Prior to leaving the campground this morning a quick scan of an extremely choppy lake had a similar sized flock of Scoter, several Red-necked Grebe, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Merganser and the Common Loons seemed to be sheltering near the pontoons. A few California Gulls passed through and once again several Bonaparte Gulls were on the lake, one posed for a quick photograph.
After a fuel stop back at 100 Mile House we took highway 97 southwards until reaching Clinton and then the quieter and picturesque highway 99 towards tonight’s stop-over at Fraser Cove Campground, Lillooet.
|Great To See Ruddy Duck!|
A good number of Mountain Bluebirds were about and we had good views of a pair of these stunning looking birds mating next to a nesting box. Our first Pileated Woodpecker of this tour also burst onto the scene at one stage, its grating call echoing across the valley. A Ring-necked Pheasant was heard in the distance and also recorded were: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping and Savannah Sparrow, Red-tailed Hawk and American Kestrel.
|American Kestrel (On The Prowl)|
Just prior to reaching Pavilion, around 30 or so kilometres out of Lillooet, I noticed a black blob in a field to our left. This is nothing unusual, we spend a lot of our time looking at black blobs in fields but on this occasion and with Dee’s good instincts, we stopped to take a better look. Sure enough our first Black Bear of the tour enjoying a snack with not a care in the world. A great way to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary!
|A Moving Black Blob!!|
We made Lillooet at around 4pm in now pouring rain, a novelty for this particular tour and unlike our last stop here in 2010 the Wifi is actually working. A celebratory champagne dinner tonight but sadly not around the campfire, the weather has turned!