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”!
A little closer.
I inched closer still until the Ruffed Grouse hopped on a nearby tree branch and stared at me. Nice start!
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.
The cows were displeased.
And they proceeded to chase the eagles. I only wish I’d recorded the action on video. Such greatness.
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.
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.
It was a lovely spot to end a day after the scorching heat.
But wait, there’s more!
Tweets and chirps,