|Bald Eagle (Photo By Dee)|
It was a lovely calm evening and we sat watching the many waterfowl on the flat calm lake. Good numbers of Red-necked Grebe looking stunning in full summer plumage and various numbers of Common Merganser, Barrow’s Goldeneye, both Surf and White-winged Scoter and my favourite all time water bird the Common Loon.
We made the decision to stay a couple of nights at Horse Lake and so today (Tuesday) we visited 100 Mile House Marsh, a local reserve we visited in 2010 and only around 20kms away. Just prior to setting off I recorded our first Western Grebe of this tour when a lone bird was seen on the lake among a large flock of Scoters while I was having breakfast.
The lagoon had varied numbers of Bufflehead, Canvasback, White-winged Scoter, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Common Merganser, Barrow’s Goldeneye and Lesser Scaup, there were also two Greater Scaup present.
Within the wooded areas on the southern end of the reserve a Garter Snake was basking in the afternoon sunshine and we also recorded of note: Wilson’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Brown-headed Cowbird. Swallows were also in good numbers, mainly Violet-green and Tree with a few Northern-rough winged in among them.
|Basking Garter Snake|
Finally before heading back to Horse Lake, a drive through the nearby Green Lake Provincial Park once more. Here, unlike yesterdays visit, we concentrated more on the woodland areas and came up with two new species for our Canadian List in the form of Tennessee Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow. Dee also managed a Blue Grouse, which I missed while driving and today Mule deer were numerous.