It took a little longer than usual (but not by much) to get going with 3 new people joining us with a new commute record by Florian traveling from Switzerland. Ok he was on holiday and traveling in the area and decided to join us. We broke up into 3 groups with Francis (group of 1) took on the huge project of staining the redwood round at HQ. The rest of us headed out to take care of a 30" Madrone that we ran into last month across the fire road portion of Shadowbrook Tail near Sky Meadow.
First couple of cuts
Cleared the smaller 18" branch
Dale P. took a smaller team to check out East Ridge between Shadowbrook and Lodge Road. They encountered 2 or 3 small trees and some brushing but more could be done. In fact I've never been on that section.
The rest of us continued working on the Madrone and after a few more cuts we stopped for lunch thinking that one or 2 more cuts to fully open the road.
This section took 6 people to move off the road. It was heavy.
Peter and MichelleThe saw started to leak fuel when we tried to start it after lunch and it was apparent that there was something wrong. This ended the day for this section.
Dale S. and I took apart the saw but couldn't find the leak and by the time we put it back together Dale P. and his group returned to Sky Meadow.
We put in 93 hours and I would like to thank Janie, Dale P., Dale S., Francis, Norm, David P., Joan, Peter, and Michelle. Also thanks to new members Shelly, David B., and Florian from Switzerland.
See you on the trails.
Birds of the Day
1 Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
3 Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
1 Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
4 Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis
2 Warbling Vireo (Western) Vireo gilvus [swainsoni Group]
3 Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
8 Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
4 Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea
1 Brown Creeper Certhia americana
2 Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
1 Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
2 American Robin Turdus migratorius
3 Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) Cardellina pusilla chryseola
2 Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
2 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group]