it almost felt like spring. The temperature was 8 C (46 F) and the sky was almost blue (high thin clouds). I was wearing a sweatshirt (hoodie) and a jacket. But I could have done without the jacket. I spent a couple of hours driving on the backroads. First, I headed over to Seed Road to see if I could spot any Snowy Owls. I saw only 1 owl today. Then I headed north on Seed. Sure enough, there was a Bald Eagle in the same general vicinity that it has been in for the past week. Then I drove over to Kerwood Road and headed north.
This is the area designed for Wind Turbine installations. I drove around the area and spotted 3 more Bald Eagles. The Wind Turbines could be trouble for the eagles, although I just read an article about a Wind Turbine study that concludes that the turbines do not pose any more of a threat than most houses and certainly not as many as road-kills/traffic.
It seemed to be a great day for Northern Harriers. They were out in great numbers. I must have spotted at least 12 individuals. They were hunting over the fields and pastures. Also spotted a Northern Shrike — nice to see.
Last week, I finished reading The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was a fictional account of life in North Korea. A bit fanciful, but well-crafted. Today a book arrived in the mail that I had ordered thru Chapter’s/Indigo. The Travels of Jamie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor. This book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1959. It wasn’t cheap. $39. Yikes!!!!! But it promises to be a good read.