Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Recent Highlights and Upcoming trip!

Hi all,

The birding has been great around the Okanagan lately although no new additions. So far my only new bird in the month of February has been a lone female RUDDY DUCK near Okanagan Landing (Vernon). Other highlights include the continuing Yellow-billed Loon, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Northern Hawk-Owl...

It feels like late March up around Kelowna as the ponds are all open and the first pintails are returning! I've also seen a couple YELLOW-BELLIED MARMOTS and a WOOD TICK!!! Spring must be upon us! Swallows soon!

This Friday I plan to drive down to Vancouver to take in some of the early Olympic festivities (not to mention a few landfill stops to check for Slaty-backed Gull!). ON Saturday it looks like I'll be hitting the Sunshine Coast to seek out my first LIFER of the year: ROCK SANDPIPER! Should be fun.

All the best,



  1. Hey Russ,

    This is Matt Pennell (i.e. Revelstoke Matt). Though I have long abandoned facebook, I recently found out about your birding adventures through more traditional means (such as talking to people). I see you are making your way to the coast soon. I would love to go out birding, etc if you are around. I could probably help you out if you needed a place to stay. Give me a shout (mwpennell@gmail.com)

  2. Sounds great, things are kind of up in the air at the moment but maybe later this week I will be in touch!