Monday, June 18, 2012
Field Notes 6.17.12
The day broke clear and sunny over the San Luis Valley and I slept in because it was Father’s Day. We got rolling about 10 a.m. and headed up to Big Meadow Reservoir west of South Fork for a fin and feather day-- fishing and birdwatching. And as usual on these combined field trips the birds are always better than the fish. Before I got the first hook out we saw a bald eagle soaring over the water. I believe that this eagle’s summer haunts are usually farther north.
The fishing was slow and after a few bites with no hook ups we packed up and headed out on a birdwatching hike around the lake. This hike is just good birdwatching-- we saw 12 different species.
American three-toed woodpecker
Also saw something olive/yellow and warbler sized
Heard several birds that we just could not see to identify
It was a lovely day but I wish I would have caught some fish. I think the fish gods knew that I already have fish in the freezer. I was very successful on my last foray to the lake. Diane was not with me then. I find it interesting-- I catch fish when Diane is not with me and I do not catch fish when she is there. I think she sends secret psychic messages warning them that the best fisherman is on the lake.
Also, during the hike we heard a deep rumbling sound coming from up the mountain side. Diane wondered if it was bear with cubs. On the return drive a yellow-bellied marmot ran across the road and we enjoyed beautiful clusters of our state flower, the blue columbine.