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GOLDEN at the end of the Rainbow: Goshutes Season Wrap-Up

30 October 2014 Written by
Text by Cherin Spencer-Bower We are in our second to last week of the migration count and the very last week of banding here at the Goshutes migration site. The excitement has continued with the count staying steady, viewing Golden eagles, a few Harlan's (Red-tailed hawk subspecies), Harriers, and a…

Orange Female Harriers

27 October 2014 Written by
I thought I would ask....have you ever seen an adult female Northern Harrier that was as orange underneath as a juvenile? The first time you see one of these adult female types, it is easy to pass it off as a juvenile. But even with a heads up on these…

Red-tailed Hawk Tail Bands Used for Ageing?

26 October 2014 Written by
Can you age adult Red-tailed Hawks specifically as 2nd-year or older by their presence or absence of tail banding? I discussed this before, but was asked this question recently since it is the fall and hawk banders are catching lots of Red-tailed Hawks. The specific question asked to me was:…

A Bird For ALL from Goshutes

24 October 2014 Written by
Text and photos from Cherin Spencer-Bower Peak season at the Goshute migration site (mid September through mid October) has come to a close with great success. We had so many visitors including the return of Jesuit College Preparatory of Dallas, Texas, a group of Boy Scouts from Syracuse, Utah, three…

Dispatches from a Yurt: The End is Nigh

23 October 2014 Written by
Text and photos by Angela Woodside As our season on Chelan Ridge draws to a close, our number of migrants has undoubtedly dropped off. The last couple weeks have seen more slow days than they have busy ones. Rain and fog have beset our mountain, and we wake up to…

Visitor Experiences at the Goshutes

21 October 2014 Written by
This past weekend the Goshutes migration team welcomed several groups of visitors to the site in northeastern Nevada. The autumn weather continued to be unseasonably warm and visitors were treated to clear skies, light winds and of course, great looks at migrating raptors. Likely the winner for longest distance traveled…