Thursday, May 22, 2003

Hi notes

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted ‘notes’, so here are
some ‘catch ups’. On Wednesday, 5/14/03 I picked up signals from
three Condors (W231, W219 and OR204) in the direction of
Atascadero/Cuesta Grade. There were reports from a couple of people
who saw a Condor above Cuesta grade the following day, so perhaps the
same birds hung around for a day or two. Yesterday I ‘heard’ from one
Condor in the direction of Atascadero (B164) and one from the south,
toward Ventura (B170).
There was a drastic change in weather from 5/14/03 (45 degrees with a
strong, cold wind) and 5/21/03 (80 to 85 degress and lots of flying
critters, and I’m not referring to birds!). The wild flowers are
still beautiful. The Lupin are getting strong competition from
Farewell-to-Spring, Sticky Leaf Monkey Flowers and Chinese Houses for
dominance, with Wooley Blue Curls, Golden Yarrow and Mariposa Lilys
close behind. Speaking of which, I attended a very enjoyable
Wildflower Walk along the Hi Mountain road with Charlie Blair and
Helen Tarbet’s Native Plant Society group on Saturday, May 17.
Come up for a visit…bring your sun-screen, bug repellant and
binoculars for a great 360 degree view of our beautiful county. On a
clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sierra
Nevada Mountains to the East…and all kinds of good stuff in
Bye for now,