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April’s “mixed bag” of spring weather, birds and critters

April’s “mixed bag” of spring weather, birds and critters

April’s “mixed bag” of spring weather, birds and critters

April brought us very changeable weather.  Here in the Cariboo the snow disappeared very quickly.  We continued to have cool nights, but the days were warm.  Occasionally the overnight temperatures would drop, and morning would find us with a dusting of snow.  Some afternoons the temperature plummeted 7-8 •c within half an hour.  For the most part the Cariboo is extremely dry with very little precipitation other than the dustings of snow falling in April.  The skies have been bright blue with cool winds.

The Short-tailed Weasel is beginning to moult and return to his summer brown coat.  It starts this process from the forehead across the back to the belly.  The Otters on Horse Lake seem to be busy checking out their territories and have been several blocks from the lake.  The bear has returned to the neighbourhood, knocking down bird and squirrel feeders.  Now all the feeders are inside overnight.  The birds seem to have adjusted to just having a scattering of seeds on the ground that they can eat in the morning.  The squirrels on the other hand are still complaining and checking out the locations of their feeders. The deer come less frequently to the yard seeking new growth in the hay fields. Many of the older females are showing round abdomens-new fawns this spring.  A young Moose calf was sighted with its mother at the east end of the lake.

The migrating birds are appearing, some for just a few hours and others for a week or more.  Then like the Robins and Varied Thrushes that were here in groups of 15-20 they vanish from one day to the next.  The White Crown Sparrows are here in large flocks, 50-60 birds hop scratching on the ground for seeds and insects and happily getting along with the Thrushes and Juncos.  Their numbers are also dwindling but slowly.   A pair of Sandhill Cranes have decided to stay in the neighbourhood.  The juvenile that was with them earlier seems to have gone off on its own.  Yellow-rumped Warblers are here occasionally, and the colourful male Cassin’s Finch had put in several appearances. A breeding male White Pelican rests on Sepa Lake.  Upwards of 50 Pelicans have been observed at Green Lake.

Check out the 100 Mile Marsh.  One day there is hardly any open space on the pond, it is filled with so many different waterfowl and the next time you look it is almost empty except for the nesting Canada Geese and Red-wing and Yellow-headed Blackbirds.  The Bald Eagle is gathering nesting material from the marsh on Horse Lake

April’s “mixed bag” of spring weather, birds and critters.

April’s “mixed bag” of spring weather, birds and critters.

The 100 Mile House Marsh is considered a birding “hotspot” by e-bird.  Check out their  bird counts.

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L351633

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