This trip report covers Kelowna, BC, Canada for March 30, 2013
So I started out by picking up my Flickr friend Glenn and we headed over to the Rotary Marsh bird sanctuary. Instead of heading straight into the sanctuary we headed to the park right across the street from in. The previous day I had spotted some Green-Winged Teals in there and I was hoping Glenn could get a shot of them. They were there, but they were upstream and any shots would be facing directly into the sun, so we left them. Along the trail we also spotted Red-Winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows, House Finches and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
After getting a few shots at this park we went across to the Rotary Marsh. This sanctuary has a lot of variety of birds, especially in the spring and fall during migration. Highlights from the park today included two male Wood Ducks, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Song Sparrows and Red-Winged Blackbirds. The Wood Ducks were the real stars but they did not hang out close to any of the viewing piers which meant that I had some reasonable shots with my 600mm but Glenn had a harder time as he was shooting at 300mm.
Next we headed to Fascieux Creek Wetland, where I was hoping Glenn could get some shots of the Red-Winged Blackbirds here as they tend to come very close on the reeds next to the sidewalk and do they calls. We managed some nice RWBB shots and then toured the rest of the park, eventually coming across a large flock of Cedar Waxwings. After a while several Wood Ducks flew in so we found them and took a few pic’s of them.
Next I took Glenn to see the raptors near the airport. We found several Red-Tailed Hawks and one hawk which was not a Red-Tail which I am still working on IDing.
After dropping off Glenn I headed up to Beaver Lake Road to check on the Bluebirds. I was not disappointed and saw several pairs of Western Bluebirds and one pair of Mountain Bluebirds. I also saw Western Meadowlark and American Robins.
I ended up being a long day but we got to see and photograph some nice birds.
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