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Thursday, August 16, 2018

27 March 2018 Killdeer

Killdeer always seem to be incredibly territorial and jumpy. It makes for tough photography. This evening a couple killdeer were on the lawn in front of my office when I left. For once, capturing images was easy.

25 March 2018 Erie National Wildlife Refuge

Our destination today was Erie National Wildlife Refuge for a clean-up day. We were here for the 2017 spring and happy to return to the site for this spring's clean-up. Last year a significant number of cachers showed up. This year, there were only four of us. Thankfully a couple local scout troops and their families were here to fill the void. Since we were without kids, we were given a state route along a property line.

A section of the area we cleaned was bordered by a one of the refuge's wetland areas.

Lots of colts foot today

We picked about five bags of garbage and a few tires from the side of the road.

These clean-ups are interesting for what shows up on the side of the road. Last year it was a discarded boyfriend cd. This year, Christmas treee ornaments.

The roadside also had things that were supposed to be there like skunk cabbage.

Once we were done with our section of the road and the trash was loaded, we headed off to a section of the refuge with a few geocaches we hadn't found. There was significantly more snow cover on the wooded trail. We missed the first find after searching this snowy bridge.

We were more successful at this old stone bridge. A quick wade in a very cold stream gave us an easy find.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

24 March 2018 Western Reserve Bike Trail

It was a little cold to be on the trail with a bike, but we were happy to walk the trail today. The snow was mostly gone from the pavement, but a coating of ice was treacherous in areas.

Despite walking here before, I had forgotten this 1897 bridge is still serving on the trail.

There is always some piece of the past to discover along this old railroad grade. This pump house is hidden down a small incline and easy to miss when vegetation is present.

This nice downy was one of a few we spotted today.

This tree stand was really close to the trail. I wouldn't be comfortable on the trail during hunting season.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

17 March 2018 Pennsylvania Bird Watching

We stopped at the gamelands near Conneautville. We had gotten used to spotting an eagle here each winter and had not yet been successful. This afternoon our luck was good. The eagle was too far to capture a good image, but we were happy for the sighting. We were able to also spot a nice red-tailed hawk in a tree at the edge of a field.

Our second stop was a walk along the Allegheny River. We enjoyed spotting hooded and common mergansers.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

16 March 2016 Detroit and Home

I arrived in Detroit early to wait for the last leg of my flight. I was surprised to see how empty the airport was at 7 in the morning on a work day. Most of the gates were empty and unused.

My flight was on time and I was at home. My statement of having seen the last snow of the season proved to be a wish rather than a fact as there was still plenty of snow on the ground. We grabbed the dogs and decided to spend some time on the trail at Lake Metroparks.

Skunk cabbage was popping up in the wet areas.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

15 March 2018 Waiting for the Red Eye

I fly home on a red eye as often as possible when travelling home from Spokane. I was lucky to once again have an overnight flight back to Detroit before heading home to the Cleveland area. I just needed to take some time away from the wait. A visit to the Medical Lake area for a cache and some birding was my plan. I found a cache and decided to spend the balance of daylight birding. My first sighting was a great blue heron. By the time I parked the best I could get was a shot of it heading away from me. I was luckier with waterfowl.

Common Goldeneye

Gadwalls

Mallards

It was time to drive to the airport.

It was my lucky night! A less than full flight gave me two blankets for the flight east.

13 March 2018 Caching Around Spokane

The first Spokane GeoTours are winging down and the coins are gone, but I was still hoping to find at least some of the caches while they were active. The Sustainability of Spokane Tour had caches placed to highlight sustainability initiatives in the area. My first stop was at a hide by a solar array. From a distance, I thought this may be a gadget cache. Spokane has one of the best gadget cache builders.

Instead, it was just an elaborate holder for a peanut butter jar container with a couple solar lights randomly attached.

I found an easy puzzle hide which required visiting a couple charging stations to gather information for the final. The Spokane area is much more user friendly to electric vehicles than my home area in Ohio. I visited four charging stations while finding caches for the geotour.

One of my finds included a library cache. I enjoy finding these and seeing the creativity used in the containers.

I forgot elections here are managed with drop boxes at the libraries to collect ballots.

After the SOS caches, I decided to walk an all-purpose trail which runs along a municipal golf course in Liberty Lake. The golf course wasn't yet open and not an issue for finding the caches, but the all purpose trail was congested with walkers, runners, bikers, and even golf cart riders. Despite the crowd, I found both hides along the trail.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

12 March 2018 Walking Dishman Hills

I was in Spokane for the week and happy to have later sunset for some walking time. I decided to make a stop at an old favorite, Dishman Hills.