Taghrid and I spent the long Thanksgiving weekend in the Klamath area. While there we did informal raptor runs in the East and West Butte Valley, as well as a formal raptor run in the Klamath Marsh NWR on our way home. As usual, the Klamath area reaffirmed itself as one of our favorite birding mega-spots that one never tires of visiting.
Additionally, while driving the Lower Klamath auto tour on our second day there, we counted no less than 120 Red-tailed Hawks, around half of them immature birds. On the western leg of the auto tour, in the trees stands by the road, each individual tree had 5-8 RTHAs hanging out in it, with just that quarter mile of road contributing around 70-80 RTHAs!
Other birds of note, were a flock of Horned Larks, one of which proved to be uncharacteristically camera-friendly. Also, a very handsome dark morp Rough-legged Hawk that we emailed OBOL about earlier (many thanks to everyone that responded to our request for ID help - the responses that explained the reasoning and characteristics to look for were especially helpful). We did subsequently briefly see a true Harlan’s and it indeed looked quite different from the dark morph RLHA. And lastly, a very close one-on-one encounter with a Prairie Falcon which decided to come and investigate me and my camera at the kiosk at the end of the Lower Klamath auto tour