2015-06-01 Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

I’d been to the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area 14 years ago, but it was in the autumn and the area was silent of birds, but on this day there held the promise of raptor sightings. My friend Art and I drove out 76 miles to this place from his … Read more

2015-05-31 Bird Island Reserve

Payette Idaho’s Birding Island is a 650 acre reserve that is part the just north of New Plymouth, which is not very far from Payette Idaho which is across the Snake River from Ontario Oregon. The area includes almost 3 miles  along the Payette River and occupies about 1200 acres including the Birding Island section. … Read more

2015-05-27 Bitterroot Valley, Days 4 and 5

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville Montana in the Bitterroot Valley sits along the Bitterroot River about 25 miles from where it empties into the Clark Fork River in Missoula. There are grassy fields, small lakes, meandering streams, marshes and riparian areas. Great Blue Herons nest in the taller trees. Ospreys nest on erected … Read more

2015-05-25 3rd Day In The Bitterroot Valley

I spent the first two days with my friend in the Bitterroot Valley getting caught up with processing images from the drive in from Wyoming, with visiting old memories and in getting familiar with the area I now found myself in. I lived in nearby Missoula in the late 70’s and early 80’s for about 3 … Read more

2015-05-22 Teton and Yellowstone Parks

My final departure from Jackson Wyoming on this day took me back through the same drive that Rick and I took on May 18th. Even before I crossed into Yellowstone Part from Teton National Park, there were some big game encounters that I missed on the previous drive. Just past Moran Junction where US-89/US-26 meet US-287 the … Read more

2015-05-19 Moose-Wilson Road Re-Visited

That I did not find the Black-Backed Woodpecker does not, in my mind constitute a failure. Those birds that I did find made this outing a success … glass half full. On this day the Williamson’s Sapsucker made a nice show for me. It was also on this day that I realized just how similar … Read more

2015-05-18 Jackson to Yellowstone

My friend Rick and I drove up from Jackson to Yellowstone for the day. I was looking for the Harlequin Ducks that were at the “Fishing Bridge” at the NE corner of Yellowstone Lake. As it turned out I was either late, or the ducks had moved to a different area. The drive between both of these … Read more

2015-05-17 Moose-Wilson Road

The Moose-Wilson Road skirts the western perimeter of the greater Jackson Valley just west of the Snake River. The northern end of the road terminates at the Teton Park Road near the village called Moose, or Moose Junction. There have been reports of Black-Backed Woodpeckers seen in this area very recently so I decided to … Read more

2015-05-16 Jackson Wyoming

My website suffered a catastrophic crash with complete loss of data on July 25, 2015. much of the blog content going forward was necessarily re-created from memory. This could be interesting an interesting process, as I’m an old guy so my memory might not hold up in court. Everything in the galleries (notes and images) held … Read more

2015-05-14 Pinedale Explorations

I did visit Andy’s shop the next morning before he got there, but his friend Ross popped out the side door of the shop and figured out who I was by the look of the Samurai. Andy got there a few minutes later and we all pow-wowed about places that I might want to checkout. … Read more