It was opening day for East Cacades Audubon Society's Green Ridge Raptor Survey with a modest 88 birds. On this overcast first day of fall it stayed in the low 50's with steady winds from the west.
9 Bald Eagle 1 Northern Harrier 26 Sharp Shinned Hawk 13 Cooper's Hawk 1 Northern Goshawk 23 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Merlin 1 Prairie Falcon. (Last bird of the day spotted by Peter while packing up.) 1 Unid. Accipiter 1 Unid. Buteo 1 Unid. Raptor 10 Turkey Vultures (All in the last hour to pump up our numbers.)
A pair of Golden Eagles teased us all day by hunting the burned slope but never went south. The morning saw a flock of 300 south bond White Fronts followed by another 150 and 200 more at 5:00. Lead observer Peter was assisted today by Kim, Mary Ann, Chuck, Tom, Collen and Bindy with a very nice visit from 5 folks from Portland. Sunny skies and more birds are predicted for Sunday.