MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Eagles At Work In Dutch Harbor, Alaska (Pam Aus)





Published on Jun 13, 2013
The eagles hard at work doing their job to clean all the fish out of a fishing net before it gets repaired. The eagles that are brown and speckled are the younger eagles. They don't have the white head and white tail until they are about 5 years old. This is in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

tomorrow night at the Laguna Foundation ..... 3-9-3017

I must go back to work and share what I do, I have a Raptor ID program at the Laguna ... I am going to have a moment of silence for a dear friend and feature a dozen or so of his now famous photos, (Zach is a West County Hawkwatch photographer and guide, as well as a big pat of the Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch team)   a please come join me and honor Zach Dautrich, gone but never forgotten... tomorrow will  my first public appearance since hos passing I hope some of you will be there to give me strength, as I am not sure how I am going to make it through the program with him on my mind the whole time, please give me strength and send me good vibes ad I work through this process....


tomorrow night!

Sonoma County Birds of Prey: Identification and Natural History
Presentation with Larry Broderick
Thursday, March 9, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10. (non-refundable), Pre-registration required.

Join us for this enthusiastic and informative presentation about the resident, migrant and over-wintering birds of prey (“raptors”) in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and California. 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.
register here:
http://www.lagunafoundation.org/laguna_walks_classes.shtml



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sears Point Bird Walk this Saturday! ~ February 25th! 9:30am Dickson / Baylands units.

Sears Point Bird Walk this Saturday! ~ February 25th! 9:30am Dickson / Baylands units.

Part of the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge. Park at the Reclamation Road parking lot, Reclamation Road is off of Lakeville Highway / Highway 37 ... hike is 9:30am to 11/11:30am .....

hike is free! its a non advertised, non planned event, we just have a free day and we decided to go birding! Come on out! Experienced, Novice, Beginner... all are welcome.

Larry Broderick West County Hawkwatch Group... We'll walk along the Dickson trail looking into both the Baylands and Dickson units of the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge!







Thursday, February 16, 2017

As promised remaining 2017 winter dates, tours and outings.... WCHW


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

www.sfbayflywayfestival.com



February 16th - 19th (Thursday -Sunday) Klamath Basin Audubon Society,

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, we have 25 years of history in the basin.



February 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) West County Hawkwatch,

Trip 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 4th, (Saturday) Spring Lake Cub Scout Bird and Nature Hike. 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!)



March 5th (Sunday) 10am to 2pm Sonoma Land Trust,

Skaggs Island Over-wintering Birds of Prey and wildlife tour with Sonoma Land Trust Website: www.sonomalandtrust.org under the "out on the lands" calendar.



March 9th (Thursday) 7:00 to 8:30pm, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation,

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History PowerPoint Presentation at the Laguna Foundation Center



March 11th (Saturday) 10am to 2pm, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation,

Laguna Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History walk on the Laguna Trail. 



March 18th (Saturday) 1pm-5pm, Saturday Solano Land Trust,

2016 - 2017 Season close, 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.



Raptors from Ridges

(Sonoma County Regional Parks 2017 program launch, March, April, May, see below)

Larry Broderick & Dave LaCasse will guide and lead you helping you soar to new heights for the spring raptor migration and resident wildlife viewing!  Expect up-and-down terrain on these 3-5 milers with experienced Naturalist's and Bird Guides.  Bring lunch, water, layered clothing for the varied elements, binoculars, and field guides for your learning pleasure. 



Raptors from Ridges

Heavy rain cancels. Info.: (707) 565-2041

March 19 - (Sunday) 9am -1pm - North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park

April 9 - (Sunday) 9am -1pm Tolay Lake Regional Park

May 7 - (Sunday) 9am -1pm Taylor Mountain Regional Park – Petaluma Hill Road Entrance

(all photos, copyright original photographers, used for non profit and educational use only)










Hawkwatch International - Where Do Canadian Ferruginous Hawks Winter?

Hawkwatch International - Where Do Canadian Ferruginous Hawks Winter?: Blog by Jesse Watson In early October we blogged about the Ferruginous Hawk project one of our biologists has been involved with in southern Cana...



Ferruginous Hawks winter 2017 Paul Ayala and Pamela Rose Hawken (West County Hawks photo pool)







Saturday, December 31, 2016

Incredible Osprey Work by Mark B Bartosik >> Life on the Osprey time

Mark B Bartosik >> Life on the Osprey time

Check out this link on Mark's work with the Osprey... incredible

http://www.pbase.com/mbb/life_on_the_osprey_time


Mark B Bartosik | profile | all galleries 

Northern harrier video (need to click link)

Male northern harrier courtship display (click link)

Northern harrier video

The northern harrier is a slender, medium-sized hawk, with a long tail, wings and legs, a characteristic white rump, and a distinctive ‘facial disc’, which gives it an owl-like appearance. The male is grey above and white underneath, with obvious black wing-tips and contrasting yellow legs, eyes and facial skin. The female is larger and is quite different in appearance, being dark brown above, paler below, with dark streaks, and with bars on the wings and tail. Juvenile northern harriers resemble the female, but are usually darker above and more ...




Friday, December 30, 2016

Earlier this month I showed a few Rough-legged Hawk photos.  Today I was working outdoors when I looked up to see the Rough-legged Hawk soaring by directly overhead.  Luckily my camera was nearby.  This is a nice view of the underwing pattern with large dark carpal ("wrist") patches. Photo copyright and credit Jackie Sones... Follow her here:





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New December, 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)