Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fishing reports

You can follow my fishing reports on my fishing blog by clicking on the link to in on the left.  I will report my fishing activities each week.



Market Lake birds

Last Friday I slipped out to Market Lake for a few hours and saw 87 species of birds and got some good pictures of some of them.  Highlight were a Great Egret and several Black Terns.  I did not get good pictures of the Black terns, but at least you will be able to identify them.

On the way to Market Lake I stopped to see if the Burrowing owlets were out of the nest yet.  They were not, but the mother came over to check me out.

At Market Lake willets were on the edge of the ponds.

A cormorant was fishing in the deep water near the road.  It is funny that they often swim with most of their body under the water.

Western grebes have started nesting so the males and juvies are swimming around lonely.

Forester terns were all over the place - oops - I forgot to load a poor picture of the Black tern.

The Black-crowned Night-herons kept flying over the ponds and marshes.

The color-clashing Ruddy duck males were everywhere while their mates are probably nesting somewhere in the reeds.

And finally as I was leaving Market Lake a Great egret decided to say "hi" to me.  It was the first one of the season.

Just a few enjoyable hours spent in the wilds of Idaho.  Have a great week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mountain Goat hike

Yesterday for to celebrate my wife's birthday, she wanted to hike to the Lower Palisades Lake near Swan Valley, Idaho.  She had done it the week before with friends and they had seen some Mountain goats and I had expressed a desire to see and photograph them.  We got a late start but had a great day even with some rain showers freshening up us on the way back down the trail.
On the way in past a couple of homes, we saw this beautiful peacock.  It was displaying when we first saw it, but would not after I got my camera ready.
We also saw three mule deer as we drove to the trailhead.  Two of them were budding bucks with their growing antlers.
About  two miles into the hike I heard rocks falling over the roar of the creek and caught this nanny jumping from a ledge, across a fallen tree to a rock where it landed perfectly.

There were eight Mountain goats in this herd with four small babies that one biker would call "little fur balls."

We enjoyed a lot of early spring flowers along the way.

Palisades Creek was roaring down through the canyon caused by melting snow and recent rains.

My wife led the way up and down the trail as we hiked 8.2 miles  for the day.

On the way back down from the Lower Palisades Lake that had four pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes and two pair of Common Mergansers on it, we once again ran into the Mountain goats as they rested in the rain on the hard rocks of the canyon.
I loved spending the day with my wife in the wilds of Idaho.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring has sprung

Tuesday I went up to watch the Idaho Fish and Game tend their gill nets (another post) and spent the rest of the day enjoying the wildness of Idaho around Henrys Lake.  It was a beautiful day with the Mountain Bluebirds and the Tree swallows fighting over nest boxes around the lake.  Here is a female bluebird carrying plant material to build the nest in a nest box.
Here the male bluebird stands as a sentinel to protect the female as she builds the nest or is just plain lazy or full-of-himself for being so beautiful.

Even without a nest box, these two Tree swallow love-birds are busy getting to know each other.

By Timber Creek two immature and one mature Bald eagles are waiting for a good chance to pick off a spawning cutthroat trout in the stream.

This White-crowned sparrow got into a fight with a male bluebirds because it got too close to a nest box holding a female bluebird.

At the edge of the road I found what looked like a six-headed snake.  It was not a one snake but a female with five smaller male Garter snakes trying to breed her.

On the cut next to the road were three other males, larger than the five with the female.

Eventually the three joined in the mass of snakes as the wrestled in the mud.  I left before the wrestling was over.

Then I found two chipmunks chasing each other through the sagebrush.

I finished the day by climbing a mountain in search of some garnets and "fairy-cross" crystals.  I found both and got high enough to see some Bighorn sheep.
What a great day it was to enjoy the wilds of Idaho.