Made a brief excursion yesterday into Esmeralda Basin. Snow continuous at 4700 feet, 1-2 feet.
Flowers: Mostly Glacier Lily and Spring Beauty. Boggy area at 4500 feet with Shootingstar and Marsh Marigold.
Birds: Turkey Vultures ( Teanaway River road) Western Tanager, Clark's Nutcracker ( a flock).
You bet that is a turkey vulture, and great job capturing it on film too!
While there are not as many up here as what I enjoyed as a kid on the farm in Oregon, I see them frequently. Each year there is a good group of 4-9 of them here in the Snoqualmie Valley that are fairly common sights. I almost never drive the Easton-to-Cle Elum stretch of I-90 w/o seeing them. I believe there are known nesting sites on the cliffs visible from I-90 on Easton Ridge also.
My memories of these critters goes back again to my years growing up in Oregon. We'd burn our ryegrass fields each summer/fall and the days after burning a field there would at times be 25-30 of them circling over the field looking for all of the dead mice to snack on! Mmmmm...cooked meat!
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