Sunshine Coast

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Recent sightings:

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: In the shrubs just past the gates to the development, between the road and the excavation ponds at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 16-19 (John Hodges)

Palm Warbler in Sechelt - Photo: Pat Curling

Redhead (1 male)
Location: Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: Nov 11-15 (Carol Reid, m.obs)

Male Redhead with Female Ring-necked Duck - Photo: Kathy Pritchard

Palm Warbler (1)
SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: Oct 14-Nov 7 (Kathy Pritchard, m.obs)

Photo: Kathy Pritchard

Palm Warbler (2)
Location: 1 at entrance to Port Stalashen and 1 at the edge of Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 13-18 (John Hodges, m.obs)

1 of 2 Palm Warblers in Sechelt - Photo: Pat Curling

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Near the sewage treatment plant at Sechelt Marsh located HERE
Reported: Oct 8-10 (Cathy McLellan, m.obs)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Sechelt Marsh located HERE
Reported: Oct 6-9 (JW Mills et al., m.obs)

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: In brush by the creek at the old Golf Course - Powell River
Reported: Oct 9 (Carol Reid)

RBA: BLACK-TAILED GULL (1 see main page)
Location: Last seen  on Major Islet (accessible only by boat).  Previously seen flying by the old golf course in Powell River HERE and seen HERE on the gov't dock in Lund
Reported: Sept 13-Oct 3 (Ken Wright, m.obs)

Black-tailed Gull off Major Islet on Sept 26, 18 - Photo: J. Duerr

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: By the iron grate bridge at Sechelt Marsh located HERE
Reported: Oct 3 (Marcia Mason)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches (3)
Location: Viewed while hiking on the Emma Lake trail up to Emma Lake - Powell River
Reported: Sept 30 (Iwan Van Veen)

Black-bellied Plover (1)
Location: Log dump near the old Powell River Golfcourse
Reported: Sept 24-29 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: At the marsh/pond at Smuggler's Cove Provincial Park - Halfmoon Bay
It is accessible from Brooks Road off Hwy 101 halfway between Secret Cove and Halfmoon Bay. It is a 4km hike from the parking lot to Smuggler Cove.
Reported: Sept 27 (Donna Giberson)

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Near the tree struck by lightning at Seargent Bay Provinical Park - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: Sept 16 (Sue Hayer, m.obs)

Pomarine Jaeger (1)
Location: Little River Ferry crossing - Powell River
Reported: Sept 13 (Andrea and Neil MacLeod)

Bobolink (1 female)
Location: Sliammon Point - Powell River
Reported: Sept 11 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs)
Female Bobolink in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen/Macaulay Library

American White Pelican (1)
Location: Last seen on the sandy beach to the east Roberts Creek Jetty Pier. Previously seen at the head of porpoise bay - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 8-11 (Maureen Hamblin, m.obs)
American White Pelican in Sechelt - Photo: Maureen Hamblin/Macaulay Library

American Redstart (1 female type)
Location: In a golden maple tree in the parking lot at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 6-11 (John Hodges, m.obs)
Map HERE
American Redstart in Sechelt - Photo: Patrick Curling

Greater White-fronted Goose (3)
Location: Flying over Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 11 (John Hodges)

RBA: LARK BUNTING (1 Juvenile - see main page)
Location: Between abandoned building and derelict boat on water at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 7 (single observer sighting on Sept 8) - (John Hodges, m.obs)
Map HERE

Cassin's Auklet (1)
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 5 (Karen Holland)

Horned Lark (1)
Location: Lower field at Elphinstone Secondary School - Gibsons
Reported: Sept 4 (Karen Holland)

Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 29 (John Hodges)

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1 report w/no photo)
Location: Private Home - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 26 (Eva Diener)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Private Home - Egmont
Reported: Aug 28 (Kaiden Bosch)

Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Location: Thunder Bay - Powell River
Reported: Aug 21 (Iwan Van Veen et al.)

RBA: CHESNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1 male, see main page for directions)
Location: Exact location HERE - Powell River
Reported: June 19-July 1 (Neil Hughes, m.obs)

Male Chestnut-sided Warbler in Powell River - Photos: Iwan Van Veen

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Sargeant Bay Provincial Park - Sechelt
Reported: June 22 (John Hodges)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: On breakwater at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 16-20 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 16-19 (Arnold Skei)

TENESSEE WARBLER (1) (no road access)
Location: Km 6 at Lower Deserted River near Malibu
Map HERE
Reported: June 15 (Kaiden Bosch)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Jervis Inlet near Malibu
Reported: June 15 (Kaiden Bosch)

Eastern Kingbirds (2)
Location: On Heritage Rd in "The Shores" - Sechelt
Reported: June 13 (Marcia Mason)

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: In the meadow with alder trees, 100m from the orchard by the lake - Thormanby
Reported: June 11 (John Hodges)

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD (1)
Location: On the roof of a shed opposite 6333 Sandpiper Rd - Sechelt
Reported: June 10 (John Hodges)

Photo: John Hodges

Bank Swallow (1)
Location: 10191 Serendipity Rd - Powell River
Reported: June 11 (Pierre Geoffrey at al.)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 4 (John Hodges)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: The Shores - Sechelt
Reported: June 2 (Marcia Mason)

RBA: COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (1, adult male - see main page)
Location: Private home on Skeena St. - Powell River
Reported: May 23-25 (Sara Brown)

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

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Sargent Bay Provincial Park - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: May 25 (Kaiden Bosch)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Female on the roof of "Lighthouse Pub" at Porpoise Bay - Sechelt
Reported: May 24 (Kaiden Bosch)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Sargent Bay Provincial Park - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: May 19 (John Hodges et al.)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retraat - Powell  River
Reported: May 14 (Kathy Pritchard)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: 4311 Padgett Rd - Powell River
Reported: April 29 (Iwan Van Veen)

White-winged Crossbill (1)
Location: Oracle Rd - Sechelt
Reported: April 28 (Alexis Harrington)

Rock Sandpiper (Late)
Location: Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: April 24 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Say's Phoebes

Location: 1 at SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: April 28 (Kathy Pritchard)

Location: 1 at the breakwater at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: April 26 (John Hodges)

Location: 1 on beach at Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 16 (John Hodges)

Location: 1 on beach below washrooms at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: April 14 (Monica Nugent)

Mountain Bluebirds 

Location: 4 at Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 16-19 (John Hodges)

Location: 2 on beach at the old golf course near Brooks Secondary School - Powell River
Reported: April 15 (Pierre Geoffray et al.)

RBA: Cassin's Finch (1 male)
Location: Private Home on Hawthorn Rd - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 11 (John Hodges)

Photo: John Hodges 

Chipping Sparrow
Location: Oracle Rd and Baillie Rd - Sechelt
Reported: April 11 (Chris Allen)

White-throated Sparrow (1) (no longer rare in April)
Location: Private Home 6000 block of Nechako Ave - Powell River
Reported: Dec 24-April 4 (Iwan Van Veen, m.obs)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: The Shores - Sechelt
Reported: March 24 (John Hodges)

RBA: COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (1 adult male, see main page)
Location: Window feeder at "SeaSide Escape Retreat" at 2102 Donkersley RdPowell River
Reported: Sept 6/17-March 16/18 (Ken and Kathleen Pritchard, m.obs)
Please call first before visiting at:
(604) - (344-1235) 

Costa's Hummingbird in Powell River - Photo: Ken Pritchard

Bohemian Waxwings (5)
Location: In berry bush in front of main mall parking lot - Sechelt
Reported: Jan 5 (Chris Allen)

Glaucous Gull (1st Winter)
Location: Mouth of Chapman Creek - Sechelt
Reported: Dec 24 (Robert Allen, m.obs)

Photo: John Hodges


Wilson's Warbler (late)
Location: 1 male at old golf course - Powell River
Reported: Dec 16-22 (Iwan Van Veen)
 
White-winged Crossbills (8)
Location: Francis Point in top of a tree near cemetery - Pender Harbour
Reported: Dec 16 (John Hodges)

Common Redpolls 

Location: 15 in an alder tree in the parking lot at Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Dec 4 (John Hodges)

Location: 1 at Seaside Escape - Powell River
Reported: Dec 2 (Kathy Pritchard)

Swamp Sparrow
Location: Bushes to the southeast of the pond at Sechelt Marsh - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 15 (John Hodges)

Harris's Sparrow
Location: 6492 Nechako Ave - Powell River
Reported: Nov 5-12 (Iwan Van Veen, m.obs)

MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES (2)
Location: Private home near Oliver St and Selkirk Ave - Powell River
Reported: Nov 7 (Pierre Geoffray)

White-winged Crossbill (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 4-6 (John Hodges)

Male White-winged Crossbill - Photo: John Hodges

Palm Warbler
Location: In bare tree across from parking lot at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 27-29 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Photo: Karen Holland

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS (2)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 27 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (left side) in Sechelt - Photo: John Hodges

Mountain Bluebird (1 female)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: Oct 22 (Kathie and Ken Pritchard)

Photo: Kathie Pritchard

RBA: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
Location: In the bushes between the big sand pile and estuary at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 17-19 (John Hodges, m.obs)

White-throated Sparrows (3)
Location: Mitlenatch Island - Powell River
Reported: Sept 25 (Pierre Geoffrey et al.)

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Location: Finn Bay Rd - Powell River
Reported: Sept 20 (Pierre Geoffray)

Chipping Sparrow
Location: Finn Bay Rd - Powell River
Reported: Sept 20 (Pierre Geoffray)

Lapland Longspurs (3)
Location: On old golf course off Laburnum Ave - Powell River
Reported: Sept 18 (Pierre Geoffray)

House Wren
Location: On old golf course off Laburnum Ave - Powell River
Reported: Sept 16 (Pierre Geoffray)

Dusky Flycatcher
Location: Private home on Fraser St - Powell River
Reported: Sept 12 (Pierre Geoffray)

Wandering Tattler
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 10 (John Hodges et al.)

Green Heron
Location: Parson's Park at Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: Sept 4 (Ken Pritchard et al.)

Long-tailed Jaeger (1 juvie)
Location: Little River Ferry - Powell River
Reported: Sept 2 (Pierre Geoffray)

LARK SPARROW
Location: On beach at Lund Harbour - Powell River
Reported: Aug 24 (Pierre Geoffray)

Northern Waterthrush
Location: First pond in area used by dog walkers - Wilson Creek Estuary
Reported: Aug 21-22 (Kaiden Bosch, mobs)

RBA: FERRUGINOUS HAWK (see main page)
Location: Seen on breakwater at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 8-19 (Mike Steele and Lynne Dunham, m.obs)

Photo: Lynne Dunham

Stilt Sandpiper
Location: Foraging along beach at Brew Bay - Powell River
Reported: Aug 13 (Pierre Geoffray et al., m.obs)

Photo: Stilt Sandpiper in Powell River - Photo: K. and K. Pritchard

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Location: 1 female at water's edge on the south side of Chapman Creek at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 10 (John Hodges, m.obs)


Location: 2 on breakwater at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 10 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Lewis's Woodpecker
Location: 12671 Sunshine Coast Hwy - Madeira Park
Reported: Aug 8 (Simon Bernard)

Heermann's Gulls (2)
Location: Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 7-10 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

American Redstart (2)
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: May 26-August 6 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs)

Photo: Iwan Van Veen

American White Pelicans (5)
Location: Ruby Lake Resort - Ruby Lake
Reported: June 23 (Aldo Cogrossi)

RBA: ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (see main page for more details)
Location: In small alders near the boat trailers and also by the first pond with the most water at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 10-11 (Marie Revoy, m.obs)

Photo: Marie Revoy

Western Kingbird
Location: On fence below heritage road at the Shores - Sechelt
Reported: June 3 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

LARK SPARROW
Location: On sandpile at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 27 (John Hodges)

BREWER'S SPARROW
Location: At Wilson Creek Estuary - On Private Property inside the gate to Port Stalashen, near where the boat trailers are kept - Sechelt
Reported: May 25 (John Hodges)

Photo: John Hodges
 

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
Location: Gale Ave N, less than a block east of Sandpiper Rd - Sechelt
Reported: May 23 (Alexis Harrington)

Vesper Sparrow
Location: On the small island in Wilson Creek Estuary. Viewed from the far end of the causeway to Port Stalashen Clubhouse - Sechelt
Reported: May 12 (John Hodges)

Lazuli Bunting (early)
Location: 1 male on Central Ave at Granthams Landing - Gibsons
Reported: May 6 (Julie Brooks)

Ruddy Turnstone
Location: Foraging on gravel beach along wrack line - Mitlenatch Island
Reported: May 4 (Ian Guthrie et al.)

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: April 23 (Arnold Skei)

Townsend's Solitaires

Location: Up to three birds at a Private Yard - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 10-19 (John Hodges)

Location: Halfway down Sandpiper Rd at the Shores - Sechelt
Reported: April 15 (Arnold Skei)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (early)
Location: Private yard in Roberts Creek - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 18 (John Hodges)

Hammond's Flycatcher (early)
Location: Private yard on Egmont Rd - Egmont
Reported: April 18 (Kaiden Bosch)

Sandhill Cranes

Location: Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: April 17 (Jeff Mah)

Location: Two at the Sechelt Golf Course - Sechelt
Reported: April 7 (Thomas Hourigan)

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Location: Adult male at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: April 13 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

Cassin's Vireo
Location: Hawthorn Road - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 11 (John Hodges)

Say's Phoebes

Location: Halfway down Crowston Rd at the Shores - Sechelt
Reported: April 15 (Arnold Skei)

Location: 1 bird at tip of Mission Point Park - Sechelt
Reported: April 8-9 (Arnold Skei)

Location: 2 birds on beachwood fence posts at SeaSide Escape Retreat Guest House - Powell River Reported: March 18-April 6 (K. Pritchard, m.obs)

Location: 1 bird on fence on Crowston Rd at "The Shores" housing development on West Porpoise Bay - Sechelt
Reported: March 25-April 2 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Location: 1 bird by pond near clubhouse at Sechelt Golf Course - Sechelt
Reported: March 22 (John Hodges)

Location: 1 bird at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: March 21 (John Hodges)
 
Say's Phoebe in Powell River - Photo: K. Pritchard


Chipping Sparrow
Location: Private Home - Sandy Hook
Reported: April 6 (Cathy McLellan)

Mountain Bluebirds 

Location: 1 male and 1 female on rocks and pilings at Brew Bay - Powell River
Reported: March 30-April 5 (Maria Glaze, m.obs)

Location: 2 birds flycatching from fence on Crowston Rd at "The Shores" - Sechelt
Reported: April 2 (Arnold Skei and John Hodges, m.obs)

Osprey (early)
Location: Flyover at Myrtle Point Golf Course - Powell River
Reported: March 26 (Pierre Geoffray)

Townsend's Solitaire
Location: Private Home - Egmont
Reported: March 18 (Kaiden Bosch)

White-throated Sparrow
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: March 15-28 (John Hodges)

Barn Swallows (Early)
Location: 2 birds at SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: Feb 1 (Ken and Kathie Pritchard)

Male and Female Barn Swallow - Photo: Ken and Kathie Pritchard

Townsend's Solitaire
Location: Gospel Rock, Gibsons
Directions: Go through the broken down gate at the end of Chaster Rd and walk in about 200m. Just past the conifers the view opens up to the left and the bird was 100m down the slope at the top of a small tree.
Reported: Jan 14, 2017-March 5, 2017 (Rozanne Thomson, m.obs)

Harris's Sparrow
Location: Between the bushes near the double bench, to the south of the water at Sechelt Marsh. Last seen on the island with the most vegetation - Sechelt
Reported: Dec 16, 2016-March 17, 2017 (Tony Greenfield, m.obs)