2022-06-28 Taylor Landing Once More

White-Throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis
I met White-Throated Sparrows at Taylor Landing. It was good practice to compare their songs with the similar sounding Black-Capped Chickadees. I fell in love with the Boreal Forest that lined the Peace River next to the Alaska Highway during my north-bound journey a month earlier.

It’s only a 20 minute drive south from Fort Saint John to Taylor Landing, on the banks of the Peace River. I discovered this place white driving north on the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek in British Columbia (see that story <HERE>). I met some lovely birds on that visit, but finding my first Black-and-White Warbler on its breeding ground, really made my day. When I said goodbye to Fort Saint John and Charlie Lake on Thursday, I knew where my first stop would be.

I didn’t find the Black-and-White Warbler on my second visit, but there were American Redstarts, Black-Capped Chickadees, Lincoln’s Sparrows, MacGillivray’s Warblers, Mourning Warblers, Red-Eyed Vireos, Swainson’s Thrushes, White-Throated Sparrows, and Yellow Warblers. These were enough to satisfy my appetite for bird meetings.

For me, the nicest surprise was discovering among the images, both the MacGillivray’s Warblers and Mourning Warblers. Neither bird lingered long, nor did they venture as close as I’d have liked. But they at least gave me the chance to get an “ID Quality” image. I’d met both species before, so it wasn’t a first encounter moment. But I didn’t have them on my radar, and so the surprise.

When I finished with the birds at Taylor Landing, I gathered my gear and got back on the Alaska Highway. Dawson Creek is at “Mile Zero” of the Alaska Highway and only a few more miles away. As per my usual practice, I have fallen behind on my story-telling and having too much fun taking pictures. I thought I’d spend a few days hunkered down in Dawson Creek and get caught up. But that was before I found a pair of enticing locations nearby. But that story will have to wait until the next episode.

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