Yesterday proved to be a good day for our birding correspondent, John Tschopp, with sightings of a portrait-ready snow bunting, a peregrine falcon in a roadside cottonwood, trumpeter swans, northern harriers and even a kestrel.
Tschopp had already spied a small flock of snow buntings, the previous week. Rare visitors to Pemberton Valley, snow buntings do not show every winter.
Before the day was done, Tschopp was called by Heather Baines, who was on an owl recovery mission near Wilson Road. The duo retrieved a Great Horned Owl from beside a chicken coop. With much clicking of the beak, it was boxed up and sent of to the Owl Recovery Centre in Delta.