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.
The Conservancy has worked hard and spent money trying to improve prey production for the Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsonii). The hawk is one of two “primary” species covered under the HCPs. It has our attention due to diminished nest success. We don’t want that metric to decline. We need more,… Continue Reading Complex Versus Simple