Time for another jumbled post.
I have so much I want to tell you that I hardly know where to begin!
I find out the source of the mysterious sound!
Remember Ed and Lorraine? They have the Casita I showed you in a previous post, the one with the solar panel on top. Anyway . . . .
They left the campground for a few days and now they’re back. As I’m chatting with Ed, the sound I can’t identify repeats in the distance.
“It’s a snipe,” he responds. “A very interesting bird. They make that sound with their tail feathers as they dive.”
To learn more, I go online to Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology:
“Air rushing over the Wilson’s Snipe’s outspread tail feathers creates the haunting hu-hu-hu winnowing sound, described as similar to the call of an Eastern Screech-Owl. The sound is usually produced as the birds dive, but can also be generated when the bird levels out following a dive. Males perform the winnowing flight to defend territory and attract mates. Females also winnow prior to breeding, but stop as soon as they begin to nest.” — allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wilson’s Snipe
(The photo at right is from wikipedia.)
Here’s a recording of a snipe winnowing. (Choose the one that’s 31 seconds.)
When flushed in the field, the snipe flies in a zig-zag pattern, making it a challenge for hunters. The word “sniper” originates with this elusive bird.
Wow! What you can learn on rvsue and her canine crew!
The crew and I drive around looking at a few of Oregon’s beautiful lakes.
North Simax Beach, Crescent Lake
Another view of Crescent Lake
Odell Lake as seen from Sunset Cove Campground
We also go to the town of Crescent one day for gas, bread, and eggs. It’s only about 15 miles from the campground.
Okay, now for the search for a quiet weekend camp!
Examining my Oregon Benchmark atlas I notice a forest road along Odell Creek, south of Davis Lake.
“Let’s go see what’s down that road!”
The road is very narrow and, of course, dirt. At the end it opens up to a campsite!
The forest road looks like it is traveled a lot and there’s something too closed-in about the campsites.
“Well, this makes for a fun outing, doesn’t it, guys . . . . ”
Canine Corner: “Trust” by Bridget and Reggie
“What is WRONG with RVSue?”
“We coulda’ boondocked next to that pond! It was a super place!”
“Ours is not to question why, Reg. She gets an idea in her head of what she wants and we have to trust she knows what she’s doing.”
“But I wanna’ boondock!”
“I know, I know. You’ll get to boondock. Now go play with your blue monkey. It’s almost time for bed.”
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