Sunday, June 16, 2019

RBA: SEDGE WREN near Fort St. John - June 16-19th

At 11pm on June 16-2019, Ilya Povalyaev found a singing Sedge Wren near Watson Slough. Watson Slough is about 30 minutes from Fort St. John on Highway 29 towards Hudson's Hope. The bird is singing from the north side of Watson Rd right at the intersection with Hwy 29. It is behind a fence on private land so viewing the bird could be difficult. Please do not trespass.

A recording of the Sedge Wren can be found HERE

Exact map to location of Sedge Wren HERE

On June 19-2019, Ilya returned to the same location and the bird was still singing in the same spot.

This is the 5th record for the province of BC.

Friday, June 14, 2019

RBA: LESSER GOLDFINCH in Agassiz - June 14-17th

On June 14th-2019, Kevin Jones photographed a male Lesser Goldfinch at a sock feeder at his private home in Agassiz. He believes the bird has been present for a week but was only able to photograph the bird today.  There are still Lesser Goldfinches present in Osoyoos as well; who may possibly be breeding there.

A photo taken by Kevin Jones of the bird in his yard can be found HERE

The bird continues at the same location on June 17th.

This is the 26th record for the province of BC.

RBA: LARK BUNTING in Sparwood - June 14th

At 6:15 am on June 14-2019, Connor Charchuk found a male Lark Bunting while doing a point count. The bird was singing and he had good views of it but did not have his camera. The observer is extremely experienced with this species. He will return tomorrow to try and obtain a photo or recording.

Exact location of the bird HERE.

This area is not publicly accessible as it is an active mine.

This is the 39th record for BC.

Thursday, June 13, 2019


At 9:30 am on June 13-2019, John Hodges found an Ash-throated Flycatcher at Wilson Creek Estuary. The bird was in the most easterly man-made pond. John viewed it until 11 am when he and his fellow birder Jim McFarland left.The bird was very active moving around constantly when they left there. This is the second Ash-throated Flycatcher found today in BC. The first being in North Vancouver.

Map to where bird was seen HERE

The bird was not relocated on June 14th.

Ash-throated Flycatcher in Sechelt - Photo: John Hodges

RBA: ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in North Vancouver - June 13-14th

At 6 am on June. 13-2019, Guy Monty and David Baird found an Ash-throated Flycatcher while inside the helipad area near Cleveland Dam.

This area is not accessible to the public but the bird should be viewable by looking through the fence from the NE corner of Cleveland Dam into the water treatment facility. The bird was perched in alders behind the building with green shipping containers.

Area to stand to view the bird is HERE

The bird was seen by one other observer in the same location at 11:30am on June 13th. 

**On June 14th, the Ash-throated Flycatcher showed up in a private yard from 8 am until 3:30 pm in North Vancouver. The bird was also photographed but the home is currently not open to the public.**

Ash-throated Flycatcher in North Vancouver - Photos: David Baird

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

RBA: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in Revelstoke - June 5th

At 1:05 pm on June 5-2019, Dusty Veideman found a male Chestnut-sided Warbler at his home. It was taking a bath in his bird bath at the time. The bird also returned to the bird bath at 5 pm.

If the bird returns tomorrow, the home will be open to the public for viewing. I will post details on where to go if this occurs.

**The bird never returned on June 6th.**

This is the 72nd record for the province of BC.

Male Chestnut-sided Warbler in Revelstoke - Photo: Dusty Veideman

Friday, May 31, 2019

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE near Anahim Lake - May 30th

At 4pm on May 30-2019, Steve Juhasz found a Black Phoebe flycatching from a water tank on a private ranch near Anahim Lake. He returned to his cabin to get his camera but when he returned, he was not able to relocate and photograph the bird. The bird was described well and the observer has seen many of this distinctive species.

The bird was located HERE.

This is the 25th record for the province of BC.

Saturday, May 25, 2019


At 4:45pm on May 25-2019, Michael Force found an Ash-throated Flycatcher at the Okanagan Rail Trail in Kelowna. The bird was mostly in saskatoon berry bushes and rose thickets.

Location of bird HERE

Directions: Park in the gravel parking lot on the north side of “Majestic Mattress”, 2720 Hwy 97 N. Walk south along the rail trail and the bird was on the uphill slope between telephone poles 50L103 and 50L104.

The bird was last seen at 6:30pm and was viewed by multiple observers.

The bird was not relocated on May 26th.

Ash-throated Flycatcher in Kelowna - Photos: Logan Lalonde

Ash-throated Flycatcher showing its diagnostic tail in Kelowna - Photo: Mike Force

Friday, May 24, 2019

RBA: WHITE-WINGED DOVE in Revelstoke - May 23rd

At 4 pm on May 23-2019, Eric Tompkins found a White-winged Dove sitting on a fence post in his garden on his farm HERE on Lennard Drive.

The bird flew off a couple minutes after Eric was able to photograph of it and has not been relocated by other birders.

This is the 21st record for the province of BC.

White-winged Dove in Revelstoke - Photo: Eric Tompkins

Sunday, May 19, 2019

RBA: COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD in Halfmoon Bay - May 19-22nd

At 12:20pm on May 19-2019, John Hodges spotted a male Costa’s Hummingbird at a feeder at a private home on Redrooffs Rd. As a few local birders were over having lunch they too were able to see the bird.

The home is not open to the general public and the feeder cannot be viewed from the public road.

The bird continues in the same location as of May 22nd.

This is the 30th record for the province of BC.

Male Costa's Hummingbird in Halfmoon Bay - Photo: Rand Rudland