawk, originally uploaded by djbartling.

copyright 2014 djbartling