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  • Gregory Bohn
    Hi all: While my wife was in the Toppenish casino trying to earn back our Christmas expenses, I visited Lateral C and Marion Drain area. I arrived right at
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 11, 2013
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      Hi all:

      While my wife was in the Toppenish casino trying to earn back our Christmas
      expenses, I visited Lateral C and Marion Drain area. I arrived right at
      4:30 pm which was the beginning of dusk. In the fields on both sides of
      Lateral C and south of Marion Drain, I saw 6 short-eared owls doing their
      flight antics and swooping every so often to the ground. I also spotted a
      female Northern Harrier on the ground (nest) sitting for a long time. When
      an owl flew over, the Harrier took off and attacked the owl. The owl made
      an abrupt 1/4 barrel roll to dodge the Harrier and then flew out of that
      area.

      Yesterday near Longmire Road and North Wenas Road, Elizabeth and I observed
      two presumed Red-Tailed hawks that were dark reddish brown all over. The
      brests were not light colored and no belly band apparent. When they flwe
      off, they had a very distinctive reddish tail. The coloration was just so
      markedly different than normal, I fantasized about seeing a different
      species.

      Greg


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    • Gregory Bohn
      Elizabeth and I have 4 times recently to see the owls. One time it was so foggy you could not see the top of the telephone poles. However, tonight was that
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 12
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        Elizabeth and I have 4 times recently to see the owls.

        One time it was so foggy you could not see the top of the telephone poles.

        However, tonight was that rare occasion when everything seemed to go together.  The owls were out in flight earlier than normal so we got to see them crisscrossing the semi-blue sky.  Also the temperature was 39 degrees, maybe that helped.  Anyway, we saw three pairs of owls.  Some doing fantastic acrobats while chasing the other.  Too bad someone with a good camera wasn’t there.

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