Quote of the Week, Perhaps a Bit Longer

"The biological community is a vast and complicated system for sharing and distributing the energy of the sun among a diversity of life forms." ~Martson Bates


Birds of Late

Sorry this post is a little late. I'm getting ready to go to Jawbone Flats, Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center in Mill City, Oregon to get my wilderness first responder re-certification. So I am currently very busy trying to get everything together for that. Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center sounds like a really interesting place I can't wait to check it out. I'll let you know what I think when I get back, but if you want to learn more about it now check out their website http://www.opalcreek.org/index.html .

I'm looking forward to getting out of Nevada for a bit, but I'm not looking forward to the 9 1/2 hour drive there and the 9 1/2 hour drive back. It seems as if I have spent a ton of time in the car lately, but I suppose it's to be expected when you live 1 1/2 hours from the nearest town and 5 hours from friends and family.

Oh... and the class will go until 5:00 pm on Sunday, so I highly doubt that I will have a post on Monday, but I will try.

There have been a handful of fun birds hanging around the pond lately. We have had several white-faced ibises (Plegadis chihi), a couple of eared grebes (Podiceps nigricolllis), a bufflehead breeding pair (Bucephala albeola), two very beautiful great egrets (Casmerodius albus) and a handful of Wilson's phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor). There were also a number of tiny shorebirds that I couldn't get a good enough view of to identify, but I'm thinking they may have been some sorta sandpiper, hopefully I will see them again and get a better look at them.


danwinnemucca said...

Were the Wilson's phalaropes the ones who were spinning in the water? That was sweet. Opal Creek sounds cool but I'll miss you!

Renee said...

Yep, they're the spinners. It says in my book they do that to stir up larvae and insects for food. Cool isn't it!

danwinnemucca said...

Yeah, I thought they had gone crazy at first :)

Erin said...

good luck at opal creek! what are you planning on doing with the wilderness first responder thingy? sounds cool.

Renee said...

I did the original WFR class (a 10 day class) a little over two years ago after Alaska and when I thought I might want to do some outdoor ed stuff. This was just a re-certification class to stay current. If I let it expire and want to get again in the future I would have to take the 10 day class again. So I'm just keeping it current. Also it is nice to have since Dan and I do so many outdoor activities and it is also useful since we are living so far from medical care.

Margery said...

Beautiful pictures of all the birds. Your newest adventures sounds wonderful. Be safe! Love, Mom