Bitterroot Outdoor Journal – Wrens and Lichen
The tiny Pacific Wren can be heard more often than seen, according to Bob Danley on this week's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal. Danley said the 5-inch-long bird is in dense undergrowth. He heard their "chimp" chirps along Bass Creek recently. In the composite photo above, the bird is near the bottom of the brushy left photo.
Bob saw some leaf-like lichen called Lungwort (see photo below), which is fairly common between the Bitterroot to Glacier Park. It's found on rocks and tree bark. The Chicken-of-the-Woods mushroom is also on tree trunks and changes color from orange to yellow to white as the seasons change (see photo below). This mushroom attacks trees and hollows them out. Individual growths are over 50 pounds. The Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard Wednesday mornings between &:30 and 8 a.m. during the Bitterroot Morning newscast on KLYQ 1240 AM, klyq.com and on that klyq app on your cell phone. And, check out Bob's website at imagewildlife.com.