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July 9, 2019. Went out to see if I could add to our bird totals for the year. Decided to drive up Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country. Left relatively early and made it there around 0730. Although I didn't add any new birds, I started out with a bang ... just as the road starts going up past the industrial section of town I spied this Kestrel sitting on a wire ... he had a few Starling friends joining him.
Image Kestrel
Image European Starlings
About another kilometer up the road I stopped on the right -- first pullout by some very large trees. This was a productive location. At this point and just slightly further up the road, I saw these different specimens:
Image Bullocks Oriole (Male)
Image Bullocks Oriole (Female)
There were several different flocks -- Starlings, Brewer's Blackbirds, and Brown-headed Cowbirds.
Image
They were pretty busy with their young -- as in this photo, young were crying while the parents were hunting:
Image

As I drove up the road through the "meadows" area I saw these lovelies:
Image Vesper Sparrow
Image Mountain Bluebird
Image Western Meadowlark
Image Eastern Kingbird
Image Lazuli Bunting

I decided to drive up the road to a little higher elevation--between kilometer markers 8 and 9 is a cattleguard. I pulled over just past this area on the right. I had seen some sapsuckers/woodpeckers here last year and thought I would give it a try. I saw a Pileated Woodpecker low in the trees but couldn't get a picture. Pretty sure I saw a three-toed woodpecker but couldn't snap the shot of that one either. However, I did get this guy:
Image Red-naped Sapsucker

Saw a red-breasted nuthatch here as well as pine siskin. Song Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow hanging out in the area. I thought I saw a larger bird low to the ground -- finally got a clear shot:
Image Chipmunk "Bird"

Finally, I drove up about another 3 kilometers to the High Rim Trail trailhead ... the sign is on the left near a forestry road. In the past, I've seen ruby-crowned and golden-crowned Kinglets here. Also Pine Siskin. Today, I saw these four guys:
Image Western Tanager
Image Mountain Chickadee
Image Yellow-rumped Warbler
Image Swainson's Thrush (these guys are hard to capture ... really skittish!)

It was a pretty productive two and a half hours ... just over 25 bird species. Besides those listed above, i saw Turkey Vulture, Common Raven, Robin, Junco, and Western Bluebird. If you are in the area, it's always worth a drive up Beaver Lake Road.
James

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