Regina Beach to Kinookimaw Field Trip, October 15, 2016

Saturday October 15th began at 3 degrees and cloudy, but by the afternoon, it was a bright sunny day, and 14 degrees. It was a perfect day for the field trip – there was little wind.  

Our intrepid leader was Stephane Canévet and he and Hiro Aoki set up their scopes for eight participants to get good views of many bird species near and on the lake.

We moved to 5 different locations: Regina Beach itself, Kinookimaw trail, and Little Arm bay; after lunch at the Ugly Mug Café, we went out Buena Vista, and onto Sandy Beach at Buena Vista.

PHOTOS are below


– On Hwy 54, there were 8 Swainson Hawks and 1 Snowy Owl

– species more common to the area during migration, and some common as summer or year round residents.

– two less common species: one Pacific Loon, and twelve Black Scoters.


1 Ross’s Goose
1 Blue Jay
15 Black-capped Chickadees
5 American Crows
1 Common Raven
2 Common Loons
1 female Mallard Duck
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Bonaparte Gulls
2 Franklin Gulls
5 Ring-billed Gulls
4 Herring Gulls
3 California Gulls
1 Double-crested Cormorant
10 Pied-billed Grebes
300 Western Grebes (apparently they left the next day)
waves of Sandhill Cranes, estimated number 400
200 Canada Geese
1 Tern
1 Glaucous Gull
19 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 Golden Eagle
91 Tundra Swans
10 Common Goldeneyes
1 Sharp Shinned Hawk
1 Palm Warbler
2 American Robins
800 Snow Geese
22 Ruddy Ducks
60 Eared Grebes
2 Red-necked Grebes
4 Harris’s Sparrows
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
2 immature Bald Eagles
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Surf Scoters
5 Buffleheads

Submitted by Ingrid Alesich / Stephane Canévet

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