So, more Willow Flycatchers are showing up thankfully, but they seem to still be taking their time. Think nests are starting to be built so that's good.
Last Friday, hiking out of LT2, Zac and I ran into a baby bear! We knew there were bears in the area, thanks to lots of big and little bear tracks in the snow a couple weeks ago and plenty of scat too. But Friday we finally saw one of the little guys. He was awfully cute, can't lie about that. He was all fuzzy and stuff. I had my crappy point and click and we had Zac's scope on us so I took this lovely poor quality video(scope) of said baby bear.
When we first saw him, we were only about 30 meters away - bit too close, yes, but he was hiding behind a tree and we didn't see him. He ran up the tree at one point, which was pretty damn adorable. But he quickly came back down and continued foraging, but kept a good eye on us. We backed up about 100 meters away and observed his cuteness for a few minutes before taking a long detour around..definitely didn't want to run into mom...
Oh, no? But I did run into Mom Bear on Tuesday. Because I'm a little wimpy, I had Zac walk the 10 minutes through the woods to the open meadow with me. I really didn't want to run into the bears solo. Especially mom with baby...yikes. I got down to the meadow, said bye to Zac and told him to turn his radio on. 5 minutes later, I turned a corner and saw Big 'Ol Mama Bear hanging out. Yup. She was way too close to the WIFL territories I was trying to go to, so I promptly turned around. Probably a wise decision. Zac and I went back later in the morning together and didn't see the bears, only some world record black bear scat and lots of tree scratches. Sweet.
All the pictures are from the Taylor site today. I thought I had a rough morning with the deep water and getting pretty wet, but Zac actually fell in where he was (Tallac), up to his chest. He's 6'4 so that's pretty deep water. Really kinda scary, because hypothermia was a serious threat. The temperature this morning was around 29-30 and the water temperature (all snow melt) is probably about the same temp. His radio got drenched and broken so he couldn't contact me. He walked 2 miles barefoot and soaked to a Forest Service office and they gave him some dry clothes. Poor Zac :( Scenic Sunday