Skinner Butte Eaglets

June 11, 2010

On a chilly, overcast day, seven Obsidians met in Skinner Butte parking lot. As we paused at Lamb Cottage for a distant view of the bald eagles’ nest, we heard an adult eagle cry and watched a crow make many swooping passes into a Douglas fir east of the nest tree — a daring crow attacking the eagle? We walked up the north side of the butte and from three viewpoints saw the two 8-week-old eaglets preening, eating, and flapping their wings. As we reached the summit, one of the eagle parents flew to the nest. Near the other end of the avian homeowners’ size range, we saw two of this season’s bushtit nests before descending the steps beside the basalt climbing wall and returning to the parking lot.

Hikers were members Margaret and Richard Essenberg (leaders), Richard Hildreth, Barb Revere, Tom Revere and Charlie Van Deusen; and nonmember Caroline Forell.

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