Date: 11/6/20 3:49 pm From: Roy Gerig <roygerig2.0...> Subject: [obol] RBA: 4 Falcon day in Polk County, includes GYRFALCON 11/6/20
I want to tell you a true story. I went to the area around Baskett Slough-Perrydale-Ballston today to look for a GYRFALCON. Several have been found in the area over the past 40 years by me and others. Who else do you know that has ever gone looking for a GYRFALCON in Western Oregon and then found one that same day? No one
Just before that I found a PRAIRIE FALCON, then the GYR within 5 minutes of each other for about the best 5 minutes of birding I can think of in my birding life.
I saw 9 species of hawks/falcons in Polk County today. They are SHARP-SHINNED, COOPER'S, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAIL, ROUGH-LEGGED, KESTREL, PEREGRINE. PRAIRIE and GYRFALCON. I called a couple people who got the word out quickly so that at least four other people got to see the GYR within the next hour or so
There was also a NORTHERN SHRIKE along Livermore Road