Monday, June 29, 2015

RBA : June 27-29 - RUFF at Boundary Bay!

Update: the bird is now known to be an escapee from the SFU colony as confirmed by Prof David B. Lank on June 29th, 2015.

An adult male Ruff in female-mimic plumage ("faeder" male) was seen at 96th and Boundary Bay on Saturday June 27th by Kevin Louth. Multiple observers have seen the bird thereafter, the bird has been present off and on up until June 29th. The bird is sticking close into shore at the foot of 96th street in Delta.

The bands allow for easy individual recognition, and to help determine how this formerly captive bird behaves, further updates are appreciated.

Here are a couple of gorgeous photos taken by Raymond Ng on June 28th:



Friday, May 29, 2015

RBA: May 28 - FERRUGINOUS HAWKS in Kelowna and Knutsford!

On May 28th, Ten Birders on a BCFO field trip found a Light morph adult Ferruginous Hawk at 8:30 am on Beaver Lake Road in Kelowna.

The bird was flying North at Kilometer 2 just before the log yard on the East side of the road.

The bird was reported by Logan Lalonde, one of the co-leaders with Don Wilson of the BCFO - Kelowna field trip.

This is a great bird for BC! Congratulations to the finders!

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*Late report RBA:  An adult Light morph Ferruginous Hawk was also seen on May 16th by Rick Toochin. The bird was flying North over Separation Lake in Knutsford,  alongside a Light morph Rough-legged Hawk and a Swainson's Hawk.

A Roughie and a Ferruginous in this area, at this time of year, are both fantastic birds!

It is great to hear about both these BC Ferruginous Hawk sightings, in the month of May!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Loggerhead Shrike May 26th Hope Airport

Another Loggerhead Shrike was found by Gord Gadsden at Hope Airport. For more details click here

Monday, May 25, 2015

RBA: May 24 - LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in Revelstoke

Catherine Craig found a single Loggerhead Shrike at 6:15 am on the grassy flats south of Machete Island in Revelstoke near the Airport on May 24th!!

This is the third Loggerhead Shrike for that exact location in 6 years!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

RBA: BROWN THRASHER in Kootenay National Park, May 21

A Brown Thrasher was observed and photographed in the Kootenay River Day Use Area at Kootenay National Park north of Radium at 8 AM on May 21 (Frank Chappell, et al).

Brown Thrasher. Kootenay National Park. May 21 (Frank Chappell).

Monday, May 18, 2015

RBA: GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE in Golden.

Green-tailed Towhee (1)
Location: Private residence in Golden. This was a one day wonder and was last seen feeding at 6 PM on the 18th. Nice find Doug!
Date: May 18 (Doug Leighton).

Green-tailed Towhee. Golden, May 18 (Doug Leighton).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17 - White-faced Ibis in Revelstoke

On May 17, Wayne and Brent Diakow found an adult White-faced Ibis in Revelstoke. The bird was seen at 10:40 am when it flew in and landed in the marsh just north of the Revelstoke airport.