Date: 11/7/17 6:13 pm From: Mike Unger <unger730...> Subject: [obol] North Marion County Raptor Run
*To all birders interested in Raptor Runs*.
Today Ken Karnosh, Carolyn Homan and myself from Salem Audubon Society, did our first run for this year, in support of the ECAS North Marion County Raptor Run. It includes 105-106 miles of roads from I-5 travel, over to Donald, westerly to navigate through and by many farms, including perennial rye grass, hop fields, kale, pumpkin and squash, blueberry, and even the Rose Nursery farm that buttresses the Willamette, with opportunity for Bald Eagle. In the past Davidson Rd and Vachter Road have been stellar sighting spots for Northern Harrier and buteo numbers.
Today we found many changes in agriculture with more hop farm plantings intersecting what used to be extensive uninterrupted fields. Also many new plantings of filbert trees in what were perennial grass fields.
*Here are the species results: *
Red-tail Hawks - 43
American Kestrel - 39
Northern Harrier - 1, harassing a Prairie Falcon flying and then perching for good view and ultimately flying away
Prairie Falcon 1. Vachter Rd
Peregrine Falcon - 2, one on Champoeg Rd, one on Keene Rd
Passerine sightings that were incidental included, a flock of American Pipits, and a flock of Western Meadowlark in far distant field of Duck Inn Rd