May 14 2013
Last Saturday, May 11, 2013 I took a trip to Sagehen reservoir on a birding trip with the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association. Sixty-six species of birds were seen. There were a number of “should have been seen” birds missing from the list. Bird migration is still underway.
Many wildflowers were in bloom. There were fields of blue camas, hillsides covered with arrowleaf balsamroot, yellow muleear and many others. Some had already matured and withered away such as white trillium, grass widow, glacier lily. The most notable blossom of the trip was the fairy slipper. This beautiful orchid stays hidden in the forest and is seldom seen. Its bloom lasts but a few days. I consider myself lucky to find this beautiful flower.