Tuesday, September 22, 2020

RBA: ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in Delta - Sept 22-25th

At 3:15pm on Sept 22, 2020 - Grant Edwards found and photographed an Ash-throated Flycatcher at Brunswick Point. 

The bird was in some bushes between the second set of benches and the farmhouse. 

Map to exact location HERE

The bird continues in the same location on Sept 25th and has been viewed by multiple observerss.

*As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Ash-throated Flycatcher in Delta - Photo: Grant Edwards

Thursday, September 17, 2020

RBA: SNOWY PLOVER in Tofino - Sept 17th

At 3pm on September 17, 2020 - Margaret Munro found a Snowy Plover on the northwest end of Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park near Tofino.

Map to location HERE

The bird has not been relocated since.

This is the 30th record for BC.

*As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Snowy Plover in Tofino - Photos: Margaret Munro

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

RBA: CURLEW SANDPIPER in Parksville - Sept 9th

At 6pm on Sept 9-2020, Derek Isbister found a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper off the end of Johnstone Rd. Multiple observers got to view the bird.

Map to location HERE

The bird was last seen sitting on a spit with a flock of turnstones near the windsurfer parking lot off Admiral Tryon Blvd HERE. It flew around 7:15pm and was not relocated by sunset, despite multiple observers looking.

The bird was not relocated thus far on Sept 10th.

This is the 15th record for BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Curlew Sandpiper in Parksville - Photos: Derek Isbister

RBA: SNOWY PLOVER in Campbell River - Sept 8-10th

At 7:30pm on Sept 8-2020, Kyle Fitzpatrick and Morgan Armstrong found a Snowy Plover feeding with Semipalmated Plovers and Killdeer near Shelter Point in Campbell River. The bird was found along the beach by walking 5-10 mins north from the end of Engles Rd where it meets S Island Hwy. The bird was still present when he left at 8:15pm.

Map to location of bird HERE

The bird was seen in the same spot on Sept 10th and was viewed by multiple observers. The bird was last seen flying high out of sight over the ocean on the evening of Sept 10th.

This is the 29th record for BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Snowy Plover in Campbell River - Photos: Nancy Bock 


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

RBA: CURLEW SANDPIPER in Delta - Sept 8-10th

At 3pm on Sept 8-2020, John Gordon found and photographed a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at the west field at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Multiple observers present were able to view the bird.

Advanced bookings must be made via the Reifel website HERE for entry. Reifel is located at 5191 Robertson Rd in Delta. Reifel is open Tues-Sun 9am to 4pm. Adults are 5$ each.

This could be the same bird first photographed by John Reynolds on August 28th.

Map to location HERE

This is the 14th record for BC.

The bird was last seen in the west field at Reifel on Sept 10th and was viewed by multiple observers.

**The bird was not relocated on Sept 11th or 12th, despite multiple observers looking.**

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper in Delta - Photos: John Gordon

Monday, September 7, 2020

RBA: 2 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS in Creston - Sept 7-9th

At 11:30 am on Sept 7-2020, Paul Foth found and photographed 2 immature light morph Ferruginous Hawks in Creston. The birds were sitting on hay bales side by side and actively hunting in a field on Kootenay River Rd near Speers Rd.

Map to location of birds HERE

On Sept 9th-2020, both birds continue in the same location.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**


1 of 2 Ferruginous Hawks in Creston - Photo: Brody Kunze


Sunday, September 6, 2020

RBA: BELL’S VIREO in Saanich - Sept 6-21st

At 11:30am on Sept 6-2020, Aziza Cooper found a Bell’s Vireo at Island View Beach. The bird was found along the main trail north of the parking lot about half-way to the pit toilets. She had a brief view of the bird and heard it singing for 20 mins. She was able to obtain a recording of the bird singing. You can listen to it HERE

Map to location of where bird was first heard HERE and it was also seen by multiple observers HERE in crabapple trees.

The bird continues by the washrooms HERE and also HERE in the field on Sept 21st and has been viewed by many observers.

The bird appears to be of the Eastern Subspecies.

This is the first record for British Columbia.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Bell’s Vireo in Saanich - Photo: Roger Beardmore 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

RBA: CURLEW SANDPIPER in Delta - Aug 28th

At 3pm on Aug 28-2020, John Reynolds photographed a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at the foot of 96th St at Boundary Bay in Delta. The bird was travelling in a flock of 1500 Western Sandpipers.

Map to location HERE

The bird has not been relocated.

This is the 13th record for BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper in Delta - Photo: John Reynolds 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE in Delta - Aug 29-Sept 7th

At 7:45pm on August 29, 2020, Liz and Alan Stewart found and photographed a juvenile Black Phoebe hawking insects off a pipe at the pond at the mansion east of 64th St at Boundary Bay in Delta.

Map to location HERE

The bird was last seen in the same location on Sept 7th and has been viewed by multiple observers. 

This is the 30th record for BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**


Black Phoebe in Delta - Photo: Rosemary Clapham
Black Phoebe in Delta - Photo: Liz Stewart

RBA: NORTHERN PARULA in Jordan River - August 29th

At 10:30am on August 29-2020, Michael Bentley found a Northern Parula travelling in a loose warbler flock in Jordan River. Although he was not able to get a photo, he saw the bird at close range and it was well described. He said “...clear and close range view of a warbler with blue on the wings and upperparts and two white wingbars. The throat and breast were a clear yellow. The belly was white.” The observer also has experience with this species from living in Ontario.

Directions to the bird: It was seen 70 m along the gravel road beyond the metal gate just before the bridge near a fire ring and garbage heap.

Map to location HERE

*The bird was not relocated despite observers looking.*

This is the 22nd record for BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing this bird. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**