The Cherry Lake square
in the middle of nowhere, on the edge of the East Kootenay Trench
SpottiesGreg taught me how to find hillside Spotted Sandpiper nests - HE learned it from Gary last weekend in Nakusp.
I thought they only nested on the flats - but that's because previous nests I've found were in the Chilcotin - where it is flat. Our Mountain Spotties don't mind roadside banks at all!
We found a couple. Cool.
|Four Spotted Sandpiper eggs in this nest.|
|Seven Spotted Sandpiper eggs in this one.|
This is my "Year of the Grouse"First it was my encounter with a pair of Dusky Grouse trying to do their thing in the middle of the road (see Dusky Grouse animation blog post ).
Then, it was my lifer Spruce Grouse I spotted after ablutions (see 'Up the Skookumchuck' blog post ).
This time it was a couple of sets of mothers and chicks! Super cool! - but I only have pics of one of the species.
|Ruffed Grouse chick|
|Momma Ruffed Grouse between me and one chick.|
We spotted this family first, after we paused at the bottom of a ditch dug across the road a long time ago as part of the "decommissioning". Thankfully, these ditches were not as bad as the ones up Lamb Creek a couple of years ago. I don't ever have to go there again.
I spotted a chick first but mistakenly initially identified it as a vole or something. LOL. We had to wait about 10 minutes for all eleven chicks to cross the road.
The next family was just down the road! A Spruce Grouse momma and 3 chicks.
Mountain bovine families:
|Range cows checking us out.|
It was a good day of atlassing - nice to finish off a Priority 1 square.