[Tweeters] Noble Knob raptors

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Sun Oct 21 18:17:57 PDT 2018

Of course, not everyone knows about Noble Knob! Sorry about that. It’s in Pierce County, just a few miles north of Crystal Mountain and east of Hwy 410.

The Knob itself is here:

And, the trailhead is here:
47.051124, -121.523663

The trail is accessed via Hwy 410, then NF 70 and NF 7250. (there are other trails, though roads may be closed)

Here is some discussion on the WTA site: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/noble-knob <https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/noble-knob>

Overall distance is about 5 miles, RT. It's a pretty easy hike. Given that you can get to the knob pretty quickly, you can spend a lot of time up top to watch for action. The route does go through some burned trees from last year’s fire, but the only woodpeckers we found were Hairys. Also, worth stopping on NF 7250 along the way—we usually have woodpeckers and Pygmy-Owls.

Our main checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49237149

Scott Ramos

> On Oct 20, 2018, at 3:53 PM, Scott Ramos <lsr at ramoslink.info> wrote:


> Sorry for the late post. On Sunday, Oct 14, Dave Swayne, Sam Woods and I led a Seattle Audubon birding hike to Noble Knob. October has been a good month to observe migrating raptors and the Knob is well situated between two north-south oriented drainages that offers decent views of the migration. On this occasion, we had a good collection, including Golden and Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned (about a dozen!) and Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawk, a Merlin and a possible Northern Goshawk.


> In addition to the target raptors, there were some bonus birds, including a perched Sooty Grouse along the forested trail, one or more Northern Shrike, a late Mountain Bluebird, several Townsend’s Solitaire and a very tame Horned Lark. We were able to stand very close to the lark for great views as it fed in the alpine meadow. At one point, it took a break from feeding to do a little dust bathing:

> https://youtu.be/5-NZqM5S9XQ


> Two of the lakes below the Knob had small groups of Barrow’s Goldeneye. Then, on what would be our last stop at a pullout on the way out, a Northern Pygmy-Owl flew in to Dave’s calling.


> Scott Ramos

> Seattle


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