June, 2017

June 5th & 6th 2017
Manning Park

After our walks at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, we took a drive to Manning Park on the 5th and 6th of June.

We took a quick photo of a Cinnamon Black Bear from the car. He was in the distance behind a lot of trees and shrubs.

We stopped at Cayuse Flats where we saw a Yellow-bellied Marmot on the bridge near the parking lot.

Columbian Ground Squirrels were seen at the Lodge and Lightning Lake.

Brown-headed Cowbirds can usually be found at the Lodge.

At Spruce Bay, we were told to watch for a male Barrow’s Goldeneye by some nice people hiking along the trail.

On our way back from our walk at Spruce Bay, we came across a little Tree Frog.

Skimmers were seen near the water.

Western Pine Elfin Butterflies were seen as well.

Just at the turn to Lightning Lake, we came across a young Deer licking salt from the edge of the road. We stopped a good distance away and watched it enjoy the salt. After about 10 minutes, we drove slowly past, leaving it to finish getting the salt it needed.

Click below to see the Deer.

We drove up to the Dry Ridge Trail just past the Cascade Lookout. We took a hike up the closed road.

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels were seen in many locations. A few were enjoying a “truffle-type” mushroom, which they dig out of the soil.

Glacier Lilies and Creeping Phlox were blooming.

The view of the Mountains in the distance is always wonderful.

American Pikas live in rocky areas high in the mountains. It takes some patience to wait for one to appear.

Click below to see the American Pika.

Chipping Sparrows were seen in a couple of different areas.

June 05 Clear 55F (12.7)
June 06 Clear 62F (16.6C)

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