June 2016 “Heroes and Villains” Bay Area Wildlife update
*Happy Memorial Day! Thanks for our War Veteran heroes who keep us safe and secure.
Dry winds and warm days are sweeping through our bay area turning the hills to gold and bringing on the summer. It is a tremendous time of year for those of us enjoying the outdoors and wildlife.
I received a response from Fish and Wildlife regarding my concerns relating to the status of burrowing owls in eastern Contra Costa. I was satisfied with their response, a warden came out, provided information and viewed areas over grazed by goats in small sections of creeks and flood basins. Something is not right, wish I could figure it out.
Due to a leg injury, my hiking has been curtailed considerably lately. Feeling better, I plan to get out and hike in remote areas soon. Lately, I have shot many photos from the roadside perspective.
|Burrowing owl@ Jersey Island|
|Tule Elk @ Tamales bay|
|Red breasted sap-sucker @ Del Valle|
|Older Barn owl photo from the cave that lasted over 20 years prior to being washed out about 10 or less years ago. Morgan Territory.|
|Rattler @ North end of Los Vaqueros reservoir.|
|Black tail buck on Finley Rd. CC County South.|
|Long billed Curlew in Byron|
|Burrowing owls at Sand Creek basin in Brentwood|
|Swainson hawk in Brentwood|