Bitterroot Outdoor Journal – Behind the Smoke Autumn Is Returning
Bob Danley, your host of KLYQ's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal, had marginal luck out in the smoke this last week. He noticed the hawk migration in "full flight," so to speak, with Turkey Vultures kettling in the upper thermals. The Yellow-rumped Warblers are flocking and you'll hear them before you see them in the woods. Though he wasn't looking for it, Bob saw a White-crowned sparrow at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (see photo above). Be ready to see what you aren't expecting in the wild.
Some butterflies overwinter as adults and one of those is the Green Comma (photo below) with a 2-inch wingspan. Dragonflies, however, are scarce, but you'll find them in the wetlands around the Bitterroot River, at irrigation ditches or area lakes. The Striped Meadowhawk (photo below) is always a welcome sight.
And if we finally get a good rain, the mushrooms will be popping up. One of those might be the hollow-stalked Larch Suillus (photo below) which, like its name, is found near Larch trees. The Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard Wednesdays at about 7:45 a.m. on 1240 AM KLYQ and klyq.com.