The Route to McDaniel Lake

For those of you coming up to the McDaniel Field Station this summer – here is some information about where we are. Click here for our Google Maps site which pinpoints the location. Zoom way in and turn on satellite and you’ll see some pretty cool pictures of the area. If you click on . . . → Read More: The Route to McDaniel Lake

Meadows Banding Blitz August 17-18

Rimrock Burn. Photo by Dan Froehlich.

PSBO’s banding blitz at the end of the 2010 season rounded out our mountain banding season with some unexpected excitement. On Tuesday evening we took a trip to banding sites we’ve used near Rimrock Lake in past years before fires prevented us from accessing the area in . . . → Read More: Meadows Banding Blitz August 17-18

The regulars at McDaniel Lake

Photo by Dan Froehlich.

Western Tanagers are very common at McDaniel Lake, cruising the timber, perching on exposed branches and even flycatching over the marsh.  I observed one adult male get displaced from a stick in the marsh by a Spotted Sandpiper!  This adult male is typical of the many adult males . . . → Read More: The regulars at McDaniel Lake

A soggy season in the high country

Rain in the high country. Photo by Dan Froehlich.

This season up in the Cascades is shaping up to be quite different than 2009.  Most importantly, it’s been quite wet, with repeated rain showers and some of the most dramatic thunderstorms I’ve ever experienced in Washington.  This storm moved down the Rattlesnake . . . → Read More: A soggy season in the high country

Adult Banding Camp Begins!

The lush meadow at McDaniel Lake. Photo by Andrea Wuenschel.

We arrived at McDaniel Lake for our annual Adult Banding Camp to find the stream higher, the vegetation greener and the mosquitoes hungrier than last year. We started banding on Monday with results that surprised us at first: last year most of our . . . → Read More: Adult Banding Camp Begins!

Five Woodpeckers and Counting…

Last night we put up some nets by the edge of the lake to try to catch one of the Common Nighthawks that we’ve been watching circle the lake each evening. We managed to catch one in our net, and all gathered around in the darkness to observe the bird’s especially soft plumage, very . . . → Read More: Five Woodpeckers and Counting…

McDaniel Lake – Jackpot!

Not only is the campground lovely, shady, and equipped with the perfectly serviceable outhouse pictured above, it’s teeming with birds, particularly some great Ponderosa Pine specialties. We set up 4 nets for a few hours (with a fairly late start), and caught 14 birds! The first bird we caught was a Pygmy Nuthatch! . . . → Read More: McDaniel Lake – Jackpot!

The Route to McDaniel Lake

For those of you coming up for camp – here is some information about where we are. Click here for our Google Maps site which pinpoints the location. Zoom way in and turn on satellite and you’ll see some pretty cool pictures of the area. If you click on the camp icon, you can . . . → Read More: The Route to McDaniel Lake