Yes, it is hot. Really, really hot.
It is also time for a few locals to spread their wings.
Hot, dusty, and surrounded by roaring ATVs – not the best campout ever – certainly not at all like last year’s wonderful experience.
Apparently the birds were in agreement as we only saw a handful of species around the camp area, unlike last year’s delightful White-breasted Nuthatch.
We left early and spent a night at the Aster Inn in Cle Elum. Took a quick after-dinner jaunt to the Railroad Ponds and saw so many little friends!
The next morning we spent another hour or so doing a bit of drive-by birding. A van of out-of-town birders with a guide were kind enough to point out a subtle, darling Veery, singing beautifully.