Today Guy Monty kindly offered to drive me to Kelowna to pick up Conor and Emily. It was a long day (18 hours) and as we wanted to get the last ferry back to Vancouver Island we had no time to bird. However, we made one little detour to Old Vernon Road to see if there were any cool raptors around and there was: Rough-legged Hawk! The drive back was good fun and we subjected the kids to 4 hours of 'The Big Year' on audio!
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .