MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

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

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)

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

Klamath Bird Observatory, Ashland, Oregon, advances bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships.

Klamath Bird Observatory, based in Ashland, Oregon, advances bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships.

click the link below, check it out

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Klamath Bird Observatory is fueled by partner-driven science programs. We use birds as indicators of the healthy and resilient ecosystems on which we all depend. Our science involves three integrated aspects: 1) long-term monitoring, 2) theoretical research, and 3) applied ecology. We bring our results to bear through science delivery involving partnership driven engagement in conservation planning, informing the critical decisions being made today that will have lasting influences on the health of our natural resources well into the future.

Klamath Bird Observatory’s award-winning model was developed in the ruggedly beautiful and wildlife-rich Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. We now apply this model more broadly throughout the Pacific Northwest. Plus, our intensive professional education and international capacity building programs expand our influence into Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.


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