Date: 4/5/17 7:34 am From: <mvjohnski...> Subject: [cobirds] Fishing, Fotography and Fowl Hooked
Yesterdays storm sure hammered the San Luis Valley. Monte Vista had 14 inches of the white stuff but other parts of the San Luis Valley got less. When things finally opened up a bit, I did a quick afternoon trip to Smith Reservoir. Now on a day like yesterday, I always hedge my bet and leverage between fishing, birding and photography, whichever is opportune.
Fishing under gray skies and sideways-blowing snow did not work well, but I gave it a shot. No bites but it was good to fly fish again. Especially good to not hook my ear with each back cast! Near the shoreline, I noticed a scaup duck fowled up in fishing line and stuck to a willow. As I was about to wade in and cut it free, it broke free and swam away. It could have been worse and I always encourage birders and fisher persons to properly dispose of excess fishing line. We all need to make this happen because it can be deadly to our birds.
I could not help but notice a bit of a bird fallout along the south shore trees. Most notable were 6-7 Sagebrush Sparrows (Costilla County) desperately seeking open ground to feed on seeds. They were definitely out of their usual habitat. Western and Mountain Bluebirds were there as well. A few quick pictures and it was time to head home and warm up. BBBRRR.
Migration moves forward so catch it while you can!