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.
We are so pleased to see one of the NBHCP’s “Covered Species,” the Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia), back on Conservancy property! Going back 15 years, the owl used to be seen frequently on Conservancy mitigation lands. At the time, we documented too-common depredation of them by dogs from nearby residential… Continue Reading They’re back!