Bird Watching in the Williams Lake Watershed

Bird Watching in the Williams Lake watershed includes listening, too

Fulton Lavender
Birding Expert Fulton Lavender

At 4:20 AM the 3 bird watchers and our leader, expert birder Fulton Lavender, arrived at the path climbing up the massive granite batholith. It was a steep incline for a good ½ kilometer up and into the Jack Pine –Broom Crowberry barrens. One of our party wore a Fitbit that tracked our elevation changes, recording a climb of 14 staircases (42.67 meters or 140 feet) by 5 AM. We hiked, then sat or stood enraptured, listening to the symphony of Hermit Thrushes, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owls (a family of 4), Black & White Warblers, the Ovenbird and the White Throated Sparrow.

To see CBC article on the white-throated-sparrow, click here.
White-throated sparrows change their tune from 3 notes to 2

Birding on the Granite Waleback
Birding on the Granite Whaleback
Descent from the Summit
Descent from the Summit

Our White Throated Sparrows seemed to sing both the old song (Oh My Sweet Canada Canada Canada Canada ) and the new song (Oh My Sweet Cana-Cana-Cana-da). The mid-summer night urban wilderness trip was pure joy. We hiked, looked and listened for several hours with the height of song just before dawn.

-Leary, WLCC

Bird Watching in the Williams Lake Watershed