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Antelope Valley Hawk Trip
photos taken by Glenn Price on a previous Hawk Trip
Ferruginous Hawk
Ferruginous & Red-tailed Hawks
Burrowing Owl
Sunday, January 15, 2017- 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Trip Leaders: Pete Bloom & Scott Thomas

In the fall and winter months, migratory raptors flood into the Antelope Valley and upper desert regions. Red-tailed Hawks are a sure bet with many others such as Prairie Falcons, Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks, American Kestrels, Northern Harriers, and even Golden Eagles are good possibilities. Unlike most birding trips, this one offers close-up views of the raptors because Pete, Scott, and Jeff are going to be banding those they catch and we will be there to watch, ask questions and photograph them. Very early risers may also see owls.

Directions: We will meet at Ave. A and Hwy. 14 in the Antelope Valley. From Orange County, take the #5 Fwy. north to #14 (Antelope Valley Fwy.); exit on #14 and drive north approximately 45 miles (through Lancaster) until you reach Avenue A. Turn left on Avenue A and park.

Bring: Warm clothes. (Morning temperatures can be very chilly!) Dress in layers; bring lunch, a map, and a full tank of gas. Don’t forget your binoculars, scopes, and cameras! We will be out until at least 2:00.

Trip info: See trip information below the photos.

Pete Bloom with a Red-tailed Hawk
Displaying Wing Pattern
Prairie Falcon
Ferruginous & Red-tailed Hawks
Ferruginous Hawk
Prairie Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl

Trip Information: Depending on the location of Pete and Scott's banding operations, our group will be directed to drive to a location close to the banding area. There we will wait for Pete and Scott to bring the raptors they plan to band so that we can watch the banding operation, get close views of the birds, take pictures of them, and talk with Pete and Scott about them. They will be able to tell us the approximate age & sex of the birds, what they eat (their prey), their general migration route, whether they are spending the winter in the Antelope Valley or are en route to some other wintering ground, their general health, where they nest, and a whole lot of other interesting information. During the day, we may change our location several times.

Though the primary focus on this trip will be to see the raptors, we will also be looking at other birds as well, so be sure to bring your binoculars and a scope if you have one. In the winter in the Antelope Valley, one often sees raptors perched on the telephone poles which give them a good vantage point since there are few trees. With a scope, we can often spot various raptors within sight of our stopping location. We'll also be looking for small birds such as Horned Larks, Mountain Bluebirds, Loggerhead Shrikes, and various other species.

If the weather is warm enough, you may wish to sit outside your car to watch for the birds and wait for the banders to bring us the birds they have caught for banding. Folding chairs can come in handy. Be sure to bring plenty of warm clothes because it can be chilly out there. (Restroom facilities are few and far between, so go slow on the coffee. Usually, we drive back to the nearest town to use their restroom facility sometime during the morning.) If you plan to bring children with you on this trip, be sure to bring activities with you that will occupy them while they're waiting.

Inclement Weather: We will be out in the field until at least 2 PM.
The trip will run as scheduled. You do not need to check with Nancy about the trip unless you have questions.

If bad weather is predicted, (such as rain or strong winds), the trip may need to be rescheduled or cancelled. ALL TRIP PARTICIPANTS NEED TO CHECK IN WITH NANCY KENYON BEFORE GOING ON THIS TRIP. It's possible that the meeting location may be changed or the trip rescheduled.

Nancy Kenyon, Field Trip Chair & Webmaster - 949-786-3160;
updated 9/11/16



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