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June 27th, 2011

White Mountains: Birds

Red-faced-Warbler-Walnut-Creek-11-0625-03Walnut Creek had several RED-FACED WARBLERS, a pair of HEPATIC TANAGERS and three daytime hunting GREAT HORNED OWLS. OSPREYS were seen frequently, as were LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS all round Pinetop. A single MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was along Woodland Ave while a distant Aechmophorus type grebe was on Lake of the Woods. […]

June 27th, 2011
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White Mountains: Scenery

Walnut-Creek-11-0624-15With all the forest closures we decided to stay in and around Pinetop-Lakeside. Woodland Lake Park was still open and offered access to the beautiful and productive Walnut Creek. I went back to Walnut Creek, and to the adjacent Big Springs Environmental Area, on several occasions. […]

May 8th, 2011
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Jacques Marsh

Yellow-headed-Blackbird-Jacques-Marsh-11-0508-01I was immediately struck by the number and variety of swallows. Having found several BANK SWALLOWS straight away, then VIOLET-GREEN, BARN and CLIFF, I resolutely checked them all until I could add NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and eventually a single TREE SWALLOW to the list for a clean sweep of all six regular swallow species. Always nice to get the full set. […]

May 7th, 2011
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Dusky Grouse at Green's Peak

Dusky-Grouse-Greens-Peak-11-0507-52I heard another sound, turned sharply and promptly slipped over backwards, landing in a heap. Luckily, I landed in the perfect position to see a fine male DUSKY GROUSE fly up from the ground and land on a branch some 20 feet up, but at eye level to where I was sprawled. There was a small window through the trees and I had landed in the perfect spot. […]