MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.
the Lower K. Legend. MBC Photo

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Decmeber, January, Febuary and March dates....


2016 Fall - Winter










December 3rd, (Saturday) 9 am to 1 pm at the King-Swett Ranches
Where the Wild Things Are Hike with Jim Walsh:  Wander the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo.  Get a great workout and learn about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home.  Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.  Up to six miles.  Free!  Space is limited.  
Pre-registration recommended.



December 3rd, (Saturday) 9:30 to 11am, Sonoma Land Trust, Baylands / Dickson units bird hike, (Reclamation Road off of highway 37) Park at Reclamation road parking lot, no registration necessary.



December 18th, (Sunday) 10am to 2pm, Solano Land Trust, Over-wintering distribution Raptor Hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space. Solano Land Trust website: www.solanolandtrust.org under events calendar. Pre-registration recommended.



January 16th, (Monday) 7pm to 9pm, Madrone Audubon, PowerPoint Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History. West County HawkWatch presents "Local Hawks in the region, Migration, Resident and Over-wintering identification and Natural history" a beginning and novice talk and PowerPoint presentation. Details on how to identify what you see when you are looking at hawks. Some history on the past, present and future of our Birds of Prey. Opportunities to go out and see these birds on upcoming scheduled hikes, walks and counts. Plus some handouts of Hawk Identification process paperwork.



January 21st, (Saturday) 1pm to 5pm, Solano Land Trust, PowerPoint and Hike, Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History, at Rush Ranch - starting at 1pm. West County HawkWatch presents "Local Hawks in the region, Migration, Resident and Over-wintering identification and Natural history" a beginning and novice talk and PowerPoint presentation. Details on how to identify what you see when you are looking at hawks. Some history on the past, present and future of our Birds of Prey. Opportunities to go out and see these birds on upcoming scheduled hikes, walks and counts. Plus some handouts of Hawk Identification process paperwork. Solano Land Trust website: www.solanolandtrust.org under events calendar. Pre-registration recommended.



January 26th (Thursday night) 7pm to 9pm, Sonoma Land Trust, Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History PowerPoint Presentation at SLT main building. Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.



January 29th (Sunday) 10am to 2pm, Tolay Creek Over-wintering Birds of Prey hike, 10am to 1:30pm Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.



February (10th, 11th 12th) is Bay Area Flyway Festival and on:

February 11th Sears Point Property (Dickson Trial / Baylands) tour with Sonoma Land Trust 10am to 11:45am.

February 11th Sears Point Property (Dickson Trial / Baylands) tour with Sonoma Land Trust Noon to 1:45pm.

February 12th Solano Land Trust tour at Lynch Canyon Open Space 10am to 2pm



February 16th - 19th (Thursday -Sunday) Winter Wings Festival @ Lower Klamath Basin Region. West County HawkWatch is not planning on going but we have some folks in the Region to help you if you are there



February 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) West County Hawkwatch to the Lower Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge complex, including but not limited to the Butte Valley, Lower Klamath and Tule Lake. WCHW member, guest and VIP tour 2017. Exclusive and Extensive tours with our own group.



March 5th (Sunday) 10am to 2pm Skaggs Island Birds of Prey tour with Sonoma Land Trust 10am to 2pm Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.



March 9th 7:00 to 8:30pm, Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History PowerPoint Presentation at the Laguna Foundation Center

March 11th, 10am to 2pm, Laguna Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History walk on the Laguna Trail.  

March 18th, 1pm-5pm, Saturday Solano Land Trust, PowerPoint and Hike, Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History, at Rush Ranch - starting at 1pm. West County HawkWatch presents "Local Hawks in the region, Migration, Resident and Over-wintering identification and Natural history" a beginning and novice talk and PowerPoint presentation. Details on how to identify what you see when you are looking at hawks. Some history on the past, present and future of our Birds of Prey. Opportunities to go out and see these birds on upcoming scheduled hikes, walks and counts. Plus some handouts of Hawk Identification process paperwork. Solano Land Trust website: www.solanolandtrust.org under events calendar. Pre-registration recommended.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Updates: ***as promised*** regarding Leucistic or Dilute plumage birds.... (Posting for recent attendees of recent outings and presentations)


 Dilute Plumage Red-tailed Hawk (Joan Geary)

 Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk  (George Eade)


 Dilute Plumage Red-tailed Hawk (Rick Evets)

 Dilute Plumage RTHA (West County Hawkwatch stock photo)


 Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk  (George Eade)


 Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk 
(Photo from CVB {Central Valley Birds group} all rights original photographer)


 Dilute Plumage Bald Eagle (Larry Broderick)

 Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk  (random internet photo, all rights to original photographer)
Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk  (Pamela Rose Hawken)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dates 2016 - 2017 Outings, hikes, walks, talks and presentations... West County Hawkwatch

Dates 2016 - 2017 Outings, hikes, walks, talks and presentations...

Fall - Winter

September 11th, Solano Land Trust (Sunday) 10am to 2pm
Birds of Prey Migration and Identification at Lynch Canyon Open Space. Solano Land Trust website: www.solanolandtrust.org under "events calendar"

September 25th, Sonoma Land Trust (Sunday) 10am to 2pm
Birds of Prey Migration and Identification Estero Americano Coastal Preserve. Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.


October 2nd, Sonoma Land Trust (Sunday) 10am to 4pm
Birds of Prey Migration and Identification Pole Mountain. Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.


October 9th, The Wildlands Conservancy (Sunday) 10am to 2pm
Birds of Prey Migration and Identification Estero Americano Coastal Preserve. The Wildlands Conservancy website: www.wildlandsconservancy.org located on the Jenner Headlands Preserve page under Jenner Headlands Guided Hike and Preserve link (yes its Estero Preserve but listed under Jenner)


October 16th, Sonoma Land Trust (Sunday) 10am to 4pm
Birds of Prey Migration and Identification Pole Mountain. Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.


October 23rd, Sonoma Land Trust (Sunday) 10am to 2pm
Birds of Prey Migration and Identification Estero Americano Coastal Preserve. Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.


November 5th, Sonoma Land Trust (Saturday) 9am to noon
PowerPoint/Hike (Shore birds and Hawks) Sears Point Wetlands. Raptors and Shorebirds — They Love the Bay, Too! 9—10am Hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through and live by the bay. Learn which birds are likely to be seen and discover how to spot them in the sky, on the water and on the landscape. Presentation, 9am to 10am PowerPoint, 10:30am to noon, walk the Dickson and Baylands units. Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.


November 6th, Solano Land Trust (Sunday) 10am to 2pm
Over-wintering distribution Raptor Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve. Solano Land Trust website: www.solanolandtrust.org under events calendar


November 8th REI Events (Tuesday Night) 7pm to 8:30pm
PowerPoint Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History. West County HawkWatch presents "Local Hawks in the region, Migration, Resident and Over-wintering, Identification and Natural history" a beginning and novice talk and presentation. Details on how to identify what you see when you are looking at hawks. Some history on the past, present and future of our Birds of Prey. Opportunities to go out and see these birds on upcoming scheduled hikes, walks and counts. Plus some handouts of Hawk Identification process paperwork. REI 2715 Santa Rosa Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (707) 540-9025


November 12th, Solano Land Trust (Saturday) 10am to 2pm
Over-wintering distribution Raptor Hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space (donor hike VIP). Solano Land Trust website: www.solanolandtrust.org under events calendar.


November 13th, The Wildlands Conservancy (Saturday) 10am to 2pm
Over-wintering distribution Raptor Hike Estero Americano Coast Preserve. The Wildlands Conservancy website: www.wildlandsconservancy.org located on the Jenner Headlands Preserve page under Jenner Headlands Guided Hike and Preserve link (yes its Estero Preserve but listed under Jenner)


November 19th Tolay Lake Madrone 9am to 1pm, This is offered by Madrone Audubon and an exclusive tour into the Tolay Lake region looking for over-wintering Birds of Prey with our local Audubon membership and guests....


November 19th (Saturday) Cub Scout Pack 25 West County Hawkwatch Nature Outing. Bird, Hawk, Nature hike at Spring Lake Park 2pm to 4pm, Meet at the Environmental Center at Spring Lake Park, looking for birding and naturalists to help lead. Call or email Larry 707-791-0335 or northcoastraptor@gmail.com (I need help! please consider helping me lead the next generation of birders!)


November 20th (Sunday) 10am to 4pm Sonoma Land Trust, Pole Mountain, Bird hike and Raptor quest (reschedule from a earlier rain cancellation)... Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.


December 3rd (Saturday) 9:30 to 11am Sonoma Land Trust, Baylands / Dickson units bird hike, (Reclamation Road off of highway 37) Park at Reclamation road parking lot, no registration necessary.


December 18th, Solano Land Trust (Sunday) 10am to 2pm Over-wintering distribution Raptor Hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space. Solano Land Trust website: www.solanolandtrust.org under events calendar.


January 16th Madrone Audubon PowerPoint Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History West County HawkWatch presents "Local Hawks in the region, Migration, Resident and Over-wintering identification and Natural history" a beginning and novice talk and PowerPoint presentation. Details on how to identify what you see when you are looking at hawks. Some history on the past, present and future of our Birds of Prey. Opportunities to go out and see these birds on upcoming scheduled hikes, walks and counts. Plus some handouts of Hawk Identification process paperwork.


January 21st, Solano Land Trust (Saturday) 1pm to 5pm PowerPoint and Hike, Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History at Rush Ranch - starting at 1pm. West County HawkWatch presents "Local Hawks in the region, Migration, Resident and Over-wintering identification and Natural history" a beginning and novice talk and PowerPoint presentation. Details on how to identify what you see when you are looking at hawks. Some history on the past, present and future of our Birds of Prey. Opportunities to go out and see these birds on upcoming scheduled hikes, walks and counts. Plus some handouts of Hawk Identification process paperwork. Solano Land Trust website: www.solanolandtrust.org under events calendar.


Jan 26th Sonoma Land Trust (Thursday night) 7pm to 8:30pm Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History PowerPoint Presentation at SLT main building. Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.



(TBD) January 29th Skaggs Island or Tolay Creek Over-wintering Birds of Prey hike (Sonoma Land Trust Pending)


February 10th, 11th and 12th is Bay Area Flyway Festival and on:
February 11th we are planning a Sears Point Property tour with Sonoma Land Trust
(TBD) February 12th Solano Land Trust tour at Lynch Canyon


February 16th through the 19th Winter Wings Festival @ Lower Klamath Basin Region. Larry is not planning on going but we may have some West County HawkWatch folks in the Region to help you if you are there


February 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th West County Hawkwatch to the Lower Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge complex, including but not limited to the Butte Valley, Lower Klamath and Tule Lake. WCHW member, guest and VIP tour 2017. Exclusive and Extensive tours with our own group.


(TBD) March 5th Skaggs Island, Tolay Creek or Cougar Mountain with Sonoma Land Trust


(TBD) 2017 TBA Laguna Foundation PowerPoint and Hike Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History








Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jenner Goshawk yesterday Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch (video for refernce only)



This video is for reference only (this is NOT a video from Jenner)
We had a Northern Goshawk at Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch yesterday, the flight pattern was from north to south it was high in the sky but not too high to get the call wrong. It was very unlike any buteo, harrier, falcon or for that matter Sharp-shinned or Coopers Hawk .....super large accipiter, long tail, big head projection, bird formed a larger accipiter shaped "cross" silhouette and flew unlike any thing else I've seen (except the NOGO I saw last year at Jenner, the 2 I've seen at GGRO and the one I've seen in South Lake Tahoe) The bird had wing beats like the bird(s) in this video .... only the bird we saw yesterday was on a straight line north to south and not circling....

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Jenner Hawkwatch up and running..... 2016

Migration is on, we start counting this week.
Who is ready? Weekday? Weekend day? What's your pleasure? Please let us know... I am thinking tomorrow, Wednesday and we are trying to put together a weekend date for this coming weekend....
 Larry at northcoastraptor@gmail.com





Sunday, July 31, 2016

GOLDEN EAGLE SKY DANCING

BrdPics: Well, it's a marvelous day for a sky dance!

Content & Photos © Bill Schmoker unless noted otherwise



BrdPics: Well, it's a marvelous day for a sky dance!: (Sorry for the title, Van Morrison !) I had a real birding highlight last weekend watching the sky-dancing aerobatics of a male Northern Harrier....












Eagle Dance (Bald Eagles lock talons)





Uploaded on Sep 9, 2010
A pair of bald eagles grasping talons and doing a mid-air dance over Lake River in Vancouver Washington.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hawkwatch International - Shape Shifters

Hawkwatch International - Shape Shifters: Check out this composite image of a Cooper’s Hawk (http://hawkwatch.org/learn/factsheets/item/91-coopers-hawk) passing at eye-level on migration...


It is so important to stay on the bird to see all the possible profiles and views it offers....
We teach that in our outings and watches to stay on it and get all you can, we try to do this on all raptors, but always when its a species that is often hard call or misidentified. So often folks see a bird, make a call and then they move to look for the next bird, staying on a bird to see all its appearance at each angle is indeed a major key to un-tapping the wonders of Raptor Identification.... love the Blog HWI, thank you 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Pigeon vs Peregrine Falcon - Animals: The Inside Story - BBC





Watch a brilliant in flight race between the mighty Peregrine falcon and the humble pigeon. Brilliant short animal video from BBC wildlife show Animals: The Inside Story. Visit http://www.bbcearth.com for all the latest animal news and wildlife videos and watch more high quality videos on the new BBC Earth YouTube channel

PEREGRINE FALCON STRIKES DUCK MIDAIR





Published on May 7, 2013
Peregrine Falcon Kills Duck Midair. Falconry is the age old practice of hunting with raptors. Sheldon Nicolle is an enthusiast of the sport who came up with a nifty trick to give us all a bird's eye view of the action. He has fastened a small light weight camera to the back of his peregrine falcon, Dora. On the hunt, we see Dora successfully kill a duck.

PEREGRINE FALCON STRIKES DUCK MIDAIR





Published on May 7, 2013
Peregrine Falcon Kills Duck Midair. Falconry is the age old practice of hunting with raptors. Sheldon Nicolle is an enthusiast of the sport who came up with a nifty trick to give us all a bird's eye view of the action. He has fastened a small light weight camera to the back of his peregrine falcon, Dora. On the hunt, we see Dora successfully kill a duck.

White Falcon and White Wolf (Nature/Wildlife Documentary)

Peregrine Falcon | Planet Doc Express







Published on Jan 23, 2015
The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on planet Earth. In dizzying chases that exceed 300km/h the falcon literally sweeps its prey out of the skies.
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At three years old, weighing just over half a kilo, this male peregrine falcon is all ready a deadly hunter.
Nothing goes unnoticed by the extraordinary eyesight of this “heavenly peregrine”, which takes full advantage of any open space.
Birds on the wing become the object of its well-planned aerial ambushes.
It usually attacks from a great height, diving vertically at vertiginous speeds.
But on this occasion, it has detected a target on its perch, so flies low and out of view, picking up speed without betraying its presence until as close as possible.
With a cruising speed of over 100km/h, any victim that senses danger and tries to escape will do so too late: a final sprint, and the pigeon is taken with no resistance.

Golden Eagle | Planet Doc Express





Despite a wingspan of almost two and a half meters, this golden eagle hides its presence by hugging the mountain slopes, hoping to catch its prey off-guard.

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This unrivalled predator feeds on a wide range of prey, including many species of birds and reptiles, but mostly it prefers mammals such as rabbits, hares and groundhogs; it will even hunt foxes, boars and deer.

The domains of this majestic bird of prey range from the highest peaks to the deepest valleys, and cover a hunting territory of up 100 square km.

The domains of this majestic bird of prey range from the highest peaks to the deepest valleys, and cover a hunting territory of up 100 square km.

It hunts at low altitude, sticking close to the mountainside with its languid flight, then diving suddenly onto potential prey. In the mountains during the spring, young groundhog pups are a vital food source for its own brood.

But groundhogs are extremely cautious animals, and work together to stay on watch:a system of call signals warns of any danger.

Hidden between the slopes, the eagle evades the vigilant eyes of its unsuspecting victim.
This incautious groundhog can do nothing when confronted with the king of the skies.

Wind Energy vs. Golden Eagles - KQED QUEST

Saturday, July 2, 2016

2016 Baby Bird Season Behind the Scenes (Bird Rescue Santa Rosa)

BRC is the best, Great people doing great things for our native bird species.... spent many years there doing what this video shows, great feeling to be a part of that and know you are making a difference in the world. Cheers to you BRC and all the great things you do..... LB



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Don't Let Developers Pull Strings to Wreck the Coast

Don't Let Developers Pull Strings to Wreck the Coast: California's coastline is some of the most beloved and valuable land in the world. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that real-estate development interests have been secretly trying to influence decision-makers. After a series of controversies this year over how California's coastal zone is being managed, and for whom, new legislation seeks to ensure the people's business is conducted in the open rather than in private meetings.




Don't Let Developers Pull Strings to Wreck the Coast

Don't Let Developers Pull Strings to Wreck the Coast: California's coastline is some of the most beloved and valuable land in the world. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that real-estate development interests have been secretly trying to influence decision-makers. After a series of controversies this year over how California's coastal zone is being managed, and for whom, new legislation seeks to ensure the people's business is conducted in the open rather than in private meetings.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DFW Raptors – Dallas area ..... Hawks, Falcons, and Eagles (Dallas Fort Worth area hawks)

DFW Raptors – Hawks, Falcons, and Eagles

Many people hold a particular fascination with raptors—otherwise known as birds of prey. I know I do. These big, powerful birds inspire us with their raw power, grace and majesty. So respected are these birds that they are often chosen as sports team mascots. Many countries use birds of prey as their national symbol.

The DFW Metroplex is home to a number of these mighty birds. Depending on the season, there can be as many as 20 different species of falconiformes living in the North Texas area. Some are seasonal migrants. Other are what is known as occasional vagrants—birds that sometimes roam outside their normal range. When you’re as big and powerful as a raptor soaring high in the sky, moving outside your home range is not difficult to do.














Sears Point wetlands, Dickson and Baylands units 9am to Noon every Saturday! Come out! (every saturday)

Come out Saturday, 9am to Noon we are there to help you learn the birds, hawks, wildlife and history of the Baylands and Dickson units of the Sears Point Wetlands...

Lots to see, come on out.... Reclamation Road right off of Lakeville Highway or Highway 37
Contact us, we are working under guidelines from Sonoma Land Trust and the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge... 

Every Saturday 9am to Noon, lots of fun, good people, great views, fantastic wildlife.















Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bald Eagle camera catches baby birds eating cat

Below is link to video of eagle bringing cat to nest, as an after thought, cat may have been road kill.

Bald eagle camera catches baby birds eating cat:

(RNN) – On Tuesday, two bald eagles brought their eaglets a meal near Pittsburgh.

Normally, this isn’t a big deal, but the nest is shown around the clock on the Hays Bald Eagle Cam, and the meal was a house cat.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported some viewers commented in chat rooms they were “disturbed” the images were broadcast live.

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania responded on its Facebook page, saying they reviewed the footage, and believe that the cat was already dead when the eagles brought it to the nest.
“While many may cringe at this, the eagles bring squirrels, rabbits, fish (and other animals) into the nest to eat multiple times each day," the post reads. "To people, the cat represents a pet but to the eagles and to other raptors, the cat is a way to sustain the eaglets and help them to grow. At Audubon, we encourage people to keep cats indoors for many reasons - primarily because cats themselves eat many, many songbirds. While seeing a cat in the nest was difficult for many, we're hopeful that people will understand that this is a part of nature, and nature isn't always kind or pretty."

People across the internet often watch the Hays Bald Eagle Cam at this location near Pittsburgh to track the progress of the eaglets hatching - which has been on the receiving end of nature's harsh reality. A raccoon attacked the nest in 2014, and no eggs survived the 2015 winter.
“The cameras are up 24/7 and can show a side of nature that isn’t really pretty,” a spokeswoman for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Read more: http://www.kptv.com/story/31851293/bald-eagle-camera-catches-baby-birds-eating-cat#ixzz4BXUp4lZg