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Sunday, June 1, 2014
For more looks at Dave's Burrowing owl photos please take a look at
#1 Older young Burrowing owl photo S/O Byron, #2 Recent Swainson hawk / ground squirrel in Knightsen. #3 Recent Coyote Mines Rd. Livermore. #4 Recent Bobcat Mines Rd. Livermore (Hiked in after the cat, couldn't get any closer) #5 Older Brentwood Burrowing owl near Sand Creek. #6 Recent Ringneck snake at Los Vaqueros watershed. #7 Recent Baby Barn owls in a culvert Brentwood flood control area. #8 Recent Acorn woodpecker Mines Rd. Livermore. #9 Baby Barn owl (same Culvert) Brentwood. #10 "The Wildbunch" older Burrowing owl family in Byron.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
These birds have an incredible migration each year even the Northern Cheyenne would be proud of. Observing particular pairs return to their nest sites is comforting realizing the journey they have endured. If you live in the bay area and want to get a clean close up look at these incredible flyers, right now is a golden chance to witness them in action. I would like to hear some accounts from other Swainson hawk enthusiasts in the Sacramento Valley. Seeing them gather in these large groups is relatively rare; however spotting a pair cruising the sky is very common. When not in the groups they live much like their cousins the red tails loyal to only their mates and off spring. I currently have found five active nests out here, though it is very important to give these shy birds their space as they may abandon the area if harassed. Earlier I have mentioned a banded bird I have monitored over six years. The bird and its mate are nesting again along a delta slough. Twice they lost their nest into the delta with the harsh delta winds. This pair has raised many youngsters and is the only pair I have gained close access too as they seem to accept my visits. Featuring recent photos of our local Swainson Hawks…
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Coyotes have been at war with humans for many years. Listed as a varmint, nuisance or whatever they choose to call them they are the original bad guy. Many hunters (Not all) use the Coyote for target practice. People living in remote housing tracks and near wild areas blame their missing cats, small dogs and other random occurrences on the song dog, despite the fact they moved into the coyotes home country.
#5 Recent Hermit Thrush visiting my back yard pond in Oakley. #6 Older Swallow tail butterfly near Morgan Territory. #7 Recent Western Fence Lizard in Oakley. #8 Recent Cedar Waxwing also in Oakley. #9 Older Burrowing owl group in Byron. #10 Same Song dog as #1 "shaking off" after much appreciated rainfall at Los Vaqueros. (Alameda side) Note: I will be chasing Swains and Burrowing owls in upcoming days... Thanks, Dave