Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Cassin's Finch Pair And Comma Butterfly
After Breakfast, and Laundry, gathered the gear, and rolled up to Tuolumne....looked for Marmots at Olmstead Point...no luck...a wonder where Marmots are thereabout....parked at Lembert Dome, and paddled out Marmot Road...One Marmot thereabout...pic...Cassin's Finch Pair on the Road...pics up....made the loop, across Sept 1915 Bridge, out to the Road, and around back to Lembert...nearing Silver, thought to take Dandelion pic....and sighted Butterfly, and increased the effort, and surprised tonight to find from Book, Butterfly is Comma--not sure which one...a new sighting, for me...just as I picked up, gardeners came along with sprayers...."After Dandelions?"....'Yep.".....along the loop: White Crowned Sparrow, Robins, Juncos, Flicker, Ravens, Chickadee, Western Bluebird, Sandpiper, Blackbirds, Clark's Nutcracker, Finches, Yellow Rump Warbler...and while passing the flooded Campground on the Road Side, Male Mallard!...Three Mallards in a flyover, and while taking hd clip of Unicorn, Mallard flew past!!...left off, and rolled down the hill to the East Side...report for sometime...a longlong knockdown gorgeous day!...on return, Mallard Pair out in the flooded Meadow near Pothole Dome....Meadow was brown last week, but today all green...Shooting Stars beginning to bloom beside Marmot Road...sunny with clouds of coming small storm moving in, breezy, mostly warm but soemtimes cool...Tenaya Lake ice free, but flooded over the Beach, and the Rocky Shore West End, where I tried to walk acorss the Snow to get pic.....one patch of Snow was actually a Small Iceberg...couldn't get close without a deep wade...left off, and with the last step from the Snow to the Parking lot, I postholed...one needs caution walking on Snow near fallen Logs, or near Boulders...Snow is often hollowed out underneath around them...no harm done, and a laugh!...Deer about the Meadow, Does and Bucks...lots of Picket Pins,Douglas Squirrel...pics and clips for sometime...lots of Golden Mantle Squirrels crisscrossing the Road on way up and down....and a Mouse scurried across coming up Tioga!....not that many tourists...saw one backpacker gearing up....tent fabric on the Store and Grill, but nothing inside...an odd thought: without the Store and Grill, tourists dont stop at the Meadow!!....some cars parked at Trail Heads (none at Mono, most at Porcupine)....one rock climber at Tenaya....what with the Campground flooded, and Snow covering all the trails, the High Country is getting a respite from summer time crowds!