MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

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

Monday, March 14, 2022

Jenner Hawk Watch 2021 wrap up and getting ready for 2022



Fire prep at Laufenburg Ranch; Trek No. 100 to Pole Mountain summit; Reta Lockert to retire; Black History Month salutes Corina Newsome; Upcoming virtual wildflower hike

Join the Hawk Watch

Birdwatching your thing? Want to watch the big birds? The Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch group may be for you, and they’re looking for new volunteers. Each autumn, this dedicated group visits the Jenner Headlands Preserve to document raptor activity within the Pacific Flyway coastal section that funnels rare hawks on their migration path. Organized in 2009 by local raptor expert Larry Broderick, and later co-managed by naturalist Dave Barry, the group helps identify migration and overwintering trends among such species as rough-legged and ferruginous hawks. Later, they compare numbers with other groups monitoring raptors in the region.

The coastal prairie grasslands on the Jenner Headlands Preservemanaged through bird friendly conservation ranching by Markegard Family Grass-Fedprovide rich feeding grounds and habitat that have been diminished elsewhere due to coastal development.

"It's a wide-open expanse that is perfect for hunting," says Larry Broderick. "They've got the wind coming up from the coast, the thermals, three or four different wind patterns that basically funnel the birds right over us."

To volunteer with the Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch group during the upcoming raptor season, check their Facebook page.

Click here to see the 2021 report via Facebook.  


#westcountyhawkwatch 

Friday, December 17, 2021

12-18-2021 Lynch Canyon Raptor tour 10am 2pm



12-18-2021 Lynch Canyon Raptor tour, tomorrow! 10am 2pm 

https://www.meetup.com/Solano-Land-Trust-Outdoor-Adventures-Meetup/events/282478472/ 

Details: Bird of Prey season is back!


Join Larry Broderick for the 2021- 2022 season at Lynch Canyon and Rush Ranch!

Each year from fall through late winter, raptor expert Larry Broderick of West County Hawkwatch leads weekend hikes and workshops so people can learn about the birds of prey that call the Solano Land Trust properties their home.

During this viewing season, bring your binoculars and join a group to see the magnificent bids that rely on our protected agricultural open spaces for habitat. Birders of all levels of experience are welcome.

Dedicated to Ken Poerner:

By request, Larry Broderick would like to dedicate this year’s Bird of Prey season in honor of our dear friend Ken Poerner, whose tireless dedication to conservation touched every aspect of Solano Land Trust’s work. Ken passed in early June of this year after a ten-year battle with cancer. It was Ken who first introduced the Solano Land Trust to Larry, and Larry’s expertise and passion have been an invaluable asset to the land trust and the community we serve for many years.

Upcoming Hike Dates:

Registration for hikes are required.
December 18 registration: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=k4v5ckmab&oeidk=a07eiklwl9hc61d0b68

Please visit https://solanolandtrust.org/events/birds-of-prey to register for future dates

The hike fee is $10 per person.
Parking at Lynch Canyon is $6.00 during the off season (October – March)

Dec 18th [Saturday] Solano Land Trust Lynch Canyon
Jan 15th [Saturday] Solano Land Trust Lynch Canyon
Feb 12th [Saturday] Solano Land trust Lynch Canyon

March (TBD)

For a complete schedule of West County Hawkwatch events, visit the group’s website at: westcountyhawkwatch.com or its Facebook page. Or you can email Larry directly at northcoastraptor@gmail.com


For more information: contact di@solanolandtrust.org or call 707-420-1041







Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Meet The Man Who Shoots At Birds All Day To Keep Them Off A Toxic Pit | ...

If migrating species land on the Berkeley Pit for more than a few hours, they get cooked from the inside out. Now, miners use a rifle, drones, and lasers to scare the birds away.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

12-4-2021 Shollenberger / Ellis Creek Facility 9:30am meet

 12-4-2021

Shollenberger / Ellis Creek Facility
Over-Wintering Birds of Prey walk and general birding outing.
Meet at Ellis Creek Water Treatment facility 9:30am we will walk until 12:30 or 1pm, depending on what we see.
We'll walk around the Ellis Creek Facility and venture into Shollenberger Park as well.
Focus on Raptor Identification and beginning, novice birding.
Call Larry at 707-791-0335 for details











Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Lynch Canyon raptor tours Nov, Dec, Jan

 

BIRDS OF PREY

Bird of Prey season is back!

Join Larry Broderick for the 2021- 2022 season at Lynch Canyon and Rush Ranch!

Each year from fall through late winter, raptor expert Larry Broderick of West County Hawkwatch leads weekend hikes and workshops so people can learn about the birds of prey that call the Solano Land Trust properties their home. 

During this viewing season, bring your binoculars and join a group to see the magnificent bids that rely on our protected agricultural open spaces for habitat. Birders of all levels of experience are welcome.

Dedicated to Ken Poerner

By request, Larry Broderick would like to dedicate this year’s Bird of Prey season in honor of our dear friend Ken Poerner, whose tireless dedication to conservation touched every aspect of Solano Land Trust’s work.  Ken passed in early June of this year after a ten-year battle with cancer.  It was Ken who first introduced the Solano Land Trust to Larry, and Larry’s expertise and passion have been an invaluable asset to the land trust and the community we serve for many years.


Upcoming Hike Dates:

Registration for hikes are required.  Please click the links of the dates below to register.

The hike fee is $10 per person. 

Parking at Lynch Canyon is $8.00 during peak season (April – September) and $6.00 during the off season (October – March)

October 3rd [Sunday] Solano Land Trust Lynch Canyon

Nov 28th [Sunday] Solano Land Trust Lynch Canyon

Dec 18th [Saturday] Solano Land Trust Lynch Canyon

Jan 15th  [Saturday] Solano Land Trust Lynch Canyon

February (TBD)

March (TBD) 


For a complete schedule of West County Hawkwatch events, visit the group’s website at: westcountyhawkwatch.com or its Facebook page.  Or you can email Larry directly at northcoastraptor@gmail.com 

*Photo credit: Pamela Hawken (Pamelarosehawkenphotography.com)

For more information: contact di@solanolandtrust.org or call 707-420-1041

Monday, October 11, 2021

Jenner Headlands Raptor Migration count with The Wildlands Conservancy 10.10.2021..... photos credit / copyright Shabda Kahn

Incredible day of Raptor Migration in the Jenner Headlands Preserve, lots of great looks and close flybys,  thank you Shabda for the photos! amazing work!  

22 ~ Cooper's Hawks, Individual Birds, almost all heading south
14 ~ Sharp-shinned Hawks, Individual Birds all most all heading south
2 ~ Merlin
17 ~ American Kestrel (17 sightings), 12 birds, some seen twice or three times
1 ~ Red-shouldered Hawk
14 ~ Northern Harrier (14 sightings), 8 individual birds
28 ~ Red-tailed Hawks (28 sightings), 18 individual birds
23 ~ Turkey Vultures.
1 ~ cooperative Bobcat, upper Hawk Ridge Trail

Sharp-shinned Hawk juvenile  











photos credit / copyright Shabda Kahn 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Oct 10 [Sunday] The Wildlands Conservancy, Jenner Headlands Preserve, Raptor Migration tour

 Oct 10 [Sunday] The Wildlands Conservancy, Jenner Headlands Preserve, Raptor Migration tour


For The Wildlands Conservancy go to their web page and find INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS FOR VISITORS, and look under Jenner Headlands, (for both Jenner and Estero) https://wildlandsconservancy.org/


more outings:

Oct 24th [Sunday] The Wildlands Conservancy, Estero Americano, Raptor Migration tour

Nov 7th [Sunday] The Wildlands Conservancy, Jenner Headlands Preserve, Over-wintering Raptor tour

Nov 28th [Sunday] Solano Land Trust, Lynch Canyon Open Space, Raptor Migration tour

Dec 18th [Sunday] Solano Land Trust, Lynch Canyon Open Space, Over-wintering Raptor tour

Jan 15th [Saturday] Solano Land Trust, Lynch Canyon Open Space, Over-wintering Raptor tour
For Solano Land Trust go to their home page and look under events and/or birds of prey, their page is currently being updated and events will be posted soon. https://solanolandtrust.org/
For The Wildlands Conservancy go to their web page and find INTEPRETIVE PROGRAMS FOR VISITORS, and look under Jenner Headlands, (for both Jenner and Estero) https://wildlandsconservancy.org/










Monday, September 20, 2021

Broad-winged Hawks on the West Coast migration 9-26-2021.... Jenner Headlands Preserve Raptor Migration Hike ~ 10am to 2pm


9.26.2021 Jenner Headlands Preserve
6 Broad-winged Hawks comprised of;
2 Adult light morphs, 
1 Adult dark morph, 
3 Juveniles
(see photo references below)

So WE did a thing yesterday.. 9-26-2021....
During a TWC Raptor Migration Hike / Count event; the hike pretty much just ended up a Point Count... 

WE set up on the Upper "Raptor Ridge" trail, below the upper trees to the north east, on that bluff over looking the "football field" as it was windy down along the coastal prairie and overlook... We sat / stood in awe and watched the parade of Accipiter's and Broad-winged Hawks..

The shear fact we had both Dark and Light Morph Adults accentuated the experience, and add in the Juvenile birds and the BWHA workshop was complete.... 

Fantastic experience for the group and great memories for many who got a life bird on this special day.

(photos below of the Broad-winged's are from professional photographers, these photos are indicative of what we saw, but not the actual birds we saw, using them as reference and educational use only)

Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk, Ron LeValley 

Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk, the one and only Don Bartling photography 

Adult Broad-winged Hawk, David Brown photo 

Dark Morph Broad-winged Hawk, Tony Leukering photo credit 

Luckily the whole group was able to get onto {thanks TWC and WCHW} for suppling some extra binocs so everyone could enjoy these highly migratory, small, compact Buteo's. 

This day ties, and possibly breaks the earlier record up at Jenner for BWHA's.

A lot of the plans for Jenner Hawk Migration monitoring were conceived by Dan Nelson's records of Hawk Migrations on of Bay Hill road in the 1990s and early 2000s and documented in his Madrone Audubon sightings as well as Jesse House who also was instrumental in some of those early west counties surveys....

Lucky to be able to get up there and count these hawks, thankful for all the volunteers, counters, spotters and ultimately the day leaders.

Keep up the great work .. 

Also on this day of 9.26.2021: 
19 Coopers Hawks 
8 Sharp-shinned Hawks 
36 Red-tailed Hawks [3 were juv]
23 American Kestrels 
4 Northern Harriers 
21 Turkey Vultures

Adult Red-tailed Hawk Jenner

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, all rights original photographer. 


Sharp-shinned Hawk Jenner


Coopers Hawks tussling Jenner

Coopers Hawks Jenner


Sharp-shinned Hawk Jenner


Cooper's Hawk Don Bartling...

Juvenile Harrier Jenner 


Two birds below for reference only.... from the web, male harrier and juvenile harrier 
male^ 

juv^


Northern Harriers above, juv, female, male ... ^



Female Kestrel for reference only 


Male Kestrel for refence only 


LB, Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch Project 

Thank you The Wildlands Conservancy, Sonoma Land Trust, Hawkwatch International and North American Hawk Migration Association... 

#hawkwatch 
@HawkWatchInternational 
#WestCoastHawkWatchGroup 
@hawkwatch
#hawkmigration

northcoastraptor@gmail.com
Jenner Headlands Preserve
Raptor migration hike, Sunday 9-26-2021, 10am to 3pm
Go to link:
https://wildlandsconservancy.org/preserves/jennerheadlands/publicprograms















Friday, September 17, 2021