|Solitary Sandpiper @ Mirror Lake|
Also on view was a pair of Wood Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser. The surrounding Pine held White-breasted Nuthatch and perched on the overhead electric cables, my first Violet-green Swallows of this visit. Just prior to driving off a Killdeer landed directly opposite the RV and offered a nice photo opportunity.
Today we made a slight detour to our planned route and decided to head further south towards the US border. We headed down highway 31 which runs alongside the beautiful Kootenay Lake and at one stage stopped to take a look at an Osprey nest which was positioned atop a wooden pylon within the lake. Ordinarily I wouldn’t dream of disturbing any nesting birds but this was a designated stopping area and she was obviously used to the attention. After watching the female proudly sitting on her nest from the comfort of the RV and taking several photographs we left her in peace and continued on our way.
|Osprey on Kootenay Lake|
Taking highway 6 north we made a slow accent back into the mountains with some stunning views of Valhalla Park and Slocan Lake. Unfortunately the weather had now deteriorated and we encountered a number of snow flurries before eventually arriving at New Denver, having now completed a full circle. From here we continued on northwards until arriving once more at Nakusp and chose the Nakusp Hotsprings Campground for tonight’s stop over.