Date: 10/27/20 7:07 pm From: Pam Otley <pamo1954...> Subject: [obol] Ferruginous Hawk - Linn County
I visited Linn County today. The very surprising highlight was finding a Ferruginous Hawk in a field on the east side of Potter Rd, just north of Rd 211. I think a light juvenile, it stood out as noticeably larger than a nearby Northern Harrier and also that it was very white in the front. Some dark spots on sides of belly but no "belly band", as in Red-tailed Hawks. Legs feathered to the feet. It was standing in the field and seemed to be watching for prey (insects, rodents?) on the ground.
Before reaching Potter Rd, I drove on American Drive, Creek Drive, Smith Rd. There were an amazing number of various birds of prey in the dirt fields. Red-tails, N Harrier, Rough-legged, Bald Eagles, Common Ravens, American Kestrels. There must be abundant prey, insects or rodents, right now in the fields to attract so many birds.