Annual bird counts of eagles, swans found fewer birds than previous years

Birds of a feather together

Birds of many feathers are flocking together in the North Okanagan, but some of the numbers are down this year.

The 41st annual count for swans and 27th annual count for eagles were recently completed in the area.

“We counted a total of 124 eagles of which 30 were immature. Of this total number of eagles, four were golden eagles observed in the Lavington, Lumby or southern route to Mabel Lake. This was down from last year's total of 148 eagles,” said Rod Drennan with the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club in a news release.

“We had 21 observers participate and complete all routes within the region. The area covered runs generally from Oyama in the south to Mara Lake and Sicamous in the north, then from Ellison Park/Eastside Road in the west to Lumby, Rawlings Lake and south end of Mabel Lake in the east.”

The group also counted 57 Trumpeter Swans - down from 148 last year - of which 12 were cygnets (immature or juvenile) birds.

This ‘citizen science’ initiative began in the Kamloops/Thompson River area in the 1970s. It has expanded to include the Shuswap and Okanagan regions, as well as Merritt and as far north as Prince George. The counting of eagle species was added later.

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