Golden eagles in flight © Tang Kheng Heng
Birds of a Feather Dine Together
People visit Solano Land Trust properties to hike, bike, ride a horse, or to get a calming dose of nature; birds of prey come to eat!
When the hawks, eagles, and falcons leave their northerly breeding grounds in autumn to search for a more hospitable winter climate, they use the Pacific Flyway, an aerial path that leads right over the San Francisco Bay and Central Valley. These taloned travelers look for large, open, undeveloped places where prey and shelter are plentiful. They come to dine on mice, voles, gophers, squirrels, rabbits, fish, amphibians, and even other birds. Some of the migrating birds stop only to rest and refuel before continuing on their southward journey. Others stay until spring when they return to Canada, Alaska, or the northern plains to nest once again.
Next time you visit Lynch Canyon, be sure to look around and up in the sky for these majestic birds. To learn more, join a birds of prey identification and natural history hike. See our events calendar for upcoming hike dates.