May 2015 Bay Area Local Wildlife Update All photos taken in the Bay Area
A Golden goes home: You may have seen this story on the news. A female golden eagle captured had head trauma and there was speculation of possible ingestion of rat poison. (Rodenticides) “Tass” (my name for her) based on the area San Ramon fire workers captured her when she was having trouble flying on March 27th. She was taken to Lindsay wildlife hospital in Walnut Creek to begin her rehab process. On May 1st she was released in her homeland area of South Contra Costa County. Thanks to Lindsay museum in Walnut Creek. I was there and will provide those interested in the story and an Email of several photos and short story of the process.Meet the Swainsons: I have written about the Byron pair of Swains a few times, lately I have visited the Knightsen pair I have watched for a few years. This is a light and dark morphed pair that nest and spend spring and summer in ranch properties within the town of Knightsen. The female has been featured before with a ground squirrel pinned down up on a utility post. She is unafraid of local traffic and usually stares at me when I visit. I admit I talk to her hoping she tolerates me for a second. The male is far less trusting of humans though this year he actually posed for a shot.
Rattlers of Los Vaqueros: Chasing rattle snakes lately at Los Vaqueros reservoir between Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Something very interesting about the rattlers to me, this year decided to try and locate and observe their actions. At Los Vaqueros this isn’t very hard as they are fairly common. The danger this time of year is the smaller snakes, so small in fact they are hard to see. One needs to look close at the trail and stay in areas that are visibly clear to the eye. Another note: Rattlers don’t look for trouble; they only want to get clear of humans. Accidently stepping on one is a real concern, especially the smaller ones as they are not as smart or forgiving as the larger ones yet are just as poisonous.
The Coyote controversy: There’s a great article written asking the question “Is it time to stop hunting the Coyote in California?” The benefit the Coyote serves in rodent reduction far outweighs the damage they cause in my opinion. Love to hear your opinions, please read…
http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewild/commentary/is-it-time-to-end-coyote-hunting-in-california.htmlphotos 1- Golden eagle getting ready for release May 1
2- Badger @ south end of Los Vaqueros Alameda Co side
3-Burrowing owls in Alameda County
4- Young Black tail Camino Tass area CC County
5-Coyote profile Alameda side Los Vaqueros
6-Swain profile Lighter phase
7-Swain profile darker phase
8-Rattler N. end Contra Costa
9-Rattler N. end Contra Costa
10-Golden in flight (not the eagle released) Byron area...