On Tuesday morning I walked the dogs up to Mays Lake and caught a brutal Canada Goose fight. There was neck-biting and thrashing and the excitement of a third goose watching the scene.
Fun stuff. In the afternoon I was working on chores at home with repeated distractions by birds and hail and rainbows and things.
Thank you for allowing me to get my yard birds out of my system. Now onto Larch Mountain. I went up there Wednesday morning to look for bluebirds and see if any clearcuts were conveniently missing their "Permit Required" signs. I was surprised one of my "favorite" ones was missing its sign, so the dogs and I walked out to check the scene.
I cannot get used to how much they chop down every year. This area is where I saw all the nighthawks last year so I know this clearcut very well, yet it looked completely different with even more trees cut. Big amazing trees that must have been SO old. It hurts.
Birding was slow there, not a single sparrow in a place that is usually teeming with White-crowneds and juncos. A couple of Gray Jays were the best birds to show up to my awful pishing.
That afternoon I took my non-birding friend Jeff out to Steigerwald Lake NWR where despite the wind and threat of doom we saw a lot of cool stuff.
Thursday I hit up Smith & Bybee Lakes and Broughton Beach, but photo ops were not plentiful. By Smith Lake this Fox Sparrow was singing quietly:
At Broughton Beach I had at least ten sea lions swimming east, the most I have seen there at one time. Photos are not worth sharing. Instead I will share yet another Barn Owl with you here:
I have decided this is my bird of the year. I don't know what that means really but I do know I keep seeing them randomly.
Overall, a pleasant week of local birding. Good times!!