Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Hiking Picnic

What do you take on a hiking picnic?
Me?
Well......
hard boiled eggs w/salt and pepper
fresh radishes w/salt
dill pickles
black olives
fried chicken from the deli
cookies

Things we could easily eat with our fingers, pull out of a backpack.

We went with our friends, the Storms to see the Great Blue Heron's nesting. The Storms are some of the nicest, easy going people ever. Very laid back. They have two cute little boys, who were great troopers today, as we hiked a bit.
We were lucky enough to also see a Great Horned Owl nesting, some pelicans, a Great Egret, King birds, a Red Winged Black Bird and Starlings.
The drive out was short enough but we had to hike about a mile or so in to where the Blue Heron's nest. It is in high desert country...here are some pictures.

The hike begins.

Hurry up, you don't want to be left behind.

This is where the birds are nesting.



Trying for a family picture....it didn't work.



This one is better. The Storms. Looking at birds.



There it is....The Great Blue Heron.




Nests. The Great Horned Owl was really hard to see... and this picture is little... but if you look closely, you can see her head...the side of her head anyway.


Taking Flight.


More nests




When we came up close to the trees, they, of course got nervous and flew away.




an old barn with the door just hanging there.






We found egg shells under the trees, which means the babies have hatched, but we didn't see them, Just their parents.


Checking out red ants is much more interesting than looking at far of birds!


Another Blue Heron on the nest


Pelicans above the river.



We decided to head back to the trucks because there were some menacing clouds coming in....and some distant thunder.



On the walk back to the trucks, we found ourselves in a pasture with cattle.... and a Long Horn Bull, who was not happy to see us. It made Mitzi and I a bit nervous, but it all turned out fine.
It was a nice afternoon, a nice day with friends.
A nice little Hiking meal too!

6 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

This looks like it was a wonderful hiking experience, what a lovely family!

Jennifer said...

Wow, what an amazing hiking experience!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Cathy said...

Sounds like a lovely day and a yummy picnic. Great photos too.

Karen said...

I had to look up which river you were talking about because I couldn't find one on Google maps. Turns out it must be the Humboldt River and I found out an interesting facts about it: It's the largest river in the US that ultimately doesn't reach the ocean. Once I found it on the map, it must the the windy-est river ever! It twists and turns through Winn and appears to be rich in vegetation. I'd love to see the nests and birds. I used to love hiking thru the desert. You see so much that you couldn't possibly see from the road. Now I'm homesick. :)

Laurie said...

What an awesome day, and I LOVE your picnic! Right up my alley - all of it. Glad you had so much fun.

Netts Nook said...

Sounds like you had a great hike. The boys looked liked they enjoyed themselves. Great pictures.

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