24
Oct
08

Burning Hawk Perches on Hawk Hill

When Burning Hawk Wines first launched we recieved a supportive note from Allen Fish, Director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory who extended the invitation to visit the GGRO and Hawk Hill during their world famous migration of Raptors. So last Saturday morning I took off for Marin County and within a few hours found myself perched on Hawk Hill, scanning the talonscape and shooting the breeze with avian addicts. 

As I started hiking up to the lookout I found myself thinking about the fact that decades ago, Hawk Hill was used by military radar specialists to scan the ocean for unfriendly ships and submarines. Such an amazing contrast to Hawk Hill’s current use by birders and conservationists who on a yearly basis take pleasure in scouting for birds and gathering data about their habits to inform conservation work.

During my visit I spent a few hours up on the hill meeting volunteers, listening to an educational presentation and watching a hawk banding demonstration. Additionally I had the chance to bust out the binocs and do some hawk watching! We must have spotted atleast 6 different species of raptors. From Turkey Vultures and Red Tailed Hawks to “Sharpies” and others. It was truly a great day. I highly recommend this experience for anyone who lives in or visits the Bay Area. 

Below are a few photos. And thanks to Allen and team for their work on behalf of raptors and for their support of the Burning Hawk wine initiative

Hawk Hill Hawk Watchers

Hawk Hill Hawk Watchers

Immature Red Tailed Hawk Banded & Released for Research

Immature Red Tailed Hawk Banded & Released for Research

Former military lookout. Perhaps a site for a future tasting?

Former military lookout. Perhaps a site for a future burning hawk wine tasting?

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