Epic Summer Trip Part II: Mt Adams

After a night of camping near Conboy Lake NWR, I was ready for more exploring. I drove along the border of the refuge toward my next destination. There was very little traffic early morning in Glenwood, Wa., and it’s a good thing because I stopped in the middle of the road when I saw this “chicken”!

Ruffed Grouse

A little closer.

Ruffed Grouse

Closer.

Ruffed Grouse

Even closer.

Ruffed Grouse

I inched closer still until the Ruffed Grouse hopped on a nearby tree branch and stared at me. Nice start!

Ruffed Grouse

Later on, I pulled over when I noticed bird drama in a field along the road. Turns out there was a dead “item of desire” in the field attracting Turkey Vultures and a couple of Bald Eagles.

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

The cows were displeased.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

And they proceeded to chase the eagles. I only wish I’d recorded the action on video. Such greatness.

Our national bird chased by bovine.

Our national bird chased by bovine.

I left Glenwood on route through the tiny town of Trout Lake, eventually ending the day on a remote logging road in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mt Adams.

Mt Adams

Peace and quiet

I dodged the heat, enjoyed some solitude, and caught sight of a few birds including Pine Siskin, Hermit Thrush (that performed the distinctive tail lift), and Western Tanager.

Pine Siskin

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Western Tanager

Western Tanager (female)

It was a lovely spot to end a day after the scorching heat.

Lovely

But wait, there’s more!

Tweets and chirps,

Audrey

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