Fourteen JAS members came out on Tuesday for our annual Haehnle Sanctuary winter tour and a search for the elusive Golden Eagle. Gary Siegrist, Haehnle's director, was on hand for a guided tour of the grounds. After a brief history of the sanctuary we walked the nature trail past winter stands of native grasses and into the woods.
Several habitat restoration projects are underway and Gary provided insight into the process and showed results of the work. We walked out the prairie in the back of the preserve and saw results of a recent burn and planting.
After the Haehnle walk, we drove out to the Dalton/Hawkins Rd. area near the old Jackson Prison grounds. We spotted a Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Northern Shrike. A flock of about 30 American Robins helped raise the temperature a few degrees. Later, while looping back, a few of us also saw a light morph Rough-legged Hawk.
We finished out with a lunch at the Clear Lake Grill.
Haehnle eBird Checklist
Dalton/Hawkins eBird Checklist