Phase three of spring break consisted of a visit to Leslie Gulch for camping, hiking, and bird watching. Phase one was mountain biking and hiking and phase two was a visit to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Leslie Gulch is only about a 90 minute drive from Boise, yet for some reason I had never been there before. I was always under the impression that it was a small canyon with only a single hike. While the area isn't really that large, it was much more diverse than I expected, provided pretty decent bird watching, the rock formations were spectacular, and had a number of hiking options. However, similar to Malheur it was still very windy!
As I watched, the Peregrine rolled into a stoop! It rocketed downward. There in front were two Common Ravens soaring in the wind. The ravens barely evaded a direct strike. The Peregrine looped back up and came down again, this time making contact with one of the ravens! The ravens moved out as the Peregrine returned to circle overhead. I hate to anthropomorphize, but you cannot tell me that the falcon wasn't having fun messing with the ravens!
Blue sky! The blue sky emerged as we made our way up Juniper Canyon. Cool rock formations, singing birds, and three Golden Eagles kiting above the ridgeline. It was a great hike.