The crew and I motor over to Lava Flow Campground.
I promised you I’d report on it. We find it is open and free for camping, and no one is here!
Maybe it’s the big, rock fire rings with firewood scattered around, the sandy beach, the openness, everything free — has me thinking this quiet, pleasant, and unsupervised place could quickly turn into the campground from hell. All it would take would be the arrival of a few carloads of teenagers psyched to party-hearty.
Birds, birds, birds!
I’ve never seen such a variety of birds from a camp as I’ve seen along Odell Creek and around Davis Lake. Can you identify these? I know most of them, but I’ll let you try to name them. (Note: Identification added later after reader input.)
This bird performs aerial acrobatics as it plucks insects from the swarms above the creek.
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I never carry a field guide.
Instead I use my camera. I zoom in, take the shot as best I can, and when I return to camp, I open up the photo on my laptop. Then I can study the bird and look it up in my Audubon or Peterson field guides. It’s fun to see what I’ve “bagged.” The photo below is a good example of that. He was much too far away to identify by eye. The photo is poor quality, but we can see who he is!
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In addition to the birds shown here, there are red-winged blackbirds, tree swallows, bluebirds, robins, cowbirds, grackles, Canada geese, mallard ducks, at least one heron, and others.
I tilt back in the lounge chair.
An eagle circles above! Several attempts at capturing it in flight are unsuccessful. I give up.
Bridget lies in the grass nearby, enjoying the sun’s warmth. Reggie happily wanders around on his tether or lies on his belly chewing a stick.
What’s that? I look up.
“Oh, it’s you! Hello!”
“Oh my gosh! There’s an eagle! Two of them!”
They’re perched on what remains of burned trees. I open the passenger door and steady the camera on the frame of the open window. I zoom in on the closest one, as much as my camera can go. I wait for the eagle to turn his head. He is so far off that later I have to crop and enlarge in editing.
East Davis Lake Campground is filling up.
I’m typing this Friday morning. By the end of the day I expect the campground to be full. I’m beginning to feel hemmed in. Anticipating this, yesterday Bridget, Reggie, and I explore forest roads looking for a boondock for the weekend. It’s a fun search!
In the next post I’ll show you what we found.
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