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Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 26 8:34 pm
by birdergirl
Day 1 in Creston and we got 110 species! We birded Leach Lake, Wilson and Kootenay River Rds and Duck Lake and we got some good birds including Forster's Terns (incredibly close views of them diving for fish and perched right by us), Black Terns, Bobolink, Gray Catbirds, Over 40 American White Pelicans, Wild Turkey with 7 Chicks, Clay-coloured Sparrow (and Lark Sparrow before Creston), Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, Eastern and Western Kingbirds, Veery, many Northern Waterthrushes, Bullock's Orioles, Tundra Swan, Lazuli Bunting, more Least Flycatchers than I've ever seen, Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Say's Phoebe, Vaux's Swifts, Yellow Warblers, Bank Swallow, BWTE and CITE, All 3 Vireos, Ruddy and Canvasbacks and lots of other ducks, Wilson's Phalaropes, Virginia Rail and Sora , a nice Swainson's Hawk and more!

Also, we had a Moose with 2 calves, black bear and elk. Was a beautiful day in a beautiful valley!

Tomorrow we bird the Wildlife Centre, Balancing Rock Trail and Reclamation Rd and hope for Yellow-Breasted Chat and other goodies maybe even a Rose-breasted Grosbeak ;).

Cheers,
Mel

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 26 9:32 pm
by VancouverBirder15
Congrats Mel! Sounds like an amazing day. Good luck with finding chats tomorrow.

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 27 11:28 am
by birdergirl
Thanks Cole it's just beautiful here and the birding great on top of adding Redstarts and Dusky and OSFL we got a Tennessee Warbler today which was the best bird of the day.

Cheers,
Mel

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 27 11:29 am
by LoganLalonde
Sweet job on the Tennesse, Melissa! That's a great bird for the area! :)

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 27 7:36 pm
by birdergirl
Thanks Logan we sure were thrilled!

Cheers,
Mel

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 29 7:54 am
by birdergirl

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 29 11:17 pm
by Vince
It sounds like a fun trip Mel, I sure look forward to heading there this summer - lots of good photos especially the Eastern Kingbird!

Vince Knight

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 30 1:12 am
by mrsherlock
Excellent photos Mel,
Looks as if you are having a great trip. I hope we are as luck on ours.
Cheers,
Matt

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 30 11:28 am
by birdergirl
Thanks so much guys! You will both love it there, have a great trip!

Cheers,
Mel

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 31 8:30 am
by Steely
Sounded like a great trip Mel! Enjoyed your report. The Eastern is a great little capture. We ran into a female Wild Turkey up on Anarchist Mtn. a couple of weeks back, crossing the highway.
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Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: May 31 5:39 pm
by birdergirl
Ian that is a great find for Anarchist!

Hope you had a great trip look forward to the photos!

Thanks again.

Cheers,
Mel

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: Jun 01 11:40 am
by Jigme
birder girl,

Brilliant trip and photos. Thanks for sharing.

Jigme

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: Jun 01 1:59 pm
by birdergirl
Thanks Jigme!

Cheers,
Mel

Re: Good birds in Creston!

Posted: Aug 18 9:42 am
by birdergirl
Max Gotz had a Swainson's Hawk on Reclamation Rd yesterday.

Cheers,
Mel