Today is the first day in ages that we have seen the mountains from our place and low and behold after yesterday’s rain, the mountains got SNOW. There are still wildfires so the smoke will come back. There was an evacuation alert in Waterton due to a wildfire along Boundary Creek in Glacier Park, Montana which is about 5km south of Waterton townsite. The alert has been lifted for now due to the 20mm of rain they got but the fire is not out. Our Swainson’s Hawk chick left the nest on August 14 and unfortunately was killed by a vehicle 5 days later. I’m surprised the hawks keep coming back here to nest when they loose their chicks every year to road kill. We are starting to see lots of song birds on their migration south, especially Warblers. (I will post the name of the caterpillar if/when I receive a response from the Bug Guide people.)
2 Responses to “August 28 – 1st snow in mountains!!”
Good to see that the sky has cleared up a bit after the rain. Snow already?? It’s really a shame about your young Swainson Hawk. Don’t know why they always fly low or stay close to the road. Don’t touch that caterpillar until you know what it is. Some like those cause itchiness, etc. Will the owls use the other barn to perch on? Very nice shots as usual.
Hello Marlene. Too bad for the hawk but I wonder if it being a young one hasn’t picked up on the skills to survive as the adults have. I knew of the fires in BC but hadn’t thought of how close you are to them, must be heavy in the air. I heard that we should see the effect of the smoke in our sunsets but so far just a great orange ball of fire dropping down and coming back up the next morning. It has been really hot around here today, 91degF and wish I was out on the boat. It has been a good summer and hope the weather continues like last year, hot to the end of Sept. We’ve got more dives in this month than the 2 before and it is the end of summer looming that gets us together. Our next one will be at the Black Donald Mine site. Lots to see there even if it is just ruins, fun to swim down the old roads and into basements, there are lots of remains of buildings to see. Well time to go and thanks for the note. Sky is clear so time for a glass of what ever strikes me as the right one and take in the sunset. Bye