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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

May 13-26: A dozen White-faced Ibis at Separation Lake near Kamloops

Rick Howie reports a group of a dozen WHITE-FACED IBIS at Separation Lake, located south of Kamloops along Hwy 5A. The birds were feeding at the north end of the lake where a road will allow fairly close access, though please be careful not to flush the birds. Rick saw the ibis at about 4 PM on May 15.

Update: These birds were originally located by Chris Chutter on May 13, but the sighting may not have been known to many. As of May 24 two birds were seen at Separation Lake in Knutsford. On May 26 Multiple observers have seen 4 Ibises at the North end of Beaver Ranch Flats (on Hwy 5A - North of Merritt near Quilchena).  As of May 25 two Ibises are also present at Separation Lake in Princeton off Summerland Rd.

White-faced Ibis at Separation Lake, near Kamloops. Part of flock of 12. May 15 (Rick Howie).

Sunday, May 10, 2015

RBA: May 10 -16: Ross's Goose in Ladner

RBA: On May 10, 2015, Ben Keen found a single Ross's Goose with a flock of 57 Snow Geese (with one dark morph) right in the farmer's field just south of the parking lot at Brunswick Point in Ladner!

UPDATE: As of  10:00 am on May 16th the bird was last seen in the grassy field on river road just east of the plowed field by the Brunswick Point parking lot with a flock of 50+ Snow Geese (with 1 juvenile blue goose). The bird was relocated by Steve Ansell the morning of May 11th and multiple observers thereafter. The bird is easily viewed with bins (when in field near road).  A Scope is required when the bird is in distant fields.

*In this photo by Brian Stech you can see the bird is close to the road in a grassy field and easily viewed by bins. 
All identifying characteristics are clearly visible in this photo: 
bright white bird, small size, stubby small pink bill and prominent dark eye.*
 *In this in-flight photo (L) by Peter Candido and flock photo (R) by Ben Keen, you can see the overall size and 
beak difference of the Ross's Goose as compared to the larger Snow Geese!* 


This rare visitor to BC provided great views for many today! Thanks again to Ben Keen for originally spotting it and providing hours of enjoyment.  Also, a big thank you to everyone who kept the updates and pictures coming in! All photos submitted can be viewed Here.