I am leading a walk up to Cheam Ridge on July 15 for Canada's Parks Day. This is an excellent opportunity to access this area if you dont have a 4x4 truck and prefer to birdwatch in bear country with plenty of company (I saw two bears up there last time I was there!! )
Birds that a lot of people look for and are often seen here are white-tailed ptarmigan, grey-crowned rosy finch, horned lark and golden eagle. Also common are American pipit (in breeding colours!) hermit thrush, fox sparrow (breeding), black swift and many others. The views are spetacular and the alpine flowers are in full bloom by then.
Dont miss out! Meet at 7:00 AM at Thompson Park. If you need a ride in a truck, make sure you get your name on the list as room may go quickly. The trail is steep in sections, but we dont plan to go too hard as to allow plenty of breaks and opportunity to observe. We plan to be back at Thompson Park at around 4:00, so pack a lunch.
Gord: Several of those birds would be lifers for me , so I'm planning on going. Could you add my name to the list of those who need a ride--if there's still room? Also, whereabouts is Thompson Park? Thanks! --Jeff
You're on the list and guaranteed a ride. Wish I could guarantee those birds for you, but we will make a strong effort to track at least some of them down. Last year, I was 3 for 5 on the ptarmigan up there. The golden eagle was up there last Friday making a big fuss about something too, so hope it's still around.