Update # 2 – So much great birding!

It’s been an insane past few weeks, so it is time for me to update what has been going on…

The end of July…

After returning to Ontario I spent a few days unwinding from my several weeks away. I did a little banding at Ruthven, and even added a new bird for my year. After missing them in the spring, I was glad to finally add YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS.

I tried unsuccessfully for a few other local species, but I was able to add SANDERLING in Leamington at the beginning of August, after also missing them in the spring.

It was then time to hit the road for another shorter road trip to the Maritimes! It wasn’t just a birding trip, as I was heading there with my non-birding cousin. I just planned to add a few birding adventures along the way.

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Photos: Cape Spencer, New Brunswick & Wood Islands, PEI

My first new bird came in the form of calling NELSON’S SPARROWS in the marshes of Mary’s Point, New Brunswick. My cousin was wondering what was making the “hissing cat” noise from the cattails, so now she knows! They are funny sounding birds. This is also an important shorebird staging area in the Bay of Fundy, but while we were there were only a few Semipalmated Plovers on the beach.

A visit to Prince Edward Island National Park did not produce the Piping Plovers that I was hoping for, but there were good numbers of other common species of shorebirds nearby. The ferry from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS didn’t produce any new pelagic species, but a few Northern Gannets and a Black Guillemot was nice. We also saw several Harbour Porpoise, several seals, and a large whale sp.

Nova Scotia was very good on the birding front.  On August 8 we took a drive over to Cape Sable Island, where I was able to add WHIMBREL, RUDDY TURNSTONE and PIPING PLOVER (3 birds) for the year. These were my first Piping Plovers in Canada!

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Photo: Piping Plover!

A visit to Hawk Point was really good. There were a few thousand shorebirds feeding on the mudflats and sandbars and beaches during low tide. Unfortunately the lighting was not great, and there were a lot of heat waves distorting my viewing abilities. I was able to find 3 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, as well as my main target, 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. I had been scanning the birds for about an hour before they flew in, so I was glad I stuck around! There were several terns flying about and resting in the distance, but the conditions were not good enough for me to make any of them into a Roseate Tern, so that will likely be a missed species for me this year. Oh well, can’t get them all!

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Photo: American Oystercatcher (photo taken with BBerry through scope)

August 9, 2013

This was a good day for me. After spending the night in Digby, NS we boarded the ferry to Saint John, NB. It is about a 3 hour ride across the Bay of Fundy. The conditions were overcast, light rain and some dense fog at times. Thankfully it was still pretty warm, so I was able to spend the entire trip on the upper deck scanning for pelagic species.

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Photos: Leaving the dock in Digby, Nova Scotia & my view from the boat

Once getting away from shore the birding started to get good. At first Northern Gannets dominated, with a few gulls mixed in, then the shearwaters started. I ended up seeing 75+ GREATER SHEARWATER, including many at very close range, as well as 10+ SOOTY SHEARWATER, and a single MANX SHEARWATER. My other highlight was a single ATLANTIC PUFFIN! It was just awesome.

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Photos (top to bottom): Northern Gannet, Greater Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Atlantic Puffin

In my week trip to the east coast I was able to add 10 more species, putting me at 360 species  for the year.

August 12 – Port Rowan

A quick stop by the sewage lagoons produced a single Stilt Sandpiper feeding with a bunch of other common species. # 361!

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UPDATE # 1 – The rest of my epic drive out west

Bird highlights:

July 10 – After picking up my Jeep, I decided it was time to get out of the scorching Okanagan heat and retreat for the hills. I took an afternoon drive up to the Revelstoke area, and drove up part of the Mount Revelstoke National Park road. Part way up the mountain, in an area dominated by tall spruce I finally encountered a few TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS. I heard one and was able to get some great views of a second bird singing nearby (down low, and right beside the road!).

 

July 12 – The Okanagan

I tired once again (unsuccessfully) for Gray Flycatcher along a road at a known breeding location (thanks to a handy guide to birding in the Okanagan). I was there in the heat of the afternoon, so I was not at all surprised to get skunked. Birds in general are not vocalizing as much at this point in the breeding season, so this may be a species that I miss in 2013. I may give it another try on my way back to Ontario, as I am still missing a few other species that could be in this area.

On my was back down the road I was able to scrounge up a couple of MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES, which was a bird I thought I would have encountered way earlier in the year. Finally!

I have also noticed that this area of BC is infested with deer! I had another very close call with a buck along one of the highways. The silly thing pranced within 2-3 meters of my car as I was zipping down the road! I have seen several others foraging in the ditches. It is way too much stress for me, and my Jeep!

 

July 13 – Vancouver Island

As I type this update I am currently ferrying across from Vancouver to Vancouver Island where I plan to track down a few more birds before heading back to Vancouver for a week.

I decided to take a late morning ferry in beautiful sunny weather…on a weekend. Bad move! Ha. There are so many people that I can barely find a space along the deck to scan for birds. I will certainly be taking the earliest ferry that I can when I return to the mainland. During my brief stint on the top deck I did spy a few porpoise swimming by, and a random backlit hummingbird. I don’t know what type, but probably a Rufous? Rufous would be a lifer for me, so hopefully I can track one down soon…

Upon arriving in Victoria I decided to check out Clover Point, in the hopes that there would be a new gull species to add to my list. I was immediately able to find several CALIFORNIA GULLS as well as my main target, a nice HEERMAN’S GULL!

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Photo: Heerman’s Gull at Clover Point, Victoria, BC

The rest of my stay on the island was dedicated to visiting with friends.

After my quick trip to the island it was back to the mainland where the rest of my time in BC was spent visiting with family and friends. I started my journey back to Ontario in the last week of July. I didn’t add any new species on my way back through the Rockies, but I did see a GRIZZLY BEAR walking along the Trans-Canada Highway close to Banff. Super cool!

Once I crossed over into the prairies the weather took a turn for the worse and it was a fairly uneventful drive.

 

July 25 – Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan

A quick stop at this saline lake produced my first year bird in several days. A few BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS where feeding with the numerous American Avocets and Willets.

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Photo: Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan

I continued eastward and encountered more nasty and cold weather through my drive through Ontario. What a difference from the clear, hot and sunny weather of BC.

It was a very fun several weeks, and I was able to add several life birds as well as several new birds for me in Canada. I missed several species, but when I return for a pelagic trip in September I hope to be able to find a few of them!

 

 

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My trip to the Yukon!

Where to begin…

Upon arriving in Whitehorse, Yukon (after a beautiful flight over the mountains) I was greeted by my friend Lila, and ready to start the next leg of my birding adventure.

 Our first stop was to check the river that runs through Whitehorse. After stopping at a few vantage points we eventually came across a small group of ARCTIC TERNS foraging over the river. My first year bird in the Yukon!

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Photo: Arctic Tern in downtown Whitehorse

 The next day was spent organizing for our upcoming camping trip, but we did go up to the top of one of the many hills surrounding the city. At the very top there are no trees, just shrubbery and some sub-alpine plants and bare rock. As we made our way up a gravel trail we saw a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE in a small clump of spruce. A few minutes later we saw another, but this one was feeding a very spotted fledgling.  There were few other birds around, but we did see and hear a Golden-crowned Sparrow. I saw several of these birds earlier in the winter in Victoria, but they were very dull and not nearly as sharp looking as these breeding plumaged birds.

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Photos: Townsend Solitaire, and a view above Whitehorse

 The next day, after getting all packed up, we headed out on the highway towards Dawson City. After about a 6 hour drive we gassed up the truck and took a quick walk around this quirky little town. Then it was time to backtrack a few km to the start of the Dempster Highway. We followed this legendary gravel road (it goes up to Inuvik, Northwest Territories) to the Tombstone Territorial Park campground. I cannot begin to describe how stunning the scenery is in this park. I just hope some of my pictures do it a little justice.

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Photos: Me and Lila on our Dempster Highway journey

 We spent the rest of our day setting up our awesome little camp. There are about 30 campsites, with some basic facilities, and a top-notch visitor center. We would use this as our base, and would adventure out during the day exploring other parts of the highway. I kept a daily bird list, so for the purpose of this blog post I will list the new birds I saw each day.

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Photo: Our site in Tombstone Territorial Park

 The birding was pretty good, although you could tell that many species of birds were already feeding young. It would have been far easier to find many of the species a few weeks earlier. I missed several species that I thought I would easily find, but I was very happy to get a few of my most wanted ones. Of the 5 new species for the year that I added in the park, 2 were lifers!

To get to some of the tougher species we had to climb to the summit of the smaller hills alongside the highway. They look so close to the road, but it took us several hours to climb up and then back down. It was truly exhausting at times, but the views were worth every second of physical pain.

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Photos: Near surfbird mountain in Tombstone Territorial Park. One of the “small” hills we climbed. We tried really hard for Northern Wheatear in the the rocky areas, but no luck.

 The weather was generally fine. The first full day we had was clear and warm. Afternoons generally clouded over, and we had a few sprinkles of rain. The one unfortunate thing was the wind. While it is often breezy at the summit of the peaks, it was also unusually windy down by the road. The park staff told us it was not typical weather. The winds did keep the insects away, so there were only a few times that we got ravaged by mosquitos and blackflies.

I was a bit under the weather the first few days, which really took a toll on my ability to get sleep. On the third day I crashed, and by the afternoon I just needed to sleep. That afternoon we ventured a bit north of the park, and while I was snapping in the truck Lila went out for a quick walk. While doing so she saw a Grizzly Bear! Darn it, it would have been cool to see, but that is what happens when you take a nap…

Our mammal list for the park was Moose (4), Red Squirrel, Caribou (1), Marmot (heard them up on a slope), and a Pika (possibly the cutest mammal on earth). There was a Black Bear reported in the campground, but we didn’t see it. The most exciting sighting for us was a quick glimpse of a Wolverine that scampered across the road and into a ditch.

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Photos: A Moose and a Pika!

 The birds…

Day 1 – Tombstone Territorial Park

Dark-eyed Junco, Varied Thrush, Tennessee Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, Myrtle Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Golden Eagle, Herring Gull, Northern Waterthrush, Wilson’s Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Alder Flycatcher, White-crowned Sparrow, American Robin, Northern Shrike, Orange-crowned Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Solitary Sandpiper, Mew Gull, Common Redpoll

Day 2 – Tombstone Territorial Park – CANADA DAY!

New birds: Merlin, Common Raven, American Tree Sparrow, WILLOW PTARMIGAN, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, Savannah Sparrow, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup, Cliff Swallow, Common Loon, American Pipit, Horned Lark, Say’s Phoebe, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Harlequin Duck, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (finally! I missed this species during spring migration in Ontario), Gray Jay

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Photos: A family of Willow Ptarmigan (male, female, chick)

 Day 3 – Tombstone Territorial Park

New birds: White-winged Crossbill, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Yellow Warbler, SMITH’S LONGSPUR, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Horned Grebe, Lesser Scaup, Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, Wilson’s Snipe, Bald Eagle, American Dipper, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Townsend’s Solitaire, WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN

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Photos: Smith’s Longspurs! Male, female, and 2 different aged fledglings

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Photos: White-tailed Ptarmigan. We had to climb to the very top of Goldensides Mountain for this one! Worth every painful second!

 Day 4 – Tombstone Territorial Park

New birds: Spotted Sandpiper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Pine Siskin, Blackpoll Warbler, American Kestrel, Boreal Chickadee

In summary, this corner of Canada is among the most incredible places I have ever been. What a wonderful place to celebrate Canada Day!

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Photos: Just a few of the many breathtaking views of Tombstone. It is worth the climb!

 

 

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June 27 – A major change in my travel plans…

So I have been in the Okanagan Valley for the past few days dealing with the aftermath of the deer carnage. It turns out there was a lot more damage to my vehicle than was originally thought.  Repairs will take a few weeks. So, I will be leaving the Okanagan for a week or so and then fly back to pick up my jeep. Thank goodness for insurance! They are covering me to fly up to Whitehorse and back, as that was where I was headed in the first place. The alternative was to fly back to Ontario (no way), or to have a rental vehicle for the duration of my repairs. Unfortunately there is a cap on the km usage, and it has to stay on paved roads, so that was not a viable option for me. Thankfully my friend in the Yukon has a vehicle that will be suitable for doing some birding along the Dempster Highway, so the Yukon birding adventure is still a go! I am totally gutted that I am having to fly domestically during my Big Year, but sometimes you just have to work with what is given to you.

Back to the birding. I wish I could say I have been out birding all waking hours over the past few days. That has not been the case. I have heard many of the locals talking about the weird weather. Almost the whole time I have been here it has been chilly, overcast, and often raining.

The other day I took advantage of a break in the weather, and checked out the nearby Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. I found a trailhead and made my way up some of the trails in the hopes of coming across some new species. This area is recovering from a big wildfire, so the landscape is a mix of open charred areas, as well as pine forest and shrubbery.

The first new bird I came across I heard first. Then it flew up into a pine nearby. ROCK WREN! Woo-hoo, what a fun little bird. A few moments later I heard and saw my first of several PYGMY NUTHATCHES! They are also fun birds to watch. Both of these birds are new for Canada for me. A short distance away I heard an unfamiliar flycatcher. After a little pateience and some luck it popped into view. PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER! Lifer! It turned out to be a great walk, and welcome change from the stresses from earlier in the week

June 27 – On a quest…

This morning it was raining…again. After confirming tomorrows travel plans, and shuffling gear from my rental to my jeep, I hopped in my rental and went back south to try for some more Okanagan specialties. I had one goal in mind for today…find a Sage Thrasher.

I went to White Lake where there is even a sign in honour of the species I was after. I drove down through prime habaitat, but no luck. I turned my vehicle around and slowly made my way back. Just as I was about to give up something flew through the sage brush…it was about the right size and colour. But it lost sight of it. I scanned the area and focused on a bird sitting atop one of the sage bushes. SAGE THRASHER! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! It was one of those lucky moments. After a few moments of enjoying the bird in my binoculars I took a few quick (and awful) pictures, and then it was gone. I never saw it again. I heard some vocalizations from the general area, but it would not make itself visible. My first lifer of the day.

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Photos: Sage Thrasher habitat (and sign) at White Lake, and a SAGE THRASHER!

 The rest of the afternoon was pretty quiet. Being restricted to the paved areas, I didn’t try too much exploring. While I was up on one of the mountain roads I did come across a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, which was also a lifer. I heard a few flycatchers off in the distance, but I wasn’t able to get a positive ID on them. When I am back in July, I hope they will still be calling, as there are several species that I am still missing for my year.

 On my way back north I stopped in again at Vaseaux Lake to watch the White-throated Swifts. I was only able to get good looks at one bird today. While I was there I noticed a large ungulate hanging out in the boulders. I think it was a Bighorn Sheep! I am not sure if I have ever seen one before, so that was cool.

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Photos: Bighorn Sheep ewe?

 I fly up to Whitehorse, Yukon tomorrow after a brief layover in Vancouver. There are a lot of new birds I could potentially add, so I hope the weather and the birds cooperate!

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Day 6 – Let’s start with the good news, shall we?

Well, it was another day of a lot of driving. But was it ever worth it!

I got an early start and continued to snake my way through the mountain passes of SE British Columbia. What a beautiful drive! At times I was up in rocky areas with sparse vegetation (mountain summits), and others I was in lush evergreen forests or mixed forests in the river valleys. My day ended in sage brushlands of the incredible Okanagan Valley.

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Photos: From the Rocky Mountains to the Okanagan Valley

 Ok, so about the birds. My first year bird came in the form of a MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER high up on a mountain pass. I heard it singing first, and knew right away what it was. With a little patience I was able to get some nice looks at it, and a few bad pictures.

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Photo: A blurry male MacGillivray’s Warbler

 Once I made it out into some of the more arid landscape (near Castlegar) I heard and then saw a nice CASSIN’S VIREO (lifer!). A little farther down the highway I was treated to a soaring GOLDEN EAGLE, that later landed up on some cliffs.

Another real treat came in the form of a flycatching LEWIS’S WOODPECKER near the town of Kettle Valley. It would end up being the first of 3 of these incredible woodpeckers that I would see today. They are stunning. This was only my second sighting of this species, the first being a very out of place bird in eastern Ontario back in the early 2000’s!

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Photos: Lewis’s Woodpecker!

As I approached the Okanagan Valley I really started to notice the change in both topography and vegetation. This arid region is dominated by sagebrush on the slopes and in the lowlands, and a lot of Ponderosa Pine. There are also a lot of bare rocky outcroppings, and some stark cliffs. It is a really neat region. Unfortunately development it destroying a lot of this unique habitat that is full of rare, threatened and endangered species.

As I approached the area I started to come across several new species. I heard and saw some nice WESTERN TANAGERS,  as well as 2 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS (Canadian Lifer), 4 SAY’S PHOEBES (Canadian Lifer), several CALIFORNIA QUAIL, 3 BULLOCK’S ORIOLES (Canadian Lifer), a few VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, 3 CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS (Canadian Lifer, and the smallest bird in North America!) and a stunning male WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER.

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 Photos: California Quail, Say’s Phoebe, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole, Calliope Hummingbird

In the early evening I headed to the cliffs alongside Vaseaux Lake, where I watched WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS circle overhead, while listening to a CANYON WREN singing somewhere up in the cliffs. Both of these were also new to Canada for me.

With darkness approaching I decided to try and listen for Common Poorwill west of Osoyoos. After finding some suitable looking sage slopes I stopped my jeep and started to listen. Immediately I heard one calling upslope. COMMON POORWILL! Another Canadian Lifer.

What an amazing day of birding. I hopped back into my jeep and started to make my way back to town. A short distance later I was pulled over to the side of the road with my emergency lights on. There was one less deer in the world.

After a few moments of shock and then a flurry of phone calls (thank goodness I had reception!) I sat and waited for the police. They were there fast and arrived along with an ambulance (just in case I was hurt). I was fine, just a little shaken. The ordeal was over pretty quickly. The officers said the deer was killed instantly, so I was happy to know it didn’t suffer. The same could not be said for my Jeep. The front left side got banged up pretty badly.

SO, it was quite a day/night. I will be getting some bodywork done before I continue on my way to the Yukon. Hopefully I will be back in action soon!

 

 

 

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Day 5 – From the grasslands to the mountains

After another sleep in (this time I just slept through my alarm) I packed myself up and continued west. I had one goal in mind, find a McCown’s Longspur.

I continued west through SW Saskatchewan and found my way on some gravel roads. Once I entered into the extreme SE corner of Alberta the birding became excellent. I would drive a few hundred meters, stop the car, have a listen, and continue on my way. I had the whole prairie to myself (well, I did encounter a few herds of cows). I really enjoyed watching and listening to several Sprague’s Pipits singing away, while many Chestnut-collared Longspurs chased one another. One of the nice things about the quiet gravel roads is that the birds like to hang out on them.

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Photos: The open, fenceless grasslands and a couple of Pronghorn Antelope

I encountered my first new year bird of the day in an area with some sage brush next to the road. I noticed a drab sparrow skulking about, which turned out to be a BREWER’S SPARROW! A lifer for me. A short distance down the road I noticed another slightly different looking sparrow-thing. Upon closer examination it turned out to be a MCCOWN’S LONGSPUR! Mission accomplished! I had 2 very obliging males hanging out on the road. This is the first time I have seen this species in breeding plumage.

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Photos: Brewer’s Sparrow and McCown’s Longspur

 

I eventually hit a paved road that headed north to Cypress Hills. This was the direction I was headed so I continued north until I reached the interprovincial park. I took a very brief drive around a few of the roads and added 2 new birds. I saw several MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS  (I have never seen a male before, so I was thrilled to see its brilliant plumage!) and a few WESTERN WOOD PEEWEES.

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Photo: Male Mountain Bluebird at Cypress Hills

 I had originally planned to visit Calgary for a few days, but with the current epic flooding that the area is experiencing, I decided to skip that and head to the SW and into southern BC. There are far more birds I could add to my list here rather than driving through northern Alberta.

On my way through Taber I noticed a large lake. I failed to find public access to it, but I did find a small pond with a pair of sleeping teal. I could tell that one was a Blue-winged, but the other one looked different. Upon closer examination it turned out to be a drake CINNAMON TEAL, another Canadian lifer! I saw my first of this species in Chile in the winter, I wonder if it was one of the same bird? Haha, most likely not, but you never know….

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Photo: Drake Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal

 I made my way across the Alberta/BC border, and into the Rocky Mountains. I stopped in Fernie, and while I was getting my bearings I heard a bird song that I didn’t recognize. Moments later I was staring at a LAZULI BUNTING! Another Canadian lifer. What a day!

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Photo: Male Lazuli Bunting in Fernie, BC

 I look forward to bird various parts of interior BC tomorrow. There are many birds that I could potentially add, so hopefully my good luck will continue!

 

 

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Day 4 – Off to Grasslands National Park

I stayed the night in rural southern Saskatchewan. I didn’t want to stay along the TransCanada highway. It is great for travel, but not for stopping and birding. With my plan yesterday of birding with no plan working so well, I decided to repeat it. I made my way through the countryside towards Grasslands National Park. I once again got a late start to my day, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

As I made my way through the countryside I was able to fin 2 new birds for the year. They were LARK BUNTINGS and CHETNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR (# 300 for my year!!!! Woo-hoo!). I would end up seeing several of both of these species throughout the day. They are both gorgeous birds.

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Photos: Lark Bunting and Chestnut-collared Longspur

 Other interesting birds en route to the park included several American Avocets, Wilson’s Phalaropes and once again a lot of waterfowl.

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Photo: Blue winged Teal, American Avocets, Wilson’s Phalaropes

 GRASSLANDS NATIONAL PARK – WEST BLOCK

After making my way to Val Marie I went to the visitor information for info on where to look for birds. The staff were incredibly helpful and after a few minutes I was on  my way. I decided I would do part of the driving Ecotour.

As I was leaving town I noticed a strange dove fly by. Something about it wasn’t quite right. I got my binoculars on it and realized it was a EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE. Lifer! These non-native birds are rapidly expanding, so it was only a matter of time!

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Photo: Eurasian Collared-Dove in Val Marie

 I made my way to the entrance to the Ecotour Scenic Drive. Once in the park I pulled over and started to listen. The very first bird I saw was a SPRAGUE’S PIPIT that flew right over me and landed about 10m away. Awesome! I ended up hearing 5-6 throughout the afternoon, and saw 1 singing away high up in the sky.

The second bird I had in the park was a BAIRD’S SPARROW singing not far from where I just saw the pipit. Unfortunately it wouldn’t show itself. I ended up hearing 5-6 of these birds as well, and eventually found one that I got in my scope. It sat there just singing away for my viewing pleasure. What a treat!

A short was down the road I stopped at the prairie dog colony and quickly got on to 2 BURROWING OWLS. Once again, great scope views of these wonderful birds. The prairie dogs were also quite entertaining. The one thing that I quickly realized was that there are a lot of mosquitos on the prairie. I couldn’t believe how quickly they found me. They had me running back to the car multiple times!

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 A few km down the road I had a flyby LONG-BILLED CURLEW. I saw 1 more of there cool looking birds at another prairie dog colony, which I got some record shots of with my camera. Their bills are insanely long.

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Photo: Long-billed Curlew with prairie dogs

 My next new bird flushed off the road and onto the fence by the camping area. A LARK SPARROW! On my way back through the park I had a Northern Mockingbird hanging out in the same area. I don’t think mockingbirds are very common here.

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Photos: Lark Sparrow and Northern Mockingbird (with a Common Nighthawk nearby)

 After spending a few hours of my afternoon in the park I started heading further west. Not too far south of Val Marie I had a GRAY PARTRIDGE fly across the road in front of me. Bonus bird! I missed them this winter in Ontario, so I was happy to add it to my list.

My last new bird of the day was a FERRUGINOUS HAWK sitting on a telephone pole. They are a nice looking raptor.

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Photo: Ferruginous Hawk

 What a day – 3 life birds and 6 new Canadian birds. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LARK BUNTING *

CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR

EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE **

SPARGUES PIPIT **

BAIRD’S SPARROW **

BURROWING OWL *

LONG-BILLED CURLEW *

LARK SPARROW

 

GRAY PARTRIDGE

FERRUGINOUS HAWK

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