Date: 11/28/18 11:29 am
From: Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Klamath Basin trip report
FYI - Chuck Gates has pointed out that finding Cinnamon Teal on Tule Lake
is also notable for late November.

Thanks,

Nagi

On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 6:22 AM Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>
wrote:

> Hi All -
>
> 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.
>
> Raptor run results:
>
> Butte Valley W. Butte Valley E. Township Rd Lower Klamath NWR Klamath
> Marsh NWR
> Red-tailed Hawk 10 29 8 9 19
> Ferruginous Hawk 2 22 0 1 0
> Rough-legged Hawk 1 10 4 0 12
> Northern Harrier 1 16 1 5 48
> Golden Eagle 0 3 4 0 0
> Bald Eagle 0 3 0 0 1
> Merlin 0 1 0 0 1
> Kestrel 2 7 1 0 1
> Buteo sp. 0 0 3 0 8
> Total 16 91 21 15 90
> 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
>
> Here’s a link to some photos from the trip: https://flic.kr/s/aHskJLTRkc
>
> Good birding,
>
> Nagi & Taghrid
>
>
>

 
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