|Snow on Snoqualmie|
|Bluebird box in snow - Umptanum Road|
|Spring colors on Umptanum Road|
|part of the 'trail'|
I had kind of wished that I had brought the old mudders on the walk - would have made parts of it much easier - but I was happy to find that, even when it was muddiest, there was a way across. Sometimes there was a short way or a long way through the mud, but it always seemed like if I looked around a little, someone had been there before and left good places to walk - a few thick branches, or maybe rocks. Made a mental note of that and kept moving.
Getting to the "bridge" at left had me using colorful language for a moment. I don't think cameras respond well to going into rivers. It was passable, though. The end of the my walk was at the falls. Waterfalls, like lighthouses, are one of those things that Bre and I both really enjoy (she never gets tired of Snoqualmie Falls), but we haven't been to this one together yet. We'll have to remedy this soon! I traipsed back to the car, and hopped back into Yakima County.
|Vesper Sparrow in stealth mode|
|Swainson's Hawk - Wenas Road|
|Wenas Valley (ween ASS for those wondering.... there's no good way to say it)|
The next lifer went sprinting across the road shortly thereafter - a Chukar! No picture - they hide pretty well - but I was not convinced at first that it was a Chukar, thinking that the little ridges around us were not Chukar habitat, but it seems that they are seen in this area. California Quail skittered around on the hillside where I saw it run, so I thought maybe it was just a quail... that looked exactly like a Chukar. The chickens at the farm nearby also confused any calls they might have been making! Wenas Lake had a few ducks, and a Common Loon calling - something I'd never heard before!
Highway 82 itself was not so productive, so I pulled over at the Selah rest stop. House Finch, House Sparrow, Killdeer, and at the little ponds behind the rest stop - a Say's Phoebe! I had only one brief encounter with this species before, so it was nice to sit and watch it flycatch.
|Say's Phoebe flycatching|
|Them's the rules - we may not have followed all of them. |
I have been in this creek intentionally and unintentionally.
|The smell here was beautiful. 30 years ago, and on this evening.|