Date: 11/20/19 4:47 pm From: Jeff Harding <jeffharding...> Subject: [obol] Migrating Cranes in Linn County`
Tom Gilg and I were doing the East Cascades Winter Raptor Survey, Route 5, in the Crabtree/Scio area today. At about 1:00pm, when we got out of the car at Bergen Hollow, we heard Sandhill Cranes! A flock of 23 were calling as they circled over Roger's Mountain, gaining altitude in the updrafts there, before continuing south toward Lacomb. Bergen Hollow is near Larwood Bridge, east of Scio, Linn County.
The cranes were Tom's 200th species for Linn County this year!
On the raptor survey, we found 25 Red-Tailed Hawks, 41 American Kestrels, 5 Bald Eagles, 6 Northern Harriers, 1 Merlin, and 1 Barn Owl, traveling 67 miles in 6 hours and 14 minutes.
We also found a dipper, some Western Bluebirds, meadowlarks were singing, and more on a beautiful fall day.