The Bonaparte River runs through Cache Creek and above the deep valley of the river lies rolling grasslands which give way to surrounding hills covered in sagebrush and cactus. Above the rolling desert hills lies a beautiful mountainous terrain. During the gold rush of the mid 1800's, Cache Creek served as a halfway point for many hopeful prospectors en route to the Cariboo Gold Fields.
The pools had the usual Red-winged Blackbirds forever ducking into the reeds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and a huge burp alerted me to several frogs in the vicinity! Dee also encountered a Coyote when she decided to come looking for me, but he’d vanished by the time we joined up.
|Pair of Barrow's Goldeneye|
|Surf Scoter @ Green Lake|
We stopped of at a number of areas to scan this large expense of water which turned out to be a real gem for birds. Several large flocks of Scoter could be seen which incorporated Black, Surf and White-winged, a pair of Long-tailed Duck, numerous Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Merganser and Common Loon were all recorded. Also on view were Red-necked Grebe, Gadwall, Bonaparte’s Gull, plus Greater Yellowlegs and Killdeer.
We arrived at Horse Lake, a place we’ve stayed before and one of our favourite stopovers with an excellent days birding in the bag. We managed to secure a lovely spot overlooking the lake and shortly after setting up we ended the day with a trio of Otters swimming past our window!