Subject: Northern Hawk Owl ( Monday, 01/03/00) Date: Jan 4 20:55:51 2000 From: Mangold & Dittes - Mangold_Dittes at email.msn.com
Monday morning north of Chelan, just as advertised on Purtteman Gulch Road, the NORTHERN HAWK OWL made it's morning appearance about the 7:45 time frame. It was spotted in the orchard on the left side of the road as you drive up the gulch. The power pole with the transformers was the point at which it was spotted. It was observed there for about ten minutes before it made a morning run to the store for a rodent wake-me-up. The kill was taken to a pine to the right and just off the road. After allowing the vintage rodent time to properly age (about 5 minutes) the meal begain with the removal and consumption of the head followed by the two forelimbs and chest cavity. The abdomen and hind quarters was the final gulp. Three swallows and rodent gone. It made it look so easy, I wanted to try breakfast myself.
After breakfast I returned with my wife to show her the prize, but to no avail. We meet two other birders during the second visit, I do not know if they spotted the bird, we left the area before they did.
On the way out we swung through Manson and on the way there we saw a covey of quail that was in excess of 100 individuals, by far the largest covey I have ever seen. We were graced by 3 American Kestrel, 2 Rough Legged Hawks, 1 Golden Eagle and many Red Tailed Hawks on the drive back to Seattle. The snow was nice to look at and nice to leave. All in all, not a bad way to start the new year.
Good Birding Al Mangold
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