[Tweeters] Spokane Riverfront Park Peregrine today
burrdnerd at gmail.com
Sun Jan 15 15:20:49 PST 2017
Sunday morning, I ventured out in the single digit temps to check out a
couple places. My last stop of the morning was at Riverfront Park. As I
circumnavigated the paths in the park, I was startled by the calling of a
Peregrine Falcon from overhead. I quickly spotted it flying and it was
carrying what looked to be a Rock Pigeon (something quite large). It
proceeded to the south of the big wagon and out of view. Then a second
time, it flew over again (without prey) and was calling again. I am
wondering if anyone that frequents downtown Spokane has noticed this
before. I would venture a guess that the cold has maybe forced the falcon
to where the birds are. This area as most know has a great population of
pigeons and crows. Anyhow, an unexpected surprise for me!
Also, in the park area, I spotted a single Yellow-rumped Warbler that
appeared to be looking for shelter along one of the concrete retaining
walls along the river. Also, observed 2 American Dippers in the river.
Mallard, Canada Goose, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, and
Double-crested Cormorant were in or nearby the river. I didn't see the
usual Wigeon flock.
I started the morning off out on the West Plains hoping to score Terry's
Barn Owl. No luck there, but did see a couple small flocks of Horned Larks
in the road near Hallet. Also, got lucky along Ritchey Road just north of
the veteran's cemetery, with five Gray Partridge in someone's driveway.
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