Birding: The Often Ignored Dark-Eyed Juncos

For Bird Lovers: Snow Angel and Waffle Feeding Tricks Detailed By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle It’s easy for the plain plumage dark-eyed junco to get lost among the more glamorously garbed gold finches of summer. But when winter comes around and the snows start to fall, these flashy little birds with their black to gray heads (black for the males, slate gray for the females), white undersides and reddish-brown backs can be seen in large numbers, flitting around in the brush and foraging for…

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Fishing Report: Steelhead Running at Barrier Dam

Blue Creek: Several Nice Steelhead Reported Caught on Cowlitz River By The Chronicle Fishing on the Cowlitz River, now that the cold temps have left us, is offering some of the best opportunities of the year with winter steelhead starting to show in decent numbers. “We are hearing of several nice catches lately, most coming from the Blue Creek area,” said Tracey Borsom of Fish Country, Inc. in Ethel. ”The boaters are pulling divers with eggs or coon striped shrimp and doing quite well. The…

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Subalpine Snowshoeing for the Semi-Couch Potato

Go: Free Hikes Up at Mount Rainier’s Paradise Start Dec. 18 By Becky Bartholomew For The Chronicle I’m new to the area and wondering how to survive the monsoon season. Or I’m old to the area and didn’t get my fill of snow two winters ago. So I Google “winter Mount Rainier Park.” Top among results is a link to VisitRainier’s web page, “10 Ways to Experience Mt. Rainier This Winter.” VisitRainier is a nonprofit that promotes tourism in Lewis and Pierce counties. A quick…

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Backyard Naturalist: Woman in Cinebar Notes Genteel Behavior of Murder of Crows

Editor’s Note: Outdoors Writer Russ Mohney died Aug. 31. The loss is staggering. His writing and insight into the outdoors of Southwest Washington was unmatched. We will be publishing his popular column each week in the coming months from his abundant body of work created throughout the past decade for The Chronicle. This column was originally published Nov. 28, 2003. Every now and again a letter crosses my desk that causes me to embark on several weeks of fascinating behavioral and historical research about a…

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Bird Word: Leggo My Eggo

Bird Feeding: Mohney’s Waffle and Peanut Butter Advice Followed By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle As the snow drifted down over Chehalis Sunday afternoon and the weatherman sent out a winter storm warning, I mentally wandered A golden-crowned sparrow perches in a rhododendron bush, awaiting his turn at the bird feeder. These sociable birds are often seen with other ground-feeding birds, such as the white-crowned sparrow and dark-eyed junco. (Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle) through my larder of supplies back at home in Cinebar.…

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