[Tweeters] Gibson Rd/Violet Prairie (s. Thurston) 11/10: kites & owls in moonlight

Paul Hicks phicks at accessgrace.org
Tue Nov 11 18:23:47 PST 2008

Tweets, Monday (11/10) I again checked Violet Prairie between Gibson and
Marsh Rds, located just east and north of the speedway off Old Hwy 99 ~3 mi
from I-5 Grandmound exit 88. Roger Orness recently reported the appearance
of 2 recently fledged WHITE-TAILED KITES, one of which was present at the
east end of 175th actively scanning the field from a perch atop a disused
utility pole. (Just a week prior two juvies were begging from a watchful
parent nearby.) A second kite was perched at the far northeast corner of the
field. Any additional family members were not visible. Up to three N.
HARRIERS constantly patrolled the expanse, accompanied by apparent new
arrivals: two SHORT-EARED OWLS. At about 3:45, as the diminishing sunlight
was further filtered by the high clouds ahead of the next storm front, the
owls lifted to a cruising altitude together of about 150-200 feet or more. I
got to watch them dance in the sky with the nearly-full moon as a backdrop.
Very cool! Also present: 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 12 + 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
(new arrivals?), several W MEADOWLARKS, and a single? AM. PIPIT heard. (A
month ago there were scads of pipits and 50-some Killdeer, now absent.) Good
--Paul Hicks / phicks AT accessgrace.org / Tenino, s. Thurston Co

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