Monday, April 27, 2015

Steller’s Jays on Lick Creek Road

In early February we went for a hike along snowbound Lick Creek Road east of McCall. The road was impassable for cars, since there is no winter maintenance and there was at least a solid foot of snow on the road, but it was perfect for hiking. We threw on our big winter boots and went tromping around on the snowmobile tracks where the snow was packed enough to walk on without cracking through the outer crust layer.

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Lick Creek Road, Valley County. February 8, 2015.

We had a handful of birds, but the stars of the show were a noisy gang of Steller’s Jays zipping around the road. I always get a kick out of these gregarious birds, with their raucous noises, and bold plumage.

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Steller’s Jay on Lick Creek Road, Valley County. February 8, 2015.

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Steller’s Jay on Lick Creek Road, Valley County. February 8, 2015.

We also had a handful of Red Squirrels, Idaho’s only native tree squirrel. In their winter coat they look more black or gray then red.

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Red Squirrel (in winter coat) on Lick Creek Road, Valley County. February 8, 2015.

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