Highway 5A Birding March 19, 2020

Northern Harrier 893 (8)

Isaac, Mary and I covered from the south end of Nicola Lake to Stump Lake this morning.  More than half of Nicola Lake is ice free so lots of waterfowl are staged there waiting for ice to thaw further north and at higher elevations.  Most ice free areas had ducks on it.

Canada Goose – 700

Trumpeter Swan – 34

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Tundra Swan – 27

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Gadwall – 4

Eurasian Wigeon – 3

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American Wigeon – 220

Mallard – 120

Northern Pintail – 200

Green-winged Teal – 80

Canvasback – 12

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Redhead – 2

Ring-necked Duck – 25

Greater Scaup – 4

Lesser Scaup – 125

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Bufflehead – 26

Common Goldeneye – 40

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Barrow’s Goldeneye – 18

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Hooded Merganser – 9

Common Merganser – 36

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American Coot – 13

Killdeer – 4

Northern Harrier – 1

Northern Harrier 893 (8)

Bald Eagle – 24

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Red-tailed Hawk – 1

Rough-legged Hawk – 1

Northern Flicker – 2

Peregrine Falcon – 1

Say’s Phoebe – 1

Northern Shrike – 1

Steller’s Jay – 6

Black-billed Magpie – 5

American Crow – 17

Common Raven – 6

Tree Swallow – 9

European Starling – 40

Mountain Bluebird – 10

Townsend’s Solitaire – 2

American Robin – 20

House Sparrow – 1

House Finch – 2

Snow Bunting  – 40

Dark-eyed Junco – 2

Song Sparrow – 2

Spotted Towhee – 1

Western Meadowlark – 3

Red-winged Blackbird – 53

 

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Very nice, Tom. We just had our first ever American Wigeon in Beijing! Caused quite a stir, despite the self-quarantining. Canvasback and Ring-necked Duck next? Hope you and your family are safe.. Terry

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    • Thanks Terry. Yes, all safe here but it does appear that I’ll be birding by myself in my own vehicle for the foreseeable future as a precaution. Congrats on the American Wigeon! Eurasian is becoming more common here. So much so that a large (500+) group of wigeon possibly/probably contains 1 Eurasian. Here’s wishing that every large group of Tufted has a Ring-necked and every large group of Pochard has a Canvasback by you 🙂
      Take care,
      Tom

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