Sunday, March 14, 2010
March 13: Tranquille Creek
After driving up to Kamloops from Penticton on Friday (and finding some goodies like Iceland Gull in Kelowna and 5 Eurasian Wigeons near Armstrong), I joined Jared Hobbs and some TRU grad students on a rattlesnake hike up Tranquille Creek. It was a beautiful day for a hike and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves up there. Bird-wise there wasn't a heck of a lot, but here and there we found some good stuff. There were good numbers of thrushes showing signs of spring fever including several VARIED THRUSH, many piping TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRES, and of course good numbers of robins. Raptors were in good evidence as well including a couple RED-TAILED HAWKS, several GOLDEN and BALD EAGLES, a MERLIN (and probable nest), and best of all a new year bird... what a beauty!--- a flyby PRAIRIE FALCON!!! #190 for the year and the first Prairie I've seen since early 2008.