[Tweeters] Updated Bird and Mammal Photos from Northern BC/Yukon Trip (Stewart-Cassiar Highway)-Off Topic

Khanh Tran fsprucegrouse at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 10 21:11:11 PDT 2014

Hi Tweeters:
Here is a link to my recent bird, mammal, and scenery photos from an impromptu trip to Northern BC this late August. My partner and I, started in Prince George, BC and drove northwest along the Stewart-Cassiar Highway and connected northeast via the Alcan towards Fort St. John, BC and then southward, to Prince George, BC.
It was our first time to the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, and the main attraction, besides birds, were totem poles. We weren't disappointed by the magnificent, artistic cravings. The rest of the trip produce great birds, mammals, and scenery. The Stewart-Cassiar is a well maintained road that winds through 725 km of beautiful mountain valleys and plateaus between the Skeena Valley and the Alaska Highway in southern Yukon. Wildlife is rich, with moose, wolves, and both Grizzly and Black bears being common.
Not the best time of year to bird in terms of species diversity, but I am always drawn by the wonders of the North and birding in remote places covered by few birders. I highly recommend that you do this trip during your lifetime and soaking at Liard's Hotspring is a MUST. A boreal forest with beautiful plants surround you near the beautiful hotsprings with rich birdlife!
One of my favorite moments during the trip was near Pink Mountain, BC. It is here in the 5-6 hours spent, that we found Willow Ptarmigan, 12 Dusky Grouse, 18 Ruffed Grouse, and 5 Spruce Grouse (Taiga form). While admiring a family of Rock Ptarmigans, a pair of Smith's Longspur scurried right by me! It was really cool to see Dusky Grouse on colorful tundra within a few hundred yards from the Rock Ptarmigans. There were also four American Golden-Plovers at the summit! En route to the summit, a "Blonde" fox, Black Bear, and group of Stone Mountain Sheep delighted us. Yes, I love the BC and Yukon area!!
Other fun birds seen during the trip but not photographed were Bohemian Waxwings, White-winged Crossbills, LeConte's Sparrows, and Connecticut Warbler.
Feel free to ask me any general questions about the area. Most of the photos were taken with my point-and-shoot camera of 4.0 megapixel and 15x zoom and iPhone camera.
Enjoy the photos and hope it inspires you to go someday!
Peace, love and good birding
Khanh Tran

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