Young Birder Trip to Merritt

Black Tern in Merritt, BC - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Well we had a fantastic trip to Merritt we ended up with 85 Species including seeing 10 Lewis's Woodpeckers and 14 Swainson's Hawks including a Kettle of 11 of them all at once with a Peregrine and Kestrels and a RTHA.
We also had 2 Williamson's Sapsuckers and got great views and 22 relatively close Black Terns and 2 Clay-coloured Sparrows and an accommodating Dusky Flycatcher and Pygmy Nuthatch. We also had Ruddy Ducks and Cinnamon Teals that swam really close to the kids which was incredible.

Mountain Bluebird at Douglas Lake - Quilchena, BC - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Here are some of the other birds we saw:

Turkey Vulture
Black Terns
Lewis's Woodpeckers
Western Kingbirds
Lazuli Bunting
Coot and chicks
Vesper sparrow
Ruddy Duck
Brewer's Blackbird
Cinnamon Teal
Lesser scaup
Pied billed Grebe with chicks
Bald Eagle
Ring-necked Duck
Common loon
Wilson's Phaloropes (male and female)
Northern Shovelers
Barn Swallow
Warbling vireo
Chipping Sparrow
Dusky Flycatcher
Western Meadowlark
Mountain Chickadee
Black-billed Magpie
Willow Flycatcher
Yellow Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper
House Wren
Ring-necked Ducks
Mac Warbler
Northern Flicker at nest
Hairy Woodpecker
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Tanager
Red-necked Grebe
American Kestrel
Clark's nutcracker
Swainson's Hawks
Peregrine Falcon
Clay-coloured sparrow
Pygmy nuthatch
Eastern Kingbird
Rough-winged swallow
Violet Green swallow
Great blue heron
Williamson's Sapsuckers (male and female)
Olive-sided flycatcher
Pileated woodpecker
Mountain bluebird
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove

Thanks again guys for a really great day!

Young Birders in Merritt - Photos: Melissa Hafting
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