January 2013 Raptor Survey – South Lake Lowell


Behind you!

Behind you!

A good day for looking for raptors in the area south of Lake Lowell out of Nampa, Idaho. We saw a total of 24 raptors: 6 Red-Tailed Hawks (pictured here), 7 American Kestrels, 2 Peregrine Falcons – off in the distance and 9 Accipiters. At least it has warmed up, although the day was cool, but generally clear. Not the high for the day temperature of 17 as it was last week. Today it was in the 40’s, close to 50. We even saw some bulbs poking their heads through the ground at our lunch break. Here are some photos of the day. Be sure to left click these to see full screen. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up!

Breakfast at the Orchard House. Here is a view of Lizard Butte from there.

Breakfast at the Orchard House. Here is a view of Lizard Butte from there.

Noon break at Sawtooth Winery. Flower bulbs are poking through!!

Noon break at Sawtooth Winery. Flower bulbs are poking through!!

Across the Treasure Valley looking toward Boise. It was a beautiful day!

Across the Treasure Valley looking toward Boise. It was a beautiful day!

Robin, Margaret Gunnell and I had a good day searching for the raptors. It’s an interesting project – You go on a prescribed survey route and count the raptors and keep data sheets on them. We spend about 6 hours a month, January, February and maybe March driving the 70 some miles, on our route. A fun sojourn. I think that there are still routes available in Idaho. If you are interested, let me know and I can put you in touch with the director of the project. Cheers!

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