Thursday, August 14, 2014

Aug 14--WHITE-WINGED DOVE near Tofino

This White-winged Dove was photographed on August 14th by Tom Johnson at the Kwisitis Visitor's Centre (also known as Wickaninnish Info Centre) in Pacific Rim National Park. This is near the south end of Long Beach in between Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Watch here for updates. Thank you to Dave Ingram for passing this along.

Aug 14--YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO near Oliver

Mel Thorn just called to report a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Hack's Pond NW of Oliver. This is the wetland along Horsetail Rd which is a gravel track connecting the north end of River Road with Secret Road. Apparently it was first seen in the cottonwood riparian area then flew up the bank and went out of sight.

Check back here for updates and more details.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Murrelet species on Tagish Lake

Ben Schonewille photographed this murrelet on Tagish Lake on July 7th. This was in the BC section of the large lake that also reaches into the Yukon. At 75km from saltwater this is an unusual spot for any murrelet species. The question is--Is this a Marbled or Long-billed Murrelet? Comments welcome.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Blackburnian Warbler in Chilliwack

Gord Gadsden saw a Blackburnian Warbler at Island 22 (Chilliwack) yesterday. You can read more on the sighting Here. So far it hasn't been relocated today but stay tuned for more updates.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Possible Yellow-billed Cuckoo North Bend July 23

Dave Beeke and his brother heard the bird calling from the woods. It matched the call of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, but they didn't see the bird, so it is a heard only sighting.

North Bend is located in the Fraser Canyon just across the river form Boston Bar.

For more info about the sighting you can click Here

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hawaiian Petrel off BC

On 8 July, Paul Lehman and group were aboard another Princess cruise-ship "pelagic" from San Francisco to se. Alaska and had a HAWAIIAN PETREL in BC waters far southwest of Vancouver Island, at 47.105, 129.147, which is about 320 km SW of Estevan Point, or 340 km SW of Tofino, but actually due west of Washington state (but no closer there than 350 km's....). Otherwise this pass through these deep, far offshore waters was fairly slow, with mostly just about 300 Leach's Storm-Petrels, a few Fork-taileds and several Black-footed Albatrosses and Sooty Shearwaters to look at.

--Paul Lehman (San Diego)
Posted by Barbara Carlson

Purple Martins expanding their Range in BC

Great news for Purple Martins in BC. Once restricted to one or two sites near the Fraser Delta, in recent decades they have successfully colonized many of the major river estuaries in SE Vancouver Island and the Vancouver area, thanks to the efforts of volunteers putting up boxes.

This year has seen a nearly unprecedented expansion with martins now nesting well beyond their historical range--including Bamfield (west coast of Vancounver Island), Sayward, and Harrison Mills (Fraser Valley)!

For more information on BC Purple Martins and how you can get involved: