Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27, 2013
Sunday

Searching for Fall Wildlife Photos in Blue Mountain Country

More photos at www.tripper.smugmug.com

We enjoyed the September trip to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon.
On that trip we drove about 750 miles (236 miles to the Rory and Ryan Best Western Motel in Burns) over the four days to, at and from the area.
We enjoyed the October trip to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Nature Area on the Oregon Coast.
On that trip we drove 998 miles (384 miles to the Best Western Plus Inn Agate Beach in Newport) over the five days to, at and from the area.
We enjoy being home, however, on Balm Street in Walla Walla.
And we have been out and about.
Nora and I take the usual strolls along Mill Creek where I snap photos of wildlife, usually birds (mainly herons), including jumping spiders on a fence near the dam.
Often we stroll in the evening for the golden-hour light.












And our trio has taken a few local drives, including an unproductive trip to the McNary Nature Area and fishing ponds below McNary Dam on the
Columbia River and a very productive trip to the Tucannon River and back on the Lewis Gulch loop.
On this 95-mile or so trip, we go through Dayton. We take Patit Creek Road and down Hartsock Grade to the Tucannon River Road. We drive upstream a few miles and double back to Marengo. We go up that grade to Highway 126 and take a left  through Lewis Gulch to Patit Creek Road again.
By unproductive I mean that we saw nothing to photograph, and chalked it up to our being too early for the fall migration in the McNary area.
No Photos?
Well, not quite skunked.



By productive, I mean that we captured several pictures of pheasants, turkeys and deer. A recent release of pheasants, for the hunting season, by the department of fish and wildlife no doubt accounted for the presence of so many pheasants.









We saw lots of deer at a distance, and three bunches of turkeys. One numbered over 100 birds.
 In November we should have a greater bird migration into the area (especially hooded and common mergansers), and it may continue for a few weeks, with the American white pelicans and bald eagles along the Snake and Columbia rivers in January.
That reminds me. We haven't traveled to Lake Coeur d'Alene for he arrival waves of bald eagles arrive that to feed on the kokanee in December.
It may be time to do that again. ...

 

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