They are everywhere. If you like raptors, this is the time of year in the Natomas Basin when there is much to see. The hawks are about in such numbers that it’s difficult not to be amazed. Most are red tail hawks. Swainson’s hawks just aren’t returned from their migration yet. Nonetheless, you could go out just about anywhere in the rural part of the Basin and see a lot of hawks. Today, I even saw two hawks take down prey. That always gets my heart beating rapidly. Get out and have a look. Bring a pair of binoculars.
Conservancy field personnel captured this close-up of an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying overhead from a nearby perch. The photo was taken on Conservancy mitigation land associated with a managed marsh complex. In prior years, some called this species the “fish hawk.” Clearly, the claws would be useful in catching fish.… Continue Reading Nail trim needed?