Close-Up Encounters at the Hawk Watch in Ramona!

We had such a spectacular, fun and educational morning (along with a large group of attendees) at the first 2019 ‘Hawk Watch’ Falconry event including a Q & A with Biologists from the Wildlife Research Institute (WRI).

Here is the Facebook Page for the Wildlife Research Institute: https://www.facebook.com/WildlifeResearchInstitute/

These free Hawk Watches (donations accepted as well) will continue on Saturdays throughout January and February at 10 a.m. (suggested arrival time 9:30 a.m.). The Hawk Watch lasts about 1.5-2 hours. The location is at the private Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065.

More suggestions: Bring binoculars, cameras, wear layered clothing, and sturdy shoes. (It could get muddy and wet there)! There are chairs set up outside but you can also bring your own if you prefer. There is free parking.

There were several varieties of hawks to see up close and personal,
including the Red-Tailed Hawk(s), as well as a Peregrine Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, White Gyrfalcon and an American Kestrel – plus several exhibitor displays inside the building and demonstrations outside, such as a net trapping and learning how the handlers work with the hawks. Each week will feature different species.

According to the WRI flyer at the event- Here is the upcoming Owl schedule:

  • January 12th: Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Western Screech
  • February 2nd: Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Western Screech
  • February 16th: Barn Owl, Western Screech
  • February 23rd: Barn Owl, Western Screech

Click below for a short video from our day!

Here are a few photos representing the hawks we observed!

Peregrine Falcon – Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Red-Tailed Hawk – Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

These free Hawk Watches (donations accepted as well) will continue on Saturdays throughout January and February at 10 a.m. (suggested arrival time 9:30 a.m.) The location is at the beautiful picturesque private Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065. Coffee and donuts were on hand (donations accepted) and afterwards hot dogs and refreshments were available for purchase.

There were also exhibitors (including reptiles on display) plus hawk related and other goods for sale.

A great day to observe and marvel at the hawks!

White Gyrfalcon – Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

American Kestrel – Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

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2 thoughts on “Close-Up Encounters at the Hawk Watch in Ramona!

  1. A wonderful article hitting all the basic elements of the Hawk Watch in Ramona. The White raptor near the end of the article that is listed as a Light Morph Ferruginous Hawk is actually a white Gyrfalcon.

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