Image by Bob
Here are the results. Not bad, huh!
Moments later an adult Bald Eagle returned to the nest.
Arriving back at our lodge we spotted a female "Franklin's Grouse" (with 1 chick), the western subspecies of the Spruce Grouse, hiding in the trees behind the garden of the Tara Shanti. Here's to a split in the near future. Anything's possible. Right?
We had seen a "Franklin's Grouse" in Ontario earlier this year but it was a mounted bird used to impress a living male eastern Spruce Grouse. It worked very well.
The living female at the Tara Shanti became quite agitated and fanned its tail feathers as I approached it through the trees. The grouse even charged at me through the garden. That's one tough mom. I did not want to stress the bird so I refrained from following it as it retreated deeper into the woods with its chick.
Our day of birding was not over. After a barbeque on the deck, we observed 4 Common Nighthawk flying in the early evening sky. I almost missed a flock of 50 American White Pelican flying south over Kootenay Lake. They were most likely heading for Duck Lake for the night. With one lifer ticked earlier in the morning we would add a second for the day from the deck of the lodge. A Chestnut-backed Chickadee (#271) was seen in some nearby conifers.
With 2 lifers ticked on the 16th, a day of exploring Nelson on the west side of Kootenay Lake would be acceptable. Especially if a visit to the Oso Negro for coffee was on the itinerary. Make mine a double Americano.
All images by Jean unless stated otherwise.