Williamson’s Sapsucker Target Birding in Merritt May 12, 2020

Isaac knew of a place where Williamson’s Sapsucker is annual near Merritt so we headed down there super early this morning.  Before getting to the site, we also saw some Western Bluebirds, a new regional bird for me.  A female Williamson’s showed up within 10 minutes of being on site and it turned out to be the only one encountered in the area.  This is a prime nesting area.  We were privileged to see a Barrow’s Goldeneye nesting hole which was a first for both of us.  Unfortunately it didn’t poke its head out for a photo after flying directly in.  In the Aspen stands there, we found the nests of the following cavity nesters: White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren,  Barrow’s Goldeneye, and Northern Flicker.  Also in the area or later in the day we found the nests of a Robin and Mountain Bluebird.  All species are either calling on territory, busy with nests, or both.  An incredible early morning out.
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Merritt–Midday Valley Road, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
May 12, 2020
Protocol: Traveling
12.0 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments:    Not birded thoroughly.  Target birding.
57 species (+1 other taxa)
Mallard  15
Ring-necked Duck  2
Lesser Scaup  2
Bufflehead  1
Barrow’s Goldeneye  1Barrow's Goldeneye Nesthole 1
Ruffed Grouse  2
Mourning Dove  1
Calliope Hummingbird  1
Wilson’s Snipe  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Williamson’s Sapsucker  1Williamson's Sapsucker 4 (2)g
Red-naped Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  5
Western Wood-Pewee  6
Hammond’s Flycatcher  1
Dusky Flycatcher  17
Cassin’s Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  2
Steller’s Jay  2
Clark’s Nutcracker  7
Common Raven  6
Mountain Chickadee  8
Tree Swallow  19
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3White-breasted Nuthatch 89cd (2)g
Pygmy Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren  26
Western Bluebird  2wb8 mgwb12 fg
Mountain Bluebird  13Mountain Bluebird 7ndg
Townsend’s Solitaire  3
American Robin  10
House Finch  5House Finch 78gh3g
Cassin’s Finch  7
Pine Siskin  1
Chipping Sparrow  16
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  4
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Vesper Sparrow  10
Savannah Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  2
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  5
Western Meadowlark  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  5
MacGillivray’s Warbler  3
Yellow Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2Yellow-rumped Warbler Myrtle 2s
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  13
Wilson’s Warbler  2
Western Tanager  5

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