Fourteen Ramblers enjoyed a five km hike on Spion Kop. The weather was perfect. Kudos to Walk Around Lake Country hikers for lovely, well-signed trails! The views were lovely, the Saskatoon berries ripe for eating; we spotted lots of Purple Fleabane, Dogbane, Oceanspray, Ceanothus shrubs, and a few still beautiful Mariposa Lilies. An Osprey soared high above us and keen ears and eyes saw a White Breasted Nuthatch.
On Wednesday May 9, six people from Kelowna were going to hike but, when the torrential rains started just prior to leaving the Apple Bowl, we changed our minds. We contacted Emile and he went to the trailhead to meet anyone who had gone there. Not seeing anyone, Emile left for home. But, one person who was dressed for the weather decided to brave the trail. Good for you Susan!
The CONC team Wilson’s Warblers (Gwynneth Wilson, Pam Laing, Judy Latta, Elke Fischer, Don Wilson, and Rick Gee (missing from the photo)) won the Little Big Day challenge, part of the Meadowlark Festival with a total on 100 species seen within the City of Kelowna. More details are in the June newsletter.
Today the birders did a tour of hot spots in southeast Kelowna, Birds of interest included: Western Tanager Chipping Sparrow Western Wood Peewee Bullock’s Oriole Warbling Vireo Calliope Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird and what a number believed to be a female Black-chinned Hummingbird Ruffed Grouse (heard) Red Crossbills A couple of birders saw a Snow Goose A total of 48 species.
Good morning. This is a new feature of the CONC website, including information from birding, botany,hiking, cycling, and snowshoeing trips.