Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RBA: COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD in Abbotsford - April 2-Sept 20th

On April 2nd, Michael Dossett found an adult male Costa's Hummingbird as it came to his backyard feeder. The bird continues as of Sept 20th.

More details to come if the home is open to the public.

Male Costa's Hummingbird in Abbotsford - Photo: Michael Dossett

Saturday, September 16, 2017

RBA: CURLEW SANDPIPER in Point Roberts and Delta - Sept 10-17th

At 11:30am on Sept 10th - 2017, Mary Taitt, Hank Tseng, Anne Murray and Julian Skes found and photographed an adult Curlew Sandpiper. The bird was in the SW end of the West Field at Reifel Bird Sanctuary and was viewed by multiple observers. It was associating with a flock of Western Sandpipers. The flock with the bird in it was soon flushed after 15 mins of viewing by a Peregrine Falcon and was not relocated that day. This bird is most likely tidal driven, so plan your visits around high tide.

Reifel is located at 5191 Robertson Rd in Delta and is open from 9am-4pm. The admission cost for adults is 5$. 

Map to Reifel HERE 

Map to where bird was seen in the park HERE.

The bird was not relocated in BC from Sept 11-16th.

At 5:30pm on Sept 16-2017, Mario Lam relocated the adult Curlew Sandpiper at Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts, WA. 

Point Roberts is 5 mins from Tsawwassen, BC and accessed through Canada. It is birded primarily by British Columbians, hence why I am posting about it here.

The Washington Bird Records Committee has been notified. This is the 12th record for Washington State.

The bird was with a flock of Sanderlings on the beach, half way between the light beacon and the end of the park boundary (where the private beach and homes begin). He viewed the bird for 30 mins, photographed it and left it roosting there on the beach at 6pm.

Map to exact location of where bird was found HERE.

A valid passport/enhanced driver's license is required to enter the United States.

Lighthouse Marine Park is located at 811 Marine Drive in Point Roberts, WA.

Map to parking lot HERE.

At 5:30pm on Sept 17th, the Curlew Sandpiper was relocated by multiple observers at the foot of 96th St at Boundary Bay in Delta, BC - Canada. The bird was with a flock of Western Sandpipers and flew at 6:19pm and could not be relocated.

Map to where bird last seen on Sept 17th HERE.

This is the 12th record for the province of BC. The last Curlew Sandpiper was found at Sandspit in 2013 in Haida Gwaii.

The bird was not relocated on Sept 18th.


This adult Curlew Sandpiper was relocated in Point Roberts before it flew back to Canada - Photos: Mario Lam
Adult Curlew Sandpiper in flight showing its distinctive white rump in Delta - Photos: Devon Yu



Friday, September 15, 2017

RBA: WHITE-WINGED DOVE in Maple Ridge - Sept 12-15th

There is another White-winged Dove in BC, this time in Maple Ridge! The bird in Richmond is continuing to be seen as well, in the same location as of Sept 15th, see HERE

Sharon Talson has been watching a White-winged Dove that has been coming to her feeder several times a day at her home in Maple Ridge. The bird is associating with Eurasian Collared Doves and is very aggressive at the feeder. This bird was photographed at the same time as the other White-winged Dove that is being seen in Richmond; confirming two separate individuals.

The bird has been present every day in Maple Ridge, since Sept 12th and continues on Sept 15th.

This is the 19th record for the province of BC.

This home is not open to the public and the bird has not been seen since the 15th of Sept.

A second White-winged Dove is in Maple Ridge at the same time as another in Richmond - Photos: Sharon Talson

Sunday, September 10, 2017

RBA: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in Revelstoke - Sept 10th

At 8 am on Sept 10th-2017, Darlene and Daryl Cancelliere et al. found 2 adult Red-headed Woodpeckers in Greely, which is 12km East of Revelstoke. The birds were hawking insects from telephone poles near to a forested area beside the railroad tracks and an abandoned farm.

Directions: Turn off Hwy 1, 12 Km E of Revelstoke and follow Greely Road, and you will cross the bridge over the river until you see the railroad tracks by the abandoned farm.

One Red-headed Woodpecker was seen at 7pm in the same location.

This is the sixth record for the province of BC.

Map to the location where the birds were seen HERE

The birds were not relocated on Sept 11th, despite multiple observers looking.

One of 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers seen in Revelstoke - Photos: Darlene Cancelliere

RBA: WHITE-WINGED DOVE in Richmond - Sept 10-17th

At 7:45am on Sept 10th-2017, during the monthly Terra Nova Rural Park bird survey, a White-winged Dove was spotted by Steffany Walker and subsequently seen by all four other members of the survey group. The bird was with a flock of Rock Pigeons that frequents the parking lot next to the Terra Nova Adventure Playground at the far end of River Road where it meets the dyke.

The address is 2340 River Rd in Richmond.

The bird was viewed until 6:30pm in the same location near the playground and multiple observers are looking at it.

Map to location of where bird was seen HERE

This is the 18th record for the province of BC. This is the second record for the Metro Vancouver area and coincidentally both records were in Richmond.

As of Sept 17th - the bird is still present in a pine tree, beside the parking lot near the heritage building (just to the east of the playground).

Map to tree where bird has roosted past two days HERE

There is another White-winged Dove being seen in the province of BC as of Sept 15th in Maple Ridge as well, see HERE.

Richmond's 2nd White-winged Dove - Photo: Liron Gertsman
White-winged Dove in Richmond - Photo: Peter Candido






Saturday, September 9, 2017

RBA: SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS off the West Coast of Vancouver Island - Sept 7th

On the morning of Sept 7th-2017, while doing an offshore NOAA survey, Ryan Merrill et al. found and photographed 2 Scripps's Murrelets. The birds flushed in front of the boat they were on. They viewed the birds for 30 seconds as they flew along the NE edge of Nitinat Canyon. On the exact same date last year, Ryan Merrill et al. found 4 Scripps's Murrelets in almost the same location!.

GPS coordinates to come.

One of 2 Scripps's Murrelets seen in Nitinat Canyon - Photo: Ryan Merill
 2 Scripps's Murrelets seen in Nitinat Canyon - Photo: Ryan Merill

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

RBA: BLACK VULTURE on Balaklava Island - Sept 5-6th

At 5pm on Sept 5th-2017, Ivan Dubinsky found and photographed a Black Vulture on his property. The bird is sitting directly outside his back door at the Scarlett Point Lighthouse.

The island sits 18 kilometres northwest of Port Hardy near the north end of Vancouver Island.

Access to the island is possible by boat or helicopter only. This is the 5th record for the province of British Columbia.

The bird is still present as of 11am on Sept 6th.

The bird was not seen on Sept 7th.

Black Vulture on Balaklava Island - Photos: Ivan Dubinsky

Saturday, September 2, 2017

RBA: LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in Maple Ridge - August 31st

At 12 noon on Thursday Aug 31st-2017, Greg Humphrey found a Loggerhead Shrike on the dyke north of 216th St in Maple Ridge. 

Directions: At the north end of 216th St there are trails to the east and west and north. The bird was on the north arm - about a quarter mile - almost to the fork in the dyke. It was on the west side.

He viewed the bird for three minutes before it flew south. He tried to look for the bird yesterday and today but has not been successful in relocating it.

Loggerhead Shrike in Maple Ridge - Photo: Greg Humphrey





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

RBA: INDIGO BUNTING in Tatlayoko Lake - August 30th

At 6:55 am on August 30-2017, a male INBU was caught and banded at Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory by Gwyn Case and Anna Tran.

The photos were taken by Kyle Cameron bander-in-charge.


Male Indigo Bunting - Photos: Kyle Cameron

Saturday, August 26, 2017

RBA: PIPING PLOVER in Delta - August 24-25th

At 8 pm on August 24-2017, Doug Martin found a Piping Plover at the foot of 96th St at Boundary Bay in Delta. He showed the bird to Michael Klotz who was present on the dyke and he also got good looks at the bird. He immediately thought it looked like a Piping Plover. Doug noted that the bird was pale sandy brown in colour, had orange legs and what appeared to be a complete neckband and looked different in shape and colour to the Semipalmated Plovers it was associating with. The light was poor and he was only able to get a digiscoped shot through his scope, that he admitted was poor. He reported the bird to me but although suggestive of a Piping Plover due to shape, posture, neckband and leg colour;  I could not rule out a Leucistic Semipalmated Plover based on the photographs I was presented. Not to mention John Gordon had photographed a Leucistic Semipalmated Plover in the same area a few days prior. I did in fact show John's photograph of the Leucistic Semipalmated Plover (which you can see HERE) to Doug Martin and Michael Klotz but they both were adamant that this was not the same bird. I decided, therefore to post it last night as a "Possible Piping Plover."

On the evening of August 25th, out-of-town birder Jennifer Wu was out looking for the reported Plover, Hudsonian and Bar-tailed Godwits. As she was walking back from 88th St to the parking lot at 72nd St, she noted a small bird with bright orange legs running along the edge of the water. She walked off the dyke onto the mudflats to get a closer look but at a safe distance, as to not spook the bird. She noted it was different than the Semipalmated Plovers she had seen before. The bird was foraging completely alone. She checked field guides and realized she had actually seen a Piping Plover, she reported the bird to me when she got home and sent in her photos.

This photo confirms that the bird Doug Martin found was indeed a Piping Plover.

This is the first confirmed record for the Province of British Columbia. All 2 previous records have been sight records only.  

**As per the BC Bird Records Committee a first provincial record must be documented with physical proof (ie. a photo). ***

*Despite multiple observers looking the bird has not been seen since.*

On August 27th Jennifer sent in new photos after taking time to go through them all upon her return home. I have posted the best of the lot which shows the identification features more clearly further confirming the ID.

Peter Pyle author of "Identification Guide to North American Birds", David Sibley author of "The Sibley Guides"  and Kevin Karlson and Michael O'Brien authors of "The Shorebird Guide" have also confirmed the ID of Piping Plover.

If you are going to look for this bird please note that parking on the dyke at 96th St is illegal and the Park Patrol is enforcing this by handing out tickets. There are two public parking lots, one at the end of 72nd St and one at the end of 104th St.

Maps to both parking lots below:

72nd St

104th St

Map to where the bird was seen the first day HERE

Map to where the bird was seen the second day HERE

Piping Plover in Delta- Photo: Jennifer Wu

The first confirmed Piping Plover in BC at Boundary Bay, Delta - Photo: Jennifer Wu
Piping Plover in Delta - Photo: Jennifer Wu

A Piping Plover in Delta - Photo: Doug Martin