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I also took a long drive, seeking new subjects.

Sometimes, you encounter something in an unexpected location. On several occasions in the past I have made trips or side trips seeking Cassin's Finches. At the Summerland Gardens, I did catch a glimpse of a female and other other occasions heard them high up in trees, but did not see them. Still another time, I was in southern Nevada driving north and I browsed eBird one night. I noticed a park SE of Reno at which were reported WH Woodpeckers and also Cassin's Finches. So I made a side trip and saw neither bird, but did hear the Cassin's.

On the occasion, a few days ago, I was at a very quiet location in the Okanagan when I noticed two birds foraging on the gravel road. I assumed that they were Sparrows. My attention was on a nearby Pygmy Nuthatch which was hiding from my camera successively. Finally I took a serious glance at the ground foragers. A pair of Cassin's Finches gathering nesting material....


Similarly a few days later, I drove another gravel road and unexpectantly came upon some ponds beside the road. In this case I noticed some Eared Grebes swimming about on the side of the road where I had to look sunward in early light. Moreover, shadows from nearby shrubs gave cover to the birds. I noticed that one of the Grebes seemed larger than the other. Then I became interested and pulled out the big camera. More serendipity.


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