Red-shouldered hawks seem to have increased their range over my lifetime. This is an observation and may or may not be true. They are most often seen in riparian areas. They are very vocal and their call is loud.
They are a member of the Buteo family of raptors and their wings appear a bit stubby, apparently to help them fly through trees and brush while pursuing their prey.
Here are a couple of my best red-shouldered hawk photos. These pictures are of the same hawk, that flew to a pond where I was standing with camera in hand.
The tri-colored blackbird is a species that is in decline. Lack of habitat is the basis for most declines. I’ve heard that there are ongoing efforts to reverse the trend, but I don’t know if they are effective.
Here’s a link: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/tricolored-blackbird
On a few occasions I’ve had a chance to photograph them. Here are two photos of tri-colored and another photo of a red-winged blackbird. They are very similar in appearance.
Here is a red-winged black bird.
Here is the schedule of events for the upcoming Mule Deer Foundation – National Endowment Fund Event, May 2-5, 2019 in Livermore, California.
Venues and Tour Schedule
Here is a flyer and donation form. Endowment flyer vertical
And lastly, here is my testimonial of support.
Today and Tomorrow_FV_by Rich Fletcher (2)
If you have questions, give me a call at (925)989-4372.
While I was hunting deer in 2018, I spent quite a bit of time wondering what I could be doing differently.
The more I hunted, the more I realized how many places I had yet to go and I began to think about purchasing the OZ tag again.
Yep, I did it.
Now I’m really fired up.
Here’s a mule deer buck that impressed me.
Took this photo from inside my truck on Mowitz Road in Devil’s Garden about three years ago. He was with does and standing about 50 yards east of the unit boundary.
Perfect symmetry. Not sure what I would have done if he’d been 50 yards west of Mowitz Road.
Here are some of the threatened and endangered species found in southern Alameda County.
This Alameda striped racer was captured in a trap during a periodic survey.
This California tiger salamander larva was caaptured in a sein net.
Callippe butterfly on buckeye blossom.
This metamorph was found on top of a ridge on a gravel road, about 150 yards directly up a steep hill from the nearest possible breeding site.
This CTS in swimming in a few inches of clear water. Note the structure. In this pond, eggs are disbursed.
Juvenile red-leg frogs live in the ponds until fall when they will depart for underground burrows which provide winter security.
This larvae is about four inches long and it appears that it will be morphing into an adult pretty soon.
The California Red-legged frog is a listed species.
Here is a link to an explanation for Conservation and Mitigation banking provided by Westervelt Ecological Services.
Drove out to the ranch last Saturday to do some cleanup around the yard. Took photos on the way in and the way out. Here are a few of them. Click on them to read the captions.
On the way to the ranch these deer appeared near the lake.
This ferruginous hawk posed for a photo.
This blacktail stepped into the brush and disappeared.
These are probably resident Canada geese.
When I stepped out to close a gate, this newt appeared in my tire track. Not squished.
I pulled him out of the mud and took a close up.
When I got to the next gate, this eagle watched me from over the ridge.
On top of the ridge, this vernal pool has no outlet. It filled briefly most winters.
When missletoe falls from the oak trees it doesn’t last long. Deer love to eat it.
These three antlerless deer are most likely bucks.