Highlights from the Los Banos area and Panoche Valley 2-17/2-18-07
- Hi All.
On the Sacramento Audubon Society's field trip to the Los Banos area
and Panoche Valley this past weekend we observed 117 species
including a few species of note. On Saturday we saw a group of 40+
Great-tailed Grackles, 1 Barn Swallow and a pair of Blue-winged Teal
along Santa Fe Grade Road. A Greater Roadrunner was sighted near the
entrance to the Basalt campground in the San Luis Reservoir State
Rec. Area. On Sunday, upon our return to Los Banos from Panoche
Valley, we observed a Swainson's Hawk about 400 yards south of
highway 152 along highway 165. The hawk was soaring above a stand of
huge eucapyptus trees with 3 Red-tailed Hawks.
Sunday in Panoche Valley, we stopped at Mercy Hot Springs and counted
30 Long-eared Owls and 2 Barn Owl. The admission fee is currently
$5.00 per person. A Cassin's Kingbird was sighted about 1 mile West
of the intersection of Panoche Rd. and Little Panoche Rd. near the
Bar! Two of our participants (Harlin Perryman and Valerie Phyllips)
sighted a Grasshopper Sparrow about 2.5 miles North of the above
mentioned intersection. I did not see this sparrow.