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4/16/09 - Powerline Road

Posted Friday 17th April 2009 at 23:11 by bkrownd
I took a regular visitor out on Powerline Road today. The weather was quite good until it began to drizzle about 1PM. It was rather quiet, like it had been on Sunday. Japanese white-eye numbers are still way down. 'Apapane were either present in lower numbers, or more quiet. Still a lot of juvenile i'iwi and 'apapane around.

We went to the kipuka where I found the rare cyanea shipmanii recently. I took a new path through the kipuka to look (not thoroughly) for more cyanea...
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4/13/09-4/15/09 - Kona Forest Bird Survey, Kapua

Posted Friday 17th April 2009 at 19:31 by bkrownd
Updated Saturday 18th April 2009 at 19:22 by bkrownd
Earlier this week we surveyed transect 71, which begins in the vast kipuka-dotted lava fields at at the upper corner of Manuka NAR and extends West across a private hunting parcel, through the Nature Conservancy's Kapua Preserve, and into the state's Honomalino Pig Farm...uh, Forest Reserve.

We stayed at the bunkhouses near the center of the Nature Conservancy's Honomalino preserve. (bunkhouses) I set up my hammock in a nice private spot in the reforested pastures above/behind...
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4/12/09 - Powerline Road & Pu'u O'o Trail

Posted Monday 13th April 2009 at 19:33 by bkrownd
I took visitors out on the Saddle on Sunday. It was very foggy at dawn, but the fog passed in the late morning and the weather was wonderful until rain came in the late afternoon.

It was extremely quiet on the Saddle today. Japanese white-eye are still scarce, but today 'apapane also seemed a bit scarce and most of the other birds were a bit quiet. I wasn't doing counts, though.

On pu'u o'o trail we found one of the 'akiapola'au families in the first meadowy...
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4/11/09 - Powerline Road

Posted Sunday 12th April 2009 at 00:58 by bkrownd
Rain continues to dominate here as moisture is sucked up over the islands from the South. Yesterday it was unusually rainy on the Saddle. It was raining steadily from a solid ceiling around 11000 feet, which is very unusual for Hawai'i. It was snowing at the summit faster than they could plow it, so we never reached work and turned around at Halepohaku and returned to Hilo. This morning I slept in a little, since it was looking gloomy in Hilo at dawn. However, it was partly cloudy when I arrived...
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4/9/09 - Powerline Road, Kipuka Ahiu

Posted Friday 10th April 2009 at 18:56 by bkrownd
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I returned to the area where I found the cyanea shipmanii on Sunday, to search the kipuka for more. The weather was fog and rain all day, but dry enough in the morning for bird counts on the way out and calm enough that I was out until sunset. There was a lot of traffic on Powerline Road in the morning. Two hunters went out just ahead of me at dawn, and stopped at the first pahoehoe to look at sheep in the grass. Oddly they didn't say anything to me as I was counting nearby in the first kipuka....
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