Sawtooth National Forest, ID
Sunday 11 August 2019 69 °F
Last night, I was out late with friends so I decided to have a birding afternoon today instead of a birding morning. I walked out Warm Springs Road through a number of habitats including riparian forest & wetland habitat.
Female AMERICAN GOLDFINCH — there were many of these throughout the afternoon.
Female DARK-EYED JUNCO:
Male YELLOW WARBLER:
I was surprised when I heard the “meow” not of a cat — but of a GRAY CATBIRD — a nice find since here I am on the edge of this bird’s range.
The highlight of the afternoon for me was finding a big ol’ American Beaver and her pups. SO cute!
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel:
Male LAZULI BUNTING:
Another blue bird, this STELLER’S JAY, was my favorite species found this afternoon. It is my favorite western corvid species, so it will therefore be my bird-of-the-day.
Tomorrow, I think I will hike up Bald Mountain in the morning again. Stay tuned!
World Life List: 971 Species