Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Bryan's Line Check at Walkers' Valley
Bryan got to within 1/2 km of Wayde's old cabin on the Sutlahine. On the way back at Swamp 11 an Otter had come out of a tiny creek, checked out where he was and then went back into the small channel.
Between Swamp 5 and 6 in the Narrows, a Northern Goshawk or a male Northern Harrier (it was bright silver with 2 ' wing span) was winging with a Rough Grouse 15 in it's talons 15 feet in front of him. There were Grouse feathers drifting down on to the trail. It lasted about 7 to 8 seconds before it disappeared down the trail infront of him and off to the left. All four wings were beating frantically. It was a flailing action on both parts. The hawk must have nailed the Grouse just a second or two before.