The Raptors

We jumped in the car and balled the jack all the way from Wenatchee up to Pateros, Washington. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that it was recently the site of tragedy. But it's a lovely town on the confluence of the Methow and Columbia Rivers beautiful sunshine and shimmering waters complete with docks for your ski boat right there at the city park which was green as can be.

Owls cough up the indigestible portions of their meals (mice, rats, moles, voles, etc) in compact "pellets". We knolled out the findings with Elmer's glue on card stock.

Owls cough up the indigestible portions of their meals (mice, rats, moles, voles, etc) in compact "pellets". We knolled out the findings with Elmer's glue on card stock.

We rolled in about ten in the morning and after a quick faux-bird hunt we settled down with sharp-as-a-tack-probes and owl pellets gathered from Horselake Reserve by members of the local Audubon Society. The boys enjoyed it immensely.

Off to Chelan Ridge where US Forest Service Biologists and a multitude of volunteers count the raptor migration, band birds, and generally have a fantastic time executing their dream jobs. The lead biologist took the time to explain the program, educated us with live birds in hand - red tailed hawk, sharp shinned hawk, and prairie falcon. 

Chelan Ridge is one of many hawk count sites around the world, visit hawkcount.org to see live data reporting on raptor migration.

Chelan Ridge is one of many hawk count sites around the world, visit hawkcount.org to see live data reporting on raptor migration.

The Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival is a joint project between the US Forest Service, and the North Central Washington Audubon Society and is supported by numerous staff and volunteers who spend time, unpaid to educate us gumshoe birders once a year.

RECOMMENDATIONS: If you're leaving from Wenatchee, don't forget to pop in at Caffe Mela for a pre-adventure espresso. Also, consider a sack lunch from Dilly Deli.