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10/6/09 - Waiakea Timber Management Area

Posted Wednesday 7th October 2009 at 19:57 by bkrownd
Updated Wednesday 7th October 2009 at 20:18 by bkrownd
There was a new article in the local paper about logging permits in the "Waiakea Timber Management Area" which was created in the 1960's by plowing down huge tracts of native forest and planting alien tree species to create a timber industry. Very little harvesting has occurred over the years, but a couple of companies still have contracts for speculative "biomass", chip and veneer mills. The 'timber management area' is bounded at its lower end by vast tracts of weeds and development,...
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10/4/09 - Kipuka Ainahou, Pu'u O'o Trail

Posted Monday 5th October 2009 at 06:45 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 5th October 2009 at 06:54 by bkrownd
Sunday was wet wet wet. Wet! I slept in again, since the rain on the roof makes me sooooo sleeeepy in the morning. When I finally got started I headed up Saddle Road since I needed as many options as possible with this unsettled weather. I really didn't want to bake in the sun on the leeward side of Mauna Kea again, so I decided to stick to the windward side. I hoped that it would turn out like Saturday, which cleared up after noon. If so, I planned to wait for the rain to end with a short...
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10/3/09 - North of Saddle Road 19 Mile Area

Posted Sunday 4th October 2009 at 06:59 by bkrownd
Autumn monsoons have come early. It has been increasingly rainy since I returned from Maui. Today's forecast was particularly bad, but it was actually fairly nice. It wasn't raining when I left Hilo, and when I got up to the Saddle it was only blowing drizzle. I decided to attempt to explore more of the big forest North of the Saddle Road's 19 mile marker area. The morning only had light sprinkles, and by noon the weather turned partly cloudy and remained dry all afternoon.

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10/1-2/09 - Halepohaku, Mauna Kea

Posted Thursday 1st October 2009 at 19:50 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 2nd October 2009 at 18:29 by bkrownd
Still plenty of 'apapane at Halepohaku, with one or two singing out of sight inside each tree. Breezy today, which is keeping the birds from showing themselves as much as earlier in the week.

Lots of 'ohi'a bloom high on the Saddle. If the weather ever clears up I'll be trying to get out on Powerline Road ASAP.

Friday was blowing misty, and the birds loved it. A few more were visible flying from tree to tree. Still no red-billed leiothrix at HP this week, and...
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9/30/09 - Ka'ohe GMA, Mauka Kea

Posted Thursday 1st October 2009 at 06:36 by bkrownd
Updated Thursday 1st October 2009 at 06:45 by bkrownd
It was extremely wet on the windward side this morning, so even though I was running late I made the long haul to the far side of the Saddle to dessicated leeward side of Mauna Kea. It is autumn already, which means I need to start practicing for the palila survey in January/February. I got a good workout today, seeing pretty much everything I expect at Ka'ohe GMA in abundance - even silverbills and hwamei. (Japanese bush warbler were missing, though)

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