We will explore areas on the northern slope of the San Gabriel Mountains, such as Grassy Hollow Visitor’s Center, Jackson Lake, and locations in Valyermo. We will search for high-altitude species as well as wintering raptors. Ferriginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, and Golden Eagle are possible, as are Red-breasted and Red-naped Sapsuckers. Unusual species (e.g. Lewis’s Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swamp Sparrow) have been found in some years. Time permitting, we may look for Mountain Plovers or longspurs in the nearby Antelope Valley.
Although we will get to higher elevations, all locations on this trip are accessible by car, and there is no strenuous hiking involved. We will be out most of the day, but anyone who needs to leave early will be able to do so. It may be cold, especially at higher elevations, so bring warm clothes. Also, bring lunch.
Finally, we are still in the grips of Covid, so vaccinations will be required, you must wear a mask, and you will need to sign a waiver.
Leaders: Mark and Janet Scheel