Sun Peaks Resort Birding Jan. 26, 2020

My daughter had to be picked up from Sun Peaks Ski Resort (45 minute drive from Kamloops) around lunch time so Isaac and I left Kamloops early to get in some birding time in the morning.  Isaac had been there the day before and saw some Chestnut-backed Chickadees at a feeding station along a snowshoe trail.  I was keen to add this specie to my Thompson-Nicola region ebird list so it worked out perfect that I needed the be there the next day.  Chestnut-backed Chickadee, though common near the coast, are not easy to see in the Kamloops area.  With several showing up to a feeder the day before, the chances seemed high.  Sun Peaks is much more than a ski resort.  The area has seen tremendous growth in the last years and now boasts many year-round residents, shopping, schools, and even a small hospital.  In fact, after arriving in Kamloops and looking for a family doctor, we were offered one in Sun Peaks!  It also appears to be where wealthier folk want to build their dream home.  It was amazing to see the mansions up there on some of the side roads.

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Condos with some of the ski runs behind
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A bit of accumulation! 
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The bird feeding station along a snowshoe trail
Sun Peaks Resort, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Jan 26, 2020 8:10 AM – 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 kilometer(s)
9 species
Canada Jay  10
Canada Jay khgkh2
Steller’s Jay  6
Stellers Jay khggj3
Common Raven  5
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Black-capped Chickadee khghjgj33
Mountain Chickadee  15
Mountain Chickadee hjg22
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  6
Chestnut-backed Chickadee khgh3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch hj3
Brown Creeper  1
Brown Creeper jhkj3
Pine Grosbeak  1
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Some scenery on the way home

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