Well, the training in the VC didn’t happen yesterday, but the water issue was sort of resolved. Since no one could figure out how to turn on the water spigot at the RV site, a 125’ hose was purchased, and I’m currently connected to water at the end of the fire management building. Since it’s not drinkable anyway, I thought this would work for me. However, an ordinary green water hose was purchased and you RVers know what that means. The water reeks of a hose smell. Even after bathing, I don’t smell too good. Brings to mind that old saying, “Up your nose with a rubber hose!”
I did get my request for a picnic table for the site. Now I have a place to hook Emma’s tie out rope to, and a place to set out my Weber Q. Haven’t had a chance to put out the grill yet, but that and the tire covers for the rig are about the only things I have left to do.
I headed out this morning to familiarize myself with the Tule Lake Auto Tour. As per usual at this time of the year, the skies were heavy laden with smoke from various wild fires. It sure didn’t make for great photo opportunities.
I was also doing my first bird survey. Tule Lake and the surrounding wetlands had an abundance of waterfowl on them, but even using a spotting scope, many species were hard to make out. Everything just looked black.
These sunflower (?) plants near the end of the route sure did attract the monarchs. At an elevation of 4000’, this area is almost like a high desert location. Average rainfall, if not in a drought situation, is only 15”/year. These flowers are not abundant, and the insects take advantage of them when they’re found.
I stopped to take a look at this red-tailed hawk that was perched, and was surprised to find that little California quail in the picture when I got home. That’s a new species for me, and I’m guessing I probably saw about 50 of them today. Just like Gambel’s quails, they make me chuckle with their ‘muttering’ and blasting away when disturbed.
There were also lots of young pheasants along the route. Seems like it’s been a good breeding season for them. Somehow I never thought that pheasants would be so abundant in California. Folks come out to hunt them on the refuge.
Some of the confusion on the refuge this week is due to the fact that Hallie, the volunteer coordinator, has her last day here tomorrow. Her responsibilities will be taken over by Steve. Steve has different ideas about how things should be run with the VC and with volunteers and interns. That creates a bit of a flux in the flow of things.
When I returned to the VC this afternoon for my training, Hallie was on her way out, and I got to spend a bit of time with Steve. I think he will be good for RV volunteers. He has ordered a 75’ ‘white’ water hose for my use. It should be here next week. That kind of surprised me as I had decided I’d just buy one myself. He also told me that there is a DSLR camera with a 600mm lens that I can use any time I’m out doing my bird surveys. On top of that, I got to choose which days I’ll work, and he only requires two four hour stints in the VC per week. Now all those things made me one happy camper!
I came back to the rig, had a glass of wine, and dreamt about not smelling like a rubber hose…
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy