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Goodrich trades for mountain goat hair to make saddle pads. Ordway is crossing the Camas Prairie to reach the Salmon River. Jean-Baptiste's and the old Chief's health continue to improve. The hunters find a safe crossing to Weippe prairie.

we Set out eairly the old chief and an other Indn went with us.    we rode on a plain about 2 hours then left the road and bore South thro an unlevel timbred country untill towards evening. Saw Several big horn animel or mountain Sheep and Saw 14 deer in this timbred country    Some Spots of Snow & falling timber.

John Ordway

Above the Snake River

Overlooking the Snake River canyon

Photo from Jan's Picasa Gallery.

The sick Cheif was much better this morning he can use his hands and arms
The Child is also better, he is is free of fever, the imposthume is not so large
I first met with this bird above the three forks of the Missouri and saw them on the hights of the rocky Mountains but never before had an opportunity of examining them closely.

Meriwether Lewis

Clark's nutcracker, Nucifraga columbiana

White bird with black on wings and tail. It has a large, black beak for cracking nuts

Photo by Dave Menke, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

the small corvus discribed at Fort Clatsop is a different speceis, tho' untill now I had taken it to be the same, this is much larger and has a loud squawling note something like the mewing of a cat.    the beak of this bird is 1½ inches long, is proportionably large, black and of the form which characterizes the genus.

William Clark

Gray jay, Perisoreus canadensis canadensis

Small bird with gray head and lighter shaded front

Photo ©2005 by unknown photographer. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

our hunters brought us a large hooting Owl which differs considerably from those of the Atlantic States which are also common here.    incircling the eyes and extending from them like rays from the center a tissue of open hairy long feathers are placed of a light grey colour, these conceal the ears which are very large and are placed close to the eyes behind and extending below them.       these feathers meet over the beak which they nearly conceal and form the face of the owl.    they eyes are remarkably large and prominant, the iris of a pale goald colour and iris circular and of a deep sea green.

Meriwether Lewis

Great gray owl, Strix nebulosa

Gray owl with fluffy feathers

Photo ©2005 by BS Thurner Hof. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.