This morning (March 2) I went our birding in hopes of spotting some early bird migrants like the Say’s Pheobe, Western Meadowlark and Swallows. I was very disappointed as in past years I have had records of these species in February. I spent a good deal of time along the Okanagan River; where there were definitely insects available. Towards the end of the morning I moved up to the Wildlife Management Area adjacent to the Burrowing Owl Winery, here I hoped to find Western Meadowlarks; but again I stuck out. For me the lack of returning migrants and coupled with no Sagebrush Buttercups says that our winter has been hanging on longer than usual.
Just when I was about to give up and head home I came across 5 California Big Horn Sheep ewes, what a bonus! The Big Horn Sheep is Blue Listed in British Columbia and has a relatively small herd on the east side of the South Okanagan valley, where there are frequently seen in the springtime at Vaseux Lake. It would be difficult to say if any of these ewes were pregnant, Big Horn Sheep are lambing from April to June. To learn more about Big Horn Sheep join me on a tour: the Ecosystem Experience