Sunshine Coast

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

Golden Eagle (1 immature)
Location: Logging road behind airport near landfill and Chapman Creek Falls - Sechelt
Reported: Jan 16 (John Hodges and Eric Habisch)

Redhead (1 male)
Location: Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: Nov 10/19-Jan 10/20 (Iwan Van Veen, m.obs)

Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Location: At seed feeder at SeaSide Escape Retreat (2102 Donkersley Rd) - Powell River
Reported: Nov 3-19 (Kathy Pritchard, m.obs)

MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE (1)
Location: At seed feeder at SeaSide Escape Retreat (2102 Donkersley Rd) - Powell River
Reported: Nov 3-10 (Kathy Pritchard, m.obs)

Mountain Chickadee in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 31 (Arnold Skei)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 30-31 (Arnold Skei)

Snow Bunting (3)
Location: Skwim Mountain - Powell River
Reported: Oct 27 (Iwan Van Veen)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: On rosebush on public beach in front of SeaSide Escape Retreat (2102 Donkersley Rd) - Powell River
Reported: Oct 11-14 (Kathy Pritchard, m.obs)

Tropical Kingbird in Powell River - Photo: Kathie Pritchard

Black-bellied Plover (1)
Location: HERE - Powell River
Reported: Oct 6 (Kathy Pritchard)

White-throated Sparrow (1)
Location: 511 Hough Rd - Gibsons
Reported: Sept 22-Oct 3 (Linda Woolcox)

Lapland Longspur (1)
Location: In garden at Ocean Ave at Cowrie St - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 28 (Sue Hayer)

BROWN PELICAN (1) *late report*
Location: White Islets - Davis Bay
Reported: Sept 21 (Alan Chang)

Brown Pelican off Davis Bay - Photo: Alan Chang

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 10-11 (John Hodges)

Lapland Longspur (1)
Location: False Bay School parking lot - Powell River
Reported: Sept 10 (Sheila Ray)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Sliammon Point - Powell River
Reported: Sept 8 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Sechelt Marsh
Reported: Sept 6 (John Hodges)

Yellow-breasted Chat (1)
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: Sept 2 (Iwan Van Veen)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 27 (John Hodges)

Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 25 (Marcia Mason)

Gray Catbird (at least 3) *first successful breeding record for Powell River*
Location: Adult with recently fledged young at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: June 17-Aug 24 (Ivan Van Veen, m.obs)

Cassin's Auklet (1)
Location: End of Phillips Rd - Powell River
Reported: Aug 23 (Pierre Geoffray)

Franklin's Gull (1 Juv)
Location: Head of Porpoise Bay - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 20 (John Hodges)

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 5 (Marcia Mason)

Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: Aug 1-5 (Kathy Pritchard, m.obs)

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: By large pond on Thormanby Island off Halfmoon Bay
Reported: July 24 (John Hodges)

Lazuli Buntings 
Location: 5 males at Wildwood Bluffs (map) - Powell River (1st record for Powell River)*
Reported: May 18-July 20 (Iwan Van Veen, m.obs)

Bank Swallow (1)
Location: Duck Lake - Powell River
Reported: June 30 (Iwan Van Veen et al.)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 male)
Location: Sergeant Bay Provincial Park - Sechelt
Reported: June 26 (John Hodges)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Seen HERE at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 19 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Lazuli Buntings 

Location: 1 Male at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 26 (Pat Curling)

Location: 1 singing male from dead alder tree on Hawthorne Rd - Roberts Creek
Reported: May 21 (John Hodges)

Location: 1 male on a berm between the ocean and Colvin Lake at Sargent’s Bay Provincial Park - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: May 12 (Garry Paulson)


Location: 1 male at bird feeder at 423 Harry Rd - Gibsons
Reported: May 11 (Eric Habisch)
Lazuli Bunting in Halfmoon Bay - Photo: Garry Paulson

Eastern Kingbirds


Location: 1 at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: June 15 (Kathy Pritchard)

Location: 2 at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: June 14 (Arnold Skei)

Location: 1 at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 9 (John Hodges, m.obs)

RBA: ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Seen HERE at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 13 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Ash-throated Flycatcher in Sechelt - Photo: John Hodges

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: The Shores - Sechelt
Reported: May 26 (Karen Holland)

RBA: COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD (1 male)
Location: Private Home on Redrooffs Rd - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: May 19-22 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Costa's Hummingbird in Halfmoon Bay - Photo: Rand Rudland

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary and also seen at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: May 19 (John Hodges, m.ob)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Perched on a snag at Trout Lake - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: May 14 (Robert Allen)

Yellow-billed Loons (2)
Location: 500m off shore near Trail Island - Sechelt
Reported: May 11-12 (Russ Tkachuk)

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD (1)
Location: Near the western pond at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 1 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Harris's Sparrow (1 now in breeding plumage)
Location: Private Home at 423 Harry Rd. Please do not trespass or bother dog. Feeder is viewable from street and owner is fine with birders viewing from street - Gibsons
Reported: Jan 5-May 1 (Eric Habisch, m.obs)

Harris's Sparrow in Gibsons - Photo: Eric Habisch

Townsend's Solitaire (1)
Location: West trail of Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: March 18-29 (Carol Reid, m.obs)

Snow Buntings (4)
Location: Crowston Rd, 50 m north of Heritage Rd - Sechelt
Reported: March 17 (John Hodges and Tony Greenfield)

Tundra Swan (1)
Location: Oyster Bay - Pender Harbour
Reported: Feb 17 (Mark Kirby)

Swamp Sparrow
Location: 1 at the end of Lilies Lake Rd - Pender Harbour
Reported: Jan 5, 2019 (Sue Hayer)