Salmon Arm Bay birding August 27, 2019

Isaac and I had planned a drive to this shorebird hot spot in the late summer and fall.  At the last minute Isaac was not able to come but he had arranged for us to meet up with Roger who lives in Salmon Arm and actively birds the area.  The drive is a little over an hour from Kamloops.  Salmon Arm Bay is considered one of the best birding sites in BC and this is particularly true when thousands of shorebirds stop there over the late summer and early fall months.  It is definitely the best shore birding area in the province that is not located along the coast.  Roger knows a way to get out on the mudflats that are exposed in the bay as the water level drops in late summer.  Previously I only only birded the nature trail east of the waterfront, the wharf/pier area, and a small area of mud located in front of a hotel right near the wharf/pier.  We walked through the mud in boots for the better part of 4 hours and the shore birding was great.  Thanks Roger for a great day in Salmon Arm!

I arrived early and so birded the wharf area on my own for 30 minutes or so before meeting Roger near the mudflats.  Always something to see at this great site.

Salmon Arm Bay (general), Columbia-Shuswap, British Columbia, CA
Aug 27, 2019 8:20 AM – 8:50 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    A rushed look around wharf area only
24 species
Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  7
Blue-winged Teal  4
Mallard  60
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Western Grebe  13
Killdeer  18
Killdeer hujh3
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Franklin’s Gull  1
Franklin's Gull hjjh3
Ring-billed Gull  56
Great Blue Heron  6
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk gghj3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Belted Kingfisher khk3.JPG
Merlin  1
American Crow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Bank Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  15
American Pipit  1
Savannah Sparrow  2
Common Yellowthroat  2


Here’s the list from the mudflat/river mouth areas.

Salmon Arm–mouth of Salmon River, Columbia-Shuswap, British Columbia, CA
Aug 27, 2019 9:22 AM – 1:22 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.219 kilometer(s)
51 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose  135
Wood Duck  13
Blue-winged Teal  8
Cinnamon Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  18
Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  23
Mallard  80
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  22
Redhead  2
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  4
Barrow’s Goldeneye  3
Hooded Merganser  10
Common Merganser  12
Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Western Grebe  40
American Coot  160
Killdeer  102
Stilt Sandpiper  8
Baird’s Sandpiper  12
Least Sandpiper  14
Pectoral Sandpiper  38
Pectoral Sandpiper hhgh3
Long-billed Dowitcher  2
Wilson’s Phalarope  2
Spotted Sandpiper  5
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Greater Yellowlegs ghj3
Lesser Yellowlegs  200    Rough estimate
Ring-billed Gull  125
California Gull  2
California Gull hhgj3
American White Pelican  41
Great Blue Heron  15
Osprey  4
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Merlin  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Bank Swallow  2
Cedar Waxwing  8
American Pipit  11
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  1
Savannah Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  8
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
We then had lunch and covered the wharf area again in the hot afternoon sun:
Salmon Arm Bay (general), Columbia-Shuswap, British Columbia, CA
Aug 27, 2019 1:53 PM – 3:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.609 kilometer(s)
34 species
Canada Goose  400
Wood Duck  10
Northern Shoveler  2
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  7
Mallard  70
Green-winged Teal  12
Common Merganser  24
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Western Grebe  80
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  15
American Coot  30
Killdeer  62
Baird’s Sandpiper  18
Least Sandpiper  1
Spotted Sandpiper  5
Solitary Sandpiper  6
Solitary Sandpiper hgjh3
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Greater Yellowlegs hghk3.JPG
Lesser Yellowlegs  45
Franklin’s Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  100
California Gull  3
Herring Gull  2
American White Pelican  7
Great Blue Heron  3
Osprey  2
American Crow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Barn Swallow  2
American Pipit  1
House Finch  2
Song Sparrow  1
Brewer’s Blackbird  7
Common Yellowthroat  1

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