Friday, August 15, 2014

Timberline.



Timberline Lodge.  You've seen The Shining, right?  Well I didn't head out to this historic Mount Hood lodge yesterday to hunt for ghost twins or rub noses with Jack Nicholson.  I just wanted to check out the trails that lead up the mountain from the lodge and maybe see a few birds along the way...


Wildflowers were a big highlight with hot pink paintbrush, lupine, aster, and many more I have yet to identify brightening up the landscape.

 Paintbrush

 Aster

 Penstemon?

Lupine

While hiking up a thick fog rolled in and the mountain completely disappeared for awhile. 


What mountain? 


Oh right.  Birds.  There were some of those too.  A young Horned Lark surprised us in the fog...


Later on after the fog passed and the sun came out I found a couple of adults as well.


The most abundant bird of the day was the juvenile Chipping Sparrow.  They were everywhere.  Never saw a single full-blown adult.


With the sunshine came much better views of... well... everything.

Early morning skiers

Ok back to birds.  The hike down passed through a major Mountain Bluebird party.


Also along the trail were lots of finches.  I saw no obvious males which made me very indecisive about the ID- Cassin's or Purple?


Never a lack of golden-mantled ground squirrels in these parts

As we made our way back down the trail I tried to keep an eye out for raptors.  No Golden Eagles or fancy hawks to be seen, but a Prairie Falcon tore through the small group of trees near the bottom of the trail.  eBird questioned it, so it must be a good sighting.  Har har.


The trees also attracted Clark's Nutcrackers.

See ya

 Lil chippy

 It was a good morning!  I would really like to explore this area more sometime, and maybe even figure out what trail I was on..




Good times!!


4 comments:

  1. I've never been up there at wildflower time. So beautiful! I think Prairie Falcons are pretty regular up there in the fall--maybe the August filter is set tighter on eBird. Great shot of it!

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  2. That's pretty gorgeous. It has a desolate aesthetic to it, but the remoteness is part of the charm, like some forgotten fjord from the attic of Norway.

    Purdy

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  3. "Figure out what trail you were on?" LMBO you are too funny! Does your phone have a GPS? I have the old fashioned flip top phone it does nothing smart--- so I need a compass with me I used to never get turned around in the woods...but its so easy to do here where trees are all over the place and if its a trail I've never hiked...I have to be careful now!!! Awesome on the Prairie Falcon-->>>take that Ebird! Photo proof positive! I cant believe skiers on that small ribbon of snow!!

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  4. Wow. WHAT a stunning landscape--I LOVE some of those photos. Great job on getting those weird uphill views of trail then MOUNTAIN, lovely glaciers, flowers, wow. Makes me miss Mt. Rainier!

    1 of yer plants may be: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CIUM (a.k.a. Mt. Hood pussypaws). THANK you for sharing (it's HOT and DRY here, so it's a lovely fantasy). =)

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