Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Spring Trip 2012 – Tunkwa Lake P.P. – Part 3

Continuing on with what was May 24th, spent the rest of the day just wandering around in the immediate area of the campground..

Female Hairy

at one point a female Hairy Woodpecker showed up in the habitat beside our campsite…

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglets were there too (I’ll have more about Ruby-crowned Kinglets in a bit), notice that the wild roses were just leafing out…

Pair of Buffleheads

although the species of ducks in the bay were mainly Lesser Scaup, a pair of Bufflehead (above) showed up….

Lesser Scaup and a Barrow's Goldeneye

and a male Barrow’s Goldeneye hung out with the Scaups…

Ernie and April camped

as the sun came out in the afternoon, even April ventured outside…

Shooting Stars and Sagebrush Buttercup

of course to me Wildflowers are almost as important as the birds….it was early for wildflowers with only a few Sage Brush Buttercups left in shaded areas, and the Shooting Stars just coming out…Flower detail

there was some Yellow Corydalis in an area close to the campsite…

Cut-leaf Daisies

and Cut-leaf Daisies in the dryer locations…


at one point I wandered over to the spillway where this Osprey was perched…

Wet Western Tanager

and the same area was alive with Western Tanagers, busy bathing….a male above…

Female Western Tanager

and a female…Common Loon

In the evening I went over to stand on the bluff to attempt pictures of the Common Loon that had come into the bay to feed…

Yellow-bellied Marmot

of course one of the Yellow-bellied Marmots had to come see what I was up too..

Common Loon

after wards I walked out onto the spit to attempt some more Loon pictures with the sun behind me…

Male Western Tanager

Those Western Tanagers, around supper time, moved into the trees around our campsite and proceeded to stay there – I have never seen so many Western Tanagers in one place before!

Yellow Warbler in the willows

before I close off this day….should go back and post this, a Yellow Warbler that I had found near a little pond earlier in the afternoon.  There were also Wilson’s Warbler there.

Evening - May 24, 2012

so we’ll bring to a close an absolutely perfect, May 24th day.

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