MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

*** update **** Red Flag fire danger cancells _ Lynch Canyon Tour 9-27-2020 (Birds of Prey Migration Sensation Tour Fall 2020)

 *update* 

Cancelled Red Flag Fire Danger Solano County Parks....

Bird of Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

https://solanolandtrust.org/event/bird-of-prey-hike-at-lynch-canyon-2

About The Hikes & Workshop:

Lynch Canyon provides raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Each year from fall through late winter, Solano Land Trust docent and raptor expert, Larry Broderick, leads hikes and workshops so others can learn about the birds of prey that call Solano Land Trust properties home.  During this viewing season, you can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranch-land and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat.

Thanks to the ongoing conservation work at Lynch Canyon, and the donors who make this work possible, the land has resident yearlong raptors in addition to its wintertime visitors. During fall and spring migration, the bird population can double or triple.

“It's a wild, remote wilderness, and yet it's right in our backyard," says Larry Broderick. “Lynch has a great prey base, and that is a testament to Solano Land Trust's ecosystem management."

Venue

Lynch Canyon
3100 Lynch Rd,
Fairfield, CA 94534 United States 
+ Google Map

Details

September 27
Time:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
 
Phone:
707-432-0150
Email:
volunteer@solanolandtrust.org
Website:
www.solanolandtrust.org

 











 

 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

_ Peterson Field Guides_ Video Identifying Raptors .... 6 minute video


 


YouTube video, worth a look..  

As exciting as they are, raptors pose a number of identification challenges. 

This video will help you identify hawks, falcons, and their relatives.

or click link here if top is not displaying right 

Identifying Raptors 

 ^ click link

 


 

 



Saturday, September 19, 2020

Hawk Watch Jenner 9-20-20 ~ 9:15am ! Jenner visitor center (meet, count runs 10am to 2pm, come join us)

Team 3 Sunday 9-20-2020 Greetings Fellow Raptor Enthusiasts, Tomorrow! We will be hosting Team #3 on the weekends with Larry Broderick (some dates). Volunteer spaces are limited due to COVID and parking protocols, so it is imperative we know how many people intend to join the count. 

PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE IF YOU ARE COMING - by responding here, or by emailing us at Shellyjanderson@sbcglobal.net Or Call: 415-519-9849 We hope you can join us at 9:15am at the Jenner Visitor Center. 

We will carpool [or drive alone in individual cars] up the hill (with masks ) for a 10:00am count start. If the weather cooperates, we will stay up on the hill until 2:00pm. Please notify Shelly if you plan to come via email: Shellyjanderson@sbcglobal.net or Larry at northcoastraptor@gmail.com Or Cell: Shelly 415-519-9849 / Larry 707 -328-9315 Or post in thread below Hope to see you there! 

Please bring: 
• Facemask 
• Hand sanitizer 
• Water 
• Lunch 
• Layered clothing 
• Sunscreen 
• Shade hat 
• Camping chair or blanket to sit on 
• Raptor ID books 
• Binoculars or spotting scope 

 COVID-19 Protocols: 

 * We will practice social distancing on the hill! 
 * Maintain a minimum 6-feet distance from anyone who is not a household member. 
 * Do not attend the count if you're feeling sick, or have a cough or fever. 
 * Sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue, or, if not available, into one's elbow. 
 * Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact. 
 * Volunteers must bring their own mask/face-cove and are required to wear them at all times. 
 * We suggest not sharing optics - field guides. 
 * Use alcohol sanitizer when signing waivers (using pens or pencil) 
 * If carpooling, wear masks and leave windows down for the short drive 

We are excited to share our weekend hawk watch dates at Jenner Headlands for this fall. Enthusiasts of all levels are encouraged to come and help us ID and count your favorite raptors up on the hill. (all dates meet at JVC by 9:15am) Here is the list we know of so far: 
 Sunday 9/6/2020 with Larry / Orientation will be date.  
 Possible 9/12 or 9/13 Larry (smoke cancel) 
 Sunday 9/20/2020 with Larry 
 Saturday 9/26/2020 (joined by Larry’s Jenner Hawk hike) 
 Sunday 10/11/2020 
 Sunday 10/25/2020 
 Sunday 11/1/2020 
 Sunday 11/8/2020







Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Website Launched .... updated dates and events for fall 2020

www.westcountyhawkwatch.com

 

Tours and hikes coming up.... More later but here are the dates. 

Attendance is limited this year so sign up early and come out and enjoy wildlife and fresh air... 

The Wildlands Conservancy Dates: 

> Sept 26th, Saturday: GUIDED Jenner Headlands Hawk Migration Tour. 

> Oct 24th, Saturday GUIDED Estero Americano Coastal Preserve Over-Wintering Raptor Hike 

> Nov 7th, Saturday GUIDED Jenner Headlands Hawk Identification Walk 

check The Wildlands Conservancy web page under outings and look up sign up procedures, these tours book up quick https://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/education_public.html 

Solano Land Trust 2020 Lynch Canyon dates just announced! 

> 9/27 Sunday ( lynch canyon open space) 

> 10/18 Sunday (lynch canyon open space) 

> 11/1 Sunday (lynch canyon open space) 

> 11/21 Saturday (lynch canyon open space) 

https://solanolandtrust.org/events/birds-of-prey 

check out our updated for 2020 webpage: https://www.westcountyhawkwatch.com/ 

 

All copy rights original publisher, used here for educational and no profit use only. 


Don Bartling Coopers Hawk photo.



Above photo, Don Jackson credit and copyright 2020

Saturday, September 5, 2020

hawk watch 9-6-2020 jenner

Team 3 Sunday 9-6-2020 Greetings Fellow Raptor Enthusiasts, We are excited to share our weekend hawk watch dates at Jenner headlands for this fall Enthusiasts of all levels are encouraged to come and help us ID and count your favorite raptors up on the hill. 

Shelly Anderson will be hosting Team #3 on the weekends with Larry Broderick (some dates) Volunteer spaces are limited due to COVID and parking protocols, so it is imperative we know how many people intend to join the count. 

PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE IF YOU ARE COMING - by responding here, or by emailing us at Shellyjanderson@sbcglobal.net Or Call: 415-519-9849 

 Here is the list we know of so far: 

Sunday 9/6/2020 

Possible 9/12 or 9/13 date if anybody wants to initiate a day 

Sunday 9/20/2020 

Saturday 9/26/2020 ( joined by Larry’s Jenner Hawk hike) 

Sunday 10/11/2020 

Sunday 10/25/2020 

Sunday 11/1/2020 

Sunday 11/8/2020 

Orientation will be this Sunday. 9-6-20 We hope you can join us at 9:15am at the Jenner Visitor Center. We will carpool [or drive alone in individual cars] up the hill (with masks ) for a 10:00am count start. If the weather cooperates, we will stay up on the hill until 20pm. 

Please notify Shelly if you plan to come via email 

•Shellyjanderson@sbcglobal.net 

•Or Cell: 415-519-9849 

Hope to see you there! Please bring:

 •Mask 

•Water 

•Sun shelter 

•SunScreen 

•A chair 

•Lunch 

•Binoculars 

•Scope 

 

Redundant [sorry for duplicated information] but here is Basic protocols: 

Meet at the Jenner Visitor Center (JVC) at 9:15 AM. Promptly at 9:30 AM, we will drive up to the Jenner Headlands. 

The count up on the hill runs from 10 AM - 2 PM, weather permitting. We'll drive back down to JVC by 2:30 PM. 

All attending MUST sign a liability waiver each time you go (per The Wildlands Conservancy). COVID-19 Protocols: 

* We will practice social distancing on the hill! 

* Maintain a minimum 6-feet distance from anyone who is not a household member. 

 * Do not attend the count if you're feeling sick, or have a cough or fever. 

 * Sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue, or, if not available, into one's elbow. 

 * Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact. 

* Volunteers must bring their own mask/face-covering of some type, and are required to wear them at all times. 

* We suggest not sharing optics or field guides, and using alcohol sanitizer when signing waivers (using pens or pencil). 

* If carpooling, wear masks and leave windows down for the short drive.

Please note: Some will not be bringing anyone else in our car. Some will car pool, windows down would be best, if car pooling wear mask. There is limited space for parking on the hill. If you choose not to carpool with anyone else, please be aware that the road up to the hill is unpaved and bumpy, please drive slowly... if you're kicking up dust you're going too fast. 

Please mind the gates, if the cows get out we may lose our privileges. What to bring: Face-mask, hand sanitizer, water, lunch, layered clothing, sunscreen, shade hat, camping chair or blanket to sit on, raptor ID books, binoculars, spotting scope. 

email LB with any questions on protocol or if you want an alternate date, During peak I may run a team 4 northcoastraptor@gmail.com

Bird photos below by Don Bartling, all crest and copyright 2020





      Above photos by Don Bartling.


       Don Jackson photo credit copyright 2020 (above landscape only)
 

 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Updates for folks who attended recent outings and presentations

Updates for folks who attended recent outings and presentations, Sonoma Land Trust, Solano Land Trust and Trione - Annadel State Park.   

Greetings everyone, we've had such good events the last couple of weeks we wanted to thank everyone for coming out, Trione - Annadel presentation a couple weeks back, Sonoma Land Trust presentation a week ago, Lynch Canyon Open Space raptor tour a couple weeks ago, and Skaggs Island raptor tour a week ago....

I wanted to personally thank you all for coming out, January 26th at Skaggs Island was great with Merlin's and Coopers Hawks, an elusive  Great-horned Owl to top it off, also saw lots of Red-tailed Hawks, Harriers, Kites and a handful of Kestrels.... On January 11th Lynch Canyon it was an incredible outing with multiple Rough-legged Hawks, a Golden and a Bald Eagle, lots of Red-tailed Hawks, Harriers, Kestrels and a few Kites.

We have a Few more dates coming up, please check the dates and events below with the webpages for Sonoma Land Trust, Solano Land Trust as well as Madrone Audubon. Also will follow up here on this page with some Silhouettes and Identification photos... soon, sorry super busy at the day job.


February 8th Saturday 9am to Noon, part of the Bay Area Flyway Festival presents; Baylands Sears Point Wetlands, San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge, Sonoma Land Trust, Over-Wintering Raptor Tour and Tidal Restoration walk.  


February 9th, Sunday, 10am to 1:30/2pm, part of Bay Area Flyway Festival presents; Lynch Canyon Open Space, Over-wintering Raptor Education and Identification with Solano Land Trust, (Public Guided Hike) Go to Solano Land Trust website for details.


February 16th, 10am to 2pm, Skaggs Island, San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, with Sonoma Land Trust, Over-wintering Raptor Education and Identification, (guided public outing details at Sonoma Land Trust website)


2020 Lower Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge - Butte Valley Wildlife Area, a West County Hawkwatch Annual Expedition, March 1st to 4th; 1 day up, 2 days there, 1 day back, email Larry at northcoastraptor@gmail.com for details;
lots of planning and logistics for this event.


March 7th, 10am to 2pm Rush Ranch Open Space, Solano Land Trust, Power Point Presentation and Hawk Hike. Raptor Identification Slideshow program, snacks, hike the property and Suisun hills. Announcement’s on Solano Land Trust website.


March 8th , 10am to 2pm, Skaggs Island, San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge,
 with Sonoma Land Trust, Over-wintering Raptor Education and Identification, 
(member outing Go to Sonoma Land Trust website for details)


April 20th, 7pm to 8:30pm Madrone Audubon Society West County Hawkwatch 2020 Winter Season Close, Slide Show on seasonal highlights, identification hints, as well as where to go to see birds of prey. Details on Madrone Audubon website.



The Solano Land Trust the events have no limit on attendance. 

Same with Madrone Audubon there has been no limits on attendance base.

For Sonoma Land Trust, events often have limits to 20 attendees and most book early, via membership announcements. Sometimes people book early then cancel and openings happen. Hence signing up for the waitlist is a great way to gain access to these popular outings. Even if outing is booked, if you are interested sign up on wait list and possibly you'll be able to attend.


For Sonoma Land Trust events go to their webpage: sonomalandtrust.org


For Solano Land Trust go to their webpage: solanolandtrust.org
Home > Events > Birds of Prey  solanolandtrust.org/events/birds-of-prey


For Madrone Audubon Society check their webpage: www.madroneaudubon.org


For more info, updates and resources check out these pages:
West County HawkWatch Raptor Research Group (WCHW)
SF Bay Area & the Lower Klamath Basin.
official Web page www.westcountyhawkwatch.com 



Jenner Headlands Hawk Migration Project / Jenner Bald Eagle Group 
Jenner Hawkwatch on Facebook  www.facebook.com/JennerHawkwatch
Jenner Hawkwatch Message board headlandhawks-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Jenner Bald Eagles Group on Facebook www.facebook.com/JennerBaldEagles
Copyright 2019 - 2020 West County Hawkwatch Raptor Research Group
L. Broderick always available 24/7/365 @ 707-791-0335
 
Photos by Tom Reynolds, copyright and credit 2020  
 






 




Sunday, January 19, 2020

Trione - Annadel update fro those who attended the program last Thrusday

So we had a little technical difficulty last week with our Presentation for Trione-Annadel State Park Group and we could not get the PowerPoint going, as mentioned during the make shift presentation, here are the silhouettes we talked about, feel free to download, print or share. Learning Raptor Identification is tricky, learning each Species is part of a Genus, those Genus are represented in these Silhouettes.

Genus is a generic term used in the classification of living organisms or binomial nomenclature. For instance, In the contexts of botany, genus is a taxonomic group that classifies more than one species of plants that are closely related in characteristics.

So for Birds of Prey; Family, Genus, Species would be for instance;

Family = Accipitridae (Hawks and Eagles), 
Genus = Eagles (Aquila), 
Species = Golden Eagle (Chrysaetos)

Below are silhouettes of Genus's of North American Birds of Prey.
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