I found the bird life to be very much a mix of eastern and western birds. Many Western Kingbirds. I heard a Says Phoebe. Saw a Bullock’s oriole at a feeder. Plenty of Common Grackles and Red-Winged Blackbirds. Saw a bluebird nest box…wonder Eastern, Western or Mountain bluebirds nesting at that box. Barn Swallows making moth scoops on the roadway in the park and Northern Rough Wing swallows cris-crossing the very low Carl Etling Lake. American Robins are doing well here and their red breast is a very dark red compared to the lighter red at other places. Lark Sparrows are plentiful. Even have the hated Eurasian Collared Dove. Have observed a pair of Mourning Doves. The moths are hatching out and a rough estimate of a gazillion is probably short. Heard a bullfrog in the low flowing river last night.
The American Robin
Sign on the window of the park building…What to do if you see a Mountain Lion. I expect there are sightings, but probably far and few. I didn’t read the instructions.
Full humongus moon last night. Photos did not come out very good as there was too much cloud cover.
Moon from Friday night.
There are remains of a petrified forest here in the park. Very interesting.
Some pics of the environment.
Molten lava flow.
A very low Lake Carl Etling.
Top to bottom from the Overlook. Cottonwood campground back in the trees.