Last week’s class focused on Dowitchers, two devlishly-difficult birds to tell apart, although Dowitchers aren’t too difficult to tell from other shorebirds.
We first talked about Flood & Waverly, an area east of Stockton in California’s Central Valley that is known for having good birds. A classmate recently saw a Short-eared Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, and Golden Eagle in an afternoon (must’ve been nice!). Other areas of high raptor concentration include the Altamont Pass region (famous locally for its windmill farms, which are killing Golden Eagles), Grizzly Island, and Robinson Road in eastern Solano County, which is also a good place for Mountain Plovers.
We picked up on pg. 188 of the National Geographic Field Guide to North American Birds.