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Rainy Day Post

posted by CarlIngwell at
on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 

Last night I camped in a beautiful location near Naturita, Colorado. A Common Poorwill was singing me to sleep.

This morning's transect was pretty nice before the rain came. I had a handful of Sage Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows, Brewer's Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Lark Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Gray Flycatchers, and Say's Phoebes.

The rain started to come down pretty hard around the middle of my transect, so I headed back, hoping to avoid slippery roads. The traction wasn't too bad on my 7 mile drive out, and the rental Kia handled pretty well. It's continued to rain since I left, and I'm assuming the roads are impassable now.

Rainy, rainy, rainy. The Naturita library doesn't open until 10:00, so I'm wasting time, bumming internet off the visitor center (which is also closed; I'm sitting in the parking lot on my laptop).

I guess this is more of a listserv post, but oh well. Life is grand and I enjoy being a field tech.



Blogger Tim Avery said...

@Carl: One of the things I miss most about fieldwork is waking up to the songs of something other than Robins and House Finches. This morning at about 4:55am a Cassin's Finch was busy singing away in our backyard, it was a sweet consolation prize for what I miss. Summers in Wyoming bring back the memories of Poorwills going at it all night in the Sage dominant habitats. Sage Sparrows trilling at first light. In the Juniper I could always count on Chipping Sparrows to be the first thing I heard in the mornings. Sandhill Cranes in the dark in wet meadows along with Wilson's Snipe provided some of the most intriguing noises--and of course there were plenty of Robins out there too!

Keep the posts coming man!

May 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...


I'm sending you a copy this amazing new book called "Hawks at a Distance" for those rainy days....hope you enjoy it.


May 11, 2011 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger CarlIngwell said...

Jerry, I'd love that, but you have to hand deliver it. I'll trade you a margarita and a few comic books :).

May 12, 2011 at 11:27 AM  

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