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Antelope Valley Raptor Search Reminder, Saturday, 13 January 2018

January 11, 2018

This is the trip for the raptor enthusiast.

Prairie Falcon, Patrick McCaffey, 01/14/17

We will be birding in both the northeastern and northwestern Antelope Valley.  The raptors we are most likely to see are Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Prairie Falcon and White-tailed Kite.  We hope to see Golden Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and there is always the chance of a Long-eared Owl.  We will be looking for Mountain Plover, Mountain Bluebird, Horned Lark and other species that are year-round residents or winter visitors.

Mountain Bluebird, Ted S., 01/14/17

Links to prior trips: Jan’17, Jan’16, Jan’15, Jan’14, Jan’13, Jan’12, Jan’11

Family guide:  Mostly driving, under 1/2 mile walking on roadsides.  Probably boring for young children.  Expect cold weather.  The trip will be postponed by one week if rain or high winds are predicted.

Directions:  Carpools will leave the North Hills (San Fernando Valley) area by 7.15 am so we can be in the Palmdale area by 8am.  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: <smbaudubon [at] gmail.com 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 &/or rain, the trip will be cancelled by the leader no later than Friday evening.  If it is cancelled, it will be reschedule for the following Saturday, the 20th of January.

Bring lunch, drinks, additional water and dress for the weather.  If you have an FRS radio bring it with you.

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

Saturday, January 20st.  Antelope Valley rainout date.  Everything else is the same as above.   [caniswatch]

Off goes the Prairie Falcon (C.Almdale 12/10/11)

 

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