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Re: [BirdYak] Prairie Falcon

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  • Scott R a y
    There was a female Prairie Falcon over Hwy 24 at University Blvd yesterday afternoon. Scott Ray Yakima, WA mryakima at gmail dot com
    Message 1 of 8 , May 6 9:56 AM
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      There was a female Prairie Falcon over Hwy 24 at University Blvd
      yesterday afternoon.


      Scott Ray
      Yakima, WA
      mryakima at gmail dot com




      On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM, Jeff Kozma <kozj@...> wrote:
      > Today, while driving Konnowac Pass to work I noticed a falcon climbing
      > altitude over Konnowac Pass road. I wasn’t sure if it was a Prairie or
      > Peregrine (though suspected Prairie by location and date) so I slowed down
      > to get a better look. The bird continued to move east over some orchards
      > when I noticed it to start gliding and dropping altitude. As it neared the
      > large irrigation ditch it tucked its wings into a stoop so I figured it was
      > going after something along the ditch. I continued to slow the vehicle to
      > observe when the falcon leveled off at great speed just a few feet above
      > the ground and proceed to cross back over the main road aiming for a
      > pasture where I have seen many ground squirrels. It just missed grabbing a
      > ground squirrel because the falcon came up empty taloned. I was amazed at
      > the set up this bird orchestrated in order to try to surprise its prey as
      > it tried to build speed while getting as close to the ground as obstacles
      > would allow to try and surprise a ground squirrel. This interaction was
      > neat to watch. After this of course, I was able to conclude it was a
      > Prairie Falcon.
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      > Jeff Kozma
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      > Yakima (Terrace Heights)
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