Easter weekend ~ Spanish Banks & Lillooet

Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver from Spanish Banks
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird ~ Spanish Banks ~ April 4, 2015

When I started this blog is was my intention to stay somewhat up to date, so that my posts represented what was going on now.  However because I started late I’ve spent the last few weeks catching up on my bird list.  I’m still about 7 birds to go on my list but thought I’d change the theme for today and recap the Easter weekend.

It was so nice to have a 4 day weekend.  The first half of the weekend we stayed in town.  I’m glad we went to Spanish Banks, haven’t been there in a long time.  I’m still surprised at how quickly Mac helped me find the Mountain Bluebird that brought us to that destination.  It’s nice to have another set of eyes.

I saw this flock of birds pass by when we were on the pathway (picture below).  I have been zooming in on these pics to see if I can figure out what they were, my best guess would be Common Mergansers but am not sure about that.

Mystery flock
Unknown flock ~ Spanish Banks ~ April 4, 2015
Tree ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 5, 2015
Tree ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 5, 2015
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Mourning Cloak ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 5, 2015

On Sunday morning I hit the road, and took the 4 hour trip through the Fraser Canyon to Lillooet. It was a pretty nice day for a drive, the sky was bright and the roads were good.

One of the first places I went to walk was down by Cayoosh Creek.  This is one of my favorite paths to take on hot summer days (it can get 40+) because there’s lots of trees for shade.  There’s a lot of these trees (in picture above) and I just love the way the bark looks.  One day I’ll figure out what kind of trees they are, I was told once but it didn’t seem to stick.

Easter Tree
Easter Tree ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 5, 2015

It was nice to see some butterflies out as well. Saw a few of these Mourning Cloaks, Cabbage Whites and little butterflies that are blue/grey.

The most out of place thing I saw was this Easter Tree out in the middle of the path.  The Easter Bunny’s den must be near by ~ lol!

Seton Lake
Seton Lake ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 6, 2015

Monday morning I woke around 7 and thought about sleeping in but couldn’t fall back asleep. So I headed off to search for more birds. My first stop was at the top of Seton Lake. It may sound a bit strange but I always feel at peace here. Surrounded by mountains reflecting in the clear lake, being serenaded by various chirpers….I could hang out here for a long time.

Spawning Channel
Bird Blind (on left) @ the Spawning Channel

I went to a few more of my favorite places before making the journey back home. I went down to the spawning channel and admired the swallows’ aerial acrobatics. I tried, in vain, to capture a picture of them but they move too fast for me. Kept hoping one of them would need to rest on a nearby bush or tree, but no such luck this trip.
The spawning channel is very well maintained and home to butterflies, birds, beavers, deer and last year I saw a river otter hanging out. This spring they had a new bird blind that they made, where I hung out for a bit and watched some Mergansers. I was solo this morning as well, so although I didn’t have a second set of eyes, I could really take my time.

Sparrow (Song? Fox?) ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 6, 2015

It was a good weekend, but even long weekends can be too short. I got a bunch of birds to add to my list, had a few good captures and generally got to unwind a bit and clear my mind. Looking forward to coming back in a few weeks to see what else I can find.

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