The Red-Shouldered Hawk

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.


Tri-Colored Black Bird

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:

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.

blackbird 6 CCSF pond 6-7-12

Conversation in the Vineyards – Schedule of Events, Flyer and Support Letter

Here is the schedule of events for the upcoming Mule Deer Foundation – National Endowment Fund Event, May 2-5, 2019 in Livermore, California.

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Here is a flyer and donation form. Endowment[1] 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.


Open Zone 2019

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.

Conservation Banking 101

Here are some of the threatened and endangered species found in southern Alameda County.

Here is a link to an explanation for Conservation and Mitigation banking provided by Westervelt Ecological Services.

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Ranch Photos in late February

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.