May 24, 2019, 10:25 am
What is it?
THOR MANSON says
May 25, 2019 at 10:08 am
Canyon Wren it is.
Northern Flickers can be annoying as they ” rap “on metal chimneys or the like, to attract mates, sometimes at early hours. Even worse is when they attempt to excavate a nest from the side of your house, if it is made of wood.
However the Canyon Wren nests in cliff like habitats like the one just featured in previous story. A publically accessible place to see them is what is sometimes called ” The Throne ” on park land just south of Burrowing Owl Winery off Black Sage Road north of Osoyoos, or, alternatively, once again on park land, just up the beginning of McIntyre Irrigation Creek Road north of Oliver
Unlike the Northern Flicker, their ” song ” is one of the most beautiful in nature; a series of beautiful cascading notes often amplified by nearby rock faces.
They are year long residents, although now is the best time to see and hear them.
Publisher: Thanks Thor – where ever u OR. Couple of questions – park land at the Throne?
Or McIntrye Irrigation Creek ( Vaseux Creek so named runs into the Okanagan River ) at Deer Park. That is based on BC provincial mapping even tho a lot of locals think it is McIntrye Creek as it is south of Pete’s Bluff.
May 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm
Okay Jack; so not living in the region any more, I am relying on memory, which is usually not a good idea.
The ” preserved land ” that local birders refer to as the ” Throne ” is part of the Haynes Lease Ecological Reserve. You can access it by driving up Meadowlark Lane off Black Sage, just south of the Burrowing Owl winery. There is parking space at the top of this dead end road, and you can access the reserve which runs to the south of the lane. It used to be a good spot as well, ( cliff top ), to observe the locally rare Prairie Falcon, but they appear to have been chased away by the more common Peregrine Falcon, which, the last I heard, still nest there, and can occasionally be seen. It used to be possible to climb to the top of the ” Throne ” area along a rough track from the parking area. I am pretty sure this is Osoyoos Indian Band Land, and, so, permission was/is required. I know the one time I did it, this is the process we followed.
What I am calling McIntyre Irrigation Creek Road I see is called Dutton Creek Road on Google Maps? It starts from the highway opposite Vaseux Lake Provincial Park. There are two cliff faces on the left shortly after you start to ascend this road. I will have to be reminded, but I think the Nature Conservancy or Trust is responsible for one or both. One is allowed to be accessed. The signs by the road will tell you. If you walk along the cliff face both Canyon and Rock Wren are often seen and heard, as well as the elusive introduced game bird called a Chukar. The views of Vaseux Lake are beautiful from up there.
Further up the road is a private ranch, and then the road is decommissioned, and impassable.
That’s my interpretation, subject to correction.
Publisher: Thanks Thor – subject of more research for me and I admit I don’t know everything. I think you are precise, correct and I have learned a bit. See article up top.
Roger Hall says
May 24, 2019 at 3:22 pm
A PEST………Northern Flicker ….Destructive and Noisy!
Publisher: According to Audrey it is a canyon wren. You guys are grumpy about birds
Ingrid Plattmann says
May 24, 2019 at 1:05 pm
It’s a brown creeper …. they hop up and down tree trunks to feed on bugs
Kyle Martin says
May 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm
Its a 5:30 am alarm clock
Publisher: Kyle the birds around me turn on the singing at 4am unless they are crickets. I have to close the windows to get back to sleep
Colleen Misner says
May 24, 2019 at 11:43 am
I am going to take a guess that it is a baby Northern Flicker.
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