BAY AREA LOCAL WILDLIFE APRIL 2017
Updating pictures of the wildlife around us, this spring promises to be a good one for the outdoor person, and for our wildlife. By next month I will attempt to get solid photos of burrowing owls and swainson hawks that are now in the area.
This month featuring a meeting with “grumpy cat”, (a small male bobcat) I believe. I crossed paths with the cat in the Livermore foothills. He scaled some steep rocks, and could have easily walked into the high grass and disappeared forever. However, he waited near a barbed wire fence. allowed me to park my car, walk up to within fifty feet of him, take a few shots while kitty curiously checked me out with no apparent fear. He then walked slowly into the high grass and was gone. The Livermore hills around Del Valle reservoir is a beautiful area right now, despite the reservoir being closed on and off again from flooding. Call first before going out there. The creeks and hills are an amazing sight right now, plant life going crazy and western pond turtles who dug into dry creek beds during the drought, are now having a tropical vacation with occasional wind surfing available. Okay, that's a little over the top but its very nice to see.
Also a visit to a barn owl friend, and a snowy egret hunting crawfish, golden eagle in flight, this time around featuring some water birds , taking a raptor break...
Unfortunately, our wildlife faces many challenges including the use of pesticides and rat poison by several powerful companies unrelenting in their desire to continue selling hazardous products, despite continuing proof it is killing animals “from mice to mountain lions,” and others along the food chain.
Linking a call to action from Raptors Are the Solution, who is sponsoring AB 1687 to ban dangerous pesticides. Please read about it here! and scroll down to bobcat picture.
Raptors are the Solution
|Painted Lady Butterfly|
|Barn owl, new picture of area shown before. There are two who live here. They are now used to me coming by. I will not get close and cause panic...|
|Water pipit along Dutch slough near bethel Is.|
|Black neck stilt @ jersey Is.|
|Golden eagle along delta islands|
|Snowy egret in small delta creek|
|White pelican @ Los Vaqueros SS|
wild turkey, using only personality to attract mate... Los Vaqueros SS
HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE...