Crocuses: Hidden Valley April 13, 2019

Leader Dale Hjertaas

About 35 people enjoyed this trip looking for spring birds and flowers. We travelled Route 99 and spent an hour walking at Hidden Valley.  Many crocuses were in bloom and many more still in bud stage.  We also found 3 or 4 Moss Phlox plants just beginning to bloom, a total of 7 or 8 flowers.  Many attractive seed heads, berries and other things of interest were observed.   After the walk most of the group enjoyed lunch together at the Craven restaurant. Sadly no bluebirds were located but we did observe a number of other birds.

Snow Goose – 235
Canada Goose – 12
Mallard – 47
Northern Pintail – 2
Killdeer – 2
Turkey Vulture – 1
Northern Harrier – 5
Red-tailed Hawk -2
Black-billed Magpie – 13
American Crow – 9
Common Raven – 3
Black-caped Chickadee – 2
European Starling – 8
Western Meadowlark – 5
Red-winged Blackbird -10
And a flock of about 50 little birds, either Pipits or Longspurs. 

Thanks to Fran Kerbs and Hiro Aoki for the photos!