What's New at the Poppy Reserve

May 2, 2018

Thank you to volunteer Bob for this photo! We believe that this is a "dark phase" Swainson's hawk. There have been numerous sightings of these hawks on the Poppy Reserve's eastside and adjacent areas of the Antelope Valley. Photo was taken on May 2. You can see more photos and read about these endangered hawks here: 
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/…/media-browser-over…/71544711
A pair of loggerhead shrikes were foraging on the Reserve on opening day, March 1, 2018.  Read more about these skilled hunters and other birds found at the Poppy Reserve by using these links from  All About Birds:

 Birds of the Poppy Reserve
Loggerhead Shrikes
Horned Larks
Western Meadowlarks
White-Crowned Sparrow
Burrowing Owls
Turkey Vultures

Foraging nearby in the Tehachapi Mountains
A flock of turkey vultures were foraging at the Poppy Reserve also. Other similar birds that are seen there include golden eagles. California condors are slowly expanding their range and have been spotted in the adjacent mountains, so keep looking up, you may be the first person to spot one gliding over the Poppy Reserve! Sharing this graphic to help with identification. Read more about turkey vultures, golden eagles and condors by using the links to ALL ABOUT BIRDS to the left.