Date: 2/11/18 11:25 am From: Tom Crabtree <tc...> Subject: [COBOL] February Raptor Census
I ran the February Lake Billy Chinook Raptor Sir Vay (since SPAM filters don't like the real spelling) yesterday. The weather was in the mid 40s, cool compared to the past few weeks, but downright tropical compared to last year's. Interestingly, the birds were more similar to last year's snowpocalypse than prior years. My eagles were taking their winter vacation somewhere else (probably on Jeff Fleischer's route). Despite the mild weather few birds were in the air. There were lots of paired Red-tails, but no mating displays. Here is the species breakdown
Red-tailed Hawk 48 (24 in one field!)
American Kestrel 4
Northern Harrier 1
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Total Species 54 (second lowest for February)
I did have Chukar for the third month in a row - sometimes a difficult find in Jefferson County.