On 28 June 15 members enjoyed an evening walk at Hidden Valley. Led by Dale Hjertaas, the trip focused on wild flowers but a few birds were also seen or mostly heard.
Highlights of the trip were the Western red Lilies, some great clumps of Showy Locoweed, a great show of Northern Hedysarum and the abundance of wildflowers on the hillsides.
The chance to enjoy Saskatoon berries fresh from the bush was also popular.
The birds observed were: 3 Red-eyed Vireo, 2 Crows, 6 Tree Swallows, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 House Wrens, 2 Grey Catbirds, 1 Veery, 1 Ovenbird, 1 Yellow Warbler, 2 Black and White Warblers, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Clay-colored Sparrows, 1 Spotted towhee, 1 Red-winged Blackbird and 2 American Goldfinches.
We observed 2 White-tailed Deer and looked at a recently occupied Red Fox den. The young foxes appear to have left the den about a week earlier.
Wild flowers observed in bloom included: Western Red Lily (Yay, the number 1 objective for the trip), Yellow Umbrellaplant, Field Chickweed, Canada Anemone, White Cinquefoil, Prairie Rose, Meadow Sweet, Ascending milk Vetch, Northern Hedysarum, American Milk Vetch, Showy Locoweed, Purple Prairie-Clover, White Prairie-Clover, Indian Breadroot, Wild Blue Flax, Scarlet Mallow, Plains Prickly Pear, Scarlet Gaura, Spreading Dogbane, Western Wild Bergamont, Northern Bedstraw, Western snowberry, Harebell, Common Yarrow, Hairy Golden Aster, Tufted Fleabane, Gaillardia, Silvery Groundsel, and Prairie Coneflower.
-submitted by Dale Hjertaas