The Southwest Corner
- I travelled to Govenlock then south to Lodge Creek today. South of
the hills the Horned Larks were everywhere. No grouse yet on the lek
north of Govenlock. A short distance south of Govenlock a Snowy Owl.
In the first trees you pass close to as you drive into the Spangler
Irrigation Project, a Bald Eagle. On the sagebrush flats along Lodge
Creek nothing but Horned Larks everywhere. In an abandoned house near
the irrigation ditch from Altawan Reservoir, I had a close encounter
with a Raccoon that left both me and the animal with temporarily
elevated heart rates. Saw another Bald Eagle north of the house, and a
little later a Northern Shrike, then a lone American Tree Sparrow. On
the way back mid-afternoon saw a Rough-legged Hawk near the Govenlock
PFRA Pasture Headquarters. And just south of Senate a Great Horned Owl
on a nest. And by the way, Horned Larks everywhere.