Monday, April 16, 2012

First Spring visit to the Sinlahekin

I spent a couple days at the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area northwest of Omak, WA this past week.  We didn't find the Moss' Elfin as we had hoped, but we recorded several new locations (in the wildlife area) for Mourning Cloaks, Compton's Tortoiseshells, Satyr Anglewings and Green Anglewings, in addition to seeing one each of Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti), Sara Orangetip (Anthocaris sara), and Echo Blue (Celastrina echo).  We also saw a nesting pair of bald eagles, a pair of golden eagles (flying), and several different ducks and other birds, along with over 100 whitetail deer, around 20 mule deer, and 5 bighorn sheep.  Here are some photos from the trip:
Conner's Lake
An arm of Sinlahekin Creek north of Blue Lake

Conner's Lake, view from "Kathy's Shelf"
View of the valley from Kathy's Shelf

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