The wild Raspberries along the Vermilion Gorge Hiking Trail are prolific this summer. The variety is known as “Dwarf Raspberry” and that is because the plants are shorter than the standard variety of wild Raspberry. I think the fruit is much better than the other wild Raspberry varieties. They’re sweet and juicy and have fewer seeds. Check it out!
For a bird that sings from the very treetops, they build their nests quite low, sometimes only a few feet from the ground. This nest is up about 10′ and hangs from one of the lower branches. I just happened to see it one day last month. On Monday, July 4th, she was sitting in the nest. On Tuesday the eggs hatched and I watched her bring in a worm to the nestlings on Wednesday.
Red-eyed Vireo and nestlings
I took this photo last Friday. You can just see the little beaks of the nestlings on the right hand side of the nest. These little birds grow up really fast so I’ll be bringing more news on the developement of this nesting this week.
A Scarlet Tanager has been putting on a show for all that are interested at the Vermilion Gorge Hiking Trail. He was there every day last week, singing his beautiful song from the treetops. Sometimes these birds can be extremely difficult to find and see, but this guy has been very cooperative.
These little Mergansers are fishing. They must feed themselves from the minute they are born. The mother Merg does not feed them, she just shows them how to do it. These little babies are looking under the water for their meal.
Herring Gulls and chicks
The Herring Gull colony on Sandpoint Lake had a successful hatch this year. Last summer there were Gulls sitting on nests, but no chicks survived.
Herring Gulls of various sizes and ages
This season there are at least 15 Gull babies at the site. It’s interesting to note the different ages of the chicks.
I love how this guy is flapping his stubby little wings and the other two chicks are keeping an eye on him.
Hungry Herring Gull chicks
I just love the spots on their heads. It makes for good camoflage and blends into their rocky home.
Pitcher Plants are abundant at the Lake Jeanette bog this year. Their flowers can be seen everywhere out in the bog. It’s really hard to get the flower of the Pitcher Plant and the foliage all in one photo, because the flowers are so tall. But this plant had a flower that wasn’t so tall and I was able to get it all in one frame.
Next time you’re out hiking, take a picture of the posted trail map with your digital camera or camera phone. Then when you’re out on the trail, you can reference back to your photo on the play back screen of your camera. It’s a good idea to bring a compass too just in case you get off the trail by accident. Some of the new “smart” phones have one built in.
The 2 baby Bald Eagles in the nest at the Vermilion Gorge are getting big. You can’t see the other Eaglet in this photo, but he’s in there. Looks like it will be a successful nesting despite the busy location.
I found this Naked Mitrewort, or Bishop’s Cap the other day. It is going to seed now. I think the seeds will turn black as they ripen. I guess this is how the plant gets its’ common name of Bishop’s Cap.