Showing posts from July, 2019

Coastal clearcuts.

Prior to buying our house in Lincoln City I had not spent any time in clearcuts of coastal Lincoln County.  I had not actually given them much thought until one of this year's 5MR challenge participants started posting about the birds he sees in one such clearcut.  Across the lake from our new house is a big patch of clearcuts which I finally went up to explore last weekend.

 There are a number of gates along NF-1726 so I just picked a random one and started hiking up the logging road. 


It was fairly birdy with the most abundant birds being families of White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos, with a sprinkling of other randoms mixed in.

Purple Finch

Moth to be identified

Band-tailed Pigeon

I followed all the dead-ends till the final dead end at the top which was probably less than a mile from the gate.  It felt high up but when I checked the elevation I was barely over 500 feet. 

 The thistle along the road attracted quite a few of these Ctenucha moths

On the walk back down…

Summer day trips: Mt. St. Helens and Horsethief Butte

A few weeks ago Jacob, Matthew and I drove up to Mount St. Helens for a hike and some exploring.

The harsh paintbrush was looking fantastic, even better combined with the mountain or a caterpillar.

We hiked part of the Boundary Trail toward Harry's Ridge from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.  We noticed a couple of ants with a tiny caterpillar but could not decide if they were working together or fighting over it.

The wildflowers were looking good along the trail.

Rosy pussytoes (Antennaria rosea)

A few people werestopped at one spot looking at something down in the distance which turned out to be two black bears.  My first ones at Mount St. Helens and Matthew's first ones in the wild. 

Birding was mild but we did hear then see a couple of Common Nighthawks and later barely heard a booming Sooty Grouse.

After our hike we drove down to Coldwater Lake because I had never been there.

We walked around some of the short trails, marveling at the tent caterpillars that were all over.