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5/7/08 - Powerline Road

Posted Friday 9th May 2008 at 04:49 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 9th May 2008 at 21:10 by bkrownd
I gave a tour of Powerline Road this morning, but unfortunately it was very rainy the whole morning. We gave up in the early afternoon. Heard 1 'akepa hanging around the usual area, but never saw it. The rain kept things pretty quiet.

Unfortunately my transect was cut out of the Ka'u forest bird survey next week due to lack of people to do it. Perhaps the last week of May.

My machete wound from last weekend is finally looking like it's on the road to healing...
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5/4/08 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Tuesday 6th May 2008 at 00:20 by bkrownd
It was even more rainy on Sunday - a steady rain all day. I went out on a new (for me) abandonded timber plantation road on the North side of Stainback, in the tropical ash plantation area. This was a fairly short road. I confirmed that the cross roads existed, and cut through a lot of 'uluhe to what appeared to be (perhaps) the end. There weren't many birds in this area.

For the second half of the afternoon I explored along the edges of Army Road, at the Northwest corner of...
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5/3/08 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Monday 5th May 2008 at 22:27 by bkrownd
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On a short and rainy day I explored a new abandoned road up near Kulani prison, just above the Army Road quadrangle, which was the last road left to explore on the South side of Stainback. This road is in the timber plantation area, where they bulldozed a swath of native forest and planted alien trees. The alien trees are spreading into the native forest, but aren't growing too fast, resulting in a mix of poor quality native forest and plantation trees with a lot of 'uluhe (matted fern). This...
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5/1/08 - Powerline Road

Posted Friday 2nd May 2008 at 19:14 by bkrownd
I spend the second half of the day on Powerline Road. I had to weave my little car around all the big rocks in the construction site, but the route to the parking area is still open. The clouds never came up to the saddle, and I was able to stay out after sunset.

The japanese white-eyes are conspicuously absent, probably in response to the lack of 'ohi'a blossoms. They were one of the most abundant birds in my counts until their recent disappearance from the saddle. However,...
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Grrrr

Posted Wednesday 30th April 2008 at 19:56 by bkrownd
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Big article in the paper today featuring a bunch of people yowling about the national park's (alien) ungulate (pigs, sheep, goats, cattle) eradication programs. Apparently if all those "beautiful" pigs and sheep are eliminated all we'll be left with are "boring plants". ...some of the most endangered "boring plants" on Earth, which support some of the most endangered animals on Earth. This reminds me that I need to post more photos of sheep and pig damage on my web...
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