A pair of birders had contacted me and other OBOLers some weeks ago about birding either Malheur or Klamath over Thanksgiving weekend…I opined there was a single choice: Klamath if you INCLUDED Butte Valley raptor run: they did. Click here to see link to some of their better photos.
Stats for the Butte Valley raptor run:
Northern Harrier: 7
Bald Eagle: 8 (adults)
Golden Eagle: 1
Rough-legged Hawk: 3
Ferruginous Hawk: 21
Red-tailed Hawk: 75
American Kestrel: 15
Prairie Falcon: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Oak Titmouse: 1 (not really a raptor, but a lifer for both of us )
After reading their report, here’s my reply “so glad you did Butte Valley, only ‘we locals’ really know that area but it is so rich in wintering raptors…I have had some of my best birding days just driving those farm roads south of Dorris but then I’m a sucker for Golden Eagles and it is the richest spot I know for Ferruginous…maybe parts of Colorado are as good…”
Looking at good images of Ferruginous you see why it is Buteo regalis, a royal looking bird indeed.
For Oregon birders heading south, Butte Valley is in Siskiyou County, CA.