Tranquille Birding May 23, 2022

Tranquille, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA

May 23, 2022 6:35 AM – 10:53 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 kilometer(s)

68 species

Canada Goose  47

Wood Duck  2

Blue-winged Teal  3

Cinnamon Teal  9

Northern Shoveler  13

Gadwall  12

American Wigeon  9

Mallard  38

Northern Pintail  6

Green-winged Teal  14

Ring-necked Duck  7

Surf Scoter  2

Barrow’s Goldeneye  2

Chukar  1

Western Grebe  3

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7

Eurasian Collared-Dove  2

Mourning Dove  1

Vaux’s Swift  2

Sora  2

Killdeer  1

Spotted Sandpiper  2

Common Loon  6

Great Blue Heron  1

Osprey  2

Northern Harrier  2

Bald Eagle  5

Swainson’s Hawk  1

Downy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  2

American Kestrel  1

Peregrine Falcon  1

Olive-sided Flycatcher  1

Western Wood-Pewee  3

Dusky Flycatcher  3

Western Kingbird  2

Warbling Vireo  14

Black-billed Magpie  3

American Crow  7

Common Raven  2

Black-capped Chickadee  2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5

Tree Swallow  1

Bank Swallow  2

Barn Swallow  3

Cliff Swallow  15

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1

European Starling  8

American Robin  4

House Finch  1

Pine Siskin  25

American Goldfinch  5

Chipping Sparrow  6

White-crowned Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  1

Spotted Towhee  2

Bullock’s Oriole  2

Red-winged Blackbird  7

Brown-headed Cowbird  3

Brewer’s Blackbird  5

Orange-crowned Warbler  7

Common Yellowthroat  4

Yellow Warbler  13

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  8

Townsend’s Warbler  1

Wilson’s Warbler  6

Western Tanager  2

Lazuli Bunting  8

female
River Otters

I had an interesting encounter at Tranquille yesterday. I was standing by the beaver pond and a muskrat was along the near shore oblivious to my presence. A bit further out in a channel, 4 River Otters were foraging and happened upon a Beaver coming towards them. I was wondering who would give way for who as they approached each other. The Beaver (by itself) easily sent the 4 River Otters running. The picture above shows 3 of them running into another water channel there after their brief encounter with the Beaver. It is not every day that one has a Muskrat, Beaver, and River Otters right in front of them at the same time at the same location.

The Beaver eventually swam right past me, crawled over its dam, and into the lodge.

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