Apr 17 2017
Archive for the 'Water' Category
Jun 29 2013
We could see three American Dipper nestlings in the nest on the underside of a bridge. The parents were busy ferrying food to the hungry mouths. It looks like they’re getting butterfly for desert.
May 21 2013
A flock of Evening Grosbeaks visited our feeders a few days ago, stayed a couple of days then moved on. Here a couple of them came down for a drink. We used to have large numbers of this species stay around for many days. Now their visits seem somewhat accidental. Could our yard habitat have changed?
Mar 29 2013
Underneath most bridges across our mountain streams we can usually find an American Dipper nest tucked away among the stringers and beams. In this somewhat blurry photo you can see what looks like a new nest constructed on top of an old last season’s nest. This photo was taken on March 25th this year. An adult dipper was sighted standing in the water on a sandbar about 100 feet upstream from the bridge. This seems to be early for nesting since freezing weather is still upon us.
Feb 08 2013
This winter scene of Mores Creek was taken from the bridge at the mouth of Daggett Creek looking downstream. After a few nights of near zero degrees weather the creek freezes over. Quite often a little dark gray bird (American Dipper) can be seen perched on the edge of the ice by an open pool. It has always amazed me to watch a dipper plunge into a fast running stream and return to the exact spot where it first entered the frigid water. On this day I saw no such activity. When Spring returns one can expect to see dipper, spotted sandpiper, gray catbird, hummingbird, cedar waxwing, song sparrow, western wood-pewee and many other songbirds along these riparian shores. Spring, Ah yes! I can hardly wait till its return.
Oct 08 2012
The water became stff overnight and turned into a skating pond.
I hurriedly snapped a few photos as I watched chipmunks searching for water in the birdbath. A couple of Steller’s Jay also attempted to quench their thirst. I guess I’ll have to set up the water heater and get ready for winter.
May 25 2012
A view of Cascade Lake from the West Mountain road. This is Springtime and everything is so green. What prompted this photo was the Bald Eagle nest in the pine tree on the right about a third of the way down from the top near the left side of the trunk. With my binoculars I could see the top of the bird’s head above the edge of the nest.
May 03 2012
The Boise river is flowing high again this spring. Reservoirs are nearly filled to capacity. Water is wasted to maintain a comfortable storage space behind the dams. Here we see water flowing out of the original outlet at Lucky Peak Dam. It’s called the rooster tail for obvious reasons. The Army Corps of Engineers open the floodgate once a year to create this spectacular view. Thousands of people flock to this site in awe to witness and photograph this rare sight. Before the power plant was installed this was the only way to release water from the reservoir. It was then a common sight. Passing motorists would have to turn on their wipers to clear the windshield of the spray over the highway.
Apr 20 2012
When the cranes rise from the sandbars in the river in early morning the skies can be filled with clouds of the magnificent birds. This photo represents only a portion of the migrating flocks. Sandhill Cranes roost along many miles of the river near Kearney, Nebraska.
Apr 17 2012