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1/30/09 - Japanese Bush Warblers

Posted Saturday 31st January 2009 at 04:00 by bkrownd
One bird note: Last Friday I heard Japanese bush warblers on the West slope of Mauna Kea for the first time. This morning I heard one here in Hilo for the first time, around the university. They are seasonal singers, so it is easy to overlook them part of the year, but in season their song is VERY distinct and loud.

I bought a Bushnell "Scout 1000" laser rangefinder for February's bird surveys, and have only started to test it. I was surprised that it was able to get...
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1/29/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Friday 30th January 2009 at 07:51 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 30th January 2009 at 08:06 by bkrownd
I had to endure the agony of cleaning my room last night for the landlord to make a house inspection today. Ugh. With a late start I was unable to do an ambitious outing, despite calm expedition-quality weather. I decided to do the easiest outing possible and check some of my favorite patches of rare native plants off of Road R on Stainback Highway, and try to explore a bit more beyond that. February will be consumed by bird surveys, so this may be my last visit to Road R for a while.
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1/25/09 - Kipuka 'Ainahou

Posted Monday 26th January 2009 at 10:03 by bkrownd
Sunday was very frustrating. I had intended to have a big day following new fencelines in the remotest corners of the 'Ola'a rainforest...but it wasn't meant to be. First I was extremely pooped out and overslept in the morning. Then 15 miles up the road I realized that I had forgot my rainjacket, compass and backpack in the garage, which put a serious damper on how far I could go! The final nail in the coffin of my plan was pouring rain as I neared Volcano Village. Obviously it was too rainy...
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1/24/09 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR and 'Ola'a Rainforest, HVNP

Posted Monday 26th January 2009 at 06:50 by bkrownd
On Saturday I went up into Pu'u Maka'ala NAR from Volcano Village, with the goal of exploring some of the 'Ola'a rainforest fencelines in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. It threatened to get rainy so I had to be conservative with my time, and didn't do many bird counts. Birds counts were low compared to last week. 'Apapane in particular were just 1/3-1/2 of last week's numbers. They really do move around the island a lot.

I went up the usual trail to Kulani, but before I got...
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1/23/09 - Ka'ohe GMA, West slope of Mauna Kea

Posted Saturday 24th January 2009 at 06:55 by bkrownd
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I made my weekly trip across the Saddle to practice counting palilas, canaries, house finches, etc for the palila survey about 10 days from now. The weather was useless everywhere else, anyhow. There were only three other trucks, so I pretty much had the place to myself. Well, me and the Navy, who were busy flying loops around the Saddle in their F-18's.

I did the big loop of R-1 R-13 R-14 again, with more success this time. I actually found palila all the way around - about...
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