|Western Tanager @ Brookside Campground|
Once we’d come off the main highway at Merritt we took the smaller and less busy highway 8 up towards Spences Bridge and it wasn’t long before normal service was resumed. Stopping off on several occasions to take in the stunning scenery our first Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, which I very nearly stepped on before it took flight, you can guess where my camera was! As we were enjoying a coffee a large hawk, very pale in colour dropped in to a nearby pine. I managed a few shots of the bird before it took flight and I’m hopeful it could be a Krider’s. A scarce pale Red-tailed Hawk variant, but further investigation is required.
Spence’s Bridge is where the Nicola River, which has followed us since leaving Merritt, meets the fast flowing Thompson River and is where we join highway 1 the Trans-Canada Highway through to Cache Creek. Here we had lunch overlooking the Canadian Pacific Railway which runs alongside the Thompson.
Over lunch we watch quite a number of Swallows, mostly Bank and Northern Rough-winged following the river downstream and my first ever Swifts in Canada, when at least 3 Black Swift flew through. A few Butterflies were also enjoying the gorgeous weather and Mourning Cloak, Clouded Sulphur and Comma were all recorded.
We eventually arrived at tonight’s stop-over at Brookside Campground, Cache Creek at around 4pm and while Dee was checking us in I managed several shots of American Kestrel, when one was perched nicely atop a power pylon. After setting up the electric and services, and quite handily parking next to the Wifi booster point, I went for a little exploration of the grounds.