Shuswap Christmas Bird Count report from Rick Howie
Yesterday (December 29), we conducted the Shuswap Christmas Bird count around the west end of Shuswap Lake. It had snowed hard the night before but travel on the secondary roads was pretty good. The 4×4 helped in places. While stopped counting a small cluster of birds, I was able to capture a few images of all of the species making up the group.
Varied Thrushes are fairly common in these wetter forests of the Shuswap but not usually so abundant in the winter. This year, they were conspicuously present in many areas resulting in our highest count ever during the 40 years I have been doing this survey.
The ever-present Northern Flicker is always a visual delight.
Briefly, a Pileated Woodpecker flew in and perched on a nearby power pole. A few clucks and it dove into the deeper forest in search of a meal.
American Robins have been very abundant this mild winter and there were 6 in the trees near me.
This article is from the current issue of Bird Studies Canada. An interesting point is that this was intended to replace what was called the “Christmas Side Hunt.” This was an event where teams went out to kill as many …Continue reading →
This report summarizes two years of data collected by citizen scientists on local pollinator insects. The final recommendations and conclusions are presented below. The full report is here: Pollinator Report Report written by: Megan Abbott. Edited by Dr. Lyn Baldwin, …Continue reading →
This book, by Marianne and Ron Ignace, is an encyclopedic documentation of 10,000 years of Secwepemc presence in the Interior of BC. An excellent review is posted on Jim Cooperman’s blog, Shuswap Passion. “Above all else, the Ignaces have put …Continue reading →
The Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) is a visitor to the Kamloops area and does not breed here. It can be seen as a migrant from its northern breeding grounds around mid-September. Some birds continue on southwards while others will spend …Continue reading →
This article appeared in the last issue of Sage Whispers. You can find the complete issue here. The article originally appeared in the Kamloops Daily News on June 14, 2011. YOU ASKED: I’m curious to know more about these pretty, …Continue reading →
Jim Cooperman, who presented a talk and slide show at our last club meeting, has a blog site called Shuswap Passion. A recent article presents his assessment of the 2018 Adams River salmon run. …Continue reading →
Buteos are the large hawks that we often see perched atop powerpoles, trees or on fences, especially in open country but some prefer the forests as well. The 3 common buteos that we see around Kamloops are the Red-tailed Hawk, …Continue reading →
This is a time of year when we start seeing large flocks of waxwings in the interior of BC. And they cause confusion for some people. So I hope this post will help sort out the potential for errors. We …Continue reading →
This story is featured in the latest club newsletter and was submitted by Glenn Dreger These Grizzly photos were taken on the Atnarko River on Sept 26th, 2018. I have made several drifts on the Atnarko River with Kynoch …Continue reading →
On November 10 this year, I was taking photographs at Tranquille and decided to examine the corral fencing for opportunities. My first photo depicts the fence lines. All well and good so then I examined one of the rails that …Continue reading →
I prepared this short report for the City of Kamloops in consideration of their cooperation in allowing us to access the landfill and sewage lagoons during our annual Christmas Bird Count. I thought I would share it with the club …Continue reading →
We have been having a bonus year for mushrooms and fungi in our area. I will add some photos from two recent trips that I have taken. The first will be from October 8 when I visited McConnell Lake in …Continue reading →
The wet fall has certainly been a boon to mushroom enthusiasts, especially in the Douglas Fir forests and above. I have even seen mushrooms sprouting in our driest grasslands. While I am not very experienced at identifying mushrooms and related …Continue reading →
Report submitted by Margaret Graham and photos by Adele Stapleton
On Saturday, five brave souls ignored the forecast for rain showers and headed out to Roderick Haig-Brown Park to view the salmon in the Adams River.We chose the September 22nd date to avoid the crowds of people who will be converging on the park during the Salute to the Sockeye Festival Sept. 28 to Oct. 21.Unfortunately, we didn’t see any fish in the park, although we enjoyed the stroll along the wooded path and read the signage about the salmon and the Secwepemc people.
During our trip to Osoyoos this year, Carol and I visited the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre that presents some of the culture of the Syilx people and natural history of the area. The centre includes a theatre featuring dancing, story-telling …Continue reading →