Thursday, May 5, 2016

RBA: LUCY'S WARBLER in Castlegar - May 5th

On May 5th at 9:30am Craig Sandvig found and photographed a Lucy's Warbler in Castlegar. The bird was in the orchard at Selkirk College, just off Welsh Rd. The bird was 100m from the trailhead moving between the apple trees and hawthorns. The bird spent most of its time in the trees in the open area of the orchard but it also ventured into the thicker part on the south side. The bird was singing the whole time he was there and was present until 10:45am when he left.  

The bird has not been relocated since after several and thorough searches by multiple birders.  

This is the first record for the province of British Columbia.

Craig filmed the bird and his video can be seen Here

Directions to the bird:

When you get to the airport turn off on Hwy 3A, turn left onto Frank Beinder Way then turn right onto Rosedale Rd, then left on Campus Rd, then right onto Welsh Rd. Park at the end of Welsh Road.

Map Here

The trail starts at the end of Welsh Rd, heading west. The old orchard is on the south side of the trail adjacent to Welsh Rd. *The bird was 100 m from the trailhead as per above*

Photos: Craig Sandvig

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