Noisy noontime at Maclay Flats

It’s time to for me to get back into the swing of taking lunchtime walks.  So, today I visited Maclay Flats at lunch.  Noisy place.  Northern flickers were singing and drumming.  Pileated woodpeckers were singing and drumming.  Almost felt springlike… But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Despite a lack of snow on the ground and spring-like rain and daytime temps it is still the middle of winter.

I also saw a downy woodpecker busy hunting — less noisy than the flickers and pileated woodpeckers, but still a bit noisy.

Noisiest of all, however, was a magpie convention.  I know not what the issue under discussion was, but it was a most raucous debate. Perhaps they, too, are debating health care reform and are considering how the election of Scott Brown changes the landscape. Oh, yeah… Mapgies, no doubt, have other matters to keep them occupied.

And, it was time for me to return to my occupation…

When I set out the morning fog was still laying thick over Missoula Valley.  By the time I was headed back to work the fog was breaking up and the mountains that enclose the Missoula Valley were peeking through.


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