The birds seem to be getting more vocal. When I went outside this morning to investigate budding plants, I noticed more bird singing than I have heard in the mornings recently. In particular I saw and heard two different winter wrens. I did not hear the full song, but they did seem to be calling … Read more

Budding Plants

I looked out the window of the bathroom this morning and was a little surprised to see that the salmonberry buds appeared to be breaking open. Thinking that those particular bushes were opening early due to being near the clothes dryer vent. Upon checking the bushes on the other side of the house, I saw … Read more

Varied Thrush

Somewhat similar in form and coloring to their relative the robin, the varied thrushes spend the winter quietly foraging in the forest. My observations so far are that they seem to travel mostly in small groups of 3-6, although on occasion I have seen larger flocks. I most commonly see them flying on or near … Read more

Flume Fish

A few days ago Melissa, Connor, and I walked along the flume during a morning stroll. I noticed there were fish swimming about that looked like they were about 6-10 inches long. This seems large for salmon fry, so I wonder if they were salmon that did not migrate to the ocean or maybe trout.

Weather Observations

This morning it looked like the snow level was about the same as yesterday (below 2000 feet). By noon the snow level had dropped and it was snowing in town. The snow was not accumulating on the ground, however. It appeared that snow was accumulating in the trees at around 200 feet elevation. The forecast … Read more