Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Coffin Mountain and Bachelor Mountain

Braved the rains yesterday and headed up Coffin and Bachelor mountains in the Old Cascades. Low clouds obscured the High Cascades and occasional rain showers swept over the peaks. The wildflower show was pretty good - definitely a primo Beargrass time.

Coffin Mtn trail - 1.3 miles long, 1000' elevation gain
Bachelor Mtn trail - 1.8 miles long, 1100' elevation gain

Coffin Mountain trail sign - 1.3 miles to summit

Beargrass blooming along the trail

And more Beargrass

Bachelor Mountain Trail - 1.8 miles to summit

In the mists

Bachelor Mountain summit

Bleeding Hearts
Fields of Rhododendrons in bloom

Other interesting creatures along the trail - American pika along Bachelor Mtn, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos along Coffin Mtn trail. Also, Sooty Grouse drumming in the forest.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Quick Three Beers

During the early morning dog walk I heard the famous brewery call of the olive-sided flycatcher - "Quick Three Beers!" Today marked the first morning that I've heard the call this season.

USFS Find-A-Photo of Olive-sided Flycatcher
The other call that I heard even earlier, was the "fitz-beew" of a willow flycatcher in the pre-dawn light. I guess I'm going to have to set my alarm for a little earlier time!