Monday, July 20, 2015


Just before 8am on July 20th, Graham Ford photographed a Crested Caracara preening along the North Nanaimo Shore (Just west of Entwhistle Drive, off Hammond Bay Rd).  The bird was last seen flying off to the south.  The same bird may have been seen flying past Neck Point (Just west of Piper's Lagoon) on July 16th. Updates and any further sightings would be appreciated.

Update: The report of the bird being seen around noon at Piper's Lagoon on the 20th was apparently in error. The first and last verified sighting was around 8 am on July 20th.

Photo: Graham Ford

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Update: There have been no sightings of the hummingbird since July 11th.

On July 10th and 11th the Magnificent Hummingbird frequented a private residence in the Lillooet area. Currently no public viewing opportunities exist.

In this series of photos the huge size of the Magnificent Hummingbird is clearly visible compared to the regulars below. Photos copyright: Annessa Terry

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DICKCISSEL near Revelstoke, July 11

A female/immature-type Dickcissel was found at Montana Slough, south of Revelstoke, on July 11 by Devon Anderson. The bird was seen and heard, and a recording of the call was obtained.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

RBA: July 7 - Lesser Black-backed Gull in Salmon Arm!

On July 7th, Allan and Reba Dupilka found a 3rd year Lesser Black-backed Gull in Salmon Arm, representing what is likely the first July record for BC.

The bird was located at Shuswap Lake near the pillings which are west of the wharf at Salmon Arm Bay. The gull was flocking with Ring-billed Gulls.

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Salmon Arm. Photo: Allan and Reba Dupilka.

Friday, July 10, 2015


July 4--This apparent adult male Magnificent Hummingbird was photographed at a private residence in the Bridge Lake area north of Kamloops, BC. If accepted, this would constitute the first record for British Columbia, a first for Canada(as far as I can tell), and the most northerly record of the species in the World (Mags regularly only occur as far north as Arizona and New Mexico).

Apparently it has not been seen since the first day. For the time being, the homeowners have requested to keep the exact location private.

If the status changes, I will update this post.

With Rufous Hummingbird for size comparison

Monday, June 29, 2015

RBA : June 27- July 26- RUFF at Boundary Bay!

Update: the bird is now known to be an escapee from the SFU colony as confirmed by Prof David B. Lank on June 29th, 2015.

An adult male Ruff in female-mimic plumage ("faeder" male) was seen at 96th and Boundary Bay on Saturday June 27th by Kevin Louth. Multiple observers have seen the bird thereafter, the bird has been present off and on up until July 26th. The bird is sticking close into shore at the foot of 96th to 104th street in Delta.

The bands allow for easy individual recognition, and to help determine how this formerly captive bird behaves, further updates are appreciated.

Here are a couple of gorgeous photos taken by Raymond Ng on June 28th:

Friday, May 29, 2015

RBA: May 28 - FERRUGINOUS HAWKS in Kelowna and Knutsford!

On May 28th, Ten Birders on a BCFO field trip found a Light morph adult Ferruginous Hawk at 8:30 am on Beaver Lake Road in Kelowna.

The bird was flying North at Kilometer 2 just before the log yard on the East side of the road.

The bird was reported by Logan Lalonde, one of the co-leaders with Don Wilson of the BCFO - Kelowna field trip.

*Late report RBA:  An adult Light morph Ferruginous Hawk was also seen on May 16th by Rick Toochin. The bird was flying North over Separation Lake in Knutsford,  alongside a Light morph Rough-legged Hawk and a Swainson's Hawk.

A Roughie and a Ferruginous in this area, at this time of year, are both fantastic birds!

It is great to hear about both these BC Ferruginous Hawk sightings, in the month of May!