For about a week or longer I have been stoked. One of my favorite times was coming up. The day finally arrived. I got up early, and got ready. Here it was, January 19 2021. This was the Eagle and Swan count day. I love this day. There is a small group of us that go out to find how many Swans and Eagle we can find. It is a good day trip getting us out of the house. Also this was also the day that BC Hydro was shutting off the power for Lumby from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, so it was a good thing to get out of the house anyways.
The weather was good, most of the roads were okay, although some were a little icy, or slippery.
Because of the Covid 19 we could not carpool unless of course we are from the same household. So this year there were four cars and five people on our route. (Tim and I in one car). It was fabulous. We started out on Hurt Road. We saw nothing there. We then travelled along Mabel Lake Road stopping here and there to take some pictures of the many hawks we saw along the way. Hawks were not on our list this time, as they were on the December list for the Bird count, but that didn’t stop us from admiring them and taking their pictures anyways. We still had not seen any Eagles or Swans.
We slowly made our way to Mabel Lake (pictured) if you have never been to Mabel Lake in the winter, you really have to take a drive down there. Be careful the road to there right now can be a bit slippery, so put your vehicle in low 4×4 that will help.
We arrived at the lake, it was of course stunning! There was some snow, and blues skies. As I walked closer to the lake, I saw what I had hoped to see. A pair of beautiful Trumpeter Swans, gracefully gliding on the lake. How beautiful they were. They made my day. We stayed at the Lake for a bit. All the while taking pictures of the amazing view of Mabel Lake. I had forgotten how beautiful in the Winter this lake is as I hadn’t been there for a couple of years in the winter, if you don’t like crowds at the lake then this would be a perfect time of year to go.
We still had not seen any Eagles.
After awhile, we left the lake.
Ta Da down the road was a Bald Eagle! We were all very excited to see this, as after the Eagles are apart of the count.
So after taking several pictures we moved on. Down the road we stopped to have our lunch. As we were eating we could hear the sound of more Trumpeter Swans. We were higher up on the road, and the lake was a ways down, the three of them decided to check it out, Tim and I stayed behind. They trampled down the hill, going through a lot of bush. There they had found two more pairs of Trumpeter Swans, and saw another Bald Eagle.
When they returned to the the road, we all got in our cars again. Driving down the road there was a flurry of Crows. We stopped, there right in front of us was a beautiful Golden Eagle, and in the opposite tree across from him was a Juvenile Bald Eagle. We knew then that there must be something dead, and when we looked we saw it. Yup there was a dead Racoon that they all had been feasting on. On the road further down in the trees we could faintly see two Bald Eagles. They must have snacked earlier as they were not near the carcass.
After the Eagles had flown off we left that area, we travelled down Rawlings Lake Road, but unfortunately that lake was frozen over once again so we did not see anything there. We then went to Whitevale, nope nothing there, it was time to come home.
On our way home after the count was done, Tim and I saw 4 more Bale Eagles.
When we arrived home the power was back on, Oh Happy Days.
So if you are bored this winter, go for a drive, check out Mabel Lake, or our other fine lakes that we have and take in the glory and beauty that nature has to offer us with a lot less crowds.
Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc. l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer: The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.