Friday, June 29, 2012


Update: On Dec 27, 2017 - Sheri L. Williamson (a well-known expert on Hummingbirds) identified this bird as a hybrid Black-chinned X Rufous Hummingbird due to the dark grey chinstrap and presence of rufous in R5. The ID has been corrected from the previous ID of Broad-tailed Hummingbird, to reflect this.

Reported to eBird/Photo: Alan Barnard (photo):

-1 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, present for 4 days leading up to June 26th

-Visiting a feeder along the Ha Ha Creek Road, SE of Cranbrook (off Hwy 3)

---Has not been seen since the 26th

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

May/June 2012--Raining Black-throated Sparrows in BC

This spring has seen a remarkable influx of Black-throated Sparrows into southern Coastal and Central BC with a minimum of nine birds reported. In order of occurrence, with the most recent first:

26 June 2012 - Chutter Ranch near Merritt, Nicola Valley (Jarrod Hobbs)

14 June 2012 - Cinnamon Ridge access rd., Tranquille, Kamloops (Ellie Hill)

13 June 2012 - 5km west of Hope Airport (Rick Toochin): a different bird to the following

11 June 2012 - Jacks place, Delair Road, Hope Airport area (Rick Toochin): photo below

11 June 2012 - Scarfe Building, UBC (Tracy Lau)

11 June 2012 - Bridge Pond, Squamish River Estuary (Chris Dale): video here

9 June 2012 - start of Grant Narrows Trail, Pitt Lake (Roger and Andrew Foxall): still present 10 June with a second individual also reported.

27 May 2012 - Front and Alberts St., Yale (Aaron Gaffney): photo below

10 May 2012 - Osoyoos Airport (Doug Brown)

Black-throated Sparrow @ Hope Airport, 12 June 2012 (Rick Toochin)

Black-throated Sparrow in Yale, 27 May 2012 (Aaron Gaffney)