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7/18/09: A Very Big Week For Birds

by Bob Sallinger


Posted on July 18, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 12 at 1:33 PM

Hi All,

No updates at this time as to the fate of the juvenile male. At this point in their development, they are starting to wander far from the nest site and spend much more time on their own. By the fourth week after fledging, many birds red-taisl are nearly entirely self sufficient. People are reporting seeing red-tailed hawks downtown near the nest site, but I am unable to tell from their descriptions whether it is the young male from this nest site. Young red-tails are dispersing alll over the city so even if people do identify a hatch year bird, their is no guarantee that it is the bird that we have been watching. There is not reason to assume bad things have befallen him...this is just the way it is with birds.

It has been a very big week however in the bird world:

In Wyoming, PacificCorp (an Oregon based company) was fined more than $10 million for electrocuting birds of prey on their power lines. This is an unprecedented fine and reflects both the number of birds killed on these lines and the fact that utilities have known for decades that they needed to upgrade their lines to protect birds. More than 232 eagles have dies on their lines in Wyoming since January 2007.

The Obama Administration vacated (eliminated) two Bush Administration decision that would have dramatically rolled back protections for Spotted Owls and our ancient forests.Secretary of the Interior Salazar described the Bush Administration decisions as "legally indefensible."

For the fourth time in the last month or so, somebody drove up and down our beaches running over flocks of birds. Seems like this had become a new sport in Oregon and Washington. I will be traveling to Washington DC this week to continue to work on Audubon's legislation that would upgrade this type of activity from a Class B Misdemeanor to a Felony. DC in August...yuck...but it is worth the trip.

Hope you all are enjoying the summer!