|For any readers who aren't birders, one of the best times to bird is right around dawn. So we were out in the pre-dawn, at 6:00 AM, pre-breakfast and pre-coffee, for a bird walk. That's 2:00 AM Fairbanks time. Still, some cool stuff, including a Black Guan. After breakfast, a longer walk, steeply up and then steeply down a ridge from a tributary creek to the Savegre River. Some quite good birds, including Silvery-throated Jay and Black-faced Solitaire. The altitude and steepness of the trail made it a workout.
After lunch and a short siesta, we headed further down the Savegre River valley, birding a couple of different spots. Just the few hundred feet in elevation change resulted in dramatically different birds.
Before supper, we followed with a trip up valley where in darkness we got both the Bare-shanked Screech-Owl (a lifer for our guide) and a Dusky Nightjar.
Very nice weather until sunset, when we had some wind and light mist. The breeze and mist made waiting for the owl a bit cold. small price to pay.