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The Raptors of Wavecrest Field Trip
September 29, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The raptor migration has begun and we are off to one of the best raptor hotspots on the west coast, Wavecrest. There is a little meadow in Half Moon Bay that is a magnet for birds of prey. If you want to bone up on identification before the trip, look at pictures of Red-tailed Hawks (pay particular attention to the juveniles), Red-shouldered Hawks, White-tailed Kites, Northern Harriers, American Kesterals, Merlins, Cooper’s Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and Short-eared Owls. This land is being preserved by the Peninsula Open Space Trust. They are a great group who deserve your support.
Bring along some toned paper and a white Prismacolor Pencil. It is really fun to play with the contrast on these birds. Binoculars are a must. If you do not have binoculars, I will bring some of my favorites for sale. Bring a spotting scope if you have one or can borrow one. The trail is level with minimal walking. This is a great outing for people with mobility difficulties. It is often chilly along the coast so dress in layers.
Bring your own bowl and spoon and a treat to share in our potluck lunch. On this field trip you can leave your lunch in the car so go all out on the potluck. I encourage you to carpool to get there. You can organize carpools on the club Facebook page.
Always check the calendar on johnmuirlaws.com on the day of a field trip to see if there are any updates or if the location has been changed due to weather.
Directions: Wavecrest is located off Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay. From Highway 92 west go south on Highway 1 and drive about 1.5 miles to Wavecrest Road. Wavecrest Road will be your next right after you pass Higgins Canyon Road. Turn right at Wavecrest Road. You’ll see Cameron’s Pub and the double-decker bus and a gigantic mosaic pumpkin on the corner of Wavecrest Rd and Highway 1. If you see Redondo Beach Road you’ve gone too far south on Highway 1. Drive to the end of Wavecrest Road and park. You’ll see the baseball diamonds on your right.