Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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First thing I do, last few days, is go back and check the Fig Tree...the Figs are beginning to ripen, and they'll attract Birds....did that this morning, but no luck, and then went to Breakfast, but before I sat down, realized I'd forgotten the binocs on the Cement Block...so back I went..which was okay...had my croissant, orange juice, and coffee sitting by the Creek at the Swath....Merganser came by flying furiously Upcreek...otherwise very quiet...picked up, and looked for Merganser by the Creek Footbridges, but no luck...and continued out to Bobcat Meadow...and caught the Shuttle at Sentinel Stop...hopped off at Happy Isles...Pony Path isn't too crowded, and walked out that way...took the Bee pics and clips, and some Lizard pics and clips...sat awhile by the Boulder...the Ouzel nest is gone...likely fallen off that Boulder...pics and clip of flying insect catching Black Birds...for sometime...Brewer's, I think...back at the Snack Stand, got lunch..hotdog cookie gator aid...and sat awhile by the Fen...thought to go up to Sierra Point...but...just too much gear with!...walked through the Fen, and made a left turn to explore the Use Trail there that goes along the Scree under Glacier Point...lots of growth skirting the Fen...Trail ran into avalanche knocked down Aspens...took the Reed pic thereabout...found a pile of trash, and wish I'd brought a plastic trash bag...next time...I kinda was hoping for an overview of the Fen...would like to just perch and watch thereabout some evening...I might be able to do that keeping further up slope amongst the Trees...anyway...a quiet excursion...back to Happy Isles again, and took the Trail on the West side of the Merced to Clark Bridge...Bee pic amongst the Lupine just before the Campground...took the Shuttle back to the Village...picked up dinner...egg salad sandwich, chips, and another orange juice, and went to the Long Fallen Ponderosa at the Artist's Grove, and gazed out over the greengreen Meadow contemplating if I'd see anything today!...picked up and went to Creek's End, and looped back over Chapel Bridge...out through the Meadow to Swinging Bridge...had in mind the Violet Green Swallows all day, and thought to find them in the evening by the Broken Cottonwood in Two Top Pine Meadow...and they were there...approaching the Cottonwood I frightened Mama Merganser with her Merganserlings...they were hidden in the grasses, and in the little stream where stones are layed for crossing...what a racket!...she was really upset..and with the little ones hurrying to catch up, she swam out into the Slough....glad to see the Mergansers...there were two Mallards with their Ducklings too...pics and clips...one port hole clip of the young Mallards all on a log very cool...for sometime...set up the digi and took lots of Violet Green Swallow pics and clips...they roost there in the Aspens...I was surrounded by them swooping and diving...Sentinel for a backdrop...very cool...just one clip posted up...others for sometime...picked up, and went back the way I came all the way to Chapel Bridge...clip of Moth...third one in three years!...dont see them often...last clip a Deer by the Merced near the Bridge..a young Buck...it was a long afternoon walkabout...and very quiet...sunny warm with a few rain shower clouds that didn't shower!...

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