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Raptor Identification. Sonoma County California. Jenner Headlands annual fall migration. Come see hundreds of migrating hawks along the Sonoma Coast. The stunning Jenner Headlands provide a large coastal prairie with vast open areas and endless perching spots. Some of the raptors fly right on by, some slow, some fast. While other southward raptors stop over for a meal, avian prey for the Merlins, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks. As well as crucial undeveloped coastal prairie grassland habitat that is bustling with small mammals for the Kites, Harriers, Buteos and Kestrels. The Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch was established four years ago involving volunteering citizen scientists specializing in raptor identification, census and surveys. These volunteers came from many different north bay communities, such as Madrone Audubon, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, North Bay Birds, West county hawk watch, various land trust groups and various north bay wildlife care and rescue organizations.

West County Hawk Watch is a local raptor education and identification outreach group and currently runs the teams out at the Headlands migration location. The teams work under guidance and permission from The Wildlands Conservancy and Sonoma Land Trust. The public support to TWC and SLT has paid off and now the hawks are on display. The Jenner Headland’s Coastal Migration Project is well on its way, with special interest in helping people learn about the natural history and identification of birds of prey.

During the raptor migration counts we are also compiling data on rare raptor species and sightings. We also study raptor interaction with other raptors, hunting success and territorial battles. As well as all the other bird species and their movements. We also document other animal activity such the glamorous bobcats and badgers as well as the less glamorous members of the Jenner Headlands, such as the butterflies, ground squirrels, reptiles, turkeys and feral pigs.

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  • Raptors
  • Jun 15, 2012
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