Thursday 11 August 2016 75 °F
Today my mom and I hiked the Titus Lake trail in the Smoky Mountains of central Idaho.
The views from the trail were stunning, especially the view of the massive Boulder Range on the other side of the valley:
Although it was not as "birdy" as I had hoped for (considering it is part of the Idaho Birding Trail), I did have a few birds such as this HERMIT THRUSH:
Female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD:
Juvenile/female type YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
Titus Lake itself was gorgeous:
And bird-of-the-day goes to this photogenic CLARK'S NUTCRACKER, a classic high-elevation montane species of the western USA.
The full species list is attached below. Stay tuned, because this weekend (Fri-Sun) I will be going on a 2-night trip with about 8 other local birding friends down to a place called City of Rocks in southern Idaho. I should get quite a few life birds and it should be lots of fun!
World Life List: 923 Species (no recent life birds)
16 species (+1 other taxa)
Red-naped Sapsucker 1 Juvenile/female type on north side of Titus Lake.
Olive-sided Flycatcher 2 One along the trail, one on southwest side of Titus Lake
Warbling Vireo 1 Heard scolding note close to trailhead, high elevation for this species unless Cassin's has a similar scolding call
Clark's Nutcracker 5 Throughout trail
Common Raven 1 Croaking at trailhead
Mountain Chickadee 10 Throughout trail
Brown Creeper 1 .5 mile before lake, heard only
Mountain Bluebird 3 All near lake
Hermit Thrush 1 Close to trailhead
American Robin 1 South side of lake
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7 Throughout trail
Chipping Sparrow 10 Throughout trail
Dark-eyed Junco 25 Throughout trail
White-crowned Sparrow 10 Mostly along lake edge
Cassin's Finch 30 Throughout trail
Pine Siskin 13 Mainly near Titus Lake
passerine sp. 20