Bay Area Local Wildlife October 2017 Season of the Black Tail deer
When out and about in our area foothills and outback areas these days of fall, if you see female doe’s, likely there is a large buck nearby possibly in the cover. This is the time of year those antlers matter, and it is all on when competing for females. When winter rolls around all will be forgotten, and the boys will be best friends all over again. The women and youngsters will band together and survive the winter together. Sharing a few pictures of the rut in progress in the Bay Area…
Burrowing owl update for eastern C.C. County; there is no doubt about it, the burrowing owls numbers are dwindling in our Bay Area. Many folks have contacted Fish & Wildlife about discing or plowing of fields for fire prevention during breeding season in East County, yet this practice continues even in areas where property owners are aware of the owls. In June 2015, the process was halted in Brentwood when F&W responded, yet in 2017 again the field was plowed as owls were present. F&W is understaffed, and claims there are more important matters. I have been in contact with F&W concerning two areas in an attempt to notify the property owners we are aware the owls are here and present. I am expecting protective actions next spring when they are raising their young, and I am watching closely from now on. Some F&W officers are sincere, while others do not impress me. One in particular, responded to area and later says “there are no owls” while failing to respond despite the fact I had previously advised him I had recent pictures of the owls. At this point, I will not name names. There are laws concerning disrupting the soil in areas the owls breed from March to August, and they are listed as a species of special concern. If the discing occurs next spring in one or both of these two areas this is going to another level.
Sharing a photo not previously shown taken about 10 years ago at a time Jim Hale (Biologist) and I visited the Brown St. Basin in Oakley to study the burrowing owl colony. At that particular time, I estimate some 30 owls (Including young) were living in burrows in this flood basin. Oakley has announced recently this basin will be turned into a sports field soon like the two other basins both of which had burrowing owls. Laurel Basin and Freedom Basin in past years. (These areas have no signs of burrowing owls any longer) Currently ,at the Brown St. Basin there are much fewer owls, possibly due to area development or lack of food source. As I have said before, for some reason the owls prefer the city life. Perhaps to escape the raptors and other demons of the prairie, I don’t know.
|Anna's hummingbird from my back yard in Oakley|
|A warrior Up Top Morgan Territory|
|Road runner Mines Rd. Livermore|
|Blue heron Taylor Slough California Delta|
|"blacktail gals" Camino Tassajara area near San Ramon|
|Black Tail buck|
|Bushtit at Del Valle reservoir|
|Anna's in Oakley|
|Burrowing owl in Oakley (Older photo)|
Black tails at Los Vaqueros reservoir