Tranquille Creek Birding Feb. 19, 2018

Frank Ritcey and I headed up the Tranquille Creek trail midday today.  Frank was seeking American Dipper footage and there was talk about Northern Pygmy Owls in the area as well.  In the end, we were treated to great views of both and enjoyed a gorgeous day in a beautiful area.  Many thanks to Frank for the invite!

 

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Tranquille Creek
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Mouse tracks along the trail
One of the highlights of the hike was Frank’s extensive knowledge of tracks.  We were able to identify the recent activity of several species of mouse, squirrel, Mule Deer, Coyote, Weasel, Bighorn Sheep, Snowshoe Hare, probable Bobcat, possible Mink etc… in the area.
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Frank recording Downy Woodpecker footage
American Dipper hghj3f
A Dipper working an open section of the creek
Northern Pygmy Owl kk2
Northern Pygmy Owl digi-scoped on an Iphone with a Swarovski ATX – 95 and an Iphone adapter
Pine Park on Tranquille Creek, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Feb 19, 2018 12:24 PM – 3:44 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
11 species
Chukar  6
Bald Eagle  2
Northern Pygmy-Owl  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  5
American Dipper  1
Bohemian Waxwing  5

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