Highway 5A birding April 22, 2018

Mary and I travelled south from Kamloops as far south as the Beaver Ranch Flats on Highway 5A last Sunday evening.  We stopped to see what there was to see for most of the way but counting everything along that route would require more time than we had.  The counts listed below are accurate for their locations but we blew past quite a bit more.  Highlights included a flock of 60 Yellow-headed Blackbird flying low and seen from quite a distance.  Looked like yellow tipped darts screaming along near the ground.  Pelicans are always a highlight as well.

Separation Lake, Knutsford, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Apr 21, 2018 5:12 PM – 5:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.178 kilometer(s)
22 species
Canada Goose  8
Northern Shoveler  12
Gadwall  35
American Wigeon  4
Mallard  2
Green-winged Teal  6
Canvasback  22
Redhead  10
Ring-necked Duck  8
Lesser Scaup  100
Bufflehead  40
Barrow’s Goldeneye  16
Ruddy Duck  65
Northern Harrier  2
American Coot  75
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Mountain Bluebird  30
Yellow-headed Blackbird  1
Western Meadowlark  1
Shumway Lake, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Apr 21, 2018 5:55 PM – 5:57 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.524 kilometer(s)
9 species
American Wigeon  2
Bufflehead  1
Common Merganser  2
Common Loon  8
Red-necked Grebe  2
American White Pelican  9
Great Blue Heron  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Trapp Lake, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Apr 21, 2018 6:05 PM – 6:06 PM
Protocol: Stationary
8 species
Canada Goose  8
Gadwall  3
Mallard  2
Lesser Scaup  12
Common Goldeneye  5
Ruddy Duck  5
Red-necked Grebe  4
American Coot  30
Richie Lake, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Apr 21, 2018 6:12 PM – 6:33 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.139 kilometer(s)
5 species
Ring-necked Duck  3
Lesser Scaup  35
Common Merganser  1
Pied-billed Grebe  2
American White Pelican  13
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Stump Lake, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Apr 21, 2018 6:34 PM – 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
17.932 kilometer(s)
16 species
Northern Shoveler  2
Common Goldeneye  2
Barrow’s Goldeneye  2
Hooded Merganser  3
Common Merganser  4
Common Loon  2
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  5
Greater Yellowlegs  4
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Merlin  1
Black-billed Magpie  2
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
European Starling  110
Yellow-headed Blackbird  60
Brewer’s Blackbird  15
Beaver Ranch Flats, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Apr 21, 2018 7:01 PM – 7:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
14 species
Cackling Goose  5    Seen well.
Canada Goose  10
Northern Shoveler  2
American Wigeon  10
Mallard  2
Canvasback  12
Lesser Scaup  6
Bufflehead  4
Ruddy Duck  5
Northern Harrier  4
American Coot  1000
Tree Swallow  200
Marsh Wren  1
Yellow-headed Blackbird  20

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