Out again this morning first driving through Bragg Creek and turning toward Elbow Falls. We stopped at the Falls first just to admire the spectacle. Glancing across at dense forest a soaring Sharp-shinned Hawk caught the eye. Moving on we stopped and climbed up a hill full of flowers where a Warbling Vireo was singing. We then stopped for lunch by the Elbow River but only found a Spotted Sandpiper and a few Pine Siskins. We then drove through lots of wonderful habitat without finding really anything until we emerged across a grassy plain with a stream passing through the middle. Here an Orange-crowned Warbler was trilling away and 10 Northern Rough-winged Swallows hunted insects overhead. An Osprey appeared and was diligently trying to fish the stream but irritated Red-winged Blackbirds constantly harassed it until it gave up. Before we moved on a Common Yellowthroat and three American Goldfinches were noted. Just around the corner 5 Buffleheads occupied a Beaver pond.
|Osprey being mobbed by Red-winged Blackbird|
|This Coyote ran right up to our car.|
|Young bull Moose|