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12/28/08 - Kipuka 'Ainahou

Posted Monday 29th December 2008 at 08:28 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 29th December 2008 at 21:46 by bkrownd
The heavy rains returned this morning. I didn't want to go all the way to the leeward side of the island, so I decided to stop at pu'u o'o trail and try to search out the kipuka 'ainahou creeper(s?) for the first time in many months. The sprinkles came and went, and I was able to do a little counting. I soon heard the creeper in the exact same area I saw it (them?) in previous years. I got some terrible photos before it moved on. I kept an ear open for its infrequent creeper chuckle and relocated...
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12/27/08 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Monday 29th December 2008 at 06:29 by bkrownd
What a difference a day makes. Friday's big thunderstorms dropped over ten inches of rain. Saturday's forecast was for the same, but the wind shifted and the skies over windward Mauna Loa were unexpectedly clear. I spent the day on Army Road in Pu'u Maka'ala NAR, and walked the entire 'aku unit fenceline to check for storm damage to plants and the fence. The storm didn't seem to have hurt anything. A couple more of the older 'aku and some of the rare plantings died recently. Fragile creatures....
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12/26/08 - Hilo, HI

Posted Saturday 27th December 2008 at 01:59 by bkrownd
Strong thunderstorms have trapped me in Hilo. Lightning was parked over my neighborhood all night and much of the morning, and under fire I decided to abort my plan to head to the leeward side of the mountain. Tomorrow's forecast is pretty much the same, but hopefully I can make it out. Fortunately I don't have to pass through any of the flooded areas.
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12/25/08 - Ka'ohe GMA

Posted Friday 26th December 2008 at 13:59 by bkrownd
The usual holiday monsoons have arrived. I had to go to the leeward side of Mauna Kea to get out of the rain. At first the gusty wind blowing over the shoulder of the mountain made it seem like it wasn't going to work out, but the middle section of the road was fairly sheltered. There was a steady stream of 'amakihi. Several flocks of yellow-fronted canary. A few 'elepaio. Small numbers of Japanese white-eye, red billed leiothrix, skylark and house finch. One northern cardinal and a distant...
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12/24/08 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Thursday 25th December 2008 at 15:48 by bkrownd
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Unfortunately a very wet pattern is arriving to ruin my five day weekend. :( I went up to Na Lua Mahoe again, and may not be able to again until the storms pass. Weather was a bit wet in the beginning and end, but mostly dry(ish) in the middle. I investigated scattered carex alligata wetland and pocket bogs on the way up. At the top I tried to follow the whole Na Lua Mahoe unit fenceline, but when I got to the boundary with the Lava Flow unit I found the separating fenceline uncleared (i.e....
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