[Tweeters] Sikes Lake raptors

Janet Ray janetlaura at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 19 17:52:19 PST 2013

Not only are the raptors that D Lewis spotted present at Sikes Lake, last
Friday we had a 6 raptor half hour within about a mile of the bridge.
Besides the lone Golden, 6 Bald Eagles of all levels of maturity, at least 4
Redtails (two of whom were courting), and the lone Peregrine (in what I
think was the same tree as described) we added a single female Harrier
cruising low on the hunt, and a single Kestrel.

Not to be ignored, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, Common and Hooded Mergansers,
both Cackling and Canada Geese and (in a smaller flock near Jubilee Farms)
two Snow Geese among a Canada flock.

It's worth the trip just to view the Golden perched up close. Happy

Jan Ray

Preston, WA


From: D. Lewis [mailto:debsstuff at comcast.net]
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 9:39 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Sikes Lake raptors

Good morning

We drove by Sikes Lakes late yesterday. The Golden is still there along
with the usual bald eagles and red-tails. But yesterday they had a new
neighbor - we saw a peregrine falcon. It was sitting on top of a tree
behind the small pond that is next to the house along the river. The tree
is a fairly good distance from the road and not easy to see but the photo I
took clearly shows a peregrine.

The farmers are starting to work in the fields so as long as the weather is
fairly good the birds may be a little spooked. Watching from a distance may
be a good idea if we want to keep the birds around.

Enjoy your day

D. Lewis

North Bend, WA

debsstuffatcomcast dot net

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