Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

The Paulson’s annual ‘Raptor Run’ was shortened this year by the weather, yet the twelve people plus Emily Hoard from the News Review had a good morning.  Highlight of the trip was a bald eagle coming in to Ford’s Pond from way up high.  Thanks to the sharp eyes of the first person to spot it , everyone watched the eagle dive and neatly pick up a fish off the surface of the pond.  Without missing a beat, the eagle flew to a grove of oaks on the far side of the pond and proceeded to eat.  This eagle was soon joined by a second mature bald eagle.

Good sighting came in pairs.  The second pair was a pair of red-shouldered hawks who perched out in front of us.

Light sprinkles were just starting when we arrived at Plat I, and all too soon the whole group was trying to fit under one picnic shelter, trying to keep out of rain.  The company was great, but finally it seemed prudent to call it quits for the day.  More rain was predicted for the afternoon.