I arrived at Mt. Spokane high school right after 1:00 pm, which was the time Shelly had seen the owl before. As I drove by the school, I was a bit disappointed that there was no owl. But I thought it would be worth my while to keep going down the highway to see if perhaps the bird was exploring other territories. A mile or two down the highway, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk. A bit farther down the road, I saw another Red-tailed hawk, and another, and another, and another! Five Red-tails in less than 1/2 a mile. The last four were every other telephone pole! Although it isn't uncommon to see 4 or 5 Red-tails in one trip along the highway, I have never seen so many so close together. There was also a little American Kestrel in the same area. They are the smallest and cutest little hawks.
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