Lori, Conor and I took a walk along the Englishman River this morning, starting at Top Bridge. The birding was fairly dull and though I hoped for an Orange-crowned Warbler, I was unsuccessful in hearing or seeing one. In the forest there were Pacific Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet and American Robin but that was about it. However, it was a beautiful morning and Lori was very excited at seeing Trillium and Oregon Grape. On our way home we made a stop at Little Mountain where we got great views of a pair of Red Crossbill. Unfortunately the male didn't want to pose for the camera but his mate sure did.
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 .