Camp Parks – A Wildlife Oasis in Bay Area – part 1

June 16, 2018 at 9:52 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) ()

Female northern harrier

An Army Reserve training installation in the San Francisco Bay area is small, but when it comes to wildlife, it is a powerhouse.

Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin, California is only a few thousand acres of hilly grassland, but because it is surrounded by ever-encroaching housing, it is a magnet for displaced wildlife.

View from Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Dublin, Calif.

However, it is not open to the public for nature watching.

Mule deer with deformed antlers

This isolation may have something to do with the preponderance of deformed antlers in the mule deer population.

Other than that, they seem to be doing well.

Burrowing owl and trail camera

There are also a few burrowing owl nesting sites, and this one has a trail camera set up by a biologist to monitor it. The chicks were banded and their dispersion is studied over time.

Is California called The Golden State because of the color of the grasses most of the year? (It’s especially beautiful in winter/early spring when rains make it look like Ireland)

Loggerhead shrike

These images and those in the next few posts were taken on a two-hour visit with the installation biologist, starting shortly after dawn.

Pie-billed grebe

Great blue heron

Stay tuned for white-tailed kites, turkeys, and an egret catching a mouse.

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