MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

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

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Solano Land Trust: Bird of Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon 09/29/19

Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are proud to present this popular series of birds of prey hikes of the winter migration season. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey.  It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle. This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.


COST: The guided hike is $10 per person. You can pay online when registering, or bring cash/check, payable to Solano Land Trust.


*NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.

Solano Land Trust: Bird of Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon 09/29/19: September 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm $10 Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are proud to present this popular series of birds of ...














Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

2019 dates are here.... North Bay Area outings, presentations, events



West County Hawkwatch 2019 season is here!
Please contact us with any questions, thank you.


Sept 15th  Jenner Headlands, Sonoma Land Trust,, Member outings, SLT membership Raptor Migration Sensation, two walks. 9am/12pm to 1pm/4pm. Sonoma Land Trust website for details.

Sept 28th Jenner Headlands, The Wildlands Conservancy, the original Raptor Migration Hike Series, 9am to 1pm (Public Hike) The Wildlands Conservancy website for details.

Sept 29th  Lynch Canyon Open Space, Solano Land Trust, Raptor Migration Sensation Hike 10am to 2pm, (Public Hike) Solano Land Trust website for details.

Oct 19th Jenner Headlands, The Wildlands Conservancy, Over-wintering Raptor education and Identification Hike 9am to 1pm (Public Hike) The Wildlands Conservancy website for details.

Oct 26th  Lynch Canyon Open Space, Solano Land Trust, Over-wintering Raptor education and Identification, 10am to 2pm. (Public Hike) Solano Land Trust website for details.

Oct 27th  Estero Americano, Sonoma Land Trust (time TBD) Over-wintering Raptor education and Identification (Public Hike) Keep an eye out for details.

Nov 9th  Estero Coastal Preserve, The Wildlands Conservancy 9am to 1 pm
(Public Hike) Over-wintering Raptor education and Identification, The Wildlands Conservancy website for details.

Nov 9th Tolay Lake, Madrone Audubon, Annual Fall/Winter, Raptor and Bird hike. 8am to 2pm (Public Hike) go to Madrone Audubon website for details. [west count hawkwatch sponsored, lead by Gordon Beebe]

Nov 16th  Skaggs Island, San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Public Tour, Sonoma Land Trust, 10am 2pm, (Public Tour) Keep an eye out for announcement.

Nov 17th  Skaggs Island, San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Member Tour, Sonoma Land Trust, 10am 2pm, (Member Tour) Keep an eye out for announcement.

Nov 23rd Lynch Canyon Open Space, Solano Land Trust, 10am to 2pm
(Public Hike) Solano Land Trust website for details.

Dec 7th (back up day for TWC Estero coastal)

Dec 8th Rush Ranch Open Space, Solano Land Trust, Birds of Prey Education Day and Hawk hike. Announcement will be on Solano Land Trust website.

Details:

The Solano Land Trust the events have no limit on attendance, same with Madrone, there has been no limits on attendance base.

For The Wildlands Conservancy and Sonoma Land Trust, events often have limits of 20 to 30 attendees and most a booked early on via membership announcements. Often people book early then cancel and then openings happen. So signing up for the waitlist is a great way to gain access to these popular outings.


For The Wildlands Conservancy events go to their webpage: www.wildlandsconservancy.org
under online calendar and registration; located under specific locations (Jenner Headlands Preserve or Estero Americano Coastal Preserve)  dates not offered until couple weeks before actual events.

For Sonoma Land Trust events go to their webpage: sonomalandtrust.org
Go to outings page: https://sonomalandtrust.org/outings   

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  

2019 Trione - Annadel Presentation Announcement coming
2020 Madrone Audubon Presentation, Announcement coming.
2020 Sonoma Land Trust Presentation, Announcement coming
2020 January, February, March and April, Solano and Sonoma Land Trust outings, hikes, tours coming.

(all photos West County Hawkwatch Jesse & Larry)
















Monday, April 15, 2019

Monte Kirven, Wildlife Biologist, Peregrine Falcon researcher

Monte Neil Kirven (1936-2017)


July 2017 with new peregrine.

Monte Neil Kirven, born August 5, 1936, perished in the wildfires that consumed the forested hills near Santa Rosa, CA, in October of 2017.

Wildlife biologist helped ensure peregrine falcon survival:

Wildlife biologist Monte Kirven was instrumental in ensuring the survival of peregrine falcons in Northern California.


Monte’s love of nature and the outdoors was an integral part of his life. In time, his interest in fishing and hunting were nurtured into consuming passions that became lifelong pursuits. When his mother remarried a Navy man, they moved frequently. He attended Coronado High School in Coronado, CA, and East High School in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated in 1955. He then attended the University of Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1960. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and was in the Army ROTC program; later commissioned as an officer after graduation. In 1964, he was trained in Military Intelligence at Fort Ord, CA.


In 1977, Monte earned a Ph.D. in Biology at University of Colorado studying bat falcons in Venezuela. Returning to California, he taught courses in biology and ecology at both Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. During this period, he collaborated with Robert Riseborough, Geoff Monk, D.A. “Sandy” Boyce, Brian Walton, and others to determine the pesticide contamination levels in peregrine prey species; studied the foraging behavior of nesting peregrines in a geothermal development area via radio-telemetry with Dr. James Enderson; and was employed by the Ukiah District of the Bureau of Land Management to conduct a decade-long survey of nesting peregrines in northern California. He is credited with helping to show eggshell thinning in endangered peregrine falcons that led to the banning of DDT for agricultural use in 1972.

A falconer for over 50 years, Monte was accomplished at training peregrine falcons for the hunting of waterfowl. In addition, he mentored many aspiring falconers to care properly for their birds and to hunt successfully with them.

He is survived by his daughter Kathleen K. Groppe of Lancaster, TX, sons Kenneth of San Diego, CA, and Brian of Point Reyes Station, CA, sister Marcia A. Gray of Helen, MT, and her children Alex, Tessa, Andrew and Jimmy and former wife Valerie Quate.















Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Osprey Nest Removal

https://06880danwoog.com/2019/03/30/osprey-nest-is-down-whats-up-with-that/#comment-154131

https://06880danwoog.com/2019/03/30/osprey-nest-is-down-whats-up-with-that/

Westport loves its ospreys. The pair that nest next to Fresh Market — right there on the main drag — are particularly well known and admired.They returned from their southern home last week. Today, several Westporters noted with distress that the nest is gone.
Lindsay and Nick from Earth Animal — across the street from the tall pole — emailed “06880”:
The osprey nest was taken down early this morning. The maintenance crew are driving around a crane today so we believe this was done by the landlords.
It has been heartbreaking to see the osprey circling around the area that was once their home, not knowing what to do. They are carrying large sticks and trying to rebuilt and are even attempting to built on their old home location on the telephone pole. The osprey are loved by our community and we are not sure how to help them. Do you have an idea?
This still image from a video shot by Sam Levenson shows the ospreys as they circled what used to be their nests.

(Photo from video by Sam Levenson)
Here’s a close-up view of the now-bare nest:

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)
A few years ago Eversource moved the nest, from one pole to a less dangerous one.

(updated, Ospreys nest has been replaced.. thank you all who contacted officials)



Rush Ranch Open Space this Saturday! APRIL 6th

https://solanolandtrust.org/events

Bird of Prey Hike (lead by West County Hawkwatch) …

with Northern Harrier Presentation by Dr. Shannon Skalos 


April 6 @ 9:45 am - 1:00 pm 

Rush Ranch Open Space, West County Hawkwatch 2018 -2019 Season close





Young Northern Harrier 


We are happy to announce an end of season event which will be held on April 6, 2019 at Rush Ranch.  Larry Broderick will lead a Bird of Prey Hike, followed by a presentation on the Northern Harrier, by Dr. Shanon Skalos from U.C. Davis. A chili and cornbread lunch will be provided.


In lieu of the $10 fee, donations will be accepted for The Suisun Wildlife Center.

Some items on their wish list are:

Paper Goods

-paper towels

-Xerox copy paper( 8 1/2 x 11)



Garbage bags
- large yard
- large kitchen
- compactor bags

Cleaning Supplies

- glass cleaner
- cobweb duster/ broom/ dustpan
- unscented laundry detergent
- bleach ( unscented),

Sheets, pillowcases, baby blankets ( especially flannel or fleece)

Food items
- Grapes and apples
- Unsalted Nuts in the shell ( walnuts, almonds, pecans)
- Eggs
- Meat ( including freezer burned or outdated beef or chicken, no processed meat)
- Shrimp and seafood
- Bird seed
- Mouse Food
- Liquid Bird Vitamins/ Calcium Powder

Miscellaneous Items:
- Heating Pads
- Electric Fans
- Heavy Duty hoses/ nozzle
- Pet Carriers ( no cardboard unless new, please)

Gift cards from grocery stores, pet stores, gas stations, Walmart, Amazon, Costco, and Home Depot are welcome.

Cash donations welcome.

Venue  Rush Ranch

3521 Grizzly Island Rd.
Suisun City, CA 94585 United States
+ Google Map
Website:
https://solanolandtrust.org/protected-lands/rush-ranch



Organizer Solano Land Trust

Phone:  707.432.0150

Email:  info@ solanolandtrust.org

Website:  https://solanolandtrust.org/



Young Ferruginous Hawk 

https://solanolandtrust.org/

Young Red-tailed Hawk


 Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk 


 Ferruginous Hawk

Merlin

Friday, February 8, 2019

2019 Winter dates! Come on out!




But first please go to our facebook page and like:

 www.facebook.com/WestCountyHawkWatch 



thanks!



Here is some more dates for you....



February- 9th, 10am to 2pm

- Flyway Festival at Lynch Canyon Open Space, 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. You can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranchland and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat. During 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." This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.

Check here of details: https://solanolandtrust.org/events


February- 10th, (two hikes) 9am to 11am & 12noon to 2pm

Sears Point, Baylands, Dickson Ranch, wetlands (Flyway Festival) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday. Experience this Baylands restoration in process, Sonoma Land Trust and San Pablo Bay’s flagship wetlands Restoration project in full swing, the former Dickson Ranch now a wetland along with the reestablished Baylands wetlands, with open Ag space all around, provides a winter wonderland of Raptors, we’ve seen all seven diurnal Birds of Prey species here over the years, this outing delivers exciting sights, sounds and experiences.




February 17th 10am to 2pm,

Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday. Let’s look to the skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Skaggs Island is a bay area raptor hot spot. Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the Over-wintering season.




February 23rd - 26th (four days)

Lower Klamath Basin annual trip. West County Hawkwatch Team and Guest annual event...

Half day on 23rd, full days 24th and 25th, half day on 26th Going to try to hit all the hot spots, Lower Klamath Ref, Tule Lake Ref, Stateline Hwy, Township Road, Butte Valley and the Petroglyphs, All these will be auto tours, pack your car with food and drinks, warm clothes and binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras! 

Check with Larry for details, hotel, travel, agenda…. northcoastraptor@gmail.com

Check here for regional info:  https://www.fws.gov/refuge/lower_klamath/



March 2nd 10am to 1:30pm

Lynch Canyon Open Space (Season Close) Solano Land Trust, Saturday.

- 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. You can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranchland and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat. During migration and over-wintering distribution the raptor 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." This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.

Check here for details: https://solanolandtrust.org/events



March 3rd 10am to 2pm

Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday

Let’s look to the skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the Over-wintering season.




March 10th 10am to 2pm

Skaggs Island, (Overwintering Raptor Wonderland) Sonoma Land Trust, Sunday

Let’s look to the fall skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the Over-wintering season.




New dates Announced!



April 15, 7-9 pm.

Santa Rosa, Madrone Audubon Society Raptor Identification and Natural History PowerPoint program, with handouts and a book raffle.  West County Hawkwatch Raptor presentation, natural history and identification with rare regional updates, 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 web pages 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.





April 27th, Saturday  TBD

Little River Inn. Mendocino Raptor Identification and Natural History PowerPoint program, with handouts and a book raffle, then a short birds of prey themes hike / walk in suitable habitat. West County Hawkwatch Raptor presentation, natural history and identification with rare regional updates, 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 web pages 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. Little River Inn Mendocino, timing TBD but most likely noon to afternoon.


Male Northern Harrier 


Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, Lower Klamath Basin 2019



Young Red-tailed Hawk

Peregrine Falcon, (educational bird [Bird Rescue Center Ca.])


 Cooper's Hawk Don Bartling


Merlin, Tiaga