Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Alaska Edition Continued: Grace, Earned and Unearned
We struggled to find our first hawk-owl - and now we're up to 6, I think. The staked out Great Gray Owls had disappeared, then 2 hours and 100 miles later one flies up off the road and crosses in front of the vans, carrying prey, point blank views for all. We walk and walk over uneven alpine tundra looking for Smith's Longspur - and find it, when, we hear, all the other tour groups up here now are having trouble with that bird. We also find a Whimbrel nest with 4 eggs. Luck favors the prepared, I guess, and the hard working.
The alpine tundra today was magnificent - vast, quiet, both colorful and somber, Long-tailed Jaegers flying overhead, Lapland Longspurs bubbling their songs, flowers blooming. My knee's paying for the trekking over uneven, spongy ground, but it was worth it. So much so we'll be out there again tomorrow.
Posted by Don Freiday at 1:49 AM