|We made a stop at Kettle River campground for a few nights. The object of our visit was to find a Black-backed Woodpecker. A pair of Lewis's Woodpeckers first grabbed our attention.|
|A Black-backed Woodpecker is not rare but after 25 years of birding we had never seen one. There were reports of one at Kettle River. It took a few hours but we finally found it, making it number 400 on our British Columbia list.|
One of the first stops on this trip was in Princeton, B.C.. We joined the BC Field Ornithologists here for a birding tour. One of the highlights was this Lazuli Bunting.
This tour also provided a very cooperative female Violet-green Swallow.
|We stopped at Writing-on-stone provincial park on our way back to B.C. This little park is tucked away on the Montana border but always popular with local residents and tourists alike.|
|Two of the reasons for the popularity are the hoodoos and petroglyphs. Formed by erosion, these interesting hoodoos can be explored by trails leading through them.|
|The Milk River winds its way through the valley. The campsite is nestled in the grove of large trees at the top of the picture.|
|A bust of Trump or some other ancient inhabitant??|
|Rock Wrens were common amongst the hoodoos.|
|I have a feeling this Western Cottontail had seen many hikers pass by him before us.|
|Black-billed Magpie at the campsite.|
|A Yellow Warbler gleans the willows.|
|It blends in with the yellow flowers of the willow.|
|Another stop on our trip was Foremost, Alberta. This was the closest campground to Pakowki Lake which is well known for its bird diversity.|
|There were many Eared Grebes courting on Pakowki.|
|American Avocets were filtering out food.|
|As were Black-necked Stilts.|
|White-faced Ibis almost seem like a sub-tropical bird but they appear to like Southern Alberta.|
|We found this Ferruginous Hawk as we drove around the south side of Pakowki. It was beside the road on the only tree in sight.|
|You can barely see a Richards Ground Squirrel (gopher) in the nest. When bison still roamed the west, Ferruginous Hawk nests contained bison bones and hair along with sticks and twigs.|
|Finally a White-breasted Nuthatch from Wasa Campground, close to Cranbrook.|
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