High lakes, low temperature

We studied historic weather patterns and tried (our hardest!) to choose locations with warm, sunny, and dry conditions. Bend is in Oregon’s high desert plateau, and the weather in May was supposed to be just what we like: 65 degrees F (18 degrees C) is the average daytime high and there’s only 0.9” (.023 m) rainfall.

A few days after we arrived, the weather took a disappointing turn for the worse – just in time for a planned day trip with the local Audubon group to see birds. We’d looked forward to driving up to the high lakes outside Bend, but, now, overcast skies and temperatures in the low 50’s were predicted. We donned extra layers. It wasn’t enough.

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We visited a number of reservoirs and lakes that day.

Few people were out on the lakes, but at each stop we did see a few more species of birds.

Few people were out on the lakes, but at each stop we did see a few more species of birds.

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What do you look for at the Brown Mountain burn area, a burned forest? We didn’t expect much but were surprised to see black-backed woodpeckers and Townsend’s Solitaires. Both were birds we’d never seen before.

The view of the lake was beautiful, but, for us, the view of birds while walking back down the road was better.

The view of the lake was beautiful, but, for us, the view of birds while walking back down the road was better.

Pine bark

Pine bark

We stopped at Crane Prairie Resevoir (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_Prairie_Reservoir) under snowy Mt. Bachelor in time to see a pair of Sandhill Cranes.

We stopped at Crane Prairie Reservoir under snowy Mt. Bachelor in time to see a pair of Sandhill Cranes.

As we returned to the car for the drive back, the temperature on the car dashboard read 41 degrees F (5 degrees C). By now we were chilled to the bone. The day had brought unexpected and wonderful sightings of birds and the good company of fellow bird watchers, but, also, way too cold weather for us.

 

May 2015

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to High lakes, low temperature

  1. I’m with you. The older I get the less I like being cold. I could happily live at 25 degrees C all year round! You got some nice pictures though.

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