Sunshine Coast

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

*As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing any birds on this list during this time. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (1)
Location: HERE under the powerline behind Sechelt Hospital - Sechelt
*Best place to park is here*
Reported: June 22-July 7 (Tony Greenfield, m.obs)
Yellow-breasted Chat in Sechelt - Photo: Eric Habisch

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: White Islets (viewable by scope from the end of Jack Rd viewpoint) - Sechelt
Reported: July 5 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

Lazuli Bunting (4)
Location: HERE - Powell River
Reported: May 14-July 6 (Iwan Van Veen et al.)

Gray Catbird (2)
Location: HERE - Powell River
Reported: June 3-July 6 (Iwan Van Veen)

Bullock's Oriole (2)
Location: HERE at Lindsay Park - Powell River
Reported: June 2 (Iwan Van Veen)

BREWER'S SPARROW (1)
Location: By the boat launch at Gibson's Marina - Gibsons
Reported: May 31-June 1 (Kaiden Bosch, m.obs)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: HERE - Powell River
Reported: May 26 (Iwan Van Veen)
Vesper Sparrow in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 male)
Location: 5146 Elliot Rd - Pender Harbour
Reported: May 25 (Michael Jackson, m.obs)

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD (1)
Location: Private yard - Powell River
Reported: May 24 (Iwan Van Veen)
Northern Mockingbird in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen

Least Flycatcher (1) 4wd vehicle needed*
Location: In woods east of canoe access point (at end of access rd) at Pud Lake - Sechelt
Reported: May 21 (Rand Rudland)
Directions: Easiest route is up from the Halfmoon Bay end of Trout Lake Rd, Then take Crowston Rd towards Phare Lake. Turnoff is about 1.8 km from Chaos Corner. If you get to the “Y” to Phare Lake you are too far. The access road runs along the right side of the recent large cut, so don’t go on the road that heads into the middle of the bottom of the cut. You may want to walk from the end of the cut where there is a very deep water bar.*

American Redstart (1)
Location: HERE - Powell River
Reported: May 14-15 (Iwan Van Veen et al.)

Solitary Sandpiper (1)
Location: In pond behind airport - Sechelt
Reported: May 13 (John Hodges et al.)

Dusky Flycatchers

Location: 1 at Sechelt Airport - Sechelt
Reported: May 11-12 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

Location: 1 at the 2nd pond at Wilson Creek - Sechelt
Reported: April 29-May 6 (Eric Habisch, m.obs)

Location: 1 at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: May 5 (Pierre Geoffray)

Location: 1 on the beach at Bonniebrook - Gibsons
Reported: May 4 (Karen Holland)

American Bittern (1)
Location: Eastern pond at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 10 (John Hodges, m.obs)

SAGE THRASHER (1)
Location: In front yard of 423 Harry Rd - Gibsons
Reported: May 8 (Eric Habisch, m.obs)
Please be respectful of private property.
Sage Thrasher in Gibsons - Photo: John Hodges

Lapland Longspur (1)
Location:At the marina at Stalashen near the deck at the end of the walkway - Sechelt
Reported: May 6 (Rand Rudland)

Calliope Hummingbird (1)
Location: Private Home - Gibsons
Reported: May 1 (Eric Habisch)

Mountain Bluebird (1 female)
Location: Corner of Hertiage and Crowston Rds - Sechelt
Reported: April 29-30 (Tony Greenfield, m.obs)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 male)
Location: Private Home on Redrooffs Rd - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: April 29 (Terry Knight)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Flycatching from fence at Segador and Crowston Rd - Sechelt  
Reported: April 16-28 (Brian Mckenney, m.obs)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 27 (John  Hodges)

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (1)
Location: On beach on Tla'amin Nation Reserve- Powell River
Reported: April 25 (Iwan Van Veen)
*This area closed to the general public on April 27, 2020 due to Covid-19*
Lesser Black-backed Gull in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen

Mountain Bluebirds (4)
Location: HERE at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: April 2-15 (Pierre Geoffray et al.)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: April 5 (Arnold Skei)

Lapland Longspur (1)
Location: Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: April 2 (Jacob Garvelink)

Lapland Longspur in Sechelt - Photo: Jacob Garvelink

Snow Bunting (1)
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: March 25-26 (Mary Bragg, m.obs)

Mountain Bluebird (1 female)
Location: Mahood's Beach - Powell River
Reported: March 24 (Maria Glaze, m.obs)

Mountain Bluebird in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retreat (2102 Donkersley Rd) - Powell River
Reported: Feb 24 (Kathy Pritchard)

Say's Phoebe in Powell River - Photo: Kathy Pritchard

Pine Grosbeaks
Location: 3 at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: Feb 17  (Iwan Van Veen)

White-tailed Ptarmigan (snowshoes or cross country skis required)
Location: HERE (see map at location with red star) on Balsam Loop trail at Dakota Ridge - Sechelt
Reported: Feb 14-16 (Ian McConnel, m.obs)

Pine Grosbeak (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Feb 11 (John Hodges and Eric Habisch)

Pine Grosbeak (2)
Location: Private Property - Powell River
Reported: Feb 9 (Iwan Van Veen)

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)