Trout Creek ER warden’s report: May 8th 2013
Laurie Rockwell sends this report and photos. [ bulletlist]
- A good day to hike at 5c at 6.30 am, light, periodic breezes and sunshine.
- I saw/heard 15 species of birds including 6 blue-listed Gray Flycatchers ( 2 calling from a new area), many Cassin’s Finches and Townsend’s Solitaires and a Bullock’s Oriole, an infrequent visitor to the reserve.
- Most plants were in flower, a few in bud and some in leaf, like the blue-listed Narrow Leaved Brickellia. The red-listed Dalles Milk-Vetch was already showing seed pods.
- This is a spectacular year for Balsam Root![/bulletlist]
- I dug up about a dozen small knapweed rosettes and 2 small Sulphur Cinquefoil plants. The Mecinus beetle is active in the toadflax.
- A small black fly-like critter and a grasshopper , that I could not locate after it landed, were the only insects.
- I saw no mammals or reptiles; only one patch of coyote scat.
- I also saw no Mule Deer in April, so this is unusual. no vandalism was seen.
- Terry McIntosh and Don Gayton led a small group in the reserve early in May to look for rare/endangered plants.
- minor fence repairs are needed.
- the reserve looks green and lush!