Smelling the Rain

The fourth week of this project has ended and also the last full week of June. Stay tune, though I write weekly reports, I also do a monthly summary, so expect another post come Sunday. Over the past seven days, 22 observations have been added, leaving the total being 133 for the project. A little under average but I think we can make up for it.

Because nearly all of this week's observations were photos taken by myself, I'm putting myself on the spotlight. Wallowa County was fantastic for raptors and I only got photos of about a fourth of what I saw. If I wasn't in such in a hurry to see the Lewiston Red Phalarope (which I did see... lifer!), I'd probably have more photos. Anyway, I've chosen my Swainson's Hawk as the observation of the week. These are incredibly fascinating birds and one of my favorite bird species overall. They migrate to our area from Argentina where they feast upon grasshoppers. However, recent evidence suggests these birds are quickly adapting to changing environments (due to pesticides on wintering grounds) and more and more are being spotted wintering in North America every year. But for the most part, they're gone by early October.

As we are nearly the end of the month, let me ask of a challenge. I believe most folks have weekends off so this Saturday is great day to finish off the month and set ourselves a goal. I want to make it ambitious but let's set the goal at 170 observations by Saturday. Think we can do that? Good luck.

Posted by birdwhisperer birdwhisperer, July 29, 2021 04:22


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