Thursday, July 9, 2015

Birds and Beasts above Saddle Creek

Saddle Creek is one of many drainages that flow down steep basalt canyons into the Snake River. Often times, Meg and I stay at a Forest Service campground above Saddle Creek that looks into the majesty  side cliffs and benches that form Hells Canyon.  Bird and mammal life is busy, as these pictures show.  A pair of blue birds were nesting in a dead tree close to our campsite, providing us with fun sightings of their constant search for insects.

Mountain bluebird in flight

Mountain bluebird

Western bluebird ready for takeoff

Pygmy nuthatch


Western tanager female

Western tanager male

Spruce grouse

ground squirrel

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