Pioneer Park Pacific Loon Chase Oct. 24, 2020

I had been alerted to a Pacific Loon (scarce bird in this area) several days ago and Isaac and I dipped on it early Friday before work. After hearing it was seen later Friday and a pair on Saturday morning, he, Tristan, and I headed to the area. We covered the area where it had been seen thoroughly before heading back in the direction of our vehicle. We decided to have one last look a bit downstream and risk our fingers freezing more. Then Isaac suddenly spotted both of them coming upstream. They were diving and swimming a long ways under water making tracking them a bit difficult. We followed them along the bank for 100 meters or so and then retreated to our warm vehicle. Air temp was around -5 but the wind along the river bank was making it feel much colder.

Pioneer Park on the South Thompson River trying to get through fall before winter comes…

Pioneer Park, Kamloops, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Oct 24, 2020 1:17 PM – 3:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  30

Trumpeter Swan  1

Tundra Swan  1

Gadwall  3

Mallard  35
Green-winged Teal  5
Bufflehead  1

Common Goldeneye  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Red-necked Grebe  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
California Gull  1
Herring Gull  7

Glaucous-winged Gull  2

Pacific Loon  2 

Common Loon  2
Northern Harrier  2

Bald Eagle  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  3
Black-billed Magpie  1
American Crow  8
Mountain Chickadee  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  1
American Robin  4
House Finch  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  25


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