Excellent birding in Salmon Arm & Okanagan

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 8 20:13:40 PDT 2002


    September 8th, myself, my little brother Connor, and two new arrivals to 
the Kelowna birding scene, Richard Mooney (from London, UK) and Yvan Larche 
(from Ottawa) as well as two Vernonites, Chris Siddle and Don Cecile 
ventured north towards Salmon Arm. What a great idea this was!

Salmon Arm Foreshore

Common Snipe 4
Long-billed Dowitcher 39
Lesser Yellowlegs 32 (but over 100 unidentified yellowlegs in distance)
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Western Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 1
Baird's Sandpiper 50
Pectoral Sandpiper 75
*SANDERLING 4 at foot of Narcisse Rd
Killdeer 300
Semipalmated Plover 6
*AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER i juv at foot of Narcisse Rd
Red-necked Phalarope 3
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Spotted Sandpiper 4
*TENNESSEE WARBLER 1 at foot of Narcisse Rd
Yellow-rumped Warbler 22
Common Yellowthroat 10
Yellow Warbler 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Western Tanager 1
Gray Catbird 1
American Pipit 500! foraging on mudflats
Lapland Longspur 3
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Clay-colored Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 5
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Osprey 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Turkey Vulture 17
Northern Harrier 3
Vaux's Swift 35
Barn Swallow 120
Violet-green Swallow 600
Bank Swallow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 1
Ring-billed Gull 200
*FRANKLIN'S GULL 4 at foot of Narcisse Rd
*SABINE'S GULL 1 seen from Christmas Island
Am. Crow 10
Am. Robin 2
Black-capped Chickadee 11
Western Grebe 150
*CLARK'S GREBE 1 seen from Christmas Island
Merlin 2
Herring Gull 2
California Gull 2
House Sparrow 2
House Finch 10
Common Raven 2
Common Loon 7
American Coot 600
Brewer's Blackbird 7
Rock Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Wood Duck 2
Common Merganser 5
Great Blue Heron 10
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Canada Goose 100
Mallard 100
American Wigeon 2
Hooded Merganser 4
American Goldfinch 10
Mourning Dove 2
Black Tern 2
Eared Grebe 1
Gadwall 10
Ruddy Duck 3
Blue-winged Teal 2
Wilson's Warbler 1
Pine Siskin 1
American Kestrel 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird 2
Ring-necked Pheasant 2
Mountain Chickadee 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Green-winged Teal 5
Lesser Scaup 1 male
Horned Grebe 5

A total of at least 87 species were tallied along the Salmon Arm foreshore! 
With birds like Clark's Grebe, Tennessee Warbler, Am. Golden Plover, 
Sanderling (16 shorebird species!), Franklin's and Sabine's gulls, Black 
Tern, etc, what a great day.

A brief visit to the Chichester Bird Sanctuary in Kelowna and we added some 
very nice migrants to the list. The place was alive with warblers, sparrows 
etc.

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Lazuli Bunting 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
Wilson's Warbler 2
MacGillivray's Warbler 4
Yellow Warbler 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 7
Savannah Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 10
Western Wood Pewee 4
Vaux's Swift 1
Common Nighthawk 1
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Pintail 1

Our last added species was a pair of Common Terns flying over Okanagan Lake 
off Maude Roxby.

What a thrilling day. Birders, get out to Salmon Arm!!

Chris Charlesworth
Kelowna, BC







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