Goose Lake Road Birding Oct. 22, 2017

A colleague and I set out for an afternoon of fishing today.  Upon reaching the lake we realized that the wind was up and that fishing on the choppy water would present problems.  After 30 minutes or so of struggling with the wind, we decided that a birding/wildlife drive would be more productive.  Birds of prey were clearly out in the wind and a Bald Eagle came in close looking for Coots that usually hang out on one corner of the lake. To forget fishing was the right decision as we enjoyed a beautiful drive.  The highlight of the drive turned out to be a Long-tailed Weasel that ran across the road right in front of us near the Jocko Lake turn off – a new mammal for me.  I had camera-trapped one in the area before but had never seen one.

Kamloops–Goose Lake Road, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Oct 22, 2017 4:53 PM – 5:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
20.0 kilometer(s)
21 species
Canada Goose  40
Northern Shoveler  10
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  20
Mallard  60
Green-winged Teal  1
Bufflehead  5
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Rough-legged Hawk ggjj3
American Coot  16
Northern Flicker  1
Merlin  1
Black-billed Magpie  1
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Black-capped Chickadee bkjh3
Mountain Chickadee  4
Mountain Chickadee bjh3
Brown Creeper  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet gjg3
Mountain Bluebird  10
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Also saw this Muskrat swimming around Goose Lake getting ready for winter.
Muskrat jg3

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