Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sep 15--HUDSONIAN GODWIT--George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Photo: Douglas Brown
Kim Eckert and a group of other birders reported Hudsonian Godwit along with an Pacific Golden Plover and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in the West Field in the afternoon.

BROWN BOOBY -- Fraser River Mouth

On Sept 14th a Brown Booby perched on the top of a fishing boat on the mouth of the South Arm of the Fraser River just north of Sand Heads. This bird was found by Tom Forge.

Photo: Tom Forge

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sep 15--Possible LEAST TERN on Little Shuswap Lake

"Possible Least Tern this evening at Little Shuswap Lake right in front of Quaout Lodge. Very small tern with yellow bill and bold white forehead. Scope view only and no pictures. Flew around for four or five minutes and no sign of any really forked-tail. Obvious gray body but had some darker graynish to the wings. Could not definately see dark primaries. Landed on small bar with people around and one couple almost walked right over it. This is where the beak looked quite yellow but could no see the feet as partially in water. I do not recall seeing any dark primaries at shore either. Stayed on shore for five minutes and then flew down the lake. Interesting but too rare for Canada to be sure as it was too far away for photo."

Reba and Allan Dupilka
Little Shuswap Lake, BC

*Will post any relevant updates here.

Sep 13-15: Ruff at Iona

A juvenile RUFF (presumed to be a different bird from the one encountered at Reifel earlier in the year) was found at the Iona Sewage ponds (Richmond) on Sep 13 and was still being seen on Monday the 15th. Some photos HERE.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sep 13-16: Ash-throated Flycatcher in Delta

There was an Ash-throated Flycatcher at Boundary Bay today (Sept 13). Nick Balachanoff found this bird today "in the trees between the parking lot and the dike at the Heritage Airport off 104th Street Delta, BC."

Sept 19-- Seen by several birders in the same area (200m W of 104th along the dyke). It is spending a lot of time in the pear trees along the dyke beside the buildings. 

Photos can be found on Nick's flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickinthegarden/15042855230/in/photostream/

Darner vs Ash-throated Flycatcher (Photo: John Gordon)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Late Report: Loggerhead Shrike in East Kootenays

Carlene Irmen photographed this Loggerhead Shrike in Wycliffe, BC (near Cranbrook) on August 23rd. Sometimes summer shrikes are identified as Northerns based on an assumption that Loggerhead is rare and Northern is regular. While it is true that only 1-3 Loggerheads are detected in BC each year and Northerns are common in the winter months, it should be noted that Loggerhead is much more likely to occur in Southern BC from May through September when Northerns are in the Yukon and other reaches of the far north. Loggerheads regularly breed within 200km of the Canada-US border so it's not surprising that a few show up each year. And even though Northerns are often present throughout BC from fall until early spring, it is still worth it to keep an eye out for Loggerheads as they can occur at that time as well!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Martin Dollenkamp apparently photographed this Violetear on September 4th at a private residence in Port Alberni, BC (Vancouver Island). Mexican Green Violetears have been known to wander throughout eastern North America and there is a record from Alberta. A similar species from South America--Sparkling Violetear--(which is non-migratory) is presumed to be regularly kept in captivity and so if this is the latter species it is likely an escapee. The ID is still being sorted out. See comments and links in the comments section below for a few points, but in a little while I'll post more feedback from other forums to summarize what people are suggesting.

No sightings to report for Sep 5+6. If there are any updates to this story I will post them here.