I loved the tern shot StahlBro. As always: thanks to all of you for all the rest.
I had a weird wildlife experience this this last weekend. The bullet point summary was:
Decided to check out a new crag in Leavenworth.
* One closed road, several flag people stoppages on the way from Seattle and a side track to pick up shoes, got us up there 2hrs later than usual.
* Got lost on the way to the new crag.
* "screw it, we're at some crag, let's at least try a toprope". Set it up and start climbing, but:
* Wait there are all these giant brown wasps in ALL the cracks here, even dinky little incipient ones. A couple weeks ago I reacted rather strongly to yellow jacket stings, so, it is now 1:30P, we hadn't climbed a pitch yet, and we're retreating from this crag and don't know where we are.
But wait "churrrr*" and I see a cinnamon brown wren up on the cliff by a crack. I'm still not positive 'cause it didn't stick around for but a second and I never did hear its song but just the warning cry, but I think it was a Canyon Wren. OK: coloring made it Canyon and the "churrr*" suggested Rock, and I'm still not sure I would recognize a House Wren if it sat in front of me and said "I'm a 'House Wren'.
Nonetheless, that made the day for me. For bonus time, we actually went to some near-road crags. I top-roped some difficult for me climbs, and Mark lead a couple and it turned into a pretty good day.