- 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
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
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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.