Date: 11/13/17 7:37 am From: Jen Sanford <jjsanford...> Subject: [obol] Gilliam County South Raptor Run
On Saturday Jacob Durrent and I ran the 150-mile Gilliam County South raptor survey for the East Cascades Audubon Society. Numbers were bananas compared to the last two winters I did surveys. I think I rarely top 30 raptors per survey and on Saturday we had 89 total.
Red-tailed Hawks: 21 Rough-legged Hawks: 19 American Kestrels: 14 Northern Harriers: 20 (I usually have <5) Golden Eagle: 1 (Wehrli Canyon) Prairie Falcon: 1 (Lonerock Rd) Merlin: 1 (Devils Butte Rd) Western Screech-Owl: 1 (Buttermilk Canyon)
Plus 11 Red-tailed/Rough-leggeds.
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch: 1 lone bird in Buttermilk Canyon White-tailed Jackrabbit on Hale Ridge Road (lifer mammal!) Chukars: 2 big flocks of at least 15 birds each, one off 206 and one along Devils Butte Road