Riparian aspen grove
Bitterbrush and snowberry in foreground
Riparian aspen and hayfield
Penstemon on rock outcrop
Coyotes hunting in hayfield
2012-05-21 07:45 for 2 hours (birding)
Methow Valley (WAOKMETV)
Winthrop, WA (USA)
Elevation: 2000 feet
The Methow River drains the east side of the North Cascades from Lake Chelan to the Canadian border. Habitats include a ribbon of cottonwods along the river, pastures and residences in the valley, meadows with varying mixtures of bitterbrush, sagebrush and serviceberry on the lower hillsides with scattered groves of aspen, ponderosa pine forest and mixed coniferous forest.
ovc (ALST, CU), mid-60's, calm
Parked along Bear Creek road just below the upper entrance to Pearrygin State Park and walked down the road past the old Lloyd Ranch site on the right, birded down through a stretch of riparian vegetation - aspen, elm and cottonwood with various shrubs - along the road, then hiked back up over an open ridge - bunchgrass, bitterbrush and other shrubs - to the aspen copse at the jct of Bear Creek Rd w/ the upper state park road.
I noted species and counts in the field, stopping irregularly to try for photos. I also photographed a few additional species along Bear Creek Road,
as noted, within a mile or so of the area I birded.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow