Saturday, May 26, 2018

RBA: WHITE-FACED IBIS in Creston - May 26th

At 7:30am Paul Prappas et al. found a single breeding plumaged White-faced Ibis at the Speers Rd Pond in Creston. They were able to obtain a record shot in the harsh light. For anyone visiting please be aware this pond is shrinking in size and may be dry by the end of the week.

The bird was still present at 8:15 am when they left.

Map to exact location HERE

This is the 45th record for the province of BC.

White-faced Ibis in Creston - Photo: Paul Prappas

Friday, May 25, 2018

RBA: COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD in Powell River - May 23-25th

On May 23-2018, Sara Brown found a male Costa's Hummingbird at her home on Skeena St. The home may be open to the public if the bird returns at which time I will post the address.

From Sept 7, 2017-March 16, 2018 a male Costa's Hummingbird was visiting the home of Ken and Kathleen Pritchard just 20 mins away. You can read about that sighting HERE. In all probability this is the same bird but there is no way to tell for sure.

Male Costa's Hummingbird in Powell River - Photo: Sara Brown

Thursday, May 24, 2018

RBA: WOOD THRUSH in Nanaimo - May 23rd

At 5:45am on May 23-2018, Nick Smith found a Wood Thrush foraging on the ground on the trail that runs west to east at Planta Park in Nanaimo. The bird sang for 15 mins and he made a recording of the bird, which you can listen to HERE. He was not carrying a camera and therefore was unable to get a photo.

To access the west side of Planta Park (off Planta Rd), park by the Planta Park sign. The bird was singing 100m east along the trail and before the boardwalk. The park trail can also be accessed from the east side of Planta Park, where there is a small parking lot on Stephenson Point Rd.

Multiple observers looked for the bird on May 24th but it has not been relocated as of posting.

Map to exact location of bird HERE

This is the second record for the province of BC.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

RBA: HOODED ORIOLE in Vancouver - May 22nd

A male Hooded Oriole was photographed at Jericho Beach Park near the duck pond at 3pm on May 22nd. It was first misidentified as a Yellow-headed Blackbird. Several birders looked for it on the evening of May 23rd but it was not relocated. The observer chooses to remain anonymous.

This is the 23rd record for the province of BC.

Male Hooded Oriole in Vancouver

Monday, May 21, 2018

RBA: SNOWY PLOVER in Delta - May 21st

At 9:45am on May 21st-2018, Cole Gaerber found an adult male Snowy Plover, 200m west of the mansion at 96th St at Boundary Bay. It was loosely associating with 5 Western Sandpipers.

Map to location HERE

The bird was flushed by Bald Eagles at 10:25am and has not been relocated as of 7pm.

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

Adult male Snowy Plover in Delta - Photos: Cole Gaerber

Sunday, May 20, 2018

RBA: LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in Delta - May 20th

At 10:45am on May 20th-2018, Rob Lyske found a Loggerhead Shrike sitting on a telephone poll wire on 34th St near the intersection of 34th St and 33A Ave in Delta.

Map to location HERE

The bird is being viewed by multiple observers as of 11am.

At 11:45am the bird disappeared and has not been relocated. It was last seen along the cottonwoods perpendicular to the road. 

The bird was not relocated on May 21st. 

This is the 91st record for the province of BC.

Loggerhead Shrike in Delta - Photo: Rob Lyske

Saturday, May 19, 2018

RBA: PROTHONOTORY WARBLER in Princeton - May 19th

At 11:30am on May 19-2018, Edward Lahaie found a male Prothonotary Warbler at his home at 460 Auburn Crescent in Princeton. The bird was foraging in the Hawthorne bushes in his yard but was not relocated after looking for it all day and a photo could not be taken. 

He gave a detailed description of the bird as he viewed it from 12 feet away: "Deep yellow coloured, gray blue wings, white under tail with larger dark bill."

The home is open to the public and the address is 460 Auburn Crescent, Princeton. Please do not knock on the front door before proceeding to the backyard. Please be respectful of the homeowner's property and residences in the area and do not block driveways.

This is the 9th record for the province of BC.

The bird was not relocated on May 20th.

RBA: RED-THROATED PIPIT in Victoria - May 19-21st

At 3:30 pm on May 19th-2018, Geoffrey Newell found and photographed a Red-throated Pipit on the central dyke at Panama Flats. This is the second Red-throated Pipit he has found at this location. The previous being in May 2016.

Panama Flats is located between Roy Rd and Carey Rd. The best access to view the bird is off Carey Rd and Baker St and to walk down the middle (central) dyke looking at both the NE and NW quadrants.

Map to Location HERE

As of 6:30pm the bird is being viewed by multiple observers at the north end of Panama Flats.

This is the 54th record for the province of BC.

The bird was not seen on May 20th.

The bird was relocated at the N end of Panama Flats at 2pm and continued until dark on Monday May 21st.

Red-throated Pipit in Victoria - Photos: Geoffrey Newell

Sunday, May 13, 2018

RBA: LESSER GOLDFINCH in Princeton - May 12th

At 1:50pm on May 12-2018, Edward Lahaie found a male Lesser Goldfinch at the nyjer feeder at his home at 460 Auburn Crescent in Princeton. The bird stayed at the nyjer for ten mins but has not been relocated. This is the 4th time his family has had this species at his home.

The bird has not returned but if it does the home will be open to the public with pre-approved appointments. Please contact the RBA if you plan on visiting.

This is the 23rd record for the province of BC.

Male Lesser Goldfinch in Princeton - Photo: Edward Lahaie

Sunday, May 6, 2018

RBA: GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE in Williams Lake - May 5th

At 8:30 am on May 5-2018, Lubna Khan and Sean and Betty Donahue found a singing male Great-tailed Grackle on a cottonwood tree on the Scout Island Causeway (Scout Island Rd) on Scout Island in Williams Lake. Lubna Khan was able to get some great shots of the bird. The bird was subsequently viewed by multiple observers until 8:15pm.

There is a second female Great-tailed Grackle currently in the province in Vancouver. You can read about that bird HERE.

This is the 6th record for the province of BC.

Map to location HERE

The bird was not relocated on May 6th, despite multiple observers looking.

Male Great-tailed Grackle in Williams Lake - Photos: Lubna Khan

Saturday, May 5, 2018

RBA: WHITE-FACED IBIS in Kelowna and Cranbrook - May 5th

At 7:15am on May 5th-2018, Bobby Dailey found and photographed 7 White-faced Ibis at Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. The birds were from the shore trail as they foraged in the reeds in the lake.

The best spot to view them from is HERE

Park at Innes Ave S. and 11 St S.

The birds were still present an hour late when he left but were not relocated on May 6th despite multiple observers looking.

At 9am on May 5th-2018, Rhonda Schurian found a single White-faced Ibis on the sandbar at the mouth of Mission Creek in Kelowna. Young birder Kalin Ocana paddled up to it in a canoe at 11:30am for excellent photos, sadly it was flushed by kayakers at 6pm and others could not relocate it.

The bird allowed for up close photos and was viewed by several observers that day but was not relocated on May 6th.

This is the 43rd and 44th record of this species in the province of BC.

A stunning portrait of a White-faced Ibis in Kelowna - Photo: Kalin Ocana

3 of 7 White-faced Ibis at Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook - Photo: Bobby Dailey

Thursday, May 3, 2018

RBA: INDIGO BUNTING in Prince George - May 2-3rd

On May 2nd-2018, Anne Hogan spotted an adult male Indigo Bunting feeding on millet at her home on Hoferkamp Rd. On May 3rd, the bird continued and Bob Steventon was able to photograph it at their feeder.

The home is not open to the public. 

The bird was not seen on May 4th.

Male Indigo Bunting in Prince George - Photos: Bob Steventon

Sunday, April 29, 2018

RBA: Probable REDWING in Vancouver - April 29th

At 8:35am on April 28, 2018 Bridget Spencer found a probable Redwing. The bird was sitting in a white blossom cherry tree in Musqueam Golf Course along the Fraser River. It was singing for 30 mins and she made a recording and took record photos as it flew east towards Point Grey Golf course. The bird was relocated at Point Grey Golf Course at 9:05 am but was only heard and then not seen again when the birder had to leave. It has not been relocated since despite multiple observers looking.

Experienced European birders believe it to be a Redwing. You can listen to it HERE

Bridget made a comparison recording between her bird (Starts at 0:00 and ends at 0:04) and a confirmed Redwing by Michael Bome (starts at 0:05 and ends at 0:15) on Xeno-Cantho. You can listen to it HERE

Map to exact location bird was first seen HERE

Probable Redwing carrying Cherry Blossom in beak - Photo: Bridget Spencer

Friday, April 27, 2018

RBA: LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in Cawston - April 26th

At 4:15pm on April 26th 2018, Mark McAnally found a Loggerhead Shrike on Nighthawk Rd in Cawston.

The exact location is 250m before the descent to the border customs stop. The bird was in view for over 10 minutes as it flew back and forth across the road, landing in the open.

A map to the exact location is HERE.

Nighthawk Rd is west of Osoyoos and accessed off of Highway 3.

Loggerhead Shrike in Osoyoos - Photo: Mark McAnally

Loggerhead Shrike in Osoyoos - Photo: Mark McAnally

Friday, April 20, 2018

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE in Coquitlam - April 20th-21st

At 11:30am on April 20th-2018, John Reynolds found a Black Phoebe at Colony farm in a Coquitlam.

Directions to bird: The bird is in the pond in front of the service yard. Coming from Hwy 7, park at the community garden. Walk back and turn left on a newly gravelled road. Just before you reach the fenced-in work area go to the right of the fence and make your way along the fence towards the pond.

The bird was photographed and last seen by multiple observers at 7:30am on April 21st. There were no subsequent sightings later in the day despite multiple observers looking.

Map to location of bird HERE

This is the 23rd record for the province of BC.

Black Phoebe in Coquitlam - Photo: John Reynolds
Black Phoebe in Coquitlam - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

RBA: GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE in Vancouver - March 11-May 25th

On March 11th-2018, Shelley Ide found a bird she did not recognize on the sidewalk of W. 4th Ave in Vancouver. At the time she had identified the bird as a female Boat-tailed Grackle. On the afternoon of April 17th-2018, Aaron Zacharias found the same bird in a vacant lot on W. 4th Ave between Alma St. and Highbury St. Aaron identified it as well as a female Boat-tailed Grackle. After Robert Lee relocated it this evening and provided a photo. I was able to help identify it to species and the bird is actually a female Great-tailed Grackle, which is a great bird nonetheless. Congrats to the finders. The bird has a limp but is doing ok it is eating and flying ok.

Map to exact location HERE. The bird has also been seen on a balcony next to the parking lot off Point Grey Rd for Jericho Park.

This is the 5th record for the province of BC and 1st record for Metro Vancouver.

A news article of the bird can be found HERE

The bird continues in the same vacant lot as of May 7th.

On May 8th and 12th, the Grackle was relocated at Cecil Green Park near UBC.

The bird was last seen in the original vacant lot at West 4th near Highbury St on May 25th.

Female Great-tailed Grackle in Vancouver - Photos: Melissa Hafting
Female Great-tailed Grackle in Vancouver - Photo: Janice White

Thursday, March 29, 2018

RBA: PARAKEET AUKLET off Tofino - March 29th

On March 29, 2018 - a pelagic out of Tofino from The Whale Centre found a single Parakeet Auklet at an ocean depth of 515 ft in pelagic waters, offshore from Tofino. An exact GPS location of the bird was not taken. It sat on the water briefly before taking flight and disappearing out of sight.

The bird was found and photographed by Joachim Bertrands.

Parakeet Auklet off Tofino - Photos: Joachim Bertrands

This is the 43rd record for the province of BC.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

RBA: 3 SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSSES off Tofino - March 24th

At 9am on March 24, 2018 on a pelagic trip out of Tofino on Ocean Outfitter's "Miss B. Haven," 13 birders saw three juvenile Short-tailed Albatrosses, one of the birds was banded and after photo review a partial band number was visible. We sent in the band and the researchers said he was banded on April 24, 2017 as a chick at Tori Island, Hachijo, Japan. His full band number is 13D9932.

The first Short-tailed Albatross was spotted by Mike Toochin and all birds were found on Clayquot Canyon with 400 Black-footed Albatross behind a trawler.

The birds stayed with the boat in close proximity (as close as 10 feet away) and allowed for great photos. The birds were present for the full 5 hours the birders were at the canyon.

Exact GPS location of birds HERE

This is the 45th record for the province of BC.
(The actual number in BC is obviously higher than what is reported by birders)

Banded (R) Short-tailed Albatross off Tofino - Photo: Melissa Hafting
2 out of 3 Short-tailed Albatrosses off Tofino - Photo: Melissa Hafting
Short-tailed Albatross off Tofino - Photos: Melissa Hafting
Short-tailed Albatross off Tofino - Photo: Ilya Povalyaev

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

RBA: KING EIDER in Qualicum Beach - March 12-April 2nd

At 2:15pm on March 12, 2018, Neil Robins and John Purves found an adult male King Eider in breeding plumage. The bird was in a large raft of scoters near to Bluffs Drive in the Eaglecrest Area of Qualicum Beach. They viewed the bird for an hour by scope. They were unable to photograph the bird due to distance.

The bird was relocated by Guy Monty et al. on March 13th at the end of Whitmee Rd and is being viewed as of 6:30pm. A scope is required. From March 18th to 22nd, the eider was relocated further north at the Little Qualicum Estuary and could be viewed from the beach access at the east end of Surfside Dr. The bird was seen on March 23rd from the end of Buller Rd, which is just south of the previous location - a map of the location can be viewed HERE.

The bird was seen at the original location at the end of Whitmee Rd on March  26, 2018.

*On April 2nd the bird continued at the end of Seacrest Place in Qualicum Beach.*

This is the 37th record for the province of British Columbia.

King Eider in Qualicum Beach - Photo: Blair Dudeck

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

RBA: BROWN THRASHER in Elko - Jan 2-March 19th

On Jan 2-2018, Brad Eckersley first saw a Brown Thrasher visiting his property on Yarrow Rd. The bird was present for a month and a half but was not identified. On Feb 11-2018, Bob Livsey found the bird at Brad's feeder and identified it as a Brown Thrasher. It was only present at the feeder for about 6 seconds. It was seen again briefly on Feb 12th at the same location and was singing. Appearances have been too brief for any photo opportunities.

The bird can now be viewed from the public location of  Main St and Yarrow Ave. 

This is the 40th record for the province of BC.

This is the second Brown Thrasher in the province at the same time. The other bird is in Cranbrook and details can be found HERE.

The bird has not been seen since March 19th, 2018.

Monday, January 29, 2018

RBA: BROWN BOOBY in Victoria - Jan 29th-Feb 3rd

An apparent injured adult Brown Booby was found at 1pm on January 29/2018 at Ogden Point in Victoria. The bird was photographed by Ashley Olender who didn't realize what it was. June Elaine Pigeon found the bird at the same site later in the afternoon and noticed it was immobile and shivering and called the SPCA. The bird was then transported to SPCA's Wild ARC rehab facility.

A photo of the bird can be viewed HERE

Sadly, despite best efforts, this bird died on Feb 3rd at Wild Arc.

Thank you to Wild Arc and especially to June Pigeon for aiding this bird as best as they could.

You can read more about this sad story HERE.