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#91836
Thanks for the add, GmcD! Love seeing those Turkey Vultures close up. lol.

I threaded my way through the Wild Fires and made it up to Salmon Arm and Wells Gray Provincial Park to see if I can pick off a few more birds for us! I was successful in most and missed a couple -- saw but couldn't photograph the Vaux's Swift and the Evening Grosbeak. Oh well... I did capture these lovelies!

At Salmon Arm, I got the Western Grebe.
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GmcD had a nice shot of the Cliff Swallow collecting mud -- here it is enjoying the fruits of that labor!
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We saw several Waterfalls and many birds at Salmon Arm ... only one new one to add to the list, though. This Ruffed Grouse just as we were leaving the park! A small flock was crossing the road.
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On the way back from Wells Gray, we saw this Swainson's Hawk just south of Salmon Arm.
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If he had sat on the phone pole a couple more seconds, this shot would have been a lot better! haha
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After all that driving, my back needed a stretch (like this) ...
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And then a nap (like this) ... haha
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Enjoy!
James
#91840
Nice one, Bill. lol. Sometimes the birds aren't so graceful.
I managed to get a couple of more conspicuous absences off our list yesterday at Beaver Lake Road (Lake Country).
First, the Black-billed Magpie (or is it Black-eyed? haha).
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Here it is! The Canada Jay! :D
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Using my new lens (Sigma 150-600mm ... it's heavy! haha). Not used to the settings yet, but an improvement over my older ones ... Enjoy!
James
By zwest
#91845
Great photos G!

I think what you’ve labeled a Sanderling is actually a Semipalmated Sandpiper (Sanderlings are plumper and thicker-billed), and what you’re calling Semipalmated are Baird’s Sandpipers (note the very long wings). Your other IDs are bang-on.

I highly recommend using Merlin Photo ID for shorebirds (tablet or phone app) - it is usually correct when it comes to peeps as long as the picture quality is good.

Cheers
By GMcD
#91846
Thanks very much Zwest - shorebirds aren't my strong point, and given the mixed flocks coming in with a mix of juveniles, non-breeding plumage and eclipse into breeding plumage can make it tough.

I've edited my posts and photo labels so all is right with the world now - so we can add to the list the Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper (thanks for having those yellow legs), Baird's Sandpiper, and Semipalmated Sandpiper.
#91847
Nice work on the Sandpipers, GmcD!
We are moving along nicely with our list ... I'm able to add a couple of new ones ... I was up at Silver Star Mountain near Vernon yesterday and captured this Dusky Grouse and a Solitary Sandpiper!
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I'm also adding a better picture of the Canada Jay ... this one presented nicely for us.
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Enjoy!
James
#91850
Nice work, everyone! An interesting year of birds so far ... we are currently at 201. I see I've added a few duplicates to others' work ... haha. Sorry about that. I love seeing the variety and the bird-watching skills on display.
Here's the updated list: viewtopic.php?p=91848#p91848

Here's the list of birds still to be added :mrgreen: viewtopic.php?p=91849#p91849

I hope the rest of everyone's year goes well and "maybe" we can beat last year's total. I think we had 232 last year? So another 32 birds will put us over the top! I think our biggest year was 2019 with 273 birds.
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