The days are just packed- fence repairs & boundary markers have been keeping us hopping! Big beautiful skies- sunrise and sunsets are amazing.
The Barn Swallows are fledging all around us! Here are a few ...
We took a day off and took the truck on an incredible journey! We explored the TNC Clear Lake Ridge Property- it is extremely remote. The truck's 4 wheel drive system got a work out & we saw a mama and her 3 cubs and our first Goshawk (no photo) and great looks at 2 Ferruginous Hawks.
One of the cubs was out of my view to the right
What a sight- this amazing Ferruginous Hawk!
Amazing views from Cat's Back
Mountain Bluebird and Vesper Sparrow hanging out
What canyons! A bit smokey this day
Surviving at altitudes builds character
Family of Chukars cross the line
Eastern Kingbirds are following us:)
Juvenile Ruffed Grouse in the Elderberry Bush
We are getting some much needed rains. It is wonderful- the skies open up for an hour and then the sun comes back out and every thing smells so new and sagey.
One morning we came upon a Great Horned Owl hunting mice in the barn- you are either hunting or being hunted out here.
On our walk behind the camp this evening we came across an incredible family of Rock Wrens- we think we counted 12 in all!!
We continuously count 10-15 American Kestrels and an occasional Northern Harrier everywhere we go- there are so many grasshoppers.
We had 10 migrating Common Nighthawks fly over us in camp tonight. There is so much wild life around us;)
So remote and wild that instead of a Super Highway we were on a Pooper Highway- with bear scat ALL around us.
We did not see a bear but we did see some great birds along the canyon as we walked out. This Gray Flycatcher is a new bird for us :
It seemed to like our energy. It was getting pretty windy but it just hung on to this branch and posed.
Big skies below:
Big skies below:
Another beautiful day on the prairie ~
P.S. Shak3 is amazing! Really feels like home- we continue to learn more and more about the systems. The silent champion is our solar system by Go Power that keeps everything running.