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12/12/08 - Halepohaku

Posted Friday 12th December 2008 at 21:45 by bkrownd
While we are waiting for the snow crews to clear the summit road I took a stroll around Halepohaku. Some of the stenogyne rugosa under the mamane trees are flowering, and some mamane trees have flowers. Small numbers of 'apapane are around, and a steady supply of 'amakihi calls. Few aliens such as white-eye and house finch, plus the usual group of Erckel's francolins begging behind the kitchen.
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12/11/08 - TNC Honomalino & Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Friday 12th December 2008 at 18:54 by bkrownd
We had an emergency watering day at the Nature Conservancy's Honomalino preserve, watering the thousands of reforestation plantings put in this year which are suffering from this year's unfortunately timed drought. My phyllostegia tree is a little bigger, and flowering like mad, but was very wilty and in need of water. We watered from 8AM to noon before thunderstorms (the irony!) chased us off the mountainside. Bird activity was less than in previous months. 'Apapane and 'amakihi numbers were...
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12/7/08 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Monday 8th December 2008 at 12:38 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 8th December 2008 at 12:42 by bkrownd
Dawn brought a ceiling of dark clouds over Hilo whose base looked much too high for good Saddle weather. I decided to try my luck on windward Mauna Loa, up on Stainback. After passing through most of the cloud layer and its sprinkles I stopped at the upper leg of Army Road, where I hoped to get a few bird counts in and look for interesting plants after the rain got going. Fortunately the clouds held their sprinkles back and I was able to spend the whole day in their wonderfully cool shade without...
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12/6/08 - Powerline Road

Posted Monday 8th December 2008 at 12:04 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 8th December 2008 at 12:53 by bkrownd
Got my first dawn start on Powerline Road in a long while. Kolea scattered from their sleeping spots in the lava field as I started out. We went to the big kipuka West of the road, and I explored a large area of the kipuka further up/West than I've ever been before, all the way to the scrubby top edge. The weather was clear until sunset. The fog briefly threatened to sweep upslope as the Sun sank down the opposite horizon, but just as it reached Powerline Road it retreated back downslope and...
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12/04/08 - Powerline Road!

Posted Friday 5th December 2008 at 06:06 by bkrownd
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Finally back on Powerline Road for the first time since late September! Yesterday I saw that Hawai'i made ebird's top-20-checklists-submitted-this-month list with an astonishing (for Hawai'i) 41 checklists, so now I'm inspired to do a LOT of counts this week and make sure that the native species are properly represented. The morning was clear, and I headed up to Powerline Road after a frustrating half hour navigating just one mile of Hilo's hellish rush hour traffic. I could have got out a couple...
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