Category Archives: birding

Alaska Hwy – Muncho Lake, BC to Watson Lake, Yukon

This guy greeted us this morning, on Muncho Lake, to say goodbye. I haven’t looked him up in our bird book yet. We heard loons while we were there. I don’t know if that’s what he is. We hit the road, still not seeing any stone sheep yet, and decided to stop at a “mineral lick”. No, that’s what we thought too, but it’s a mountain that is rich in minerals that the animals like. We walked the “short” trail out to the overlook. The notes said to be careful because the trail was slippery. It didn’t say anything about it being steep though. So, not only were there NO stone sheep or caribou or elk or ANY sign of wildlife, the mountain kicked our butts before 9am!

We saw the area where the wildfire went across the highway, at the Liard River and Smith River crossing. There were still some small patches smoldering but no fire fighters or equipment were out working today.

We made a sign for the signpost forest in Watson Lake and spent a few hours looking for the sign that Don’s parents left when they came through in the 90’s…but, no luck.

All that walking and we are pretty beat tonight! The foil on the front window really made a difference. We slept in until 7:30 this morning!!!

Rye Patch Recreation Area

After a WONDERFUL week playing with grandchildren and visiting with more great family in Spring Creek, NV, we stayed another night at Rye Patch. We had a great campsite right by the bend in the river where we saw all kinds of birds. We saw a couple cormorants catch and finally swallow a catfish. The fish was longer than the bird’s neck. I don’t know how he did it! There were great blue herons, ducks, geese and we even saw a doe and her yearling fawns cross the river in the evening. This is a picture of one of 3 black-crowned night herons. It had 2 long, white feathers that came out of the back of it’s neck. We also saw a king fisher. At one point, a great heron and a cormorant were arguing over the fishing spot. The heron kept diving at the cormorant.