Central BC, Haida Gwaii and North Coast

To report rare bird sightings and submit photographs for this page, please email Melissa Hafting at BCbirdergirl@gmail.com

Blue Jay (1)
Location: HERE on Garvin Rd - Quesnel
Reported: Jan 11 (Suzy Wright et al.)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: Dump on Carson Pit Rd - Quesnel
Reported: Dec 22/19-Jan 10/20 (Brian and Sheila Murland)

Turkey Vulture (1)
Location: HERE on HWY 97 - 150 Mile House
Reported: Jan 6 (Sandy Proulx)

Common Grackle (1)
Location: Private yard opposite to the Farwell Canyon turnoff on Hwy 20 - Riske Creek
Reported: Jan 5-6 (Sharon Henry, m.obs)
*Please respect private property*


Common Grackle in Riske Creek - Photo: Sharon Henry

Redhead (2)

Location: East sewage pond - Kitimat
Reported: Nov 30-Dec 15 (Mark Conboy, m.obs)

Pacific Loon (1)
Location: Eaglet Lake - Giscome
Reported: Nov 24 (Suzy Wright) [Photos]

Blue Jay (3)
Location: Puntchesakut Lake - Quesnel
Reported: Nov 21 (Suzy Wright)

RBA: WHITE WAGTAIL (1) (not open to public)
Location: Triple Islands Lighthouse near Prince Rupert
Reported: Nov 10-13 (Erik Milton)

White Wagtail near Prince Rupert - Photo: Erik Milton

Wilson's Warbler (1) late*
Location: East of the ponds at Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club - Terrace
Reported: Nov 13 (Mark Conboy)

Lesser Yellowlegs (1) late*
Location: HERE with a late Spotted Sandpiper on the mudflats at the entrance to the old pulp mill in Port Edward - Prince Rupert
Reported: Nov 10 (Teresa Weismiller)

Wilson's Warbler (1) late*
Location: 14th Ave and Johnson - Prince George
Reported: Nov 10 (Angie Joiner)

GREAT EGRET (1)
Location: HERE - Prince Rupert
Reported: Nov 8 (Ian Mcallister)
                            
Pacific Loon (1)
Location: Bowron Lake - Wells
Reported: Nov 7 (Suzy Wright)

RBA: ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Home on Colleymount Rd - Burns Lake
Reported: Oct 30-Nov 4 (Keith Walker, m.obs)
*Open to the Public -Please contact RBA for property access*


Ash-throated Flycatcher in Burns Lake - Photo: Jeff  Dyck

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: Nov 1 (Colleen)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: in vegetation near the aluminum ingot storage HERE at Terminal A - Kitimat
Reported: Oct 21-23 (Guy Monty)

BEWICK'S TUNDRA SWAN (2)
Location: HERE in Walker Valley - 108 Mile Ranch
Reported: Oct 16-23 (Sandy Proulx, m.obs)
Directions: The best access is at the north-west end of Watson Lake via Tatton Station Rd. There is a parking lot here and the lake is only .75km from the lot.

Bewick's Swan in 108 Mile Ranch - Photo: Sandy Proulx
Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Private Home - Mud River
Reported: Oct 15 (Serge Wolf)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Feeder on Sweder Rd - Prince George
Reported: Oct 10-14 (Bonnie Meier, m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Dump on Carson Pit Rd - Quesnel
Reported: Oct 6 (Suzy Wright)

Rufous Hummingbird (late)
Location: Private Home on Mountainview Ave - Thornhill
Reported: Oct 3-5 (Diana Weismiller)
Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: On the west side of the road on the fenceline near the Walrath Rd marsh - Shelley
Reported: Oct 4 (Jeff Dyck)

RBA: SUMMER TANAGER (1 male) *open to public*
Location: 2835 Francois Lake Rd - Fraser Lake
Reported: Sept 25-Oct 1 (Tom Davies, m.obs)

Male Summer Tanager in Fraser Lake - Photo: Ray Ostrander

Veery (1)
Location: Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Oct 1 (Sachi Snively)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Private Home on Mountainview Ave - Thornhill
Reported: Sept 29 (Teresa Weismiller)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: 342 Alberta Place - Prince Rupert
Reported: Sept 20-26 (Teresa Weismiller)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Lcation: Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 21-26 (Avery Bartels)

TENNESSEE WARBLER (1)
Location: HERE at the end of Alvan Rd in an alder beside Nechako Docks boat ramp - Kitimat
Reported Sept 24 (Guy Monty)

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Lcation: Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 24 (Avery Bartels)

Lark Sparrow (1)
Location: Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 21-22 (Avery Bartels)

RBA: BROWN BOOBY (1 adult)
Location: 80 miles SE of Moresby Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Sept 21 (Roger Stone)

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: In field on the south side of Jervis Rd - McBride
Reported: Sept 20 (Jeff Dyck)

Sabine's Gulls

Location: 1 at the recreation site bay at Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 16-20 (Jim Sims)

Location: 1 juv at the north end of Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 16 (Sachs Snively)

Location: 1 flying over reservoir at the west end of Williston Lake Causeway - Mackenzie
Reported: Sept 15 (Jeff Dyck and Angie Joiner)

Tennessee Warbler (1)
Located: In mixed flock at Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 19 (Avery Bartels)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Located: Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 18 (Avery Bartels)

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: Upper Dog Creek Rd and Enterprise Rd intersection - Dog Creek
Reported: Sept 17 (Sandy Proulx)

Philadelphia Vireo (1)
Location: Banded at Mugaha Marsh Banding Station - Mackenzie
Reported: Sept 15 (B. Dudeck)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Private Property - Nazko
Reported: Sept 14 (Brian and Sheila Murland)

Caspian Tern (2)
Location: Flying over Tatlayoko Lake Banding Station - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 13 (Avery Bartels)

Parasitic Jaeger (1)
Location: Cottonwood Island Park - Prince George
Reported: Sept 13 (Cathy Antoniazzi)

Black Tern (2)
Location: Bouchie Lake - (near Quesnel)
Reported: Sept 12 (Jerry McFetridge)

Caspian Tern (3)
Location: Scout Island Nature Centre - Williams Lake
Reported: Sept 9 (Suzy Wright)

Common Tern (4)
Location: Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Sept 4 (Suzy Wright)

Upland Sandpiper (1)
Location: Flew over Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 1-3 (Sachi Snively, m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Banded at Mugaha Marsh  Banding Station - Mackenzie
Reported: Sept 2 (Blair Dudeck)

Grey-cheeked Thrush (6)
Location: banded at Mugaha Marsh Banding Station - Mackenzie
Reported: Aug 22-Sept 2 (Blair Dudeck)

Bohemian Waxwings (8)
Location: Flew over Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 1 (Avery Bartels and Sachi Snively, m.obs)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Drummond Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: Aug 29-Sept 1 (John Woods)

Blue Jay (5)
Location: Puntchesakut Lake - Quesnel
Reported: July 6-Aug 29 (Brian and Sheila Murland, m.obs)

Ovenbird (4)
Location: banded at Mugaha Marsh  Banding Station - Mackenzie
Reported: Aug 22-26 (Blair Dudeck)

Common Redpoll (1)
Location: Kitimat
Reported: Aug 24 (Michael Shepard)

Blue-headed Vireo (1)
Location: Mugaha Marsh Banding Station - Mackenzie
Reported: Aug 24 (Blair Dudeck)

Rusty Blackbirds (10)
Location: Sewage Lagoons - Wells
Reported: Aug 22-24 (Brian and Sheila Murland)

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: HERE on Dog Creek Rd - Dog Creek
Reported: Aug 22 (Jerry McFetridge)

Greater White-fronted Goose (1)
Location: Flew over Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Aug 22 (Avery Bartels et al.)

RBA: HAWAIIAN PETREL (1)
Location: Viewed from the "Ovation of the Seas" Royal Caribbean cruise ship HERE off Haida Gwaii
Reported: Aug 21 (Michael Turso)

Hawaiian Petrel off Haida Gwaii - Photo: Michael Turso
Lewis's Woodpecker (3)
Location: Soda Creek-McAlister Rd and Soda Creek Ferry Rd - near Williamson Lake
Reported: Aug 11-20 (Paul Foth, m.obs)

Black Turnstone (1)
Location: Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Aug 19 (Jim Sims)

Black Turnstone (1)
Location: Off Big Creek Rd around Fletcher Lake - Hanceville
Reported: Aug 18 (John Woods)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 male)
Location: 807 Norn Rd - Quesnel
Reported: June 4-Aug 18 (Dwaine Laxdal, m.obs)

Greater White-fronted Goose (2)
Location: Flew over Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Aug 17 (Avery Bartels et al.)

Upland Sandpiper (1)
Location: Flew over Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Aug 13 (Avery Bartels et al.)

Gray Catbird (1)
Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Aug 12 (Avery Bartels et al.)

Anna's Hummingbird (2)
Location: Private residene near Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Aug 8-13 (fide Avery Bartels, m.obs)

Ovenbird (1)
Location: Mugaha Marsh  Banding Station - Mackenzie
Reported: Aug 10 (Blair Dudeck)

Stilt Sandpiper (2)
Location: HERE on the mudflats at the entrance to the old pulp mill in Port Edward - Prince Rupert
Reported: Aug 10 (Teresa Weismiller)

Stilt Sandpipers are rare in Prince Rupert! - Photo: Teresa Weismiller

Horned Puffin (2)

Location: 1 flew by Duu Guusd Tribal Park - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 29 (Ken Wright)

Location: 1 off Flat Rock Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 14 (David Wood et al.)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 13-14 (Ken Wright et al.)

Marbled Godwit (4)
Location: 2 at Airport and 2 at Shingle Bay at Sandspit - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 11-14 (David Wood et al., m.obs)

Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Location: Drummond Lake - Rosie Creek
Reported: July 12 (Sandy Proulx)

Swamp Sparrow (2)
Location: In marshes at the end of Puntchesakut Lake - Quesnel
Reported: July 2-6 (Jerry McFetridge, m.obs)

LeConte's Sparrow (4)
Location: In field HERE - Eaglet Lake
Reported: June 30-July 4 (Cathy Antoniazzi, .m.obs)

LeConte's Sparrows (2)
Location: In field bordering train tracks (near Giscome Elementary School) along Giscome S Rd - Giscome
Reported: May 30-July 1 (Cathy Antoniazzi, m.obs)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: McIntosh Landing - South Hazelton
Reported: June 30 (Larry Joseph)

Western Sandpiper (1)
Location: Shelly Sludge Lagoons - Prince George
Reported: June 29-30 (Emily Williams and Cathy Antoniazzi, m.obs)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1)
Location: Highway 37 corridor and vicinity near Kitimat
Reported: June 28 (Michael Shepard)

Rusty Blackbirds 

Location: 2 at km 83 of Farewell Canyon Road near Hanceville
Reported: June 27 (Sandy Proulx)


Location: 1 at edge of Beaver Pond at Fourteen Mile Pond - Quesnel
Reported: June 26 (Ilya Povalyaev)

Baird's Sandpiper (1)
Location: On the mudflats in the middle of Rec. site bay of Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: June 26 (Jim Sims)

Arctic Terns (up to 8 birds, breeding)
Location: At the south islets of Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: June 26 (Jim Sims)

House Wren (1)
Location: North end of Drummond Lake - Williams Lake
Reported: June 25 (Sandy Proulx)

Horned Puffin (1)
Location: HERE near Kiutsa - Haida Gwaii
Reported: June 24 (Bryan Vroom)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: North end of the beach on the NW side of Goose Island - Bella Bella
Reported: June 24 (John Reynolds)

Northern Mockingbird in Bella Bella - Photo: John Reynolds 

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Near observation tower at Cranberry Marsh - Valemount
Reported: June 18 (Josh Brown)

Rock Wrens

Location: 1 at the Farwell bridge at Farwell Canyon - near to Riske Creek
Reported: June 15-19 (Sharon Henry et al.)

Location: 5803 Dog Creek Rd - Dog Creek
Reported: June 13 (Roger Beardmore)

Wandering Tattler (1)
Location: Three Guardsmen Lake on Haines Hwy - Plesant Camp
Reported: June 4 (Tom Hince et al.)

Ovenbirds

Location: HERE at Heather-Dina Lakes Provincial Park - near Mackenzie
Reported: June 2-4 (Julia Burger et al.)

Location: 1 bird 200 m south of Kitimat Fish Hatchery - Kitimat
Reported: June 2 (Ilya Povalyaev)

American Golden-Plover (2)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: June 1 (Christoper Di Corrado)

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE (1)
Location: Private Ranch off Dean River Rd near Anahim Lake
Reported: May 30 (Steve Juhasz)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Private Ranch off Dean River Rd near Anahim Lake
Reported: May 30 (Steve Juhasz)

Sage Thrasher (1)
Location: 807 Norn Rd - Quesnel
Reported: May 29 (Dwaine Laxdal)

Tundra Swan (1)
Location: Duck pond at McMillan Creek on Old Summit Lake Rd - Prince George
Reported: May 18-19 (Jeff Dyck)

Baird’s Sandpiper (1)
Location: Martin Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: May 19 (Jim Sims et al.)

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: Rock Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: May 16 (Phil Ranson)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Seeley Lake Provincial Park - South Hazelton
Reported: May 15 (Walter Thorne)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: HERE in a field near Pritchard Creek near the Stikine River - Chute Landing
Reported: May 5-7 (Bill Sampson)

Black Scoter (1 female)
Location: West end of Horse Lake (seen off Lakeshore Drive HERE) - 100 Mile House
Reported: May 6 (Paul Foth)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: On the fence line near the gas pipeline on Old Shelley Rd South - Prince George
Reported: May 4 (Jeff Dyck, Angie Joiner and Emily Williams, m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: New Remo Bed and Breakfast - Terrace
Reported: May 4 (Jeremy Gatten)

Blue Jay (2)
Location: Canoe Launch Bridge on Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: May 1 (Emily Williams)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1 in breeding plumage)
Location: Oak tree field north of Lone Oak Ranch at Eaglet Lake - Giscome
Reported: April 29-30 (Sandra Kinsey and Laird Law, m.obs)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Near Britco on Pacific Street - Prince George
Reported: April 29 (Emily Williams)

American White Pelicans (4) *early*
Location: At Riverside Park on the Nechako River across from the bird observatory tower - Vanderhoof
Reported: April 7 (Walter and Susan Thorne, m.obs)

Pomarine Jaeger (1)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: April 7 (Carey Bergman)

Long-billed Curlew (1 flyover)
Location: Alkali Lake - 40 km south of Williams Lake
Reported: March 31 (Phil Ranson)

Common Teal
Location: 1 at Alkali Lake - 40km south of Williams Lake
Reported: March 31 (Phil Ranson)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: Quesnel Municipal Dump (540 Carson Pit Rd) - Quesnel
Reported: Jan 21-March 10 (Sheila and Brian Murland, m.obs)

Photo: Jerry McFetridge

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: At a feeder in the 700 block of Kinchant St - Quesnel  
Reported: Jan 5-Feb 16 (Suzy Wright, m.obs)

Harris's Sparrow in Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright

Blue Jays

Location: 2 at Old Summit Lake Rd near Sperling Rd - Prince George
Reported: Nov 20/18-Jan Feb 11/19 (Sandra Kinsey, m.obs)

Location: 1 at a private home on East Perry Rd - Prince George
Reported: Feb 10 (Sara Sparks)

White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
Location: Seen on Partridge St near Ptarmigan Street and seen at a private home on Teal St - Kitimat
Reported: Oct 27/18-Feb 6/19 (Margaret and Glenn Stenson, m.obs)

1st White-breasted Nuthatch in Kitimat - Photo: Walter Thorne/Macaulay Library

Blue Jays

Location: 1 on Upper Fraser Rd - Ferndale
Reported: Jan 21 (Sandra Kinsey)

Location: 1 at private home on Garvin Rd - Quesnel
Reported: Sept 3/18-Jan 19/19 (S. Wright, m.obs)

Cassin's Finches

Location: Two males and one female at Eaglet Lake - Prince George
Reported: Jan 27 (Sandra Kinsey and Laird Law)

Location: One male and two females feeding on Mitchell Road - Prince George
Reported: Jan 12-15 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)

Gyrfalcon (1 juvenile)
Location: 1/2 way along the south side of Boeing Rd. Also seen on Old Cariboo Hwy, 100m south of Giscome Rd and on Gunn Rd and at the canoe launch at Cottonwood Park - Prince George
Reported: Dec 16-Jan 26 (fide Jack Bowling, m.obs)

Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Location: Foraging along gravel beach on south shore of Lina Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 20 (Carey Bergman)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: At Queen B's Cafe on Wharf Way - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 18/19 (Carey Bergman)