Visited Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in search of Condors with Pasadena Audubon Kids Club, Mentors, National Young Birder of the Year Dessi Sieburth, Friends of the California Condors Wild and Free, biologist Martin Fletcher, and USFWS Officer, Michael Brady.
Immediately spotted condors near caves and a fledgling. Blue tag 326, black tag 591, and white tag 418 were the whole family. By the end of the day we saw 8-12 condors.
Photo Credit: Mentor Frank Gilliland
Full report on Hopper Mt. trip at the following link:
Spotted 5 + condors at Bitter Creek Reserve with Pasadena Audubon Kids and Mentors. Condors too far away from my camera so image included belongs to mentor Frank Gilliland. Were visible with the naked eye and binoculars. Spent the entire day with Friends of the California Condor Wild and Free.
Staying at my aunt's house in Cambria on mountain near Hearst Castle Observed two untagged juveniles on this date flying. Reported sighting to Ventana Wilderness.
Driving to my aunts house in Cambria on mountain near Hearst Castle spotted Condor #50 black tag white numbers. Reported sighting to Ventana Wilderness. Spotted 5 total on dead carcass eating with Turkey Vultures. Only other identified tag was # 65 black tag white numbers. Observed two untagged juveniles on this date.
Seen atop a large rock above the entrance gate to the reserve property. Pictures taken through a 15-45x spotting scope.
The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured) but has been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. Although other fossil members are known, it is the only surviving member of the genus...