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3/13/09 - Keauhou Ranch & Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Sunday 15th March 2009 at 05:46 by bkrownd
Friday morning I helped with bird counts in Keauhou Ranch, as part of the Kulani-Keauhou bird survey. The wind is now out of the South, so the summit caldera plume was blowing across Volcano Village, and Keauhou Ranch was cloudy with sprinkles most of the morning. The windward side became the leeward side and vice versa. The recent transects are in the lower end of the ranch, and the variety of birds was fairly low. There was just one 'io Friday, and a yellow-fronted canary (my nemesis) appeared...
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3/8/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Monday 9th March 2009 at 03:13 by bkrownd
It has been raining continuously for who knows how long now. I didn't even bother leaving the house until about noon. I went up Stainback hoping to find a break in the clouds, but there was none. I stopped at Road R to look for new ferns. I was wandering up a muddy gully for a couple hours in increasing rain, and found a few interesting fern varieties. There was an i'iwi on Road R, which I don't see down that far too often.
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3/7/09 - TNC Kaiholena Preserve at Ninole, Ka'u

Posted Sunday 8th March 2009 at 07:17 by bkrownd
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"It's raining...it's pouring...this old man is cursing..."

It was day-long island-wide soaking rain here. We were supposed to have a volunteer work day at The Nature Conservancy's Kaiholena Preserve. Though heavily overcast, it was actually dry when I arrived in Na'alehu. They announced the scheduled work had been cancelled and we would only be able to do a short tour. The TNC staff gave a historical tour of the area on the way up (settlement, plantation and ranching...
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3/4/09 - Keauhou-Kulani Bird Survey and the Mauna Loa Strip

Posted Thursday 5th March 2009 at 07:56 by bkrownd
This morning I helped survey transect 311 in Keauhou Ranch, close to where we counted in the middle of the ranch last week. The weather was better, with light breezes and only an occasional misting. An 'average' 8 minute count was about 13 'apapane, 2 'amakihi, 3 white-eye, 3 'oma'o, 1 'elepaio, 2 northern cardinal, 1 red-billed leiothrix and less than one house finch. There was also a kolea and I thought I saw an 'io.

Along the transect I was trying to check out all the ferns....
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3/1/09 - Kipuka 'Ainahou, Pu'u O'o Trail

Posted Monday 2nd March 2009 at 18:55 by bkrownd
Another blowy, drizzly, cold morning and a disappointingly short outing. One of the coldest days I've ever experienced on the Saddle, and I never took off my jacket which is exceptional. It was dark and raining in Hilo so I skipped the rainforest and went up to the Saddle hoping to get above/beyond the clouds somewhere. It was merely spritzing when I reached the lava fields, so I stopped at Pu'u O'o Trail. Powerline Road was out of the question, and I was too lazy to go all the way to Ka'ohe...
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