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By MDB8
#86011
I like to make at least one trip to the Okanagan per year. This year I delayed the trip, fearing some flooding in areas I like to search - like Road 22 with the one-way bridge. I didn't bother looking for some species but did peruse the thick foliage near Road 22. I always hear Yellow-breasted Chats there, but never see them. I did catch a few glimpses of Veerys and heard their calls. The foliage/cover was thicker than if I had gone there earlier, making sightings more difficult.

But on the way, I did manage to catch a modest look at a male American Three-toed Woodpecker. Previously I had only spotted females.

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I also wandered up Anarchist Mountain to look for the Williamson's Sapsucker. Lucked out on this search as, if I even find them, they are usually belly-to-tree-trunk. This male was some distance away and faced me for a few seconds. A stunningly coloured bird. The body is dark green if you can see it in sunlight.

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I also wanted to find a male Calliope Hummingbird. Alas, instead, I found several females and started to wonder if the males had already departed, their job being completed.


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Someone told me that there were some recent hatchlings of California Quail about and I did catch a brief glimpse of them scuttling about. Even when so young they are very quick movers when in the open.


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Later I visited a location where Lewis's Woodpecker are often nesting. Lucked out in finding a couple, including one which had some sunlight on him.


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At the same location I had noticed a pair of Mourning Doves sitting in a distant tree and ignored them, as they were too far away. However, while I was warding off a pesky female Hummer (flew within inches of my eyes and all around me), the Doves flew into a nearby tree. So atypical. Beautiful lighting in the shade. Seemed to have very large eyes.


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Lastly, at a random stop I found many nice birds. I was looking down from the road side onto a location with lots of foliage. Many Woodpeckers and Sapsuckers were flying about. I could hear Warblers and see swooping Flycatchers. One curious Warbler came close and I could not resist this shot (MacGillivray's)

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I did encounter a Boreal Chickadee at elevation (and a Varying Hare). I saw the pinkish sides of the Chickadee in a tree near me, but everytime I aimed my camera it flew to a new location. Finally I could not relocate it, but continued to hear its unique call. Also I did manage a brief encounter with a male Calliope Hummingbird, but when I started to move my camera to aim at him, he flew off and I couldl not relocate him. Ditto with Cassin's Finches. A few other birds on the Flickr page.

As an addendum, at this random location, I saw a male Yellow-breasted Chat (but obscured for a photo). As this was a random stop, I doubt that this location is known for Chats.
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By Steely
#86012
Some outstanding captures here Mike! The Williamsons are particularly sweet!
I'm heading up to Oliver for a permanent move in a couple of weeks and I am really looking forward to all the opportunities the area holds. I seem to have lost most of the season this year with the move prep etc.
You managed some great finds on your trip with these beauties!
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