Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

To report rare birds or sightings of interest in this area and to submit pictures, please email Jeremy Gatten at jarofme@hotmail.com

AMERICAN REDSTART (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; central meadow of the park
Date: August 21 (G. Newell)

LEAST FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; central meadow of the park
Date: August 21 (G. Newell)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; in conifers near nature house
Date: August 20 (P. Fair)

Clark's Nutcracker (1)
Location: Crestview Rd, Cadboro Bay; seen flying towards wooded area near junction of Cadboro Bay Rd and Beach Dr - areas to check include Uplands Golf Course, the UVic Dog Park, and Uplands Park
Date: August 18 (C. Smith)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: Originally atSidney Spit, Sidney Island; recent observations from mouth of Reay Creek south of Sidney accessed from Lochside Dr and on rocks off Goddard Rd north of Sidney
Date: July 26 (J. Gaskin) to August 13 (multiple observers)

Long-billed Curlews (3, max count)
Location: Victoria International Airport near runways; best searched for from viewing area along Willingdon Rd just west of the airport terminal
Date: August 3 (N. Hentze) to 9 (multiple observers)

NORTHERN PARULA (1, female)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: July 22 (S. Darlington) to August 6 (multiple observers)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: August 6 (G. Newell)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Duncan; along Herd Rd between Rice Rd and Richards Trail
Date: July 26 (J. Ballard)

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: July 24 (A. Nightingale)

Manx Shearwater (1)
Location: Offshore from Tofino; near southeast corner of Cleland Island
Date: July 23 (A. Ahier)

HERMIT WARBLER (1, male)
Location: Mount Washington; see main page for directions to specific location
Date: June 11 (L. Smith) to July 17 (multiple observers)
This one looks about as pure as they get for this far north! (Photo: Lori Smith)
Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Long Beach, Tofino; west of Incinerator Rock in Pacific Rim National Park
Reported: July 15 to 17 (A. Dorst)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Ucluelet; near intersection of Albion Crescent and Lee St
Reported: July 16 (E. Brittain)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, Metchosin; only accessible by boat
Reported: July 16 (M. O'Shaughnessy)
Brown Pelican on Race Rocks (Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy)
American Avocet (1)
Location: Queens' Park, Oak Bay; on northwest side of point
Reported: July 13 (M. O'Shaughnessy)
Nice shot of this rare and short-staying visitor (Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy)
Manx Shearwater (1)
Location: Offshore; north of Nigel Island at this location
Date: July 10 (J. Towers)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Inshore waters off Raphael Point near Hot Springs Cove
Date: July 10 (T. Tom)
Video: Property of Tim Tom from The Whale Centre and used with permission*


Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Bere Point, Malcolm Island
Reported: July 10 (M. Chapusiat)

GUADALUPE MURRELET (1)
Location: Offshore; 122 nautical miles SSW of Estevan Point
Date: July 9 (M. Force et al.)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Rithet's Bog, Saanich; seen along trail paralleling Chatterton Way
Date: July 6 (C. Chutter)
A nicely documented bird and a male to boot! (Photo: Daniel Rondeau)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; on anchor monument just south of the bridge
Date: July 4 (C. O'Connor)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; possibly same individual spread over three sightings
Date: May 31 (I. Lewylle) to July 4 (multiple observers)

Mottled Petrel (1)
Location: Offshore; approximately 28 nautical miles south of Clerke Point on the Brooks Peninsula
Date: July 2 (C. Hoefer)

Horned Puffin (1)
Location: approximately 28 nautical miles south of Clerke Point on the Brooks Peninsula
Date: July 2 (M. Force)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Port Hardy Airport, Port Hardy; viewed from this location
Date: July 1 (I. Povalyaev and M. Hafting)

Laysan Albatross (1)
Location: Offshore; 30 nautical miles southwest of Cape Scott
Date: July 1 (C. Hoefer)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1, male)
Location: Malcolm Island; see main page for directions to specific location
Date: June 19 (G. Curry) to July 1 (multiple observers)
Distinct much?  Always a great find in BC! (Photo: Gord Curry)
Murphy's Petrel (7)
Location: Offshore; 90 to 125 nautical miles southwest of Estevan Point
Date: June 30 (M. Force et al)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Campbell River Estuary, Campbell River
Date: June 29 (K. Kaptein)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Triangle Island; approximately 45 km west of Cape Scott
Date: June 25 (D. Bradley)

Clark's Nutcracker (1)
Location: Riverbottom Rd West, Cowichan Valley; heard calling while flying over
Date: June 24 (M. Shepard)

Eastern Kingbird (1)

Location: Pendray Farms, North Saanich; not publicly accessible
Date: June 16 (J. Wells)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Victoria International Airport; north end of Canora Rd at viewing area
Date: May 31 (A. Nightingale) to June 16 (multiple observers)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: End of Lohbrunner Rd (technically the Lochside Trail) near Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; seen on fencline in field
Date: May 26 (J. Gaskin and K. Mills) to June 15 (multiple observers)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: On tree just north of South Beach Trail in Pacific Rim National Park; Ucluelet
Date: June 14 (J. Wright)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location:  Courtenay Airpark, Courtenay
Date: June 13 (fide K. Kaptein)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Location: Cowichan Bay; along Dock Rd
Date: June 11 (M. Robichaud and D. Ross)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; offshore from Gonzales Point
Date: June 9 (G. Newell) to 11 (multiple observers)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island; may not be same individual over duration
Date: June 9 to 14 (I. Dubinsky)
East meets West... what a great shot! (Photo: Ivan Dubinsky)
Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island
Date: June 10 (I. Dubinsky)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island
Date: June 8 to 10 (I. Dubinsky)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: south of the end of Lohbrunner Rd at Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; seen on fence line in field
Date: June 8 (M. Robichaud) to 9 (multiple observers)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Pipers Lagoon, Nanaimo
Date: June 6 (N. Smith) to 8 (multiple observers)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Combers Beach, Tofino
Date: June 7 (J. Hannebauer)
Excellent documentation of this rare visitor to Vancouver Island (Photo: Jesse Hannebauer)
American White Pelicans (23)
Location: Somass Estuary, Port Alberni
Date: June 6 (S. Penner)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island; private farm, not visible from road
Date: June 5 to 6 (fide R. Ferguson)

American White Pelicans (7)
Location: Munn Rd near Francis King Regional Park, Saanich; seen flying overhead
Date: June 6 (W. Weber)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich; flew over heading south
Date: June 4 (M. McGrenere)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River
Date: June 3 (K. Matthieu)

Redhead (2, pair)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River
Date: June 3 (K. Matthieu)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Long Beach Golf Course, Tofino
Date: June 2 (A. Dorst) to 3 (T. Theriault)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Cassidy; seen along highway just north of exit for Nanaimo River Rd exit
Date: May 31 (D. Isbister)

Swainson's Hawk (1, immature)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; flying southeast and getting harassed by crows
Date: May 30 (G. Newell)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich; west slope below parking lot
Date: May 30 (G. Newell)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich; western slope of Little Mount Doug (below and to the west of main summit)
Date: May 30 (G. Newell)

Lazuli Bunting (2, males)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; near central meadow
Date: May 29 (G. Newell)

WHITE-FACED IBIS (13)
Location: flying over Blanshard St and Tolmie Ave intersection, Victoria; seen heading southwest
Date: May 28 (D. Fraser)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Morning Star Bison Ranch, Cassidy; viewed from along Spruston Rd
Date: May 26 (G. Monty)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: end of Lohbrunner Rd (technically the Lochside Trail) near Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; seen on fenceline in field
Date: May 26 (J. Gaskin and K. Mills)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Morningstar Golf Course, Parksville; in backyard of private residence
Date: May 24 to 25 (G. Porter)

CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (1)
Location: Malahat Dr, Malahat; seen flying over
Date: May 24 (C. Hughes)

WOOD THRUSH (1)
Location: Planta Park, Nanaimo; heard and recorded singing, but only seen poorly
Date: May 23 (N. Smith)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Brown's Bay, north of Campbell River
Date: May 22 (C. Herr)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich; south slope
Date: May 22 (M. McGrenere)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: East Saanich Rd, Central Saanich; seen flying
Date: May 22 (J. Bradley)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Winchelsea View Golf Course, Lantzville; seen near 11th green
Date: May 21 (A. Perkins)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 19 (G. Newell) to May 21 (multiple observers)
This is how you want a Red-throated Pipit to look! (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)

Lazuli Bunting (2 male, 1 female)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; in forest patch (“Warbler Woods”) below summit to the east
Date: May 11 (G. and D. Newell, M. Robichaud reported a second male) to 21 (multiple observers, only 1 reported)

Wilson's Phalarope (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 19 (G. Newell)

Wilson's Phalarope (2)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; northeast quadrat
Date: May 18 (J. Wells, 1 individual; G. Newell, 2nd bird on 19th) to 22 (multiple observers; 1 bird now)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; centre dike
Date: May 17 (G. Newell)

LARK SPARROW (1)
Location: Pipers Lagoon, Nanaimo
Date: May 15 (B. Judson)
One of the sharpest sparrows in the land, and nicely documented! (Photo: Braden Judson, from Macaulay Library)
TENNESSEE WARBLER (1, male)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; in deciduous trees and shrubs near Gonzales Point
Date: May 15 (G. Newell)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie; potentially same bird as before
Date: May 14 (G. Newell)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: French Creek area, Parksville; seen in yard of private residence
Date: May 12 (G. Wright)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Offshore ~3-4 km west out of Victoria in the strait
Date: May 12 (P. Lehman)

Marbled Godwits (now moving through)
Location: Estuaries, lagoons, shorelines, rocky islets, and oceanside golf courses
Date: Mid-april to ???
Three Marbled Godwits with a Long-billed Curlew in Sooke (Photo: Diane Wilson)
Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Mandarte Island, Haro Strait; seen flying towards Sidney Spit - one was reported on eBird later in the day from Robert J. Porter Park in the Fairfield area of Victoria
Date: May 9 (D. Janus)

American White Pelicans (3)
Location: Cowichan Bay; viewed from Cowichan Bay Rd
Date: May 8 (Jason Kimm and R. Wiebe) to 9 (multiple observers)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; northeast slope - conceivably same bird reported last week
Date: May 8 (G. Newell and M. O'Shaughnessy)

BLACK-NECKED STILT (1)
Location: Somenos Marsh, Duncan; near the boardwalk
Date: May 5 (D. Johnson) to 6 (multiple observers)
Bubblegum pink stilts for those marshy situations! (Photo: Devan Johnson)
Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; heard calling in flight
Date: May 6 (M. McGrenere)

American White Pelicans (14)
Location: Chemainus River Estuary then Nanaimo; seen flying in independent reports
Date: May 6 (J. Costello, C. Rispin)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Wickaninnish Beach then Long Beach, Tofino
Date: April 30 (I. Cruickshank) to May 6 (multiple observers)

Ruddy Turnstones (2)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; rocky islets off Fairway 7
Date: May 5 (G. and D. Newell)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Victoria International Airport; north end of Canora Rd at lookout point
Date: May 4 (M. Cameron) to 5 (multiple observers)

American White Pelicans (12)
Location: Nanoose Bay; viewed from Nanoose Beach Rd and subsequently seen flying north
May 4 (V. Lugins and A. Perkins)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; northwest quadrant
Date: May 1 (G. Newell)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; central meadow
Date: May 1 (G. Newell)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Ermeskine Ave, Parksville; private residence
Date: April 28 (fide Neil Robins) to 30 (multiple observers)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Goose Spit, Comox; tip of the spit picking at seaweed
Date: April 26 (A. Bell) to 30 (multiple observers)
Yellow-headed Blackbirds are showstoppers that get noticed... like this one! (Photo: Angie Bell)
HERMIT WARBLER (male, hybrid not fully ruled out)
Location: Chase Woods NCC property, Cowichan Bay; not accessible to public
Date: April 26 (R. Ferguson)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; half way up north slope
Date: April 26 (G. Newell)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; near Rattenbury Pl access point to park
Date: April 24 (K. Taylor)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; down lane leading to jogging path at corner of Haynes and Lancaster Rds
Date: April 24 (C. Saunders)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Bere Point, Malcolm Island
Date: April 22 (J. Rossner et al.)

Gyrfalcon (1)
Location: Mount Washington; seen migrating north past Paradise Meadows
Date: April 21 (B. Dudeck)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Lazo Nature Park, Comox
Date: April 21 (B. Dudeck and A. Spencer-Hills)

Mountain Bluebirds and Townsend's Solitaires (now moving through)
Location: could be anywhere, but primarily open areas (e.g., rocky hilltops, airport fields, agricultural areas with fence lines, shorelines, sand dunes, and golf courses)
Date: early April to ???

Long-billed Curlew (1)

Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke
Date: April 17 (D. Wilson)

Long-billed Curlew (2)
Location: Pendray Farms, North Saanich; distant in fallow field, viewed from West Saanich Rd near orange gate
Date: April 15 (J. Gatten) to 16 (multiple observers)
Easily living up to its name! (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
BAR-TAILED GODWIT (flock of 7 reported)
Location: Chesterman Beach, Tofino
Date: April 15 (N. J. C. Mathews)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Parksville; private residence
Date: April 15 (N. Dawe)


Yellow-billed Loon (1, adult)
Location: near Englishman River Estuary, Parksville; offshore from Arlette Rd beach access
Date: November 17 (G. Monty et al.) to April 14 (multiple observers)

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1, female)
Location: Hooson Rd, Pender Island; provided coordinates can be viewed here
Date: April 14 (J. Peetsma)
Expertly documented and a nice specimen, too! (Photo: John Peetsma)
Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: Mount Wells, Langford
Date: April 12 (J. E. Thomson)

Mountain Bluebird (1, male)
Location: Comox Valley Airport; viewed from south end off Kye Bay Rd
Date: April 2 (B. Dudeck and L. Ware) to 8 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebird (1, female)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; fence lines in large field by 6021 Hunt Rd
Date: December 16 (I. Cruickshank and L. Singh) to April 7 (multiple observers)
Female Mountain Bluebird in Central Saanich (Photo: Liam Singh)
KING EIDER (1, male)
Location: Eaglecrest area of Qualicum Beach; originally found off Bluffs Dr, but last seen off Whitmee Rd
Date: March 12 (N. Robins and J. Purves) to April 2 (multiple observers)
Love that shark fin! (Photo: Blair Dudeck)
TUFTED DUCK (1, probable)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; 300 m east of spit, then flew north towards Sidney
Date: April 2 (G. Newell)

PARAKEET AUKLET (1)
Location: Clayoquot Canyon; pelagic trip off Tofino
Date: March 29 (J. Bertrands)

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS (3, immature)
Location: Clayoquot Canyon; pelagic trip off Tofino
Date: March 24 (M. Toochin)
Love that flesh pink bill! (Photo: Penny Hall)
Redhead (1, male and female)
Location: Eaglecrest area of Qualicum Beach; seen off end of Whitmee Rd
Date: March 17 (M. Wynja) to 30 (multiple observers); second individual found on 24th

Mountain Bluebird (1, male)
Location: Central Saanich Rd; first field north of intersection with Mount Newton X Rd
Date: March 23 (J. Gatten) to 24 (multiple observers

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1, female)
Location: Filbert Park, Comox; large tree by staff parking lot in front of lodge in the park
Date: January 26 (N. St. Hilaire) to March 22 (multiple observers)
A very confiding bird that has been well-studied in the field (Photo: Mark Wynja)
Redhead (1)
Location: Viaduct Flats, Saanich
Date: February 22 (D. Donnecke)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, second-winter & 1, adult)
Location: Mouth of French Creek; Parksville
Date: December 27 (L. Singh) to February 22 (multiple observers)
Second-winter Kumlien's - always a treat to see this rarer subspecies (Photo: Liam Singh)
CASSIN'S FINCH (1, male)
Location: 1031 Dunsmuir Crescent, Ladysmith; only seen for a couple minutes at feeder
Date: January 28 (B. Whittington) to February 21 (multiple observers)
The sandier tones, contrasted face pattern, and straighter culmen point to Cassin's Finch (Photo: Bruce Whittington)
Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Bonnie Dr and Hammond Bay Rd, Nanaimo; on ground near yellow barricade
Date: December 18 to February 20 (N. Smith)

Mountain Bluebird (1, male)
Location: Adshead Rd between Haslam and Cedar Rds, Nanaimo; flycatching near pond
Date: January 1 (G. Monty) to February 17 (multiple observers)

White-winged Crossbill irruption; too many to report
Location: many locations; learn their call to maximize your chance of success
Date: October 26 to ?????
Superbly documented from Goldstream Provincial Park (Photo: Charlotte Gruneau)
Common Redpoll irruption; too many to report
Location: could turn up anywhere, but most likely in areas with extensive birches and/or alders
Date: Mid-November to ?????

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Beechey Head, East Sooke Regional Park, Sooke
Date: February 3 (D. Donnecke)

'Vega' Herring Gull (1, adult)
Location: Cedar Rd landfill, Nanaimo
Date: February 2 (B. Dudeck)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Neck Point Park, Nanaimo
Date: January 25 (D. Baird) to 30 (multiple observers)

BROWN BOOBY (1, adult)
Location: Ogden Point Breakwater, Victoria; taken in to SPCA for rehabilitation
Date: January 29 (A. Olender and J. E. Pigeon)

Gyrfalcon (1, immature)
Location: Adshead Rd between Haslam and Cedar Rds, Nanaimo
Date: January 1 (B. Dudeck) to 29 (multiple observers)
Photo: Guy Monty
Barn Swallows (several, out of season)
Location: various locations, from southern to mid Vancouver Island
Date: mid-December to late January

Tree Swallow (1-4)
Location: Swan Lake, Victoria
Date: January 14 (L. Singh) to 22 (multiple observers)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Second St, Duncan; near Centennial Park at west end of street
Date: November 24 (Jason Kimm) to January 21 (multiple observers)
Northern Mockingbird in Duncan (Photo: Liron Gertsman)
Short-tailed Shearwater (2)
Location: Little Qualicum Estuary, Qualicum; offshore, observed from west end of Surfside Dr
Date: January 20 (M. Wynja)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Parksville Community Centre, Parksvilled; near Labyrinth (old heli pad)
Date: November 18 (M. Wynja) to January 20 (multiple observers)
A long-staying Palm Warbler in Parksville (Photo: Guy Monty)
Pine Grosbeak (2)
Location: Heriot Bay Rd, Quadra Island; private residence
Date: January 1 (M. Chelsluk) to 19 (multiple observers)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, adult)
Location: Parksville Community Park, Parksville
Date: January 15 (G. Monty)

Bullock's Oriole (1)
Location: Open to public, 4357 Metchosin Road; Victoria.
Please enter the yard to view the suet feeder in the apple tree at the front of the home, behind the front fence. House number is not visible from the street. Home is behind Windrush Gallery, across the street from Metchosin Preschool, beside Tractor Time
Date: December 24 (C. O'Connor) to January 13 (multiple observers)
Please be respectful of home owner's property and residences in area
Immature Male Bullock's Oriole in Metchosin (Photo: Cathy O'Connor)
Rusty Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Swan Lake, Victoria; near boardwalk with Red-winged Blackbirds
Date: January 13 (S. Snively)

'Kumliens' Iceland Gull (1)
Location: Lewis Lake, Comox
Date: January 12 (K. Matthieu)

Pine Grosbeaks (14)
Location: Observatory Hill, Saanich; near main building, seen on feeder
Date: January 6 (B. and M. McGrenere) to 9 (multiple observers)

RBA: LESSER GOLDFINCH (1)
Location: 820 Rogers Ct, Victoria; feeder viewed from Rogers Way - see main page for details
Please do not trespass, be respectful of home owner & residents' property and view from street
Date: December 11 (N. Hentze, photo S. Harper) to January 7 (multiple observers)
Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy
Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Flycatching near pond in field off Adshead Rd (between Haslam Rd and Cedar Rd); Nanaimo
Date: January 1 (B. Dudeck) to 7 (multiple observers)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery; Qualicum Beach
Date: January 6 (B. Dudeck et al.)

Bohemian Waxwing (1)
Location: Maple Bay Rd near Westlock Rd and Lansdowne Pl, Duncan; in holly tree farm
Date: January 1 (L. Singh) to 4 (multiple observers)
Photo: Liam Singh
Yellow-billed Loon (1, adult)
Location: Swallowfield Rd entrance to Chemainus River; Chemainus
Date: December 30 (G. Monty et al.) to January 3 (multiple observers)

Pine Grosbeak (1)
Location: Campbell River Estuary
Date: January 1 (K. Matthieu)

Yellow-billed Loon (1, adult)
Location: Townsite Marina, Nanaimo; seen off Dock C
Date: December 30 (G. Monty et al.)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, adult)
Location: South end of Stuart Channel
Date: December 30 (G. Monty et al.)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, adult)
Location: Lansdowne Middle School; Victoria
Date: December 30 (G. Newell et al.)

TENNESSEE WARBLER (1)
Location: 820 Rogers Ct, Victoria; feeder in magnolia tree in front yard
Please do not trespass, be respectful of home owner & residents' property and view from street
Date: December 3 (S. Harper) to 27 (multiple observers)
Tennessee Warbler in Victoria (Photo: Susan Harper)
Townsend's Solitaire (1)
Location: Bere Point Campsite, Malcolm Island
Date: December 25 (G. Curry)

Chipping Sparrow (1, late)
Location: Welch Rd, Central Saanich; seen at feeders in backyard just north of kiwi farm, viewed by standing at reddish brown fence
Date: December 16 (J. Gatten) to 20 (multiple observers)

GREAT EGRET (1)
Location: Central Saanich Rd area; south end just west of Martindale Flats, flying over
Date: December 16 (L. Singh)
Great Egret flying over Saanich during the CBC! (Photo: Liam Singh)
Wilson's Warbler (1, male)
Location: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria; late bird found between zoo and garden
Date: December 13 (M. Robichaud) to 16 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1)
Location: Somenos Marsh, Duncan; seen from boardwalk trail
Date: December 10 (Jason Kimm and C. Cutbill) to 12 (multiple observers)

BROWN BOOBY (1)
Location: Offshore; checklist shows bird on fishing vessel over 100 km west of the Brooks Peninsula
Date: December 5 (G. Petri)

CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; central meadow area
Date: December 3 (L. Dickson)

BLUE JAY (1)
Location: Riverbottom Rd, Cowichan River, Duncan; almost certainly the Cowichan Lake area bird
Date: November 16 (C. Jefferson) to 27 (multiple observers)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Qualicum Beach; private residence
Date: November 27 (R. Taylor)

MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River; see eBird checklist here
Date: November 20 (K. Matthieu) to 23 (multiple observers)
Fantastic photo of this Vancouver Island first (Photo: Garry Graham)
Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: Observatory Hill, Saanich; likely a continuing bird, but could be a new one
Date: November 21 (D. Fraser)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; mixed in with flock of Brewer's Blackbirds
Date: November 19 (J. Gatten) to 20 (B. Dudeck)
When you get a good one, there's no doubt about it! (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: Female in forest research area at corner of Puckle and Lamont Rds; Saanich
Date: November 10 (M. McGrenere and D. Donnecke) to 20 (multiple observers)
Female Mountain Bluebird in Central Saanich  (Photo: Blair Dudeck)
BLUE JAY (1)
Location: 2939 Sea Point Dr, Ten Mile Point, Saanich; best located by call - be respective and try to observe this bird in the front yard
Date: October 31 (W. and G. Bennett) to November 18 (multiple observers)
A stunning photo of the Blue Jay at Ten Mile Point (Photo: Lee Barlow)
Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Jamie's Rainforest Inn, Tofino; seen near mudflats
Date: November 13 (I. Cruickshank)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Granville St, Port Hardy; near main pier
Date: November 12 (A. Berghoffer)
Pacific Golden-Plover in Port Hardy (Photo: Aaron Berghoffer)
BLUE JAY (1)
Location: 225 Johel Rd, Lake Cowichan; visiting feeders on property that borders Kwassin Lake and later seen at a private home on Mayo Rd near Mayo Lake
Date: November 3 (K. Traynor) to 12 (C. Askin)
Mountain Bluebird (1, female)
Location: Telegraph Cove; flycatching off hookups at Telegraph Cove Marina and RV Park
Date: November 11 (A. Berghoffer)

Mountain Bluebird (1, female)
Location: Englismen Estuary, Parksville; Shelly St side of the estuary
Date: November 11 (B. Vroom)

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (2)
Location: Observatory Hill, Saanich; near south-facing viewpoint with bench and by power lines at top
Date: November 7 (J. Gatten; one individual) to 10 (G. Newell; two individuals)
What's better than one Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch? Two! (Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy)
CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (1)
Location: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Clayoquot Sound
Date: November 8 (O. Davies)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Sunnygrove Terrace, Cordova Bay, Saanich; private residence
Date: November 8 (M. McGrenere)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria
Date: November 6 (M. Shepard)

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: Glencoe Cove-Kwatsech Park, Saanich
Date: November 5 (N. Hughes)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Courtenay Airpark Lagoons, Courtenay; southeast corner of lagoons, left of viewing tower
Date: November 5 (G. Monty et al)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Tofino; near west end of Neill St
Date: November 3 (C. Forest) to 5 (multiple observers)

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Courtenay riverway; click “Map” under the Location section of this checklist
Date: November 3 (P. Taylor) to 5 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1)
Location: Viaduct Flats, Saanich
Date: October 28 (J. Gatten) to November 3 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; possibly one of the birds from Viaduct
Date: November 3 (C. Saunders)

Redhead (1)
Location: Viaduct Flats, Saanich; second individual at this location
Date: November 2 (D. Donnecke)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Florencia Bay, Pacific Rim National Park
Date: October 29 (S. Tyne)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Witty's Lagoon, Metchosin
Date: October 28 (D. Badke)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; off Lamont Rd among Brewer's Blackbirds
Date: October 28 (J. Gatten)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Somass Estuary, Port Alberni
Date: October 27 (D. L'Heureux)

WHITE WAGTAIL (1)
Location: Point Holmes, Comox; see main page for more details
Date: October 24 (K. Kaptein)

Redhead (1)
Location: Beaver Lake, Saanich; north of the main parking lot (for Beaver Lake)
Date: October 21 (J. Gaskin)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: October 16 (B. Judsen)

Redhead (1)
Location: McCoy Lake, Port Alberni
Date: October 15 (G. Monty)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; at the pig farm on Lochside Dr
Date: October 14 (R. Dzenkiw et al)

BLUE JAY (1)
Location: Shirley; private residence
Date: October 13 (C. Carlson)
Stellar shot, not a Steller's (Photo: Cathy Carlson)
Rough-legged Hawk (1, light phase)
Location: Swan Lake, Saanich
Date: October 13 (I. Cruickshank)

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Clover Point, Victoria; last seen flying west
Date: October 13 (I. Nugent)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; no public access
Date: October 13 (B. Dudeck)

Rough-legged Hawk (1, light phase)
Location: Ruckle Park, Salt Spring Island
Date: October 12 (R. Ferguson and D. Caudwell)

Rough-legged Hawk (1, dark phase)
Location: Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; flying over fields west of lake and heading east
Date: October 12 (A. Cooper)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Tod Creek Flats, Saanichton; behind Red Barn Market off West Saanich Rd
Date: October 9 (J. Gatten)
Note the pale loral area, striking white malar, and grey collar (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; no public access
Date: October 5 (D. Allinson)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; travelling with flock of Brewer's Blackbirds
Date: October 3 (D. Wilson)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Simpson Farm, Comox; restricted access
Date: October 2 (A. Martell)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Rathtrevor Provincial Park, Parksville; north of playground, in tree patch along the beach
Date: September 30 (R. Clark) to October 2 (multiple observers)
Check out that notched tail! (Photo: Guy Monty)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; shore of dugout pond on northwest side
Date: October 2 (G. Hart)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Tofino Airport, Tofino
Date: October 1 (A. Dorst)

Sabine's Gull (1)
Location: Bear Point, Malcolm Island
Date: October 1 (N. Moss)
A scarce commodity on the inside passage (Photo: Neil Moss)
Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Rathtrevor Provincial Park, Parksville
Date: October 1 (G. Monty, m.obs)

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; in shrubs along the fairway on east side of course
Date: September 30 (N. Hughes)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Casa Linda Dr, Saanich; observed flying over
Date: September 29 (D. Donnecke)

Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood
Date: September 19 (J. Wells) to 29 (multiple observers)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Pedder Bay and Rocky Point Rds, Metchosin
Date: September 28 (G. Newell, m.obs)

BLACK VULTURE (1)
Location: Pedder Bay Marina and Glenrosa Farm Restaurant area, Metchosin; this bird may unfortunately be an accidental release from the Pacific Northwest Raptors up in Duncan
Date: September 27 (A. Bartels) to October 5 (multiple observers)
Photo: Blair Dudeck
American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Miracle Beach, Black Creek
Date: September 27 (J. Straka)

Pacific Golden-Plover (2)
Location: Miracle Beach, Black Creek
Date: September 27 (J. Straka)

American Redstart (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; no public access
Date: September 26 (C. Cameron)
Female American Redstart in Metchosin - Photo: Courtney Cameron

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Saanichton, by trees at the parking lot and seen on wires near the bridge
Date: September 24 to 26 (C. Jacques)

LARK SPARROW (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke, along the path past the second bench and in parking lot
Date: September 20 (H. Trondsen) to 26 (multiple observers)
Photo: Adam Dhalla
BOBOLINK (4)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; centre dike in southeast quadrant of flats, near grey metal building
Date: September 15 (2 reported by B. Dudeck) to 24 (4 reported by G. Newell on the 18th)
Bobolinks aplenty at Panama Flats! (Photo: Blair Dudeck)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Saanich
Reported: September 24 (J. Gatten)

Long-eared Owl (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; no public access
Date: September 21 (A. Bartels)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich;
Date: August 20 (K. Mills and J. Gaskin) to September 21 (multiple observers)

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Feeding at stream near Incinerator Rock on Long Beach, Tofino
Date: September 20 (P. Hall) 
One stunning Juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Tofino - Photo: Penny Hall
American Redstart (1)
Location: Female at Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 20 (B. Christopher)

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1)
Location: Sunnygrove Terrace, Cordova Bay, Saanich; private residence
Date: September 16 (M. McGrenere) to 20 (multiple observers)

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1)
Location: Buker Rd, Quadra Island; private residence
Date: August 14 to September 20 (R. Hall)
Molting but showing off that rosy breast (Photo: Rod Hall)
Sabine's Gull (1)
Location: French Creek mouth, Parksville
Date: September 16 (G. Monty) to 20 (multiple observers)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Airport Rd, Tofino; entrance to open area after forested section, approximately 300 m from highway
Date: September 14 (I. Cruickshank) to 19 (multiple observers)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 15 (B. Dudeck)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Little Mountain, Parksville
Date: September 15 (G. Monty)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: In meadow East of retriever ponds at Elk/Beaver Lake Park, Victoria
Date: Septemeber 15 (M. McGrenere)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 13 to 14 (A. Bartels and B. Dudeck)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Ralph River Campground, Strathcona Park; this campground is located near the south end of Buttle Lake
Date: September 13 (J. Schippers)

Broad-winged Hawks
Location: southern Vancouver Island, primarily; now is the time to watch for these on their southbound migration - best bet is East Sooke Park
Date: now until mid-October
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; seen near southeast corner
Date: September 6 (C. Hughes) to 12 (multiple observers)
A few seem to turn up most falls from late August to early September (Photo: Carl Hughes)
Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; on rocks
Date: September 11 (G. Newell)
Photo: Geoffrey Newell
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood
Date: September 8 (D. Donnecke) to 11 (multiple observers)
Photo: Geoffrey Newell
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 10 (D. Allinson)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; along trail next to grey building
Dated: September 9 (B. Dudeck)
Photo: Blair Dudeck
Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; banded at the bird observatory station
Date: September 8 (A. Bartels)

SCRIPPS'S MURRELET (2)
Location: Nitinat Canyon; offshore near BC-Washington border
Date: September 7 (R. Merrill)
BLACK VULTURE (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island
Date: September 5 to 6 (I. Dubinsky)
One hell of a yard bird, even for a lighthouse keeper! (Photo: Ivan Dubinsky)
RUFF (1, juvenile)
Location: Courtenay Estuary, Courtenay; Rotary Viewing Stand along Comox Rd
Date: September 5 to 6 (K. Kaptein)

HUDSONIAN GODWIT (2)
Location: Miracle Beach Provincial Park; around half way between Comox and Campbell River, for those not familiar
Date: September 5 (J. Straka) to 6 (one seen, multiple observers)
Nicely documented juvenile Hudwit (Photo: Krista Kaptein)

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: September 4 (C. Hughes)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 4 (D. Donnecke)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: August 29 (B. Dudeck)

ACORN WOODPECKER (1)
Location: Aldersmith Park, View Royal; at a private residence near the park, but some feeders are visible from the park behind the Pioneer trailer
Date: June 17 (T. Ardley) to August 26 (multiple observers)

Long-billed Curlew (2)
Location: Sidney Spit, Sidney Island
Date: August 18 to 25 (G. Newell)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Englishman River, Parksville; seen flying over highway, so may be worth searching estuary and nearby open areas with snags and/or fence posts
Date: August 24 (M. Chutter)

Franklin's Gull (1, juvenile)
Location: Roland Rd, Campbell River; near Simms Creek pumping station and seen to south in Shelter Bay on the 23rd
Date: August 22 (A. Cooper) to 24 (multiple observers)
Eye arcs and a hood make for a good gull on Vancouver Island (Photo: Aziza Cooper)
GREAT EGRET (1)
Location: Nels Bight, Cape Scott, northern Vancouver Island
Date: August 22 (H. Humchitt Jr)
Fantastic documentation of this rarity (Photo: Cameron Pettit)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; near entrance to "Warbler Woods", below the parking lots to the east
Date: August 20 (K. Mills and J. Gaskin)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: McIntyre Reservoir and McHugh Rd, Martindale Flats, Central Saanich
Date: August 12 (G. Newell; M. McGrenere) to 17 (multiple observers)
Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, Saanich; near North Dairy and Cedar Hill Rds parking area
Date: August 15 (M. Alvarez)
Eastern Kingbird... apparently not loved by local hummingbirds (Photo: Marco Alvarez)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Ferncliffe Pl, Metchosin; seen flying south parallel to Happy Valley Rd
Date: August 15 (D. Allinson)
Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Campbell River; private residence
Date: August 4 (J. Helmer)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Little Qualicum Estuary, Qualicum
Date: July 18 (A. Martell et al.)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island
Date: July 2 (I. Dubinsky)

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Mozart Rd, Port Alberni; see main page for more details
Date: July 1 (P. Hall)

Grey Catbird (1, male)
Location: Ocean Grove, Colwood; intersection of Seafield Rd and Selleck Way
Date: June 13 (C. O'Connor) to July 1 (multiple observers)
Holly... the traditional haunt of Grey Catbirds (Photo: Cathy O'Connor)
Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Sunnygrove Terrace, Saanich; private residence
Date: June 25 (M. McGrenere)

American White Pelican (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; flying over heading toward Victoria
Date: June 24 (B. Brown)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Canora Rd, Sidney; reported from airport lookout at north end of Canora
Date: June 23 (G. McKinnon)

Lazuli Buntin (1, male)
Location: Klakalama Lake, Woss
Date: June 22 (G. Monty and A. Brophy)
American White Pelican (3)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich
Date: June 21 (G. Newell)

White-winged Crossbill (1, female)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich
Date: June 21 (G. Newell)

Brown Pelican (3)
Location: East Sooke Regional Park; seen from outlook near petroglyphs
Date: June 20 (D. Donnecke)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER (1, male)
Location: Ripple Rock trailhead, Campbell River; singing in largest maple near the interpretive sign by the parking lot
Date: June 19 (G. Monty)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Viaduct Flats, Saanich; on chainlink fence along northern border of flats
Date: June 19 (D. Allinson)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Little Qualicum Estuary, Qualicum
Date: June 14 (M. Wynja) to 16 (multiple observers)
American White Pelican (17)
Location: Cowichan Bay Estuary; only 2 seen from 11th to 15th
Date: June 9 to 11 (multiple observers)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Pachena Point, Pacific Rim National Park
Date: ~June 10 (M. Wald)

Black-and-white Warbler (1)
Location: Ucluelet; alders behind Crow's Nest gift shop on Main St, 200 m uphill from aquarium 
Date: June 10 (J. Reynolds)
Photo: John Reynolds
Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island
Date: June 9 (I. Dubinsky)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island
Date: June 8 to 9 (I. Dubinsky)
'Tis the season! (Photo: Ivan Dubinsky)
Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Cowichan Bay; along Dock Rd
Date: June 9 (R. Stenseth)

American White Pelican (~10)
Location: Nanoose Bay; potentially headed south to Cowichan Bay (listed above)
Date: June 9 (M. Hamer; M. Spencer)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1, male)
Location: Blackly Dike, Cowichan Bay; relocated and now singing
Date: May 16 (Jason Kimm) to June 9 (multiple observers)

American White Pelican (17)
Location: Craig Bay, Parksville; seen flying near Rathtrevor Beach first and then found in the evening at Craig Bay, and almost certainly the same group last seen in Victoria on the morning of June 7
Date: June 7 (I. Donaldson) to June 8 (multiple observers)
This group is quite the spectacle (Photo: Peter Koughan)
American White Pelican (16)
Location: Ducking Flats, Meares Island; scopeable from Tofino waterfront looking east
Date: June 8 (A. Ahier)


American White Pelican (2)
Location: Saanich area; heading towards Elk/Beaver Lakes
Date: June 7 (D. Fraser and L. Ramsay)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay
Date: June 7 (G. Newell)
American White Pelican (17)
Location: Chain Islands, Oak Bay; seen offshore and over Uplands Park
Date: June 5 (G. and D. Newell) to 6 (multiple observers)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; seen from Gonzales Point
Date: June 5 (G. Newell)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Tofino; private residence
Date: June 5 (A. Dorst)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: June 4 (D. Johnson)
BOBOLINK (1, male)
Location: Strathcona Dam; approximately 25 km west of Campbell River
Date: June 1 (N. Pitts)

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS (1, immature)
Location: Offshore; approximately 56 km out of Tofino
Date: June 1 (Lev Frid, plus multiple observers)
This is what pelagic dreams are made of! (Photo: Steve Ogle)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Quennel Lake, Nanaimo
Date: June 1 (M. Wynja)
LEAST FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; approximately 100 m east of entrance near Dorset and Lincoln Rds
Date: May 30 (G. Newell)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville
Date: May 28 (D. Isbister and G. Beisel)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; flew by Gonzales Point
Date: May 26 (G. Newell)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich
Date: May 24 (M. O'Shaughnessy) to 25 (G. Newell)

Wilson's Phalarope (2)
Location: Long Beach Airport, Tofino; near golf course end
Date: May 23 (A. Dorst)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Kloshe Rd, South Pender Island; near end of road where it parallels Brooks Point Regional Park boardwalk
Date: May 22 (J. Peetsma)
A bird this distinct leaves no doubt! (Photo: John Peetsma)
Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay
Date: May 22 (G. Newell)

COMMON GRACKLE (1)
Location: Triangle Island, approximately 46 km east of the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island
Date: May 19 (A. Domalik)

LARK SPARROW (1)
Location: Brooks Point Regional Park, South Pender Island
Date: May 16 (S. Marler) to 21 (G. Anstee)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich; on Mercer Trail about 10 minutes from Blenkinsop Rd
Date: May 21 (A. Cooper)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Observatory Hill, Saanich
Date: May 20 (M. McGrenere)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Tofino Airport, Tofino
Date: May 20 (A. Dorst)
No shortage of these this spring, but the first on the proper West Coast (Photo: Adrian Dorst)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (3)
Location: Campbell River; private residence
Date: May 19 (K. Eldridge)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich
Date: May 18 (K. Slagboom) to 19 (multiple observers)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Morningstar Golf Course, Parksville
Date: May 18 (V. Watts)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Coldwater Rd, Parksville; on flooded fields
Date: May 17 (M. Wynja)

HERMIT WARBLER (1, mostly pure)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich
Date: May 15 (D. Donnecke) to 16 (multiple observers)
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd, Saanich; flew towards Little Mount Doug
Date: May 14 (A. Nightingale, K. Beardmore, and J. Chick)
Thin bill, pale upper chest, light lemon-washed belly, and rufous panel in the wings - all Ash-throated features (Photo: Kim Beardmore)
Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich; below southwest side of main mountain
Date: May 14 (J. Gatten)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Oldfield Rd; seen in field on west side of road just north 5842 Oldfield Rd
Date: May 14 (J. Gatten)

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS (2)
Location: Offshore from Tofino; see main page for more details
Date: May 13 (L. Dealy)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: May 13 (D. Johnson and H. Fellowes)

Wandering Tattler (3)
Location: East Sooke Regional Park; on rocks at Beechey Head
Date: May 13 (C. Hughes)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Duncan; along Trans-Canada Highway
Date: May 13 (K. Traynor)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, female)
Location: Long Beach, Tofino
Date: May 13 (A. Dorst)
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1, male)
Location: Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, Errington; near gate
Date: May 12 (M. Coward)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Neck Point, Nanaimo
Date: May 12 (D. Baird and M. Wynja)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria
Date: May 12 (D. Allinson)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay
Date: May 12 (G. Newell)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria
Date: May 11 (G. Newell)

MURPHY'S PETREL (4)
Location: Offshore from cruise ship; see main page for more details
Date: May 10 (P. Lehman and B. Rideout)

Wandering Tattler (1)
Location: Neck Point Park, Nanaimo
Date: May 8 to 9 (S. Barclay)

Pacific Golden-Plover (4-6)
Location: Tofino Airport; Tofino
Date: May 6 (M. Hafting) to 8 (A. Dorst)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 8 (D. Allinson)
MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: Ucluelet; offshore
Date: May 7 (L. Singh)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria; see main page for more details
Date: May 7 (J. Paterson)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Tofino Airport, Tofino; flying over
Date: May 5 (I. Cruickshank)

Red Knots and Ruddy Turnstones (multiple)
Location: Tofino; passing through and should be expected, especially with upcoming shorebird festival
Date: May 4 to ??? (multiple observers)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; flew towards Trial Island
Reported: May 4 (G. Newell)

LEAST FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; near the Surrey Rd entrance
Date: May 2 (G. Newell)
Western Kingbird (1-2)
Location: Hawking from fence south of the end of Lohbrunner Rd at Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich
Date: April 29 (M. McGrenere) to May 2 (multiple observers)

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD (1)
Location: Male at private home, Saanich
Date: April 29 (C. Franks)
Photo: Colin Franks

Green Heron (1)
Location: Foraging on bank at Pedder Bay, Metchosin
Date: April 29 (M. Cameron)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: Hawking on Strathcona Way between Jasper Ave & Valhalla Drive, Comox
Date: April 29 (Christol James)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course (Gonzales Point), Oak Bay
Date: April 28 (M. Robichaud)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria; in "Warbler Woods", approximately 150 m east of the first large parking lot below the summit
Date: April 28 (G. Newell)

Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Cherry Creek, Port Alberni; private residence
Date: October 31 to April 28 (P. Hall)
Harris's Sparrow in Port Alberni - (Photo: Penny Hall)
Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Metchosin Mountain, Metchosin
Date: April 27 (D. Allinson)

Nashville Warbler (2)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria; in "Warbler Woods", approximately 150 m east of the first large parking lot below the summit
Date: April 22 (C. Hughes) to 27 (multiple observers)

Nashville Warbler (2)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay
Date: One on April 24 (A. Vanderheyden), two on the 25th and one on the 27th (G. Newell)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: April 26 (C. Hughes)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Goldstream Heights, Shawnigan Lake
Date: April 25 (J. Wells)

Pacific Golden-Plover (4)
Location: Tofino Airport; on runways
Date: April 25 (A. Dorst)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: University of Victoria, Saanich
Date: April 24 (G. Newell)

Pacific Golden-Plover (4)
Location: Tofino Airport; on runways
Date: April 23 (I. Cruickshank)

Mountain Bluebirds (coming soon to a field near you)
Location: the first report of northbound migrant individuals (2) came in from Comox (T. Davies) on March 20, so we are officially in the window of their spring passage; check all open areas, such as shorelines, agricultural fields, rocky hilltops, and estuaries, to maximize your success of seeing one.
***Additional locations reported: Saanichton Spit (March 21), Cowichan River Estuary (April 9), Nanaimo River Estuary (April 10), Lone Tree Hill (April 16), Port Alberni (April 21), Long Beach (April 23), Tofino Airport (April 23)***
Date: March 20 to... late April?

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Campbell River; along the waterfront
Date: April 22 (A. Burton)

Nashville Warbler (2)
Location: Witty's Lagoon; in the big oak along the trail just before the beach
Date: April 22 (D. and L. Donnecke)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria; in "Warbler Woods", approximately 150 m east of the first large parking lot below the summit
Date: April 22 (C. Hughes)
ROCK WREN (1)
Location: Observatory Hill, Saanichton; near parking lot by lookout - see map here
Date: April 20 (M. and B. McGrenere)
Rock Wren on a rock - sounds legit! (Photo: Mike McGrenere)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Tower Point, Metchosin; seen along trail on Witty's Lagoon side where it opens up to a field
Date: April 20 (D. Allinson) to 23 (J. Gatten)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; along road south of campground
Date: April 18 (M. McGrenere)

INDIGO BUNTING (1, male)
Location: Corner of Nicholas St and Pineo Rd, Port Alberni; visiting feeder at 4950 Nicholas St
Date: March 22 (S. McRuer) to April 18 (multiple observers)
PURPLE SANDPIPER (1, first BC record)
Location: Kitty Islet, Oak Bay; on the rocks at the east side of McNeill Bay just west of the Victoria Golf Course
Date: December 30 (J. Gatten) to April 17 (multiple observers); potentially in the area as early as September 29 (M. O'Shaughnessy) and again on November 28 (G. Newell)
The vibrant legs and bill base are brighter than a Rock Sandpiper (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Jordan River
Date: April 17 (C. Carlson)
Grey hood, white eyering, yellow throat and underparts - nailed it! (Photo: Cathy Carlson)
Red Knot (1)
Location: Bowker Ave, Oak Bay; seen on rocks among mixed flock of shorebirds
Date: April 17 (M. O'Shaugnessy)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
Location: Mount Metchosin, Metchosin
Date: April 15 (D. Allinson)

BLACK PHOEBE (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; see main page for details
Date: April 8 (J. Gatten) to 15 (multiple observers)

Say's Phoebes (too many)
Location: this spring has been exceptional for this species west of the Coast and Cascade Mountains - more than 10 records have come in, so further sightings will be compiled here:

1) Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich - April 8 (J. Wells)
2) Sointula, Malcolm Island - April 8 (G. Curry)
3) Gowlland Harbour, Quadra Island - April 9 (W. LaVigne)
4) Brooks Point Park, South Pender Island - April 11 (J. Peetsma)
5) Cherry Creek, Port Alberni - April 12 (P. Hall)
6) Wickaninnish Beach, Tofino - April 15 (J. Heavyside)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; flying northeast
Date: April 11 (G. Newell)

REDWING (1, adult male)
Location: South Valley Dr; sighted regularly along driveway for townhouses at 3957 South Valley Dr in front of Unit #2
Date: February 11 (J. Gatten) to April 10 (multiple observers)
Threepeat - this bird has been seen in the 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17 winters! (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Mountain Bluebirds (coming soon to a field near you)
Location: the first report of northbound migrant individuals (2) came in from Comox (T. Davies) on March 20, so we are officially in the window of their spring passage; check all open areas, such as shorelines, agricultural fields, rocky hilltops, and estuaries, to maximize your success of seeing one.
***Additional locations reported: Saanichton Spit (March 21), Cowichan River Estuary (April 9), Nanaimo River Estuary (April 10), Lone Tree Hill (April 16)***
Date: March 20 to... mid-April?
Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: McAdam Park, Duncan
Date: April 2 (L. Hill)
Quite the spring for Say's Phoebes on Vancouver Island! (Photo: Linda Hill)
Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Someno's Marsh, Duncan
Date: March 29 (D. Marven)
Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Bowker Ave, Oak Bay
Date: March 28 (M. Robichaud)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; seen near pumphouse off Martindale Rd
Date: March 27 (M. McGrenere)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Mariner Way, Parksville; hawking insects in a yard with a grey house at the end of the road
Date: March 26 (D. Baird) to 27 (M. Wynja)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Pacheedaht Beach, Port Renfrew
Date: March 19 (G. Beisel)

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (2)
Location: In field on east side of Lochside Rd off Dooley Rd and on South side of Martindale Rd. Also seen in fields off Lochside Trail viewed from Blenkinsop Trestle, Saanich ***returned to Blenkinsop area on evening of March 8 (D. Donnecke) and periodically returning to Martindale Valley - search both areas for best results!***
Date: January 22 (L. Gertsman) to February 14 (multiple observers) and March 8 (D. Donnecke) to 19 (multiple observers); photographed on January 18 by J. Peetsma but labeled as Greater White-fronted at the time
2 Pink-footed Geese in Saanich - Photo: Jody Wells
'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay
Date: March 15 (G. Newell)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Jordan River; near helicopter pad and Queesto/Western Forest Products lot across road
Date: March 19 (L. Haviland)

Say's Phoebe
Location: Jordan River; just west of the bridge on beach side
Date: March 13 (E. Pellizzon)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Parksville Community Park, Parksville
Date: March 7 (G. Monty and M. Wynja) to 9 (multiple observers)

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (2, relocated in new location)

Location: Cherry Point and Cowichan Bay Rds, Cowichan Bay ***Back in Victoria - March 8***
Date: March 3 (D. Johnson) to 5 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebird (1, rare in winter)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; seen either in the open field south of the RV park or on the split rail fence out on the spit
Date: November 12 (J. Wells) to March 4 (multiple observers)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, adult)
Location: Witty's Beach, Metchosin; flying toward Taylor Rd. (south)
Date: March 1 (D. Allinson)

SLATY-BACKED GULL (1, adult)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, access via Raines Rd; also at landfill off Cedar Rd
Date: February 7 (B. Dudeck) to 21 (multiple observers)
No local gulls have a mantle shade this dark! (Photo: Blair Dudeck)
'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (2, adult)
Location: Lansdowne Middle School, Victoria; seen in mixed gull flock on playing fields
Date: February 15 (G. Newell) to 19 (multiple observers)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: French Creek, Qualicum
Date: February 16 to March 5 (G. Monty)

Sora (1, rare in winter)
Location: South Valley Dr, Saanich; seen on around edge of small pond along trail
Date: January 15 (N. Hentze) to February 12 (multiple observers)
Photo: Keith Taylor
Grey Catbird (1)
Location: 1795 Brymea Lane, Gordon Head; visiting suet feeders and in bushes near cul-de-sac
Date: January 27 (S. Colonval) to February 10 (multiple observers)
Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy
Bohemian Waxwings (lots, multiple locations)
Locations: Nanaimo (from E. Wellington Rd south to Ashlee Rd), Duncan (Koksilah Rd), Victoria (Kitty Islet/Anderson Hill area), Brentwood Bay (Maber Flats area), Central Saanich (near 6459 Welch Rd and by the Michell Airpark in the Martindale Flats area), Malcolm Island (Mitchell Bay), and Pender Island (Hooson Heights); keep an eye out as numbers may build
Date: January 1 to February 5 (multiple observers)
One of 50 Bohemian Waxwings seen on Stobart Rd in Nanaimo (Photo: Ken Langelier)
Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; near north parking lot
Date: January 26 (M. Robichaud) to February 1 (multiple observers)

Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; along Lochside Dr and over by narrow reservoir by west side of Garcia Nursery
Date: December 17 (I. Cruickshank) to January 26 (multiple observers)

Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Shirley; private residence
Date: December 13 to January 22 (C. Carlson)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; flyover
Date: January 21 (D. Fraser)
Red Knot (1)
Location: Sidney Spit, Sidney Island; near the tip of the spit among large flock of shorebirds; likely the same bird that was seen off the Sidney waterfront until December 18
Date: January 15 (D. Donnecke) to 19 (multiple observers)

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (1)
Location: Ahousaht, Flores Island; access to community via water taxi ($40 return trip leaving from 1st St Dock in Tofino) - once there, bird is coming to oranges set out at 623 Hemlock Dr. The Aauuknuk Lodge has accommodations for $89/night if you plan to overnight on Flores Island
Date: January 7 to 17 (M. Callewaert)
Photo: Marcie Callewaert
RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL (1, second BC record)
Location: Lazo Wildlife Park, Comox; access at end of Sand Pines Dr - bird is best located by its call
Date: December 22 (S. Tillapaugh) to January 14 (multiple observers)
Nice documentation of  notoriously hard-to-see individual (Photo: George Bowron)
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Puckle Rd, Central Saanich; heard while flying over
Date: January 14 (G. Newell)

Rusty Blackbird (1, female)
Location: Centennial Park, Duncan; among Red-winged Blackbird flock near pond
Date: January 13 to 14 (R. Wiebe and Jason Kimm)
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Verdier Ave, Brentwood Bay; seen on hydro wires behind Salvation Army
Date: January 11 (J. Wells)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Kye Bay, Comox
Date: January 6 (T. Allard) to 8 (multiple observers)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Martindale Flats; fields off Lochside Dr and Martindale Rd; best found by call or association with pipit flock
Date: January 5 (A. Nightingale) to January 9 (multiple observers)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: 13th St, Courtenay; seen in backyard fruit trees at private residence
Date: January 5 (J. Bindernagel)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats; near corner of Puckle and Island View Rds - search for blackbird flock
Date: January 2 (S. Cannings) to 3 (multiple observers)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Island View and Puckle Rds; hedgerow south of Island View Rd
Date: December 27, 2016 (G. Newell) to January 3, 2017 (multiple observers)
Quite a drab example, but look at that clean grey collar (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)