A Trip To Kimberley, BC

  This week, my family and I took a trip down to Kimberley, BC. As we did this last year and saw a lot of interesting species, I was really excited to get down there. On the drive in, we stopped at a friends house in Radium. Spring was in full stride by the time we got there. I went out by myself, to see what I could see, and found some House Finches, a few Merlins and other birds including Red-winged Blackbirds.

IMG_8290

Merlin.

IMG_8162

A female House Finch.

Later in the drive, we caught a Coyote pouncing on a mouse or vole underneath the snow.
It was quite fun  to watch it leap and stick its forepaws and head under the snow,
only to come up empty-pawed.

IMG_8107

This Coyote didn’t stop trying, so we got as many attempts to catch him as we wanted.

Farther on, we found a Red-tailed Hawk and a Bald Eagle, the only non-falcon raptors so far.

IMG_8112

Bald Eagle.

When we got to Kimberley, it was too late to do any birding, but the next day we went to the nearby town of Marysville and took a trail that lead along a stream into the bigger river.

IMG_8266

The Moose ran away after a while.

On the drive to Marysville, we stopped a few times, once for this moose:The second time we stopped was because of a flash of red and black: American Robin.

IMG_8254

American Robin. There were 5 of them there.

As we identified it, a glint of blue caught our attention. After a while, it turned out to be a Mountain Bluebird – Year-first!

IMG_8251

Mountain Bluebird.

When we got back to the condo we were staying in, I stepped out onto the porch in hopes of seeing a Stellar’s Jay – these birds had been numerous the year before. Instead I heard a mixture of Dark-eyed Juncos, Black-capped Chickadees and American Robins. As a Hairy Woodpecker landed on a nearby trunk, a clear, melodic sound pierced my ears. Unsure of what it was, my dad, my brother and I walked down to the area I had heard it in. Suddenly, a small brown bird sped over our heads and landed in a tree, calling. The same song. Upon further inspection, it turned out to be a House Finch – more than one!

IMG_8205

Male House Finch.

As we started to walk again, a bolt of movement called for attention – a Stellar’s Jay with a nest! It wasn’t extremely cooperative, but we managed to get a few photos. This is a male – you can tell by the blue stripes on its forehead.

IMG_8236

Male Stellar’s Jay.

The next day, we started off for Elizabeth Lake, a birding hotspot in Cranbrook. The drive was not a long one, but proved to be a good habitat for Western Meadowlarks.

IMG_8347

Western Medowlark, standing like a soldier.

Find out about Elizabeth Lake in the next post of “A Trip To Kimberly, BC”!

4 thoughts on “A Trip To Kimberley, BC

  1. Jo Pillar

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog, Ethan. As your English teacher, I’m impressed not only with the content, but the improvement in your writing! 🙂
    The Mountain Bluebird is my favorite bird! It is just such a beautiful shade of blue.
    Shall we share this blog posting with the class? I’m sure the kids would enjoy it.
    Ms. Pillar

    Reply
  2. Josiah - Backyard BirdWatcher

    Wow! Sounds like fun! Great pictures! I especially like the coyote picture, along with the moose, and the male House Finch and the Bald Eagle, and the meadowlark, and the Steller’s Jay, and the Bluebird, well… you get the point. 🙂

    Reply
  3. ann chick

    Sounds like you had a good trip and saw lots of birds. Great pictures of the coyote and moose as well as the birds.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *