However the day wasn't completely futile especially when fellow birder and 'eagle eye' Mike Tabak spotted a Sooty Grouse skulking around in the undergrowth. The bird finally came out in the open and at times was too close for some of us with long lens. A point and shoot would have worked just fine. That was a special bonus for all of us..Thanks Mike.
|Blue Grouse (Dendragapus obscures)|
Pacific (Sooty) Subspecies )
Next up was a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks whose acrobatic displays were magical to watch. Several times they came flying by like two fighter planes commanding the sky, dive bombing each other.
|Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipter striatus)|
|These two very long distance shots of the sharp-shinned hawk turned out way better than I had imagined.|
On my way back to the car I walked through the forest near Yew Lake when I heard a rustle in the bushes. I 'phissed' a few times and a Swainson's Thrush popped out to give me a great view. Two shots and it was gone, thank goodness for autofocus.
|Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)|
It's never too late to start birding"