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Robinson and Ainsley Canyons, LT Murray Wildlife Area, WA
June 2022

In desperate need of vitamin D during a prolonged wet and cold PNW spring, we headed over the mountains to one of our favorite spots - Robinson Canyon. The cold and wet affected Eastern Washington as well. Blooming wildflowers were pushed back and condensed into a wonderful blanket of color everywhere. The butterflies during this trip were also outstanding, with the wildflower meadows a flutter in the colors of fritillaries, swallowtails, blues, and even a monarch.

The Warbling and Cassin's Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Veery were still singing from the ponderosa and thick riparian. Western Wood-Pewees nested at the ends of bare branches over the creek. In the evening, the Common Nighthawks entertained us with their areal acrobatics and the Sooty Grouse could be heard displaying from the treetops. Young mule deer stuck close to their mom, and a trio of California ground squirrels were perhaps too venturous by the roadside.

Robinson Canyon was just what we needed this long spring/winter to recharge and reconnect.


Pictures (click on thumbnails to enlarge)

Bird List
California Quail
Sooty Grouse
Mourning Dove
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Anna's Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Turkey Vulture
Red-naped Sapsucker
Lewis's Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
Purple Finch
Cassin's Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Meadowlark
Bullock's Oriole
Brown-headed Cowbird
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Mule deer
California ground squirrel
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
Gopher snake
Flowers in bloom
American speedwell
American vetch
Arrowleaf balsamroot
Chelan penstemon
Common monkey-flower
Cow parsnip
Desert yellow fleabane
Douglas Brodiaea
Grand collomia
Harsh paintbrush
Heartleaf arnica
Lacy phacelia
Large-flower triteleia
Lemon tarweed
Lupine sp.
Northern mule-ears
Oregon sunshine
Praire smoke
Rocky Mountain iris
Roundleaf alumroot
Shaggy fleabane
Silverleaf phacelia
Sticky cinquefoil
Sticky purple geranium
Tall bluebells
Upland larkspur
Velvet lupine
Western blue flax
Western hawksbeard
Yellow desert fleabane
Yellow salsify
Anise swallowtail
fritillary sp.
Great arctic
Mourning cloak
Ochre ringlet
Pacific dotted blue
Pale tiger swallowtail
Sara's orangetip
Satyr anglewing
Square-spotted blue
Thicket hairstreak
Western sulfur
Western tailed blue


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