Saturday, January 21, 2012

FCNC Hawk ID fieldtrip

This was so much fun!  We met at the Nature Center, then went to Big Johnson Reservoir where we saw a pair of Bald Eagles (from the distance) that may be trying to nest.  They tried before, but so far haven't succeeded.  Let's hope they do!  Also saw Red-tailed hawks, and plenty of other birds including a Western Meadowlark and some diving ducks too far off to ID.  Then we headed out further east and saw more Red-tailed hawks, several Ferruginous hawks, a Kestrel, and two Golden Eagles - one juvenile and one adult.  The Eagles were high, so my pictures are poor, and the Kestrel was gone too quickly for me to get.  Also saw a few Northern Harriers, and some people saw some kind of falcon but it was too quick to ID and I missed it entirely from the back seat of the van.  When we were pulled off on the side of the road taking pictures and viewing our first Ferruginous Hawk through scopes, some cops came over to see what we were doing - they were quite friendly and interested.  Met lots of fun people.  One Red-Tailed Hawk was literally 2 feet from the van and when it took off that was a spectacular image, but too fast for the camera.

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