[Tweeters] Raptors and Owls at Skagit

rohan kamath rohankamath88 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 1 06:43:51 PST 2015

Hi Guys,
Wish you all a vary Happy New Year!!! May 2015 bring loads of lifers and
rarities in your lives.
Happy Birding!!! :) :)

We spent a few hours around Skagit yesterday and were literally swimming in

1) Bald Eagles - Easily 50+. I stopped counting somewhere around that
number. There was one tree and dike on Samish Island which had more than 30
individuals right there.

2) Red-Tailed Hawk - 15+(Including i5 near the county)

3.a) Rough-Legged Hawk - 20+(Mostly Samish Island)

3.b) A very dark unidentified hawk - (I have decent photos but not sure
what it is ultra-dark rough-legged maybe?? Seen on i5 at exit 221)

4) Kestrels - 7

5) Merlin - 2. One very cooperative individual right by the road sunning
himself before a slightly larger(female??) decided to come chase him off
with her and they both retreat onto a water tower.

6) Peregrine Falcon - 1 large female on Thomle road

7) Northern Harrier - 11

8) Coopers Hawk - 1 seen at Skagit Wildlife Area

9) Short Eared Owl - 2 seen on Thomle Road and about 7 seen on Eide Road.
There might have been more but it was hard to keep track and count of them
flying all over the place.
Photo: http://goo.gl/4IkPaa

10) Long Eared Owl - 1 cooperative individual by the parking lot on Eide
road that everyone has probably already seen and photographed. First time
I'm seeing the bird out in the open like this.
Photo: http://goo.gl/uEfGcl

Rohan Kamath
Software Development Engineer
Amazon.com, Seattle, WA.
Conservation begins at HOME... We CAN make a difference...
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