[Tweeters] Postponed date for field trip to Yellow Aster Butte

Fanter Lane fanterlane at gmail.com
Wed Jul 16 22:19:11 PDT 2014

Hi tweeters,
Because of snow, Casey and I had to postpone our trip to the 22nd, and
there are still spaces available!

*Yellow Aster Butte, Mount Baker, Whatcom County*
*Tuesday 22 July 2014*
*Fanter Lane and Casey McHugh*

Hike: Yellow Aster Butte is a 4 mile uphill climb. The first two miles are
in forest and there are lots of biting black flies. Long pants and a light
long sleeve shirt, depending on weather, should be good. Then we will break
out above tree line and hike another two miles to the actual Butte. Flies
practically disappear once we're out of the trees. We will be hiking a
total of 8+ miles. This is a very intense hike, people should be aware of
what they're signing up for. There is also one steep section when we drop
down into a basin, this part of the trial is narrow, but good.

Target birds: White-tailed Ptarmigan, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch,
American-three Toed-woodpecker, Sooty Grouse and any other birds that might
be up above tree line.

Description: The main target of the trip is the White-tailed Ptarmigan, we
will drop down into a small basin where they live. We have a good chance of
Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, around the butte. Last year we found an American
Three-toed Woodpecker nest so we will see if there around. We will also
look for warblers along willow thickets. A rough estimate on the ending
time is 5:00pm, but can this time can easily change depending on what the
day brings. A Northwest Forest Pass, Interagency Pass or Senior pass is
required for vehicles parking at the trial head.

Meeting: We will meet in Deming, at the Nooksack Casino, and Carpool the
rest of the way. Time will be arranged when people sign up, however we will
shoot for an early start.

Sign up:
If you are interested in this trip, please email Fanter at
fanterlane at gmail.com

Good Birding,

Fanter Lane
Acme, WA
fanterlane at gmail.com
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