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Antelope Valley Raptor Experience Reminder: 8am, Saturday, 9 January 2016

January 6, 2016
After watching this Ferruginous Hawk eat a vole, we went to lunch. (C. Almdale 1/10)

After watching this Ferruginous Hawk eat a vole, we went to lunch. (C. Almdale Jan’10)

This is the trip for the raptor enthusiast. We will be birding primarily the northwest and west end of the Antelope valley. The raptors we are most likely to see are Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, White-tailed Kite and Golden Eagle. Other possibilities include Rough-legged Hawk, and Sharp-shinned Hawk. We hope to find Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew and Mountain Bluebird. In addition, we will be looking for other species that are year-round residents or winter visitors.

Links to prior trips: Jan’15, Jan’14, Jan’13, Jan’12, Jan’11

Family guide: Mostly driving, under ½ mile walking on roadsides. Probably boring for young children. Can be windy or rainy.

Directions: Carpools will leave the North Hills (San Fernando Valley) area by 7:15 am so we can be in the Palmdale area by 8 am. Allow 1/2-hour drive time from Santa Monica to the carpool meeting place. For directions to the meeting place or additional information, e-mail leader at: <smbas [at]> BY THURSDAY EVENING. This trip is limited to 5 vehicles, with priority given to those who are carpooling. In the event of adverse weather such as strong Santa Ana winds, the trip will be cancelled by the leader no later than Friday evening. Bring lunch, drinks, additional water and dress for the weather. If you have an FRS radio, bring it along tuned to Channel 11, privacy channel 22.

For additional information, e-mail leader at: <smbas [at]>
Or call the leader at 310-617-8904, and leave a message with your name and phone number.

Saturday, 16 January. Antelope Valley rainout date. Everything else is the same as above. [Chuck Almdale]


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