Posted by: atowhee | June 28, 2014

WALK IN THE WOODS

Recently the dogs took me on an afternoon hike. We began at the south end of Granite Street in Ashland where it turns into a Forest Service fire road. No private vehicles beyond bicycles. It was a sunny, snoozy time of day. Three Steller’s Jays and a snarling Spotted Towhee were the evident birds. But it is high summer for plants in the mixed forest. Trees were oak, madrone, cedar, Douglas fir…and one rowan. The latter the gift of some bird who just have brought the seeds up from those rowans in Lithia Park a couple miles away.thimblbrry The thimbleberry crop this year is looking good. Happy news for the neighborhood bears. However, I saw no sign of any fruit on either madrone or manzanita, unhappy news for several bird species.
Flowers along the road included bachelors buttons, wild honeysuckle, yellow salsify, sweetpea, wild mustard, oxeye daisy, ocean spray, ballhead gilia, yarrow and mountain buttercup.

LITHIA PARK
The buck stopped here:
deerest
Dipper near nest site at swimmnign reservoir. Tye adult was carrying food to the nest.
DIPA2-BLURWING

DIP-AQ

DIP-FACEX

DIP-LIMB

DIPP-FLIZ

DIP-WADE1

DIP-WADE2

DIP-WADE3
Miserable heron. I suspect it has swallowed part of this rag. It is not yet weak enough to catch and rescue.
heron misery


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