Trip Report
Black Rock Valley 2013-05-23
2013-05-23 18:20 for 30 minutes (birding) 5 sightings Moxee areas (WAYCMOXEE) Moxee, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 46.51777,-120.02495 Map Elevation: 1500 feet
The sprawling agricultural town of Moxee lies along Hwy 24 in the valley extending east from the Yakima River between the Rattlesnake and Ahtanum? ridges. Most of the valley is developed for agriculture - grazing, hay fields, dry and irrigated croplands and orchards - with more small farms than big operations. Ground squirrels are common in the lower part of the valley, attracting a variety of raptors. Partly cloudy, 58F, light W breeze. David and I drove east from milepoint 14 to milepoint 28, counting hawks and stopping at mp 28 to see the Burrowing owls.
Sightings recorded afterwards from memory. Only hawks noted, most between milepoints 14-19 where the ground squirrels were more numerous.
Northern Harrier 1   Female on utility pole
Swainson's Hawk 3   Two dark phase, one intermediate (chocolate brown head and breast, reddish-brown belly).
Red-tailed Hawk 5   Two or three juveniles
American Kestrel 1  
Burrowing Owl 3   One at mp 27 on N side of highway, 2 more at mp 28 on south side of highway.