Okanagan, Interior and the Kootenays

To report rare bird sightings and submit photographs for this page, please email Chris Charlesworth at c_charlesworth23@hotmail.com.
Recent sightings:


Location: Mouth of Mission Creek in Kelowna. Second for BC. First for the Okanagan Valley. See home page for more details.
Reported: May 13 to 17 (Ryan Tomlinson).
Great Black-backed Gull. Kelowna, BC. May 16, 2019. Photo: Nathan Early.
Franklin's Gull (6 adult)
Location: Mouth of Mission Creek, Kelowna.
Reported: May 16 (Logan Lalonde, et al).

Black-necked Stilt (3)

Location: Flooded horse pasture along Munson Road in Kelowna, just east of Munson Pond.
Reported: May 15 & 16  (Fran Pattison).

Black-necked Stilt. Munson Road, Kelowna, BC. May 19, 2019.
Black-necked Stilt (6)

Location: Along the Elk River, north of Elkford in the East Kootenay region.
Reported: May 15 (Ilya Povalyaev).
Black-necked Stilts. Elk River, BC. May 15, 2019. Photo: Ilya Povalyaev.

Location: At 10:15 am on May 11-2019, Lyle Grisedale found a Brown Thrasher at Rykerts Lake near the US-Idaho border. The bird was perched on a leafless branch HERE along Porthill Rd. By the time he got out his camera it had flown south down the lake. He followed it but lost the bird in thick bushes.
Reported: May 11 (Lyle Grisedale).

Black-necked Stilt (5)
Location: Duck Lake in Creston.
Reported: May 11 (Ed and Hazel Beynon).

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: Bird has been seen several times, including fly-overs at UBC Okanagan (Jan 30, Feb 25 & Mar 25);  on a telephone pole near Kelowna Landfill on John Hindle Drive (Mar 7) and a fly-over at Kelowna International Airport (Mar 8). March 11, bird was on telephone pole along Hwy 97, just south of UBC Okanagan. May 8, bird flew over Robert Lake.
Reported: Feb 25 to May 8 (Nathan Earley).

Lesser Goldfinch (up to 15 birds)
Location: Across from 19610 Kruger Mtn Rd in Osoyoos. On Dec 12, Ryan Tomlinson and Chris Charlesworth found a flock of 15 Lesser Goldfinches. They were first observed in the morning on the power lines with American Goldfinches at the corner of Old Richter Pass Rd and Alkali Rd. In the afternoon they were refound about 200 meters west on Old Richter Pass Road.
Reported: July 15, 2018 to May 8, 2019. (David M. Bell, m.obs).
One of up to 15 Lesser Goldfinches in the hills west of Osoyoos, BC. July 15, 2018. Photo: David M. Bell.
Harris's Sparrow (1 adult)
Location: Private residence on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna.
Reported: May 7 (Scott Thomson).
Harris's Sparrow. West Kelowna, BC. May 7, 2019. Photo: Scott Thomson.
Lesser Goldfinch (2) 
Location: Feeder at 460 Auburn Crescent (please knock on front door before viewing) in Princeton.
Reported: May 1 to 7 (Edward Lahaie).

Harris’s Sparrow (3 immature)
Location: Private Home on Pineridge Rd in Lillooet
Reported: April 6 to May 7 (Ian Routley)

Long-tailed Duck (1)
Location: Sawmill Pond near Radium Hot Springs.
Reported: May 7 (Rachel Darvill).

Broad-winged Hawk (1 adult)

Location: Hwy 3B, south of Nancy Greene Provincial Park and north of Rossland.
Reported: May 6 (Justin Johnson).

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Private feeder at 460 Auburn Crescent in Princeton. Please knock on door before viewing.
Reported: May 4 to 6 (Edward Lahaie).


Location: 928-5th Street in Nakusp. See main page for more details.
Reported: April 29 to May 3 (Julia Flesaker, m.obs).

Black-necked Stilt (1)
Location: Mouth of Kuskanax Creek in Nakusp.
Reported: May 2 (Catherine McLean, m.obs).

Franklin's Gull (1 adult)
Location: Mouth of Kuskanax Creek in Nakusp. With flock of Bonaparte's Gulls.
Reported: May 1 (Catherine McLean, Gary Davidson).

Black-necked Stilt (2)
Location: Up to two have been seen at Robert Lake and Alki Lake at the Kelowna Landfill.
Reported: April 19 to 25 (Nick Swan, m.obs).

Harris's Sparrow (1 immature upon arrival, has now molted into adult plumage)
Location: Private residence in Rutland area of Kelowna.
Reported: Jan 9 to Apr 25 (Jamie Luxton).
Imm. Harris's Sparrow. Kelowna, BC. Feb 19, 2019. Photo: Jamie Luxton.
Blue Jay (2)
Location: Private residence along Pineridge Road in Lillooet.
Reported: Dec 2018 to Apr 25, 2019 (Ian Routley).
Blue Jay. Lillooet, BC. March 20, 2019. Photo: Ian Routley.
Sage Thrasher (1)
Location: Private residence in Revelstoke.
Reproted: Apr 24 (Darlene Cancelliere).
Sage Thrasher. Revelstoke, BC. Apr 24, 2019. Photo: Darlene Cancelliere.
Yellow-billed Loon (1 probable)
Location: North end of Little Shuswap Lake, near Chase.
Reported: Apr 22 (Reba & Allan Dupilka).

Location: With Lesser Scaup at Separation Lake in Knutsford 
Reported: April 7 to 9 (Tom Beeke, m.obs)
Tufted Duck. Knutsford, BC. Apr 7, 2019. Photo: Tom Beeke. 
Golden-crowned Sparrow (1 imm)
Location: Feeder at private residence at 2390 Shannon Woods Drive in West Kelowna. 
Reported: Nov 4/18 to Apr 6/19 (James Jansen).
Golden-crowned Sparrow. West Kelowna, BC. Apr 6, 2019. Photo: James Jansen.
Location: O'keefe Ranch in Vernon. Bird first spotted at 11 AM hunting from fence posts near the corn maze. At 4:30 PM it was relocated and was visible with a scope from St. Anne Road, looking back towards the ranch. At 9 AM on April 1, bird was found in large hawthorn tree growing along the edge of the creek visible from the N.E. corner of the corn maze. Still showing at 1:30 PM.
Reported: Mar 31 to April 1 (Chris Siddle). No sightings on Apr 2.
Loggerhead Shrike. Vernon, BC. March 31, 2019. Photo: Chris Siddle.
Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Singing in hedge in private garden with feeder along Trepanier Bench Road at Morrison Road in Peachland.
Reported: Mar 31 (Chris Charlesworth).

Purple Finch (1 female)
Location: McLeery Road near Landsdowne Road, Armstrong.
Reported: Mar 27 (Matthew Lowery).
Purple Finch. Armstrong, BC. Mar 27, 2019. Photo: Matthew Lowery
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (1 light morph) *Possible/Unconfirmed*
Location: Creston. Bird was sitting on fence post off Kootenay River Road, 100 meters past Speers Road.
Reported: Mar 25 (Galen Schnare).

Harris's Sparrow (up to 5)
Location: Weedy patch on east side of the Capital News Center on Gordon Dr in Kelowna.
Reported: Dec 5, 2018 to Mar 25, 2019 (Chris Charlesworth).
Harris's Sparrow in weeds on east side of Capital News Center in Kelowna, BC. Dec 19, 2018. Photo: Keith Richardson
Purple Finch (Up to 7)
Location: Approx. km 4 on Beaver Lake Rd, in Lake Country.
Reported: Dec 14, 2018 to Mar 20, 2019 (Chris Charlesworth, m.obs).
Purple Finch. Lake Country, BC. Jan 26, 2019. Photo: Nick Swan.

RBA: FERRUGINOUS HAWK (light morph adult -- late report).
Location: Soaring over Maquinna Road in Hall Road area of Kelowna.
Reported: Mar 8 (Ryan Tomlinson).

Prairie Falcon (1)

Location: Selkirk College Trails, Castlegar.
Reported: Mar 13 (Craig Sandvig).

Harris's Sparrow (1 immature)
Location: Private residence along lower Silver Star Road in Vernon.
Reported: Mar 11 (Chris Siddle).

Purple Finch (2 female)

Location: White Lake Road near St. Andrews Golf Course, Kaleden.
Reported: Mar 9 (Kalin Ocana).
Female Purple Finch. White Lake Road, Kaleden, BC. March 9, 2019. Photo: Kalin Ocana.
Purple Finch (1 male)
Location: Single Mountain Ash tree at Centennial Way Park in Peachland. Bird was with several
Western Bluebirds and was singing from treetops and also seen eating mountain ash berries
Reported: Mar 9 (Chris Charlesworth).

Harris's Sparrow (1 immature)
Location: Okanagan Rail Trail, north from Scandia Golf & Games in Kelowna. Sparrow seen about 300 meters north of Scandia.
Reported: Nov 8, 2018 to Mar 9, 2019  (Don Wilson, m.obs).
Harris's Sparrow. Mill Creek, Kelowna, BC. Nov 2018. Photo: Nick Swan.
Harris's Sparrow (2 imm)
Location: Feeder at Desert Cove Estates near Head of the Lake in Vernon.
Reported: Nov 10/18 to Mar 8/19 (Chris Siddle).

Purple Finch (3)

Location: Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park near Vernon.
Reported: Jan 31 to March 7 (Chris Siddle).

Hermit Thrush (1)

Location: Waldie Island in Castlegar.
Reported: Mar 5 (Craig Sandvig).
Hermit Thrush. Waldie Island, Castlegar, BC. March 5, 2019. Photo: Craig Sandvig/Macaulay Library
Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
Location: Munson Pond, Kelowna.
Reported: Feb 28 (Nick Swan).
Lincoln's Sparrow. Munson Pond, Kelowna, BC. Feb 28, 2019. Photo: Nick Swan.
Purple Finch (2 female)
Location: Glenhayes Rd parking lot for the Grey Canal Trail in Vernon
Reported: Jan 6 to Feb 21 (Chris Siddle).

Common Grackle (1 male)
Location: HERE near Station Rd, Bull River.
Reported: Feb 20 (Alan Barnard, Michael Bentley).

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Private garden in Revelstoke, at 407 Edward Street.
Reported: Dec 4, 2018 to Feb 13, 2019 (Darlene Cancelliere).
Blue Jay. Revelstoke, BC. Dec 4, 2018. Photo: Darlene Cancelliere
Location: Private garden in Nelson. Not open to public.
Reported: Jan 6 to Feb 8 (Stuart McDonald).
Brown Thrasher. Nelson, BC. Photo: Stuart McDonald.
Location: Greenway on north side of Mission Creek, in Kelowna, about 250 meters south of Casorso Road. Bird was in the cottonwood grove on the N. side of the path. Has been seen by some observers at the first bench you encounter when traveling south from Casorso Rd on the north side of creek.
Sound recording HERE 
Reported: Dec 11, 2018 to Feb 8, 2019 (Ryan Tomlinson).
Winter Wren. Kelowna, BC. Dec 16, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth.
Hermit Thrush (1)
Location: Private residence along Little Shuswap Lake Rd, near Chase.
Reported: Jan 20 to Feb 8 (Reba & Allan Dupilka).
Hermit Thrush. Little Shuswap Lake, BC. Jan 20, 2019. Photo: Allan Dupilka.
Location: Bird is eating mountain ash berries with a flock of robins at the corner of Krick Road and Kernaghan Road, 10 km south of Salmon Arm in the Salmon River Valley. The birds initial berry source has now run out, and the bird has been seen feeding on berries in a Mountain Ash tree behind house #80 on Kernaghan Road. There is a snowy road that runs up a hill next to house 80 and from this trail you can look into the backyard and see the berries. Please respect private property.
Reported: Dec 16/18 to Feb 6/19 (Roger Beardmore, Nan Beardmore, Peter Lawless, Sharon Lawless, m.obs).
Fieldfare. Salmon Arm, BC. Dec 16, 2018. Photo: Roger Beardmore.
Rock Wren (1)
Location: South facing slope of 'The Throne' in Osoyoos, accessed from Haynes Lease Ecological Reserve at end of Meadowlark Lane.
Reported: Feb 6 (Chris Charlesworth).
Rock Wren. Osoyoos, BC. Feb 6, 2019. Photo: Chris Charlesworth.
Purple Finch (2)
Location: Kickininee Provincial Park, south of Summerland along Hwy 97.
Reported: Feb 5 (Lucie Parker).

Hermit Thrush (1)

Location: In riparian habitat on Locatee lands in Penticton. From Doc's Driving Range walk downstream 400 meters on right side of Okanagan River.
Reported: Feb 5 (Chris Charlesworth).

Purple Finch (Up to 4)
Location: Okanagan River in Penticton, in Mountain Ash tree, with Cassin's Finches. From Doc's Driving Range walk downstream about 500 meters on the right side of river.
Reported: Jan 8 to Feb 5 (Eric Newton).

Golden-crowned Sparrow (1 adult)
Location: Esplanade Trails in Penticton.
Reported: Nov 29/18 to Feb 2/19 (Darren Kirby).
Golden-crowned Sparrow. Penticton, BC. Dec 2, 2018. Photo: Darren Kirby / Macaulay Library
Location: Beach Ave in Peachland. Bird was feeding on berries on hillside along Beach Avenue, just west of address 3826.
Reported: Dec 27/18 to Feb 4/19 (Chris Charlesworth, Don Wilson)
Gray Catbird. Peachland, BC. Dec 27, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth

Hermit Thrush (2)
Location: Rose Valley Regional Park, Rosewood Dr entrance in West Kelowna. From end of Rosewood Dr, walk along trail about 150 meters. Thrushes are in vegetated ditch with plenty of snowberries, rose hips and other berries.
Reported: Dec 15, 2018 to Feb 1, 2019. (James Jansen, Gerald Jansen).
Hermit Thrush. West Kelowna, BC. Dec 22, 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana.
Location: 2550 Walburn Road in Rutland area of Kelowna.
Reported: Dec 15, 2018 to Jan 31, 2019 (Kyle Fitzpatrick, m.obs)
Northern Mockingbird. Walburn Road, Kelowna, BC. Jan 2019. Photo: Kalin Ocana.
Mountain Bluebird (4) 
Location: Edge of large weedy field at N. end of Trout Creek Point, Summerland.
Reported: Jan 27 to 31 (James Jansen).
Mountain Bluebird. Trout Creek Point. Summerland, BC. Jan 27, 2019. Photo: James Jansen.

Harris's Sparrow (1 immature)

Location: Hedgerow near a feeder in private garden along Thornber Street in Trout Creek Point area of Summerland.

Reported: Jan 19 to 31 (Courtney Jett)
Harris's Sparrow. Trout Creek Point. Summerland, BC. Jan 19, 2019. Photo: Courtney Jett.

Pacific Loon (1)
Location: Shuswap Lake in Salmon Arm from the pier.
Reported: Jan 28 (Chris Charlesworth).

Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
Location: Weedy field at W. end of McCurdy Road, Kelowna.
Reported. Nov 11, 2018 to Jan 27, 2019 (Chris Charlesworth).
Lincoln's Sparrow. Kelowna, BC. Nov 16, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth
Pacific Loon (1)
Location: Kootenay River, seen as you drive along West Creston Road, just before turning onto Reclamation Road, Creston.
Reported: Jan 25 & 26 (Derek Kite, Paul Prappas).

White-winged Scoter (1 immature / female)
Location: Osoyoos Lake, Hwy 3 bridge in Osoyoos.
Reported: Jan 25 (Lucie Parker).
White-winged Scoter. Osoyoos, BC. Jan 25, 2019. Photo: Lucie Parker.
Hermit Thrush (1)
Location: Haynes Point Provincial Park, Osoyoos. Bird was half way between the parking area and the trailhead for the marsh trail.
Reported: Jan 8 to 23 (Lucie Parker).

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)

Location: O'Keefe Pond / Ranch near Vernon.
Reported: Jan 10 to 18 (Claude Rioux).
Yellow-headed Blackbird. Okeefe Ranch near Vernon, BC. Jan 10, 2019. Photo: Claude Rioux.
Mountain Bluebird (1 female)
Location: West Bench IR, Penticton.
Reported: Jan 18 (Eric Newton).
Mountain Bluebird. Penticton, BC. Jan 18 2019. Photo: Eric Newton.
Location: Along access road to parking area at the Grassland Loop at the S.W. corner of Swan Lake in Vernon.
Reported: Jan 18 (Amin Zargar).
Vesper Sparrow. Vernon, BC. Jan 18, 2019. Photo: Amin Zargar.
Common Yellowthroat (1)
Location: Robert Lake, Kelowna. From the parking area at Robert Lk, check marshy ditch that runs back to the west. Yellowthroat was about 100 meters west of the parking area in the ditch. 
Reported: Dec 7, 2018 to Jan 18, 2019 (Ryan Tomlinson, Chris Charlesworth).

Purple Finch (1 female)
Location: End of Belgo Road in Kelowna. To be exact, about 100 meters before the end of Belgo Road. There are some Russian Olives on the hillside and the finches were feeding on the olives.
Reported: Jan 11 (Chris Charlesworth, Ryan Tomlinson).

Location: Mission Creek in Kelowna, upstream from Casorso Road about 300 meters, beyond the viewing platform.
Reported: Jan 8 to 11, 2019 (Ryan Tomlinson).
Winter Wren. Kelowna, BC. Jan 11, 2019. Photo: Sandy Proulx.
Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: Hwy 3, west of Creston.
Reported: Jan 11 (Marc-Andre Beaucher)
Prairie Falcon. Creston, BC. Jan 11, 2019. Photo: Marc-Andre Beaucher / Macaulay Library
Brown-headed Cowbird (1 female)
Location: Thompson Brook Marsh / Capital News Center in Kelowna. Bird was in with flock of Red-winged Blackbirds.
Reported: Jan 6 (Michael Force, Judy Harrold).

Purple Finch (1 female)

Location: Near parking lot at Rose Valley Pond (next to Rose Valley School) on Westlake Road in West Kelowna.
Reported: Dec 15, 2018 to Jan 5, 2019 (Scott Thomson).


Location: Waterfront in Nelson, feeding along shoreline under pines in front of Chakho Mika Mall.
Reported: Jan 1 (Paul Prappas, Carolee Colter, Terry O'Gorman) to Jan 5 (multiple observers).
Palm Warbler. Nelson, BC. Jan 1, 2019. Photo: Paul Prappas.
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: In with flock of Red-winged Blackbirds along Westside Road, about 16-17 km south of its intersection with Hwy 97 near Vernon.
Reported: Jan 5 (Chris Siddle).

NASHVILLE WARBLER (1, first winter record for Okanagan Valley)

Location: Private residence in West Kelowna. Address is 2473 Reece Road. Knock on door. If Keiko isn't home, go through the gate at the front of the house and the finch feeder is just below, hanging from a walnut tree.
Reported: Jan 1 to 3 (Keiko Hiebert).
Nashville Warbler. West Kelowna, BC. Jan 1, 2019. Photo: Keiko Hiebert.

Location: In bushes HERE on Yankee Flats Rd in Yankee Flats (25 mins south of Salmon Arm)
Reported: Jan 1, 2019 (Doug Martin).

Harris's Sparrow (1) 
Location: Coming to a seed feeder at the corner of 10th St and 10th Ave - Fernie 
Reported: Dec 10/18 to Jan 1/19 (Mike Bentley, m.obs).

Blue Jay (1)

Location: Feeder in private garden in West Kelowna.
Reported: Dec 12 to 30, 2018 (Elaine Ophus).
Blue Jay. West Kelowna, BC. Dec 2018. Photo: Elaine Ophus.
Location: Mission Creek in Kelowna. From Casorso Road walk south along the trail on the north side of the creek for about 100-200 meters and check for the bird in the thick underbrush in the cottonwood forest on the north side of the trail. You can also walk around in the woodlot to increase chances of finding this very elusive bird.
Reported: Nov 30 to Dec 30 (Fran Pattison).

Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
Location: Swan Lake Grasslands Loop trail parking lot, Vernon.
Reported: Dec 30 (Amin Zargar).
Lincoln's Sparrow. Vernon, BC. Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Amin Zargar.

Hermit Thrush (1)
Location: Along Okanagan River between Oliver and Osoyoos. It was in the elms along the hike and bike trail, along the west side of the river, just south of Road 15.
Reported: Dec 29 (Matthias Beiber).

Location: Beach in front of 'The Cottages' on east side of Osoyoos Lake. Was with a Killdeer.
Reported: Dec 29 (Chris Charlesworth, Ryan Tomlinson).

Location: 410 Duncan Street (public welcome) in Lardeau in the West Kootenay region.
Reported: Dec 7 to 29 (Marlene Johnston).
Red-naped Sapsucker. Lardeau, BC. Dec 27, 2018. Photo: Gordon Brown.
Purple Finch (4 eastern ssp)
Location: Kamloops - Shuswap Road, between Pritchard and Chase.
Reported: Dec 28 (Isaac Nelson).

PECTORAL SANDPIPER (first winter record for the Okanagan Valley).

Location: Single bird was in flooded field along Munson Road, about 100 meters west of Benvoulin Road in Kelowna, near Munson Pond. Was in company of 6 Killdeer.
Reported: Dec 21 to 23 (Chris Charlesworth, Ryan Tomlinson).
Pectoral Sandpiper. Munson Pond, Kelowna, BC. Dec 21, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth

Harris’s Sparrow (1)
Location: At a feeder at the corner of Hicks and Collette Rds in Merritt
Reported: Dec 23 (Alan Burger).

Harris's Sparrow (1 imm)
Location: Willowbrook, near Vaseux Lake.
Reported: Dec 22 (Eva Durance).

Lincoln's Sparrow (1)

Location: Allendale Lake Road, Okanagan Falls.
Reported: Dec 22 (Michael Bezener).

Pacific Loon (1)

Location: East side of Skaha Lake, north of Okanagan Falls.
Reported: Dec 22 (Michael Bezener).

Rusty Blackbird (1)

Location: Rose Valley Regional Park, Rosewood Dr entrance in West Kelowna. From end of Rosewood Dr, walk along trail about 150 meters. Same location as two Hermit Thrushes.
Reported: Dec 22 (James Jansen).

Location: Creston Wildlife Area, near red-roofed wildlife center building, on the south and east side, and as far south as the viewing tower. Bird is in thickets of willow and dogwood.
Reported: Nov 16 to Dec 22 (Linda Van Damme, m.obs).
Winter Wren. Creston, BC. Dec 10, 2018. Photo: Marcia Long.
Location: Mouth of Vernon Creek, Okanagan Landing, Vernon.
Reported: Nov 26 to Dec 20 (Chris Siddle).
2nd year Lesser-black Backed Gull in Vernon. Oct 26, 2018. Photo: Christopher Siddle.
Location: Robert Lake, Kelowna.
Reported: Dec 20 (Logan Lalonde).

Location: 9 Mile Point, south of Revelstoke.
Reported: Dec 15 (Don Manson, Robin Abear)
Black-legged Kittiwake. Revelstoke, BC. Dec 15, 2018. Photo: Don Manson.
White-tailed Ptarmigan (1)
Location: Silver Star Ski Village, near Vernon. Solitary bird foraging in willow shrubs on west edge of ski run beside 505 Arnica Lane. Also seen from the cul-de-sac at the end of Arnica Lane, looking upslope. Latest sighting near dusk on Dec 9 next to 505 Arnica Lane.
Reported: Dec 5 to 9 (Tom Seifert, Kathleen Ward).
White-tailed Ptarmigan at Silver Star Ski Hill near Vernon, BC. Dec 9, 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana.
Harris's Sparrow (1 immature)
Location: Upper Kaslo.
Reported: Dec 8 (Julia Flesaker).
Imm. Harris's Sparrow at Upper Kalso, BC. Dec 8, 2018. Photo: Julia Flesaker / Macaulay Library

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Along trail on Nelson waterfront, just east of Sproat Drive.
Reported: Dec 5 to 7 (Sachi Snively).

Lincoln's Sparrow (1)

Location: Okanagan Landing near Vernon. Vacant weedy lot, N.E. of junction of Tronson Rd and Lakeshore Dr. Sparrow was seen at the base of hill just west of chain link enclosure.
Reported: Dec 7 (Chris Siddle).

Common Yellowthroat (1 male)

Location: Okanagan Rail Trail, about 400 meters north of Fenwick Road, at Scandia Golf & Games in Kelowna. Near km 42 marker.
Reported: Dec 2 to 5 (Chris Charlesworth).

Long-tailed Duck (1)

Location: Waldie Island, Castlegar.
Reported: Nov 22 to 30 (Craig Sandvig).
Long-tailed Duck. Castlegar, BC. Nov 22, 2018. Photo: Craig Sandvig.
Location: Bird was found along the Okanagan Rail Trail in Kelowna, and it was ranging from approx. 200 to 400 meters north of Scandia Golf & Games, with many sightings occurring around the km 42 sign.
Reported: Nov 5 to 27 (Chris Charlesworth).
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Mill Creek, Kelowna, BC. Nov 5, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth

Clark's Grebe (1 possible)
Location: Along the waterfront in Nelson, at the N.E. side of the Prestige Lakeside Resort. Bird can be viewed from end of Hall St. and from Lakeside Dr.
Reported: Nov 13 to 17 (Chris Drysdale).
Clark's Grebe (center) with Western Grebes. Nelson, BC. Nov 16, 2018. Photo: Gaelen Schnare.
Dunlin (1)
Location: N end of Robert Lake, Kelowna
Reported: Nov 11 to 16 (Nick Swan).
Dunlin. Robert Lake, Kelowna, BC. Nov 11, 2018. Photo: Nick Swan.
Long-tailed Duck (1 female)

Location: E. side of Skaha Lake, south of Penticton.
Reported: Nov 12 (Doug Brown, Dick Cannings).

BLACK SCOTER (1 female)
Location: South end of Otter Lake, north of Vernon. 
Reported: Nov 11 (Chris Siddle).

Say's Phoebe (1 late)
Location: Thompson Brook Marsh in Kelowna.
Reported: Nov 11 (Chris Charlesworth).

Cliff Swallow (1 late)
Location: Nakusp waterfront.
Reported: Nov 8 (Catherine McLean).
Cliff Swallow. Nakusp, BC. Nov 8, 2018. Photo: Catherine McLean/Macaulay Library
Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Just west of Nelson Ave S, along Nakusp waterfront.
Reported: Nov 8-9 (Catherine McLean).
Nashville Warbler. Nakusp, BC. Nov 8, 2018. Photo: Catherine McLean/Macaulay Library

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: Lower Wynndel Road, north of Creston.
Reported: Nov 8 (Gaelen Schnare).

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: HERE on dog walk near airfield in Nelson
Reported: Nov 4 to 8 (Chris Drysdale, m.obs)

Late Report: RBA: WHITE WAGTAIL (See main page for details)
Location: Private yard on Warren Ave in Kimberley.
Reported: July 20 to 27 (Carol Olson).

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Selkirk College Trails in Castlegar
Reported: Nov 6 (Craig Sandvig).

Harris' Sparrow (1 immature)
Location: West Kelowna, near Gellatly Bay. Take  walking trail at the north end of Cindy Road for about 75 meters. Harris's Sparrow has been hanging out in little gully on the north side of trail.
Reported: Oct 21 to Nov 5 (Brad Vissia).
Imm. Harris's Sparrow. West Kelowna, BC. Oct 21, 2018. Photo: Brad Vissia.
Location: On the dock at 'The Cove' in Gellatly Bay, West Kelowna, 10 AM.
Reported: Oct 31 (Chris Charlesworth).
2nd year Lesser Black-backed Gull. West Kelowna, BC. Oct 31, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth.

Magnolia Warbler (1)

Location: Waldie Island Trails in Castlegar, near railroad tracks.
Reported: Oct 30 (Fred Bushell, Robert McLean).

Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Location: Salmon River Mouth, Salmon Arm
Reported: Oct 28 (Roger Beardmore)
Semipalmated Sandpiper in Salmon Arm. Oct 28, 2018. Photo. Roger Beardmore
Blue Jay (1)
Location: Gellatly Nut Farm, West Kelowna.
Reported: Oct 25 to 27 (Chris Charlesworth).
Blue Jay. West Kelowna, BC. Oct 25, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth.

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Shannon Lake area of West Kelowna. Closest address is 2168 Golf Course Drive. Possible to see jay from the road. It was very vocal. Seen occasionally along Shannon Woods Drive as well. 
Reported: Oct 15 to 26  (Frank Hobbs).
A spectacular photo of one of two Blue Jays currently visiting West Kelowna. Shannon Woods Dr. Oct 26, 2018. Photo: James Jansen.

BLACK SCOTER (2 female)

Location: Seen in flight at the Cove at Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna in the morning. Birds flew across the lake and were later relocated at the mouth of Mission Creek in Kelowna, where a distant record shot was obtained.
Reported: Oct 25 (Chris Charlesworth).
Female Black Scoters. Mouth of Mission Creek, Kelowna, BC. Oct 25, 2018. Photo: Michelle Hamilton.

Dunlin (1)

Location: Mouth of Mission Creek, Kelowna.
Reported: Oct 25 (Kalin Ocana).
Dunlin. Kelowna, BC. Oct 25, 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana.
Palm Warbler (1)
Location: East of Machete Island near the end of the runway in Revelstoke 
Reported: Oct 21 (Catherine Craig).

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: On dog walk along the waterfront on Lakeside Drive in Nelson
Reported: Oct 18 to 24 (Paul Prappas, m.obs).

Palm Warbler (2)
Location: On the ground at Warm Spring Creek off Eugene Mission Rd in Cranbrook
Reported: Oct 20 (Dianne Cooper)

Harris's Sparrow (1 imm)
Location: Nelson waterfront, at Duck Bay inlet.
Reported: Oct 15 to 20 (Paul Prappas, Terry O'Gorman).
Imm. Harris's Sparrow. Nelson, BC. Oct 15, 2018. Photo: Paul Prappas/Macaulay Library

Harris's Sparrow (1)

Location: Thompson Brook Marshes, Kelowna.
Reported: Oct 18 (Amin Zargar).

Pacific Loon (1 adult)
Location: Hahas Lake in Ta Ta Creek
Reported: Oct 17 (Lyle Grisedale).

Harris's Sparrow (1 imm)
Location: Private garden in Fernie (Annex area).

Reported: Oct 15 (Mike Bentley).
Harris's Sparrow (imm). Fernie, BC. Oct 15, 2018. Photo: Mike Bentley/Macaulay Library

Rusty Blackbird (10, high count)

Location: Kokanee Creek Provincial Park near Nelson.
Reported: Oct 15 (Janice Arndt).
Rusty Blackbird. Nelson, BC. Oct 15, 2018. Photo: Janice Arndt/Macaulay Library

Clark's Grebe (1)

Location: S. of Kelowna, on Okanagan Lake, off Okanagan Mountain Park, at parking lot on Lakeshore Road.
Reported: Oct 15 (Chris Charlesworth)

Rusty Blackbird (1)

Location: Salmon Arm foreshore near the wharf on Shuswap Lake
Reported: Oct 15 (Don Cecile).

Yellow-billed Loon (1)

Location: Little Shuswap Lake. Seen from private residence along Little Shuswap Lake Road. 
Reported: Oct 14 (Allan & Reba Dupilka).
Yellow-billed Loon. Little Shuswap Lake, near Chase, BC. Oct 15, 2018.Photo:Allan & Reba Dupilka/Macaulay Library
Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory.
Reported: Oct 13 (Matthias Beiber).

Pacific Loon (1)
Location: Skaha Lake, near the railway trestle at Ok Falls.
Reported: Oct 12 (Jodi Foster).
Pacific Loon. Skaha Lake, OK Falls, BC. Oct 12, 2018. Photo: Jodi Foster.


Location: Revelstoke at Airport Ponds. Was associating with group of 60 Canada Geese.
Reported: Oct 11 to 13 (John Woods).
Brant, with Canada Goose. Revelstoke, BC. Oct 11, 2018. Photo: John Woods. Photo: John Woods/Macaulay Library

Harris's Sparrow (1)

Location: Wycliffe in East Kootenay district.
Reported: Oct 10 (Gretchen Whetham).

Rusty Blackbird (4)

Location: Feeding by the windsock on the Nelson Waterfront
Reported: Oct 10 to 11 (Janice Arndt, m.obs).

Swamp Sparrow (2)

Location: HERE on Waldie Island and HERE at the Selkirk College Trails in Castlegar
Reported: Oct 9 to 11 (Craig Sandvig).

Palm Warbler (2)

Location: 9 Mile, south of Revelstoke on Airport Way. 
Reported: Oct 3 to 10 (Darlene Cancelliere, m.obs).
Palm Warbler. Revelstoke, BC. Oct 3, 2018. Photo: Darlene Cancelliere.

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Christmas Island in Salmon Arm
Reported: Sep 25 to Oct 10 (Don Cecile).

American Golden-Plover (2)

Location: Salmon Arm Foreshore
Reported: Sep 1 to Oct 10 (Roger Beardmore).

Gyrfalcon (1 juv)

Location: Salmon Arm Bay near the wharf at Shuswap Lake
Reported: Oct 10 (Don Cecile).

Vesper Sparrow (1)

Location: College Trails at Selkirk College in Castlegar
Reported: Oct 9 (Craig Sandvig)

LESSER GOLDFINCH (1 male, see main page for directions)
Location: At a feeder in the 2200 block of Mission Wycliffe Rd in Cranbrook
Reported: Oct 6 (Dianne Cooper and Joe Rothermund).
Lesser Goldfinch. Cranbrook, BC. Oct 6, 2018. Photo. Dianne Cooper/Macaulay Library

American Avocet (1)
Location: Just north of the Wardner bridge over the Kootenay River in Wardner
Reported: Oct 6 (Alan Barnard and Mike Bentley).

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: Boat Launch area in Nakusp
Reported: Oct 6 (Catherine McLean).

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: seen on path that goes over the Cottonwood Creek Bridge in Nelson 
Reported: Oct 4 (Janice Arndt, m.obs).

Tennessee Warbler (1)

Location: With mixed warbler flock on path that goes over the Cottonwood Creek Bridge in Nelson 
Reported: Oct 4 (Janice Arndt, m.obs).

American Avocet (1)
Location: North pond at the Cranbrook Irrigation Fields.
Reported: Oct 2 (Alan Barnard).
American Avocet. Cranbrook, BC. Oct 2, 2018. Photo: Alan Barnard.

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: On beach at Skaha Lake west of Okaagan river mouth in Penticton
Reported: Oct 1 (Eric Newton).

Anna's Hummingbird (1)
Location: Private Home on Ha Ha Creek Rd in Wardner
Reported: Oct 1 to 2 (Alan Barnard).
Anna's Hummingbird in Wardner, BC. Oct 1, 2018. Photo: Alan Barnard.

Magnolia Warbler (1)
Location: Banded at Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory 
Reported: Sept 30 (Matthias Bieber).
Magnolia Warbler. Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory, BC. Sept 30, 2018. Photo: Matthias Bieber.
Sabine's Gull (1 adult)
Location: Flying along Salmon Arm foreshore at Shuswap lake. Viewed off the Salmon Arm Pier.
Reported: Sept 30 (John Reynolds, m.obs).
Sabine's Gull in Salmon Arm. Sept 30, 2018. Photo. John Reynolds.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (4)
Location: Salmon Arm foreshore, near the mouth of the Salmon River.
Reported: Aug 30 to Sep 29 (Roger Beardmore, m.obs).
Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Salmon Arm. Photo: Roger Beardmore.
American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Mouth of Mission Creek in Kelowna.
Reported: Sept 28 to 30 (Lorrie and John Anderson)
American Golden-Plover in Kelowna. Photo: John Anderson/Macaulay Library
Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: South pond at the Irrigation Fields in Cranbrook
Reported: Sept 29 (Rebecca Smith)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: In a migrant flock in the grassy meadow at the end of the paved undeveloped street turnaround, east of Blackcomb helicoper (just east of the bridge) HERE in Lilooet
Reported: Sep 20 to 29 (Richard Klauke and Ted Hindmarch, m.obs).

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Grey Canal Trail near Silver Star Road in Vernon.
Reported: Sep 28 (Chris Siddle).

American Golden Plover (1)
Location: Seen in the south and North pond at the Irrigation Fields in Cranbrook
Reported: Sep 28 (Bobby Dailey)

Location: Boat launch at Nakusp. Park at the marina at the eastern end of Nelson Ave S. off of Broadway St. .Follow the shoreline left (east) of the boat launch. It was in the first grassy field / shoreline you encounter.
Reported: Sep 25 to 26 (Catherine McLean, m.obs). 
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Nakusp. Sept 26, 2018. Photo: Gary Davidson.
Broad-winged Hawk (2)
Location: Circling over Constable Neil Bruce School in West Kelowna.
Reported: Sep 25 (Brad Vissia).

Sabine's Gull (1 adult) 
Location: 12 mile point HERE off Airport Way in Revelstoke 
Reported: Sept 23 to 24 (Catherinr McLean, m.obs).

American Golden Plover (1) 
Location: 9 Mile spit off  Airport Waty, south of Revelstoke
Reported: Sep 24 (Don Manson).
American Golden-Plover (foreground), with Black-bellied Plover at Revelstoke, BC. Sept 24, 2018. Photo: Don Manson.
Parasitic Jaeger (1)
Location: Okanagan Lake in Kelowna between Manhattan Point and the Kelowna Yacht Club.
Reported: Sept 24 (Chris Charlesworth).
Parasitic Jaeger. Kelowna, BC. Sept 24, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth.

Broad-winged Hawk (2 adults)
Location: Flying south over Robert Lake in Kelowna.
Reported: Sep 24 (Chris Charleworth).

Sabine's Gull (2)

Location: Flying over Shuswap Lake in Salmon Arm
Reported: Sept 23 (Roger Beardmore).

Hudsonian Godwit (1 juv)
Location: Salmon Arm Foreshores. Near the spit west of the wharf on the north side of Christmas Island.
Reported: Sep 6 to 24 (Roger Beard more, m.obs)
Hudsonian Godwit. Salmon Arm. Roger Beardmore. Sept 6, 2018.

Long-billed Curlew (1)

Location: In field beside Monck Campground near Nicola Lake in Quilchena
Reported: Sep 23 (Neill Vanhinsberg and Alison Curtis).

Stilt Sandpiper (1)

Location: Salmon Arm Foreshore
Reported: Sep 23 (Roger Beardmore).

Magnolia Warbler (1)

Location: Kokanee Creek Provincial Park in Nelson
Reported: Sep 20 (Janice Arndt).

Sabine's Gull (1 juv)

Location: Flying past Adams Lake IR Bridge in Chase 
Reported: Sep 20 (Allan and Reba Dupilka)

Palm Warbler (1)

Location: Bird was found along fence on John Hindle Drive, near the north end of Robert Lake in Kelowna.
Reported: Sept 19 (Kalin Ocana).
Palm Warbler near Robert Lake, Kelowna, BC. Sept 19, 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana.
American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Robert Lake, Kelowna.
Reported: Sep 16 to 19 (Michelle Lamberson).
American Golden-Plover at Robert Lake, Kelowna. Sept 18,2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana
Broad-winged Hawks (11)
Location: Flying over Hugh Allan Dr and Pacific Way in Kamloops
Reported: Sep 16 to 19 (Isaac Nelson).
Broad-winged Hawk in Aberdeen. Sept 16, 2018. Photo. Isaac Nelson
Parasitic Jaeger (1 juvenile)
Location: Salmon Arm Foreshore. Seen resting on mudflats and on the water west of the wharf
Reported: Sep 16 to 19  (Neil Hughes).

Black-bellied Plover (1)
Location: South irrigation fields in Cranbrook
Reported: Sep 18 (Mike Bentley).

Arctic Terns (2)
Location: Little Shuswap Lake in Salmon Arm
Reported: Sep 17 (Allan and Reba Dupilka).

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)

Location: 660 Natal Dr in Elkford
Reported: Sep 17 (Sarah and Aaron).

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)

Location: North Star Landing at Fort Steele
Reported: Sep 16 (Dianne Cooper).

Broad-winged Hawk (large numbers)

Location: Kalin found several kettles, numbering around 100 Broad-winged Hawks at the Nordic Cross Country Ski Trails on McCulloch Road, S.E. of Kelowna.
Reported: Sep 15 (Kalin Ocana).
This adult Broad-winged Hawk was part of a remarkably large group of over 100 seen near McCulloch Lk, S.E. of Kelowna on Sep 15, 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana.
Parasitic Jaeger (1)
Location: Airport Way at the end of the spit at 9 mile point in Revelstoke
Reported: September 13 to 15 (Darlene Canciellere, m.obs).

Yellow-breasted Chat (1)

Location: Rotary Marsh in Kelowna
Reported: September 14 to 15 (James Jansen, m.obs).
Yellow-breasted Chat. Rotary Marsh, Kelowna, BC. Sep 14, 2018. Photo: James Jansen.

Broad-winged Hawk (1)

Location: Adult light morph on Duck Range Rd in Monte Creek
Reported: September 14 (Allan and Reba Dupilka).
Broad-winged Hawk in Monte Creek on Sep 14, 2018. Photo. Allan Dupilka

Western Sandpiper (1)
Location: On the water at the mouth of Kokanee Creek at Kokanee Provincial Park, 19 km east of Nelson
Reported: Sep 15 (Paul Prappas et al.).

Sanderling (1)
Location: On the water at the mouth of Kokanee Creek at Kokanee Provincial Park, 19 km east of Nelson
Reported: Sep 15 (Paul Prappas et al.).

Sabine's Gull (1 adult)

Location: On the water at the mouth of Kokanee Creek at Kokanee Provincial Park, 19 km east of Nelson
Reported: Sep 14 (Barbara Maytom, m.obs).

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: On Peter Rd near the Kootenay Fish Hatchery in Bull River
Reported: Sep 12 to14 (Jim Hurvid et al.).

Sanderling (1 juv)

Location: Mouth of Powers Creek in West Kelowna.
Reported: Sept 5 to 14 (James Jansen).
Sanderling. Powers Creek, West Kelowna, BC. Sept 5, 2018. Photo: James Jansen.
Upland Sandpiper (1)
Location: Along the shore of upper arrow Lake at nine mile point off Airport Way in Revelstoke
Reported: Sep 13 (Michael Morris).
Upland Sandpiper in Revelstoke on Sept 9, 2018. Photo. Michael MorriséMacaulay Library

Greater-white fronted Goose (3)

Location: Gate 3 of Cranbrook irrigation fields
Reported: Sep 12 (Mike Bentley).

Anna's Hummingbird (1 female)

Location: Selkirk College Trails in Castlegar
Reported: Sep 12 (Craig Sandvig).

Sabine's Gull (1 adult)
Location: Mouth of the Kuskanax River and the sewage lagoon in Nakusp
Reported: Sep 12 (Gary Davidson).

Sabine's Gull (2, 1 Adult and 1 Juv)
Location: Osoyoos Lake at Hayne's Point.
Reported: Sep 11-12 (Dave Aldcroft).

Parasitic Jaeger (1)
Location: Mouth of the Eagle River, Sicamous.
Reported: Sep 11 (Michael Morris).

Tennessee Warbler (1st winter)
Location: Large weedy field at S. end of Burtch Road in Kelowna. N.E. corner of field.
Reported: Sep 10 (Chris Charlesworth).

ORCHARD ORIOLE (1 female, see main page)
Location: Munson Pond in Kelowna
Reported: Sep 9 (Kalin Ocana).
Map to exact bird location HERE
Orchard Oriole at Munson Pond in Kelowna. Sept. 9, 2018. Photo. Kalin Ocana.

Sabine's Gull (1 adult)
Location: N.W. corner of Christmas Island along Salmon Arm Foreshore.
Reported: Sep 9 (Joachim Bertrands).

Calliope Hummingbird (1)
Location: Private Home on Pineridge Rd in Lilooet
Reported: Sep 8 (Ian Routley).

Tennessee Warbler (1)

Location: Lower Aberdeen Area, 150 m from the east end of Howe Rd, Kamloops
Reported: Sep 8 (Isaac Nelson).

Sabine's Gull (1 adult)
Location: Okanagan Lake in Penticton. Seen from the Esplanade area, towards the S.E. corner of the waterfront. 
Reported: Sep 8 (Barb Charlton).
Sabine's Gull. Penticton, BC. Sep 8, 2018. Photo: Barb Charlton.
American Avocet (1)
Location: Cranbrook Irrigation Fields (south pond) in Cranbrook
Reported: Sept 6 to 8 (Dianne Cooper, m.obs).

Sanderling (1 juv)
Location: Cranbrook Spray Irrigation Fields.
Reported: Sep 2 to 7 (Alan Barnard, Mike Bentley).


Location: Salmon Arm Foreshore, near the wharf, with Pectoral Sandpipers.
Reported: Sep 6 (Ted Hillary)

Franklin's Gull (1)

Location: Salmon Arm Foreshore, near wharf.
Reported: Sep 5-6 (Ted Hillary, m.obs).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)

Location: Munson Pond in Kelowna. From the end of Munson Road, walk west, following path towards Burtch Road and look in the grove of willows.
Reported: Sep 6 (Nick Swan).
Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Munson Pond, Kelowna, BC. September 6, 2018. Photo: Nick Swan.

Tennessee Warbler (1)

Location: Banded at Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory.
Reported: Sep 6 (Matthias & Jason Beiber).
Tennessee Warbler. V.L.B.O., BC. September 6, 2018. Photo: fide V.L.B.O.

Le Conte's Sparrow (1)
Location: In the wide weedy margin between the dogwalk and airstrip, opposite the airport contol tower in Nelson.
Reported: Sept 5 (Janice Arndt).
Le Conte's Sparrow - Photo: Janice Arndt/Macaulay Library

Parasitic Jaeger (1 adult)

Location: Salmon Arm Foreshore, towards the mouth of the Salmon River.
Reported: Sep 4 (Claire Christensen).

SNOWY PLOVER (1, See main page)
Location: Along the shore of upper arrow Lake at nine mile point off Airport Way in Revelstoke
Reported: August 23 to September 4 (Don Manson, m.obs).
Map to location of bird HERE.
Snowy Plover in Revelstoke, BC., Aug.24, 2018. Photo. Chris Charlesworth.
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: On spit just west of wharf in Salmon Arm
Reported: Sept 4 (Ted Hilary)

Sabine's Gull (1 adult)
Location: Robert Lake, Kelowna.
Reported: Sep 1 & 2 (Michelle Hamilton, m.obs).
Sabine's Gull. Robert Lake, Kelowna, BC. Sept 2, 2018. Photo: Michelle Lamberson.

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Irrigation fields south pond in Cranbrook
Reported: Sept 2 (Rob Woods).

Stilt Sandpiper (4 juv)
Location: Flooded field S.W. of Robert Lake, Kelowna. Numbers have varied between one and four individuals.
Reported: Aug 26 to Sep 1 (Nick Swan).

Sanderling (1 adult, 1 juv)
Location: Mouth of Mission Creek, Kelowna.
Reported: Aug 26  to 31 (Scott Thomson)

Sabine's Gull (1)

Location: South end of Kootenay Lake near Creston.
Reported: Aug 30 (Craig Sandvig).

Sanderling (2)
Location: South end of Kootenay Lake near Creston.
Reported: Aug 30 (Craig Sandvig).

Great Egret (1)
Location: In the marsh along Airport Way at Goch Rd south of Revelstoke 
Reported: August 29 (Dan Tyson).

Great Egret (1)

Location: Flying out of marsh near net lane trail at Vaseux Lake Banding Station near Okanagan Falls
Reported: August 29 (Matthias Bieber, m.obs).

Stilt Sandpiper (1 juv)
Location: College Oxbow in Castlegar.
Reported: Aug 28 (Craig Sandvig).

Sanderling (1 juv)
Location: Robert Lake, north end. Kelowna.
Reported: Aug 28 (Kalin Ocana).
Sanderling. Robert Lake, Kelowna, BC. Aug 28, 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana.

Tennessee Warbler (1)
Location: McDougal Road, West Kelowna.
Reported: Aug 28 (Kalin Ocana).

Ovenbird (1)
Location: Great Northern Trail in Fernie.
Reported: Aug 27 (Mike Bentley).

Stilt Sandpiper (3)
Location: Salmon Arm foreshore.
Reported: Aug 27 (Roger Beardmore).

Short-billed Dowitcher (1 juv)
Location: Salmon Arm foreshore.
Reported: Aug 27 (Roger Beardmore).

Location: Mouth of Kuskanax Creek near Nakusp.
Reported: Aug 27 (Julia & Warren Flesaker, m.obs).
Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Nakusp, BC. Aug 27, 2018. Photo: Gary Davidson.
Stilt Sandpiper (2 juv)
Location: Mouth of Burton Creek, south of Nakusp.
Reported: Aug 24 to 26 (Warren and Julia Flesaker)

Short-billed Dowitcher (1)

Location: Fields at Munson Pond, Kelowna.
Reported: Aug 25 (Logan Lalonde).

Tennessee Warbler (2)

Location: Munson Pond, Kelowna.
Reported: Aug 25 (Logan Lalonde).

Tennessee Warbler (2) 
Location: Okanagan Rail Trail in Kelowna, about 500 meters north of Scandia Golf and Games.
Reported: Aug 24 & 25 at about 9 AM (Chris Charlesworth, Jesse Hannebauer).
Tennessee Warbler center. Orange-crowned Warbler, upper left. Kelowna, BC. Aug 24, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth.
Stilt Sandpiper (5)
Location: Four were on the Irrigation Fields South Pond (Dean Nicholson), and another was on the Irrigation Fields North Pond (Bobby Dailey). This area is just N.E. of Cranbrook.
Reported: Aug 25 (Dean Nicholson, Bobby Dailey).

Stilt Sandpiper (1 juv)

Location: Flooded area at the north end of Otter Lake, between Vernon and Armstrong.
Reported: Aug 24 (Chris Siddle).

Stilt Sandpiper (2 juveniles)
Location: Munson Pond in Kelowna. 
Reported: August 21 to 24 (Nick Swan, et al). On Aug 22, a second juvenile was present.
Stilt Sandpiper. Munson Pond, Kelowna, BC. Aug 21, 2018. Photo: Nick Swan.

Short-billed Dowitcher (1 juvenile)

Location: Wetland area along Hwy 97, just north of Osoyoos Lake.
Reported: Aug 18 & 19 (Dick Cannings, m.obs).

Prairie Falcons

Location: Gary Road, off Hwy 95a, north of Cranbrook.

Reported: Aug 24 (Lyle Grisedale).

Location: Private Residence on Pighin Rd - Kimberley

Reported: August 16 (Bobby Dailey).

Location: 1 immature on Bench Row Road, Vernon.

Reported: August 14 (Jack VanDyk).
Prairie Falcon. Vernon, BC. Aug 14, 2018. Photo: Jack VanDyk

Stilt Sandpiper (1)

Location: In muddy oxbow along west side of the Okanagan River, adjacent to the Penticton airport. Area is accessible from the river channel dyke trail, about 700 meters north of Hwy 97.
Reported: August 13 (Dick Cannings).

Short-billed Dowitcher (1 adult) 

Location: Flooded field just to the south of Robert Lake in Kelowna. Also present 5 adult Long-billed Dowitchers.
Reported: August 6 & 7 (Chris Charlesworth, m.obs).

Clark's Grebe (1) 

Location: Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna. Observed from the mouth of Powers Creek as well as the off-leash dog beach to the east., where it has been spending most of its time.
Reported: June 29 to July 21 (Josh Sullivan, Kirsten Pearson and Moireen Cary, m.obs)
Clark's Grebe in West Kelowna. June 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana.


Location: Residential area along Lapp Road in Golden. See home page for map to exact location.
Reported: July 2 to 19 (Glenn Harasym).
Male Indigo Bunting in Golden, BC. July 2018. Photo: Jeremy Gatten.

Franklin's Gull (1 first year)

Location: Sandbar on Okanagan Lake near Eldorado Hotel in Kelowna.
Reported: July 17 (Logan Lalonde).

Band-tailed Pigeon (1)

Location: Peachland. Trepanier Bench Road, about 500 meters west of Paradise Valley Road.
Reported: July 16 (Chris Charlesworth).

Yellow-breasted Chat (1)

Location: On Rosedale Rd by the Park and Ride just south of the bridge on Hwy 3A in Castlegar.
Reported: June 3 to July 16 (Paul Prappas et al., m.obs).
Directions: Access the trails via Rosedale Rd on Campus Rd and on down to the end of Welsh Rd. Walk the trail to your left. The bird is vocal and in the thickets on the downward slope.
Yellow-breasted Chat in Castlegar - Photo: Craig Sandvig
Rock Wren (2)
Location: HERE - Newgate
Reported: June 16 to July 11 (Alan Barnard et al.).
Rock Wren in Newgate - Photo: Alan Barnard.


Location: S.E. end of Columbia Lake, near Canal Flats in the Kootenays. See main page for more details.
Reported: July 5 (Gord Littlejohns).
BC's second Curve-billed Thrasher. Columbia Lake, BC. July 5, 2018. Gord Littlejohns.

Gray Flycatcher (1)
Location: (Coordinates: 49.9227,-120.7750), Along Kane Valley Road, near Aspen Grove. Apparent first record for the Nicola Watershed, though Okanagan breeding birds are a mere 80 km away.
Reported: July 5 (Wayne Weber).

Magnolia Warbler (1)

Location: East end of Rail Trail at Summit Lake off Hwy 6 in Nakusp.
Reported: June 10 to 30 (Gary Davidson et al.).

Rock Wren (1)

Location: From the Fort Steele Store, drive east about 0.2 km on Ft Steele-Wardner Rd, & drive 2 km north up Wildhorse Ck FSR. Turn left on dirt road which continues heading N along base of Brewery Ridge. This bald ridge was burned twice and is grassy with few trees. Take first hard right switchback, drive several hundred meters, and park where road switches back to N. Walk cross country to E gradually gaining elevation and listen for bird singing. The road is ok for 2wd but must have high clearance. 
Reported: June 27 (Daryl Nahm et al.).

Arctic Tern (1)

Location: S.E. end of Shumway Lake on Hwy 5a, near Kamloops.
Reported: June 25 (Chris Charlesworth, m.obs).
Arctic Tern. Shumway Lake, Kamloops, BC. June 25, 2018. Photo: Chris Charlesworth

Forster's Tern (2)

Location: Breakwater at end of the wharf in Salmon Arm, with gulls.
Reported: June 23 (Chris Charlesworth, m.obs).

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: East end of Rail Trail at Summit Lake off Hwy 6 in Nakusp.
Reported: June 18 (Warren Flesaker).

Brewer's Sparrow (1)

Location: Hawthornes of the east field at Selkirk College Trails in Castlegar
Reported: June 14 (Max Gotz, m.obs).

Broad-winged Hawk (1)

Location: Flying over Burma Rd in Fernie
Reported: June 13 (Laura Kaye).

Whimbrel (1)

Location: North end of Otter Lake in Vernon.
Reported: June 8 (Chris Siddle).

Alder Flycatcher (1)

Location: Singing below Helmcken Falls Lodge in Clearwater.
Reported: June 8 (Max Gotz).

Brewer's Sparrow (1)

Location: On fence wire at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna.
Reported: June 7 (Mike Force and Judy Harrold).

Broad-winged Hawk (1)

Location: Hwy 6, 1.4 km north face lookout in Silverton.
Reported: June 6 (Gary Davidson).
Map to location HERE

Lark Sparrow (1)

Location: 2 km from US border on the west side of Koocanusa Lake in Newgate.
Reported: June 4 (Alan Barnard and Mike Bentley).
Lark Sparrow in Newgate, BC. June 4, 2018. Photo: Alan Barnard.

Northern Mockingbird (1)

Location: On Channel Rd, North of the two 90 degree turns along the marsh pond restoration area at the pullout, before getting to Duck Lake in Creston.
Reported: June 4 (Hardy D.).
Map to location HERE
Northern Mockingbird in Creston, BC. June 4, 2018. Photo: Hardy D./Macaulay Library

Blackpoll Warbler (1 singing male)
Location: Salmon Arm along Christmas Island Trail. Bird was in the trees about 50 meters before trail is flooded and unpassable.
Reported: June 2 (Chris Charlesworth, m.obs).

Franklin's Gull (1 adult)
Location: Salmon Arm Pier.
Reported: June 2 (Chris Charlesworth, m.obs).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 male)
Location: Singing along Columbia River in Spillimacheen in the East Kootenays.
Reported: May 31 (Rachel Darvill).

Location: At 7:30am on May 28, 2018, bird was found on the lake side of the airport fence in Nelson. The flycatcher was relocated by Craig Sandvig and Max Gotz at 10:30am on power lines near the Regional school district buildings and the UHaul trailer storage building. It then flew over the airport terminal building and landed on the power lines behind the city works yard. They last saw it in a cottonwood there and Sarah York relocated it there at 2pm.
Reported: May 28 (Julia Cedar, m.obs).
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Nelson, BC. May 28, 2018. Photo: Craig Sandvig.

Franklin's Gull (1 adult)
Location: Tunkwa Lake, near Logan Lake.
Reported: May 27 (Rick Howie).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 male)
Location: Feeder at private residence in South Bench, off Hwy 95, south of Golden.
Reported: May 27 (D. Oseychuk).
Rose-breasted Grosbeak. South Bench, BC. May 27, 2018. Photo: D. Oseychuk.

Location: Near Nakusp. Hwy 6 crosses Bonanza Creek at the spot where Summit Rd meets the highway. There is a parking area on the south side of the highway here. Then walk along the marked Nakusp and Slocan Railway Trail. Note that the trail is flooded in places at the moment, wear boots. 
Reported: May 27 (Gary Davidson, et al).
Northern Parula, Nakusp, BC. May 27, 2018. Photo: Gary Davidson.

Location: Speers Road Pond in Creston. Be aware that the pond is shrinking and may be gone by the end of the week.
Reported: 7:30 AM, May 26 to 27 (Paul Prappas, et al).

White-faced Ibis. Creston, BC. May 26, 2018. Photo: Paul Prappas.

Caspian Tern (2)

Location: Airport Ponds in Revelstoke.
Reported: May 24 (Don Manson).
Caspian Terns. Revelstoke, BC. May 24, 2018. Photo: Don Manson.

Great Egret (1)
Location: Road 22 parking lot near information kiosk. In flooded fields.
Reported: May 23 to 25 (Warren Cronan, m.obs).

Great Egret, Road 22, Osoyoos, BC. May 22, 2018. Photo: Warren Cronan.

Broad-winged Hawk (1 adult light morph)
Location: Sidley Mountain Road, between Rock Creek and Bridesville. Flying north.
Reported: May 21 (Michael Force, Jon Carter, m.obs).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 male)
Location: Private residence in Grand Forks.
Reported: May 17 (Karen Almstrom)

Location: 460 Auburn Crescent in Princeton
Reported: May 12 (Edward Lahaie).
Male Lesser Goldfinch in Princeton, BC. May, 12, 2018. Photo: Edward Lahaie.

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: Adult in breeding on oxbow at Selkirk College Trails in Castlegar
Reported: May 8 to 9 (Craig Sandvig).
Franklin's Gull at Selkirk College Trails in Castlegar,BC. May 9, 2018. Photo. Craig Sandvig.

Location: A male Hudsonian Godwit in the flooded field southwest of the little bridge at Deep Creek along Larkin Cross Rd. between Vernon and Armstrong at 2:30 PM. Also with it were two Long-billed Dowitchers (dowitcher ID by peeping vocalizations). Field is private property so use a scope. Bird was quite shy and flushed 50 m south when we first stopped the car to park at the little field entrance on the west side of the bridge.
Reported: May 7 to 9 (Chris Siddle, m.obs)
Male Hudsonian Godwit (left) with Long-billed Dowitchers. Vernon, BC. May 7, 2018. Photo: Chris Siddle.

Location: With Snow Geese at Galena Bay on Upper Arrow Lake.
Reported: May 6 (Catherine McLean).
Ross's Geese and Snow Geese. Galena Bay, BC. May 6, 2018. Photo: Catherine McLean.

Location: Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook
Reported: May 5 (Bobby Dailey).
1 of 7 White-faced Ibis at Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. Photo: Bobby Dailey.

Location: Mouth of Mission Creek in Kelowna.
Reported: May 5 (Rhonda Schurian et al.)
White-faced Ibis, Kelowna, BC. May 5, 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana.

Location: In agricultural field off the East dyke near Channel Rd at Duck Lake - Creston
Reported: May 1-2 (Blaire Smith, m.obs).
Ross's Geese at Duck Lake in Creston, May 2, 2018. Photo: Marc-Andre Beaucher.

Grasshopper Sparrow (1)
Location: Grassy fields to east of College Oxbow in Castlegar.
Reported: Apr 30-May 1 (Craig Sandvig).
Grasshopper Sparrow. College Oxbow. Castlegar, BC. Apr 30, 2018. Photo: Craig Sandvig.

Common Redpoll (1)
Location: Private Home in Cranbrook
Reported: May 1 (Bobby Dailey)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Elizabaeth Lake in Cranbrook
Repored: Apr 30 (Bobby Dailey).

Black-necked Stilt (1)
Location: Salmon Arm Foreshore.
Reported: Apr 30 (Don Cecile).

Black-necked Stilt (15)
Location: Flooded farm field along Bulrush Road, at the N. end of Tucelnuit Lake in Oliver.
Reported: Apr 27 (Ian Kelshaw).
Black-necked Stilts. Oliver, BC. Apr 27, 2018. Photo: Ian Kelshaw.

Black-necked Stilt (2)
Location: White Lake, OK Falls.
Reported: Apr 27 (Alan Burger).
Black-necked Stilts. White Lake, OK Falls, BC. Apr 27, 2018. Photo: Alan Burger.

Location: Nighthawk Road, off Hwy 3, west of Osoyoos.
Reported: Apr 26 (Mark McAnally).
Loggerhead Shrike. Nighthawk Road, Osoyoos, BC. Apr 26, 2018. Photo: Mark McAnally.

Forster's Tern (2)
Location: Mud Bay at Maude Roxby. Foot of Francis Avenue in Kelowna.
Reported: April 26 (Logan Lalonde, m.obs).
Forster's Tern. Maude Roxby Bird Sanctuary, Kelowna, BC. Apr 26, 2018. Photo: Jesse Hannebauer.

Black-necked Stilt (2)
Location: Mud Bay at Maude Roxby Bird Sanctuary. Foot of Francis Ave in Kelowna.
Reported: April 26 (Elke Fischer, m.obs).
Black-necked Stilts. Maude Roxby Bird Sanctuary, Kelowna, BC. Apr 26, 2018. Photo: Jesse Hannebauer.

Black-necked Stilt (1)
Location: Tranquille - Kamloops.
Reported: May 22 & 23 (Isaac Nelson).

Yellow-billed Loon (1 adult alternate plumage)
Location: Okanagan Lake off Okanagan Mountain Park, south of Kelowna. Bird seen from Lakeshore Road at Boulder Trail parking lot at 3:30 PM. A scope would help.
Reported: Apr 22 (Logan Lalonde).
Yellow-billed Loon. Okanagan Mountain Park, Kelowna, BC. Apr 22, 2018. Photo: Logan Lalonde.

Red-throated Loon (1 imm)
Location: Okanagan Lake off Okanagan Mountain Park, south of Kelowna. Bird seen from Lakeshore Road at Boulder Trail parking lot at 3:30 PM. A scope would help.
Reported: Apr 22 (Logan Lalonde).


Location: 1 in yard of home on 11th Ave S in Cranbrook (Please view from street only contact RBA for viewing details). Previously seen at Joseph Creek in Cranbrook at the same location as the Northern Cardinal; 213, 17 Ave N. See main page.
Reported: Dec 9 to Apr 20 (Ryan Tomlinson & Chris Charlesworth. m.obs).

Location: 1 in yard of private home on Yarrow Rd in Elko (Not open to public)
Reported: Jan 2 to Mar 19 (Brad Eckersley & Bob Livsey, m.obs)

Brown Thrasher. Cranbrook, BC. Jan 31, 2018. Photo: Greg Ross

Black-necked Stilt (1)
Location: Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm Foreshore.
Reported: Apr 17 (Jim Walton, et al).
Black-necked Stilt. Salmon Arm Foreshore. Apr 17, 2018. Photo: Roger Beardmore.

Black-necked Stilt (3)
Location: Lakeside Park in Nelson.
Reported: Apr 15 (Paul Prappas, et al)

Harris's Sparrows
Location: 3 birds, at feeder and along path between the S. end of Burtch Road and Munson Pond in Kelowna. At least one bird remains to Apr 6.
Reported: Nov 17 to April 6 (Pam Laing, m.obs).
Imm. Harris's Sparrow in Fernie. Jan 18, 2018. Photo: Alan Barnard

Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 adult)
Location: Shuswap Lake in Salmon Arm, just west of the pier.
Reported: Mar 25 (Ted Hillary).

Red-throated Loon (1 immature)
Location: Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna. First seen swimming with 2 Common Loons from Green Bay, and later seen off private residence beach in Sunnyside Road neighborhood.
Reported: Mar 12 (Chris Charlesworth).

Black Scoter (1 female / immature type)
Location: In with mixed waterfowl flock on Okanagan Lake, seen from Green Bay in West Kelowna.
Reported: Mar 11 (Logan Lalonde).

Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 adult)
Location: Sandbar at mouth of Vernon Creek at Okanagan Landing, Vernon.
Reported: Mar 10 to 12 (Chris Siddle, et al).
Lesser Black-backed Gull. Okanagan Landing, Vernon. Mar 10, 2018. Photo: Chris Siddle.

Hermit Thrush (1)
Location: Brandt's Creek near Rotary Marsh in downtown Kelowna.
Reported: Feb 12 to Mar 5 (Nick Swan, m.obs).
Hermit Thrush. Brandt's Creek, Kelowna, BC. Feb 13, 2018. Photo: Kalin Ocana


Location: Feeder in yard on 13 Ave S  in Cranbrook. See home page for viewing details.
Reported: Nov 7 to Feb 27 (Katrin Powell & Greg Ross, m.obs).
Northern Cardinal. Cranbrook, BC. Nov 7, 2017. Photo: Katrin Powell / Greg Ross.

RBA: WINTER WREN (3rd record for the Okanagan Valley)
Location: Scenic Canyon, along Mission Creek in Kelowna. From the parking lot at the Hollywood Road South entrance, take main trail upstream. Proceed about 200 meters, down a hill and you'll find a spring running down the hillside to the east. The Winter Wren, and several Pacific Wrens were on both sides of the path around the spring and around the small 'Trout Pond' and concrete pumphouse. This is the exact same location where a Winter Wren was present in December 2015.
Reported: Dec 1 to Feb 26 (Chris Charlesworth, Jesse Hannebauer, m.obs).
Listen to recording HERE
Winter Wren. Scenic Canyon, Kelowna, BC. Dec 1, 2017. Photo: James Jansen.

Hoary Redpoll (1 female type)
Location: Second cattleguard along Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country.
Reported: Feb 12 (Logan Lalonde).
Hoary Redpoll. Beaver Lake Road, Lake Country, BC. Feb 12, 2018. Photo: Logan Lalonde.

Barn Swallow (1)
Location: Bridge at Road 22, Osoyoos.
Reported: Feb 3 to 12 (Kristen Mancuso, Jesse Hannebauer, Jason Beiber, et al).

Northern Goshawks

Location: Adult at Campsall Rd - Fort Steele
Reported: Feb 10 (Blaire Smith & James Turner)

Location: 1 adult 12th Ave S/ 13th St S area - Cranbrook
Reported: Jan 28-Feb 6 (Bobby Dailey, m.obs)

Location: 1 immature at a private home on Pottery Rd - Vernon
Reported: Jan 2-Feb 4 (Jack VanDyk)

Adult Northern Goshawk in Cranbrook. Jan 28, 2018 - Photo: Bobby Dailey

Hoary Redpolls

Location: Near a feeder on 13th Ave S - Cranbrook
Reported: Feb 7 (Katrin Powell)

Location: Mission Wycliffe Rd and later Clearview Rd- Wycliffe.
Reported: Jan 13-Feb 6 (Katrin Powell & Greg Ross, m.obs).
Hoary Redpoll in flock of Common Redpolls in Wycliffe. Jan 13, 2018. Photo: Katrin Powell.
Location: Cokato and Thompson Rd - Fernie
Reported: Jan 30th (Bob Livsey & Laura Kaye)
Hoary Redpoll in Fernie, BC. Jan 30, 2018. Photo: Laura Kaye

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (2 adults)
Location: Thompson Brook Pond - Kelowna
Reported: Feb 3 (Logan Lalonde)

Harris's Sparrow
Location: 1 bird at private home near 9th St and 11 Ave S - Cranbrook
Reported: Feb 3 (Blaire Smith & James Turner)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 first year male, rare in winter)
Location: Thompson Brook Pond - Kelowna
Reported: Feb 1 (Logan Lalonde)

Harris's Sparrows

Location: Private Home on Yarrow Rd - Elko
Reported: Jan 26 (Bobby Livsey)

Location: 1 bird at private Home on 9th St in Annex Area - Fernie
Reported: Jan 15 to 22 (Michael Bentley, m.obs)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1st winter)
Location: On public dock south of marina docks at the Kelowna Yacht Club - Kelowna
Reported: Jan 16 (Richard Klauke and Ted Hindmarch)
Kumlien's Iceland Gull. January 16, 2018. Kelowna. - Photo: Richard Klauke.

Hoary Redpoll
Location: 1 at private home on Gold Creek Rd - Cranbrook.
Reported: Jan 15 (Bobby Dailey).

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: McKenzie Road between Hwy 33 and Old Vernon Rd, Kelowna.
Reported: Jan 6, 2018 (Brad Vissia).