News and Upcoming Events
LEARNING TO DRAW BIRDS
January's workshop brought together a new group of aspiring avian artists.
BIG SYCAMORE TRAIL
FIELD TRIP REPORT
Local birders on February's field trip enjoyed a beautiful morning observing 46 species including two 'target species' on a walk below the Lake Success Dam. It was a first siting at this location for a Green-tailed towhee when it popped up from the underbrush onto a ditch bank.
The Greater Pewee is an unexpected winter bird which typically resides in Mexico during the nonbreeding season. It was first identified at BST last November and has been routinely sighted since that time.
Photo by Ron Ludekens
(Feb 24, 2024)
DANCES WITH CRANES
One of the most spectacular birds in
the world spends its winters right here
in Tulare County. At Pixley National
Wildlife Refuge in the south county, between 4,000 and 6,000 Sandhill Cranes arrive in the Fall to feed in agricultural fields by day and to shelter at night in the ponds at Pixley NWR.
BIRDING LOCATION RECOMMENDATIONS
Return of Tulare Lake
Due to the return of Tulare Lake, we have great opportunities for wintering birds this year. Many extra miles of shoreline of Tulare Lake have attracted shorebirds we rarely see here in drought years. Shorebirds require very shallow water to feed. Pond edges are limited in our counties despite our location on the Pacific Flyway. A variety of heron-type birds roost on the trees in flooded nut orchards. Raptors cruise for shorebirds. Unusual gulls appear at times. For locations to view the lakeshore, check eBird.org. Go to Explore and type in either Tulare or Kings for recent locations.