The last stop of call before returning to Vancouver was to try out a bit of high elevation birding at the Manning Park lookout. The 8 km paved switchback road climbs through a number of promising birding venues as well as the chance of spotting critters including Black Bear, Mule Deer and Yellow-bellied Marmots. The road to the alpine area was still closed due to heavy snow.
Looking toward the USA from the Manning Park lookout.
|Townsend's Warbler (Dendroica townsendi)|
|*Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)|
|*Common Raven (Corvus corax)|
I was surprised to find that Ravens are classified as uncommon but I had tried for a while to get a decent shot and the lookout at Manning Park proved the perfect opportunity. The Raven is a large bird with a wingspan of almost five feet or 1.5 metres.
So there it is, a road trip that started on Tuesday June 3 at 4.30 a.m and ended June 5 at 10 a.m
A trip that covered 1448 kms and about 30 hours of actual birding.
It's never too late to start birding!