Bird count success

Bird count success
Josh Winquist - Jan 5, 2018

Despite poor visibility at times, the Dec. 17 bird count was a success.

A report by the North Okanagan Naturalists' Club states, 25,290 birds were counted by the 60 people participating; in total, 93 species were counted, the highest total since 2012.

The main highlights for the group include one Canyon Wren, observed by Rick Bonar near Cosens Bay gate at Kal Lake. And, one Northern Saw-Whet Owl, observed by Margaret Mackenzie's team.

The club also reported observing:

Northern Pintail (not seen at every count),
1,011 Common Mergansers (unusually high number for the count)
12 Wild Turkeys (seem to be increasing)
1 Pacific Loon on Okanagan Lake
3 Great Blue Herons
5 Golden Eagles,
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Glaucous Gull (rare gull for our count)
2 Northern Shrike,
7 White-throated Sparrows
1 Yellow-headed Blackbird
220 Common Redpolls (not seen at every count).

Past years:

2016 - 92 species and about 20,000 birds
2015 - 89 species and 20,171 birds
2014 - 90 species and 13,351 birds
2013 - 85 species and 17,456 birds
2012 - 98 species and 24,335 birds
2011 - 81 species and 16,709 birds

The North Okanagan Naturalists' Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month from Sept. to May.

Photo: Chris Siddle
Rough-legged Hawk