San Jacinto Wildlife Area is, perhaps, the best place to see just about every kind of raptor there is for Southern California. Previously a juvenile gyrfalcon had been seen making an early morning appearance starting in early January. Rough-legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harriers and Red-tails are everywhere. It seems like there is usually at least one of each duck and a fair bit of peeps. There will be plenty of birds.
PLEASE NOTE: A California Department of Fish and Game Lands Pass is required. Here is their website with the details about how to get their pass. https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass You will not be able to buy the Pass at the Refuge.
We will probably spend our whole time at the San Jacinto wildlife refuge. We will be doing some driving and stopping. The little 22 Channel radios are very handy to have. If you plan to meet us at the refuge, and don’t have a radio, be sure and ask me. I will try to bring a few extras. There are no picnic tables or the like, anywhere in the refuge. There are plenty of places to pull over. I recommend that everybody bring some folding chairs. As long as the weather cooperates, a clear sunny day is about all that is required. A sandwich, Coke and a folding chair are about as close to heaven as one gets in the Inland Empire.
Bring your birding stuff, junk food and a lunch. Folding chairs will bring a touch of civilization. Hope to see you there. We will leave the Community Center parking lot at 7:00 am. We should be back in Whittier between 2:00 and 3:00.