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

*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.**

EASTERN PHOEBE (1)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd E, Saanich; heard and briefly seen from road here, with the bird located approximately 100 m south on private property
Date: May 25 (C. Hughes) to June 1 (multiple observers)
Eastern Phoebe in Victoria (Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Stubbs Island; Tofino
Date: May 29 to June 1 (A. Dorst)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1)
Location: Last seen in oaks at 4368 Lochside Drive; also seen at the Eastern Phoebe spot; Saanich
Reported: May 31 (C. Hughes)
Male Chestnut-sided Warbler in Saanich (Photo: Carl Hughes)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Morningstar Farm; Parksville
Date: May 30 (M. Wynja)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Central dyke at Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: May 28 (N. Hentze)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park; Victoria
Date: May 27 (C. Schultz)

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (1) - SENSITIVE SPECIES - NO PLAYBACK, PLEASE!
Location: Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; heard on west side of bridge south of Old Roy statue
Date: May 21 (M. McGrenere) to 27 (multiple observers)
Nothing like popping in for a quick chat!  (Photo: Liam Singh)

SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: Tofino
Date: May 26 (A. Dorst and I. Cruickshank, found independently)
Snowy Plover in Tofino, BC. (Photo: Adrian Dorst)
AMERICAN AVOCET (1)
Location: Here at the Courtenay Airpark, Courtenay
Date: May 23 (C. Powell) to May 26 (multiple observers)
American Avocet in Courtenay (Photo: Camille Bock)
Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Longview Farms bulb fields; Saanich
Date: May 26 (R. Golat and M. Ogilvie)

Heermann's Gull (1, out of season)
Location: Stubbs Island, Tofino
Date: May 25 (A. Dorst)

Common Tern (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River
Date: May 24 (K. Matthieu)

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1 male)
Location: Lockinvar Lane, Gabriola Island initially; likely the same male was sighted at a feeder along Porlier Pass Dr on Galiano Island two days later, and again relocated at a different feeder just east between Devina Dr and Cook Rd
Date: May 17 (V. Scott on Gabriola) and May 19 (N. Tamblyn on Galiano) to 24 (M. Webber)
 The thing we all want to see when we look at our feeders! (Photo: Vicky Scott)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Somass Estuary sewage ponds, Port Alberni; seen in cattails on one of the inner ponds
Date: May 23 (N. Beaulac) to 24 (multiple observers)

VESPER SPARROW (1)
Location: Pacific Cr field, Ucluelet; seen and briefly heard singing
Date: May 23 (I. Cruickshank)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Front St, Alert Bay; seen on deck at Culture Shock
Date: May 22 (A. Dick)

Arctic Tern (1)
Location: Kye Bay, Comox; fishing along the length of the beach
Date: May 19 (T. Davies)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; edge of meadow in northwest section, off Midland Rd
Date: May 8 (G. Newell) to 19 (multiple observers)

Lazuli Bunting (2, pair)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; central meadow
Date: May 12 (G. Newell) to 18 (multiple observers)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Granite Bay, Quadra Island
Date: May 17 (E. Jordan)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Diamond Bay, Sonora Island; private residence
Date: May 17 (L. Hyatt)

Red Knot (1)
Location: Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, Campbell River; observed on mudflats
Date: May 14 (G. Graham) to 16 (multiple observers)
Nice comparison with a Long-billed Dowitcher (Photo: Garry Graham)
Arctic Tern (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River; among large flock of Bonaparte's Gulls
Date: May 15 (J. Gatten) to 16 (multiple observers)

LESSER GOLDFINCH (1, female)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; on east slope with flock of American Goldfinches
Date: May 15 (G. Newell)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; flying over heading northeast
Date: May 15 (G. Newell)

Swainson's Hawk (1, immature)
Location: Pendray Farms, Sidney; private location - should be searched for at airport
Date: May 15 (J. Wells)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay
Date: May 9 (G. Newhouse) to 15 (multiplte observers)

Dusky Flycatcher (2)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; in "Warbler Woods" on the northeast slope
Date: May 9 to 13 (G. Newell)

VESPER SPARROW (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; large rock outcrop in the middle of the park
Date: May 12 (G. Newell)

VESPER SPARROW (1)
Location: McIntyre Reservoir, Martindale Flats, Central Saanich
Date: May 12 (M. McGrenere)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 12 (M. Robichaud)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; flying over heading east
Date: May 12 (C. Hughes).

GREAT EGRET (1)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River; relocated at Saratoga Beach here on May 11
Date: May 9 (S. Milligan) to 11 (multiple observers)

BREWER'S SPARROW (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke
Date: May 9 (L. Singh and J. Bertrands)
The drabbest sparrow in the land... but we love it, anyways. (Photo: Liam Singh)
Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; flying over
Date: May 9 (G. Newell)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Little Mountain, Parksville; flying over during hawkwatch
Date: May 9 (M. Wynja and S. Simard-Provencal)

Lazuli Bunting (2, pair)
Location:Mount Tolmie, Saanich; north slope, near steep section of main trail
Date: May 9 (G. Newell)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Old West Saanich Rd, Saanich; flying over private residence heading east
Date: May 8 (Jeremy Gatten)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Mitchell Bay, Malcolm Island
Date: May 8 (G. Curry)

Western Kingbird (1, probable)
Location: Somass River Estuary, Port Alberni
Date: May 7 (S. McRuer)

INDIGO BUNTING (1)
Location: Jack Point Trail parking lot, Duke Point, Nanaimo; literally in the parking lot
Date: May 6 (B. Vroom)
In your face bluebirds... you got nothing on a male Indigo Bunting! (Photo: Bryan Vroom)
SAGE THRASHER (1)
Location: Jordan River; located along shore opposite the Cold Shoulder Cafe
Date: May 5 (M. Bentley)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Wickaninnish Community School, Tofino
Date: May 5 (T. Theriault)

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: Goose Spit Park, Comox; seen on driftwood here
Date: May 5 (R. Petersen)

American White Pelicans (6)
Location: Gardom Pond Park, Pender Island; seen flying over
Date: May 5 (J. Peetsma)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Comox Airport, Comox; on fence near to entrance Air Force Beach
Date: May 4 (P. Saarinen) to 5 (multiple observers)
Western Kingbird in Comox (Photo: Camille Bock)
Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Christmas Hill, Saanich; on northeast side of the hill
Date: May 4 (L. Singh)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Saanichton Bay, Central Saanich; flying over following shoreline
Date: May 3 (D. Donnecke)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Ripple Rock Elementary, Campbell River
Date: May 1 to 2 (J. Farrell)

GREAT EGRET (1)
Location: Living Forest Campground, Nanaimo; observed in marsh at location
Date: May 1 (D. Blumensaat) to 2 (C. Golby)
Much like the egret, this documentation is Great! (Photo: Craig Golby)
Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Jensen's Bay, Tofino
Date: May 1 (A. Dorst)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; observed at base of mountain where Mayfair Dr meets Cedar Hill X Rd
Date: April 29 (L. Singh)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Royal Bay Beachfront Park, Colwood; access currently not permitted, but it would be worth searching around the Latoria Rd gravel pit
Date: April 29 (G. Duncan) to 30 (multiple observers)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Grice Bay, Tofino; among large group of Whimbrel
Date: April 27 (A. Dorst)

Ruddy Turnstone (2, initially 1)
Location: French Creek and Columbia Beach, Parksville; in with Black Turnstones
Date: April 26 (S. Beauchesne) to 27 (multiple observers, second bird reported by D. Gullison)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; circled over and then continued flying northbound
Date: April 25 (J. Bertrands)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: Lochside Rd and Claremont Ave, Cordova Bay; flying over
Reported: April 25 (M. McGrenere)

Mountain Bluebirds (spring migration window NOW!)
  1. Englishman River Estuary, Parksville, March 22 (M. Wynja) to 30 (multiple observers) - 1 male, 1 female
  2. Comox Airport, Comox, March 22 (T. Davies) - 2 females, 1 male
  3. Little Qualicum River Estuary, Qualicum Beach, March 23 (D. Freeman) - 1 female
  4. Christmas Hill, Saanich, April 6 (A. Bugslag) - 1 male
  5. Mount Tuam, Salt Spring Island, April 7 (R. Ferguson)
  6. Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay, April 9 (W. Drinnan) - 1 male, 1 female
  7. Martindale Rd on irrigation wheels on south side, Central Saanich, April 9 (M. and B. McGrenere)
  8. Martindale Rd on irrigation wheels on south side, Central Saanich, April 10 (M. McGrenere) to 17 (multiple observers)
  9. Little Qualicum River Estuary, Qualicum Beach, April 29 (D. Isbister)
  10. Uplands Park, Oak Bay, May 2 (M. Cranny)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (1)
Location: Englishmen River Estuary, Parksville; viewed from Plummer Rd access
Reported: April 22 (D. Isbister, m.obs)

BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE (1)
Location: McClure Rd, Galiano Island; private residence
Date: April 18 (M. Hoebel)

Redhead (currently 1 male, formerly with a female)
Location: Viaduct Flats, Saanich; moved to Panama Flats from February 8th to 12th (M. McGrenere)
Date: December 14, 2019 (CBC) to April 18, 2020 (multiple observers)

BLUE JAY (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; formerly seen at Henderson Park chip trail and UVic campus
Date: November 1, 2019 (B. Starzomski) to April 14, 2020 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1, male)
Location: Fairwinds Golf Club, Nanoose Bay; seen in pond along 7th hole fairway
Date: April 2 (A. Sinclair) to 10 (multiple observers); apparently first sighting was earlier

Yellow-billed Loon (1 immature)
Location: Salmon Point, Campbell River
Date: April 8 (G. Stewart)

CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (1)
Location: Mount Tuam, Salt Spring Island; found lower down on the open Garry Oak slope
Date: April 5 (R. Bergerud)

Western Bluebird (1 unbanded male)
Location: Cox Rd, Courtenay; along fence posts here
Date: March 31 (C. Bock) to April 5 (multiple observers)
Unbanded Male Western Bluebird in Courtenay (Photo: Camille Bock)
Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Black Creek; Miracle Beach Provincial Park
Date: March 24 (B. Dudeck) to 27 (multiple observers)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Harling Point, Victoria
Date: March 26 (Michael Shepard)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo; reported sparsely since fall and currently observed along trail on east side of the east marsh near thatch ant nests and feeder
Date: October 29, 2019 (D. Baird) to March 22, 2020 (multiple observers)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Hardy Bay Rd, Port Hardy; seen offshore from access near Glen Lyon Inn
Date: March 20 to 21 (G. Monty)

Redhead (1 female, briefly 2)
Location: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria;
Date: January 10 (K. Taylor) to March 19 (multiple observers)

Glaucous Gulls (expected)
Location: anywhere herring spawning has occurred; sift through gull concentrations
Date: mid-March to mid-April?

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Cedar Hill Golf Course, Saanich; on path parallel to Diana Rd, approximately 100 m north of golf course parking lot at the end of Derby Rd
Date: March 12 (K. Emmaneel) to 16 (multiple observers)

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: Challoner Rd; Qualicum Beach; seen from beach access at end of the road
Date: March 14 (D. Isbister)

Common Redpolls (8)
Location: Comox Airport, Comox; along east fence (near gate 88) directly above Kye Bay beach
Date: February 9 (Thomas Davies) to March 12 (multiple observers)
1 of 8 Common Redpolls in Comox (Photo: Thomas Davies)
Sora (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay
Date: March 6 (A. Nightingale et al.) to 9 (multiple observers)

SLATY-BACKED GULL (1)
Location: Amber Way, Royston; seen from beach access at end of the road
Date: March 7 (L. Singh)
Adult Slaty-backed Gull in Royston (Photo: Liam Singh)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Amber Way, Royston; seen from beach access at end of the road
Date: March 8 (L. Singh)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Trent River Estuary, Royston
Date: March 6 (D. Beadle)

American Tree Sparrow (1, formerly 2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; most recently being seen around the southwest corner of the flats
Date: November 7, 2019 (L. Biggs and B. Jantzen) to March 6, 2020 (multiple observers)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Helliwell Provincial Park, Hornby Island; observed along trail east of the open meadow
Date: February 29 (B. Starzomski)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Rotary Beach Park, Campbell River
Date: February 29 (B. Schroeder and C. Di Corrado)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo; originally observed in west marsh, but later seen from dyke in the east marsh
Date: February 25 (D. Gullison) to 28 (multiple observers)

LESSER GOLDFINCHES (5 initially, but now only 3)
Location: Camas Trail between 2768 and 2788 Dunlevy St, Oak Bay, near Uplands Park. Previously seen at Florence St in Oak Bay
Date: November 25, 2019 (G. Newell) to February 26, 2020 (multiple observers)
Part of the fleet (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)
Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: French Creek, Parksville; observed at mouth of creek
Date: February 21 (D. Isbister)

Sora (1)
Location: Diver Lake, Nanaimo
Reported: February 7 (W. Cronan) to 11 (multiple observers)

Common Redpoll (1)
Location: Baikie Island Nature Preserve; Campbell River
Date: February 6 (K. Matthieu)

Red-naped Sapsucker (1)
Location: Willow St, Parksville
Date: December 1, 2019 (M. Wynja) to February 5, 2020 (multiple observers)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Eve River Estuary, Cracroft
Date: February 2 (G. Monty)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Little Qualicum Estuary, Qualicum Beach; viewed from beach access at north end of Kinkade Rd
Date: August 12, 2019 (D. Isbister) to February 1, 2020 (multiple observers)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Parksville
Date: January 30 (G. Monty)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Cottam Point, Nanoose Bay
Date: January 30 (G. Monty)

Redhead (1, male)
Location: Little River ferry terminal; in raft of mixed sea ducks
Date: January 22 (C. Bock) to 28 (multiple observers)
Showing well among Lesser and Greater Scaups, Surf Scoter, and Bufflehead (Photo: Camille Bock)
American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: November 22, 2019 (B. Vroom) to January 24, 2020 (multiple observers)

Glaucous Gull (1, immature)
Location: French Creek; seen at the mouth of the creek near the marina
Date: January 21 (G. Robertson)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Somass River Estuary, Port Alberni; seen along road into field
Date: January 20 (S. McRuer and P. Hall)

INDIGO BUNTING (1, female-type)
Location: Milton St, Nanaimo; search the block between Campbell and Wentworth Sts
Date: January 15 (C. Rispin) to 18 (multiple observers)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; at Garcia Nursery; Saanich
Date: November 11, 2019 (G. Newell) to Janruary 18, 2020 (multiple observers)

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: Jordan River; west side of bridge on vacant lots along the road
Date: January 17 (M. Bentley)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; corner of McHugh and Island View Rd
Date: December 14, 2019 (L. Singh) to January 16, 2020 (multiple observers)

Common Yellowthroat (1, rare overwintering bird)
Location: Chemainus River Estuary; accessed via Swallowfield Rd and located approximately here
Date: January 11 (D. Baird and B. Vroom)

Northern Goshawk (surprising location)
Location: Downtown Victoria; in tree near intersection of Government and Yates Sts
Date: January 8 (E. Doyle)

Glaucous Gull (1, immature)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; briefly resting among gulls sitting on water
Date: January 5 (J. Gatten)

Glaucous Gull (1, 1st-winter)

Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: November 13, 2019 (D. Baird) to January 2, 2020 (multiple observers)

Black-legged Kittiwake (1)
Location: Somass River Estuary, Port Alberni; near settling ponds
Date: January 1 (P. Hall)

RBA: RED-THROATED PIPIT
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; corner of Island View and McHugh Rds, in fields west of McHugh
Date: December 6 (G. Newell) to 29 (multiple observers)
Red-throated Pipit is best detected by its call, but the broad, tan streaks on the back and white underparts with crisp, dark streaks are helpful visual cues (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: December 29 (G. Monty)

PINE SISKIN x AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (rare hybrid)
Location: Thornett Rd, East Sooke; seen near end of road among flock of Pine Siskins
Date: December 28 (J. Gatten)
Features of each parent species show on this rare hybrid combination (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Glaucous Gull (1, 1st-winter)
Location: Departure Bay, Nanaimo
Date: December 28 (P. Boon)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Galiano Island; private residence
Date: December 27 (C. Diakow)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Sunnygrove Terrace, Saanich; private residence
Date: December 27 (M. McGrenere)

Glaucous Gull (1, 1st-winter)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; seen near parking area south of bridge and at "the hump"
Date: December 27 (M. Ogilvie)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Cliffside Rd, Saturna Island; potentially could be found at East Point Regional Park
Date: December 25 (P. Preston)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Heron Rocks, Hornby Island
Date: December 22 (D. Donnecke)

Bullock's Oriole (1)
Location: Nanaimo; private residence
Date: December 22 (A. Reynolds)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich near pedestrian bridge by Colquitz Creek
Date: December 17 (S. Roias) to 21 (multiple observers)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Bere Point, Malcolm Island
Date: December 8 (G. Curry)

Glaucous Gull (1, immature)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; seen flying east among Glaucous-winged Gulls
Date: December 6 (G. Newell)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Rd, Central Saanich; possibly continuing from mid-November
Date: December 6 (G. Newell)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Central Saanich Rd, Central Saanich;
Date: December 4 (M. McGrenere, m. obs.)

Osprey (1, late)
Location: Beaver Lake, Saanich
Date: November 25 (M. McGrenere) to December 2 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1)
Location: Viaduct Flats; east section; Saanich
Date: November 9 (C. Hughes) to December 2 (multiple observers)

Chipping Sparrow (1, late)
Location: Royal Oak Middle School, Saanich
Date: December 1 (C. Hughes)

Glaucous Gull (1, immature)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: November 24 (B. Vroom) to 30 (multiple observers)

Yellow Warbler (1, late)
Location: Tofino coast guard station -- Previous seen at Stubbs' Island -- Tofino
Date: November 26 to 29 (A. Dorst)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River
Date: November 25 (K. Matthieu) to 26 (multiple observers)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Sturdies Bay, Galiano Island; in ferry parking lot
Date: November 21 (C. Estabrook)

ROCK WREN (1)
Location: Clover Point, Victoria; near west side of point
Date: October 23 (G. Schachter) to November 19 (multiple observers)
Rock Wren in Victoria (Photo: Marie O' Shaughnessy)
Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Gonzales Point, Oak Bay; flying past
Date: November 18 (G. Newell)

Rusty Blackbird
Location: Comox Rd, Comox; located on farm field here
Date: November 17 (J. Bindernagel)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; among large blackbird flock at pig farm
Date: November 15 (J. Wells) to 16 (G. Newell)

ACORN WOODPECKER (1, not confirmed with photos)
Location: Belmont Ave, Victoria; seen at private residence between Denman and Pembroke Sts and should be searched for in the general area as many oaks are scattered through the neighbourhood
Date: November 14 (C. Pett)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Denman Island; southeast coast between public boat ramp and Eagle Rock
Date: November 11 to 13 (P. Courteau)
You need big mussels to find a Ruddy Turnstone! (Photo: Paula Courteau)
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southeast corner
Date: November 11 (C. Hughes) to 13 (multiple observers)

BROWN BOOBY (1)
Location: 4 miles South of Victoria here; viewed from boat
Date: November 9 (G. Rowles)

Rusty Blackbird (1, female)
Location: Pendray Farm, North Saanich; no public access but potentially viewable from West Saanich Rd
Date: November 3 (J. Gatten) to 4 (multiple observers)

Pacific Golden-Plover (2)
Location: Long Beach, Tofino
Date: October 27 to November 3 (A. Dorst)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Jordan River Regional Park; getting mobbed by crows while heading east
Date: November 2 (C. Hughes and J. Gatten)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Somass Estuary, Port Alberni; seen along pipeline beside settling pond
Date: October 26 (N. Beaulac) to 31 (multiple observers)
Tropical Kingbird in Port Alberni (Photo: Nicole Beaulac)
Mountain Bluebird (1, female)
Location: Little Qualicum River Estuary, Qualicum
Date: October 30 (C. Carlson) to 31 (multiple observers)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Henderson Rd, North Cowichan; accessed via Stamps Rd, this bird was found near the sand riding ring
Date: October 31 (G. Duncan)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Race Rocks, Metchosin
Reported: October 30 (D. Donnecke)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Glencoe Cove Park, Saanich; feeding on southernmost point
Reported: October 30 (T. Bulmer)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; observed flying over and briefly kiting over flats
Date: October 30 (J. Wells)

Pine Grosbeak (5)
Location: Goward Rd, Saanich; flying over private residence
Date: October 29 (D. Fraser)

Western Kingbird (1, late record)
Location: Somass Estuary, Port Alberni; seen along pipeline that is north of the sewage ponds
Date: October 22 (N. Beaulac) to 27 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebird (1, female)
Location: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville; observed from Plummer Rd entrance
Date: October 10 (G. Robertson) to 26 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1, male)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; among Canvasback flock
Date: October 23 (K. Saita) to 26 (multiple observers)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Diver Lake, Nanaimo
Date: October 24 (D. Baird) to 25 (multiple observers)

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER (1, first Canadian record)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; see main page entry for directions and additional details
Date: October 18 (G. Newell and J. Gaskin) to 24 (multiple observers)
Solid documentation of Canada's first Yellow-browed Warbler - a true MEGA! (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Cowichan Bay; initially seen from Dock Rd and later observed by boat launch at Hecate Park
Date: October 24 (K. Wenberg)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: October 24 (W. Cronan)

American Pipit (ssp. japonicus)
Location: Long Beach, Tofino; found with two regular American Pipits
Date: October 23 (A. Dorst)
The rare japonicus subspecies of American Pipit on Long Beach (Photo: Adrian Dorst)
Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Panama Flats; north end of the park, 150 m from the north entrance - across the gravel path from the lone Garry Oak tree; Victoria
Date: October 21 (S. McElaney)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; flushed by Peregrine Falcons and heard calling as it flew
Date: October 19 (D. Donnecke et al)

Pacific Golden-Plovers (2)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River
Reported: October 13 (J. Gatten) to 19 (multiple observers)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; previously at Fort Rodd Hill Lighthouse
Reported: October 16 (M. and C. Cameron) to 17 (multiple observers)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Miracle Beach, Black Creek
Reported: October 13 (J. Gatten) to 14 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; large pond in Garcia Nursery
Date: October 11 (A. Cooper) to 14 (multiple observers)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oaky Bay; no public access
Reported: October 14 (G. Newell)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Reported: October 11 (D. Bell)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary; please see main page for directions
Date: October 10 (B. Dudeck)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Argyle Rd, Courtenay; beach access at end of road
Date: October 9 (K. Kaptein)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Little Mountain, Parksville; sighted during hawk watch
Date: October 9 (M. Wynja and G. Monty)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; heard and seen flying over
Date: October 9 (G. Newell)

Clark's Grebe (1)
Location: Little Qualicum Estuary, Qualicum Beach; located off the east end of Surfside Dr
Date: October 2 (M. Wynja) to 6 (multiple observers)

Lewis's Woodpecker (2)
Location: Ocean Grove, Colwood; on snag near 170 Goldfinch Rd and also seen along Anchorage Ave
Date: September 21 (K. Beardmore) to October 5 (multiple observers)

BROWN SHRIKE (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Reported: October 1 (D. Bell) to 3 (multiple observers)
Inclusive documentation... said nobody ever! (Photo: David Bell)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Angus St and 7th Ave, Port Alberni
Date: September 28 (D. Henderson) to October 3 (multiple observers)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: McMicking Point; Victoria
Date: October 2 (K. Mills)


Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: Cluxewe Estuary; Port McNeill
Date: October 2 (W. Cronan)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; calling from wire near campground
Date: October 2 (D. Donnecke)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; south side
Date: September 28 (N. Hughes)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 27 (D. Bell et al.)

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Long Beach, Tofino; between beach access points 2 and 4
Reported: September 26 (I. Maton)

TENNESSEE WARBLER (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; in mixed flock near switchback part of bridge
Date: September 26 (C. Saunders)

Green Heron (1)
Location: Elk Lake, Saanich; west of the boat ramp off Brookleigh Rd
Date: July 31 (M. Keller) to September 26 (multiple observers)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; along east dyke north of metal building
Date: September 25 (G. Newell) to 26 (multiple observers)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island; on snags on left side of the road past main gate east of the barns
Date: September 25 (R. Ferguson)
We've got a bad case of Melanerpes in these parts this year! (Photo: Ren Ferguson)
Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Active Pass near Mayne Island
Date: September 24 (A. Teacher)

American White Pelican (1)
Location: Muir Creek, Sooke; on gravel bar where creek mouth drains into the strait
Date: September 10 (fide D. Bell) to 23 (multiple observers)

American Redstart (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 23 (J. Bertrands)

TENNESSEE WARBLER (1)
Location: Muir Creek, Sooke; seen near estuary in flock with chickadees
Date: September 23 (K. Mills and M. O'Shaugnessy)

TENNESSEE WARBLER (1)
Location: Casa Linda Dr, Saanich; private residence
Date: September 22 (D. Donnecke)

BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (1)
Location: 4016 Grange Rd, Saanich; private residence
Date: September 22 (N. Hentze)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Bow Park, Saanich
Date: September 22 (fide M. Motek)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Cathers Lake, Nanaimo
Date: September 21 (E. Demers)

Marbled Godwit (8)
Location: On beach near 6000 Hardy Bay Rd, also seen near 6000 Stories Beach Rd; Port Hardy
Date: September 18 (D. Jonasson) to 21 (multiple observers)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: September 19 (G. Newell)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 18 (D. Donnecke)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Argyle Rd, Courtenay; sighted from beach access point
Date: September 18 (N. St. Hilaire)

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; sighted on ploughed fields west of McIntyre Reservoir and along Island View Rd
Date: September 16 (M. and B. McGrenere)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 16 (D. Talluto and D. Bell)

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; no public access
Date: September 16 (D. Talluto and D. Bell)

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Long Beach, Tofino; seen near Incinerator Rock
Date: September 12 (I. Cruickshank) to 16 (multiple observers)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Puckle and Lamont Rds, Martindale Flats, Central Saanich
Date: September 7 (M. McGrenere) to 16 (multiple observers)

CLARK'S GREBE (1)
Location: Salish Sea (Juan de Fuca Strait); viewed from boat approximately 4.5 km south of East Sooke Park
Date: September 15 (M. Wieland Shields)

CHESTNUT- SIDED WARBLER (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary; in cottonwoods south of bridge and in cottonwoods near Saanich fire station; Saanich
Date: September 13 (C. Saunders) to 15 (multiple observers)

RUFF (1, juvenile)
Location: Saanich Peninsula; private location - this species is having a bit of a banner year to the south so more should be searched for while the weather is good for knocking birds down on migration.
Date: September 13 to 15 (J. Wells)


There is great potential for more of these to show up - hit those shorebird spots! (Photo: Jody Wells)
American Golden- Plover (1)
Location: Stubbs' Island; Tofino
Date: September 15 (A. Dorst)

Pacific Golden- Plover (1)
Location: Englishman River Estuary off Plummer Rd ; Parksville
Date: September 13 (G. Monty and M. Wynja) to 14 (multiple observers)


CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (1)
Location: Dole Rd, Gabriola Island
Date: September 11 to 13 (J. Lechner Campbell)

SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: Schooner Cove Beach; Tofino
Date: September 12 (I. Cruickshank)
Juvenile Snowy Plover in Tofino (Photo: Ian Cruickshank)
Stilt Sandpiper (1)
Location: Beach access off Sanborn Rd; Courtenay
Date: September 11 (K. Kaptein)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, south end of bridge where it meets gravel path; Saanich
Date: September 11 (C. Saunders)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: McMicking Point; Victoira
Date: September 9 (G. Newell) to 11 (multiple observers)
Brown Pelican in Victoria (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)
BLACKPOLL WARBLER (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; in aspen grove northeast of the parking lot
Date: September 9 (C. Saunders)
Oooooh... pinky-orange feet! (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Chesterman Beach, Tofino
Date: September 4 (S. Mooney) to 9 (multiple observers)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Tofino - Photo: Adrian Dorst
Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Little Beach, Ucluelet
Date: September 8 (I. Cruickshank)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Puckle Rd, Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; on barbed wire-topped chainlink fence
Date: September 8 (M. McGrenere)

Lewis's Woodpecker (2)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; intersection of Rocky Point Rd and Matheson Lake Rd
Date: August 27 (R. Byrne and D. Bell) to September 8 (multiple observers)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin
Date: September 8 (R. Gloat)

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Buttertubs West Marsh, Nanaimo; heard an seen by nets 13 and 14 of VIU's banding station
Date: July 12 (M. Ring) to September 8 (multiple observers)

SCRIPPS’S MURRELET (2)
Location: Offshore Tofino; here
Date: September 8 (J. Betrands)

SCRIPPS’S MURRELET (2)
Location: Offshore Tofino, here
Date: September 7 (J. Betrands)

American White Pelican (1)
Location: Oak/Cadboro Bays waterfront; various locations from multiple, independent observers
Date: September 4 (B. Deroy; C. Garrett; C. McLeod and P. Heiberg) to 5 (G. Newell)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Parksville
Date: September 5 (G. Robertson)

Sabine's Gull (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course; no public access
Date: September 5 (G. Newell)

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1)
Location: Private Home; Victoria
Date: August 27 to September 5 (M. McGrenere)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Viewed from ferry departing from Mill Bay to Brentwood Bay
Date: September 4 (C. Therouse)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Private Farm; Duncan
Date: September 4 (G. Duncan)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: King's Pond, Saanich
Date: August 31 (L. Petersen) to September 3 (multiple observers)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Vivian Island, off Comox
Date: September 2 (P. Sanders)

Sabine's Gull (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Parksville
Date: September 2 (D. Isbister)

BAR-TAILED GODWIT (1 juvenile)
Location: Sidney Spit; Sidney Island
Date: August 26 (R. Schortinghuis) to September 2 (multiple observers)
Bar-tailed Godwit on Sidney Island (Photo: Mike McGrenere
ALDER FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; banded at RPBO's Pedder Bay operation, which is open to public
Date: September 2 (R. Byrne, S. Darlington and D. Bell)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Bow Park, Saanich
Date: August 29 (M. Robichaud) to September 2 (multiple observers)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; near estuary
Date: August 31 to September 2 (R. Byrne, S. Darlington and D. Bell)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Rithet's Bog, Saanich; southeast corner near Fir Tree Glen
Date: September 1 (A. Cooper)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; not accessible to public
Date: August 31 (D. Bell and D. Donnecke)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: East Sooke Regional Park, Sooke; flying offshore
Date: September 1 (D. Bell)

CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (1)
Location: Cassidy Airport, Nanaimo; near the main terminal
Date: August 29 (G. Monty) to 31 (multiple observers)

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; access is restricted
Date: August 29 (G. Newell) to 30 (multiple observers)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: De Courcy Island; off Gabriola Island
Date: August 25 (D. Gullison)

Stilt Sandpiper (1)
Location: Last seen on Radar Beach, previously seen on Chesterman Beach, Tofino
Date: August 21 (A. Dorst) to 24 (multiple observers)

Common Tern (1)
Location: Gonzales Point and Kitty Islet, Victoria
Date: August 20 (G. Newell) to 23 (multiple observers)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Keith Island; offshore from Ucluelet
Date: August 21 (I. Cruickshank)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Swan Lake, Saanich; south end of floating bridge
Date: August 20 (R. Dzenkiw) to 21 (multiple observers)

GREAT EGRET (1)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; originally spotted on Sidney Island on the 14th
Date: August 14 (J. Gaskin) to 18 (A. Edwards
Great Egret on Sidney Island (Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy)
GUADALUPE MURRELET (1)
Location: Offshore Tofino; here
Date: August 17 (M. Toochin, M. Hafting and I. Povalyaev)
Guadalupe Murrelet off Tofino (Photo: Liron Gertsman)
SCRIPPS’S MURRELET (4)
Location: Offshore Tofino; here and here
Date: August 17 (M. Toochin, M. Hafting and M. Wynja)
Scripps's Murrelets off Tofino (Photo: Melissa Hafting)
MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: SE corner of Cleland Island; here
Date: August 17 (T. Plath)
Manx Shearwater off Cleland Island (Photo: Melissa Hafting)
Long-billed Curlew (2)
Location: Kye Bay, Comox
Date: August 17 (J. Fenneman)

Tennessee Warbler (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; not accessible to public
Date: August 16 (D. Bell)

MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: NW corner of Vargas Island
Date: August 15 (A. Ahier)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: King's Pond, Saanich
Date: August 13 (K. Emmaneel) to 15 (multiple observers)

Eastern Kingbird (1)

Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; not accessible to public
Date: August 14 (D. Bell)

MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: 4 miles south of Cleland Island; Tofino
Date: August 13 (A. Ahier)

Long-tailed Jaeger (1)
Location: Point Holmes, Comox
Date: August 12 (T. Davies)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Woodhus Slough, Campbell River
Date: August 12 (L. Adler)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Swan Lake, Saanich
Date: August 11 (J. Bourgoin)

STILT SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Royal Roads University, Colwood; near the lower spawning pond
Date: August 10 (M. Faulkner)

Common Tern (8)
Location: Flores Island; Tofino
Date: August 10 (A. Ahier)

LESSER GOLDFINCH (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; not accessible to public
Date: August 7 (D. Bell)

Eastern Kingbird (2, first Victoria nesting record)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; seen in orchard area near the Ocean Grove development
Date: July 20 (M. Keller) to July 31 (multiple observers)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Discovery Island, Victoria
Date: July 29 (L. Singh)

Brown Pelican (2)
Location: Long Beach, Tofino
Date: July 25 (A. Dorst)

Brown Pelican (8)
Location: Cleland Island, Tofino
Date: July 24 (J. Evans)

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Race Rocks, Metchosin; accessible by boat only
Date: July 24 (R. Macklin)

Brown Pelican (20)
Location: Cattle Point, Oak Bay; near point initially and then flew out over strait
Date: July 16 (M. Keller)

Laysan Albatross (1)
Location: Offshore from Tofino; photographed here off Tofino
Date: July 14 (W. Proebsting)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: End of Mariner Way; Parksville
Date: July 3 (K. and A. Westerhof, m.obs)

NORTHERN PARULA (1)
Location: Port Hardy Harbour Estuary, Port Hardy; precise location of the bird can be viewed here
Date: June 29 to July 1 (C. Francis)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: In reeds near the pipeline by the sewage lagoons at Somass Estuary; Port Alberni
Date: July 1 (N. Beaulac)

Horned Puffin (3)
Location: Triangle Island
Date: June 26 to 29 (Ken Wright)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: On fence south of Lohbrunner Rd at Blenkinsop Lake; Victoria
Date: June 27 (M. McGrenere) to 28 (multiple observers)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Tod Creek Flats, Saanichton; agricultural field behind Red Barn Market
Date: June 26 (D. Fraser)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: head of Hoskyn Channel at south end of Goepel Island; a map of the location can be viewed here
Date: June 23 (N. Bock)
A worn bird lingering into the summer is a great sighting locally (Photo: Andy Bock)
Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Alberni Valley Regional Airport; seen on perimeter fence
Date: June 23 (N. Beaulac)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER (1, male)
Location: Outerbridge Park, Saanich; heard singing and recorded in the patch of poplars in the park
Date: June 19 (D. Donnecke)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Tod Creek Flats, Saanichton
Date: June 17 (J. Wells)

Wilson's Phalarope (2)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo; small pond adjacent to the viewing tower off Raines Rd access point to the estuary
Date: June 16 (G. Magnusson)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; seen in meadow near Dorset Rd entrance
Date: June 15 (G. Newell)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Pachena Beach, Bamfield
Date: June 15 (I. Cruickshank)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay
Date: June 14 (A. Nightingale et al.)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: End of Lohbrunner Rd (technically the Lochside Trail) near Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; seen on fenclines in field
Date: June 15 (G. Newell)

Eastern Kingbird (2)
Location: Brooks Point Park, South Pender Island; on willow near lower meadow - seen last off Spalding Rd
Date: June 11 (J. Ilsley, J. Peetsma) to 13 (multiple observers)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island; 18 km NW of Port Hardy
Date: June 10 (I. Dubinsky)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Royal Roads University, Colwood; in meadow that can be easily accessed via Heatherbell Rd, opposite Havenwood Lane
Date: June 10 (C. Cameron)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: End of Lohbrunner Rd (technically the Lochside Trail) near Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; seen on fenclines in field
Date: June 8 (G. Newell)

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (1)
Location: Tribune Bay Provincial Park, Hornby Island
Date: May 31 (A. Martell) to June 5 (multiple observers)

Swainson’s Hawk (1, immature)
Location: Mount Newton Valley, Central Saanich; originally found among Turkey Vultures sitting on a field, this bird can searched for in open areas in the Mount Newton Valley along Mount Newton X Rd, between Wallace and West Saanich Rds
Date: May 23 (D. Rogerson) to June 2 (multiple observers)
Remarkably cooperative immature Swainson's Hawk in Mount Newton Valley (Photo: David Rogerson)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville; seen from the Plummer Rd side
Date: June 1 (D. Isbister and G. Beisel)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; near central dyke
Date: May 31 (M. Robichaud)

Broad-winged Hawk (1, adult)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich
Date: May 30 (T. Bulmer)

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1 male)
Location: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville; approximately 150 feet from the start of the trail at the end of Shelly Rd that leads to the estuary
Date: May 28 (S. Knoerr et al.) to 29 (multiple observers)
Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Parksville (Photo: Dave Baird)
Western Kingbird (1)
Location:  Mount Douglas, Saanich; in Garry Oak meadow near the Blenkinsop entrance
Date: May 28 (D. Donnecke)

Swainson’s Hawk (1)
Location: Goward Rd, Saanich; flying over
Date: May 27 (L. Ramsey)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino; on beach near Incinerator Rock
Date: May 27 (M. Yip et al.)
Pacific Golden-Plover in Tofino (Photo: Mike Yip)
Swainson’s Hawk (1)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd E, Saanich; seen flying over Blenkinsop Valley
Date: May 24 (G. Newell)

Lazuli Bunting (2)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; in Garry Oaks on north slope
Date: May 15 (G. Newell) to 24 (multiple observers)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Casa Linda Dr, Saanich; at private residence
Date: May 23 (D. Donnecke)

OVENBIRD (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; no public access
Date: May 22 (G. Newell)

Lazuli Bunting (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; in central meadow, accessed quickest via Dorset St entrance
Date: May 22 (G. Newell)

Swainson’s Hawk (1)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich
Date: May 21 (M. McGrenere and D. Donnecke)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Woodhus Slough Trail, Campbell River; approximately 600 m south of Salmon Point Rd
Date: May 14 (D. Baird et al.) to 17 (multiple observers)

Green Heron (1)
Location: Swan Lake, Saanich
Date: May 17 (C. Saunders)

Wilson's Phalarope (2)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; flooded field in northeast
Date: May 16 (J. Peetsma)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Jensen's Bay, Tofino
Date: May 15 (A. Dorst)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 13 (D. Smallshire)

Redhead (1, male)
Location: Morningstar Golf Course ponds, Parksville
Date: October 26, 2018 (B.Dudeck) to May 14, 2020 (multiple observers)

Hudsonian Godwit (1)
Location: Jensen’s Bay, Tofino; last sighting was at the end of Sharp Rd
Date: May 10 (A. Dorst) to 14 (multiple observers)
Hudsonian Godwit in Tofino (Photo: Adrian Dorst)
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Woodhus Slough, Campbell River; near the ponds here on the Salmon Point Trail
Date: May 13 (B. Rand)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Campbell River (Photo: Beth Rand)
American White Pelicans (6)
Location: Cowichan Bay; viewed from Westcoast Terminal Rd.
Date: May 11 (D. Marven)

Swainson’s Hawk (1)
Mount Tolmie, Saanich; perched in tree at "Warbler Woods", which is around 100 m east of lower parking lot
Date: May 9 (G. Newell)

Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; approximately 50 m down the spit from parking lot
Date: May 10 (K. Mills)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; northwest quadrant near Wallace Dr
Date: May 10 (A. Harcombe)

Yellow- headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; west of the central dyke running north-south
Date May 9 (L. Biggs and B. Jantzen) to 10 (multiple observers)

Green Heron (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 9 (G. Newell)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; approximately 50 m down the spit from parking lot
Date: May 9 (K. Mills and J. Gaskin)

Dusky Flycatcher (1, male)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; singing from "Warbler Woods", which is around 100 m east of lower parking lot
Date: May 7 (G. Newell)

ROCK PTARMIGAN (1)
Location: East of the parking lot HERE on Mount Warburton Pike; Saturna Island
Date: May 6 (E. Wolkovich)
Female Rock Ptarmigan on Saturna Island! An unbelievable sighting! - Photo: Elizabeth Wolkovich
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Tofino; seen on a chimney along Main St
Date: May 5 (I. Cruickshank)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; near intersection of Puckle and Lamont Rds
Date: May 4 (D. Ross)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: Little Mountain; Parksville
Date: May 2 (G. Monty and M. Wynja)

Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: Dickenson Point, Malcolm Island; flying towards Rough Bay
Date: May 1 (G. Curry)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Bodega Ridge, Galiano Island
Date: May 1 (D. Bradley)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Lakeside Dr, Nanaimo; private residence
Date: March 17 to April 8 (S. Lindgren), and conceivably the same individual on May 1

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Comber's Beach, Pacific Rim National Park; previously sighted at Jensen’s Bay and Sharp Rd near Tofino
Date: April 25 (A. Dorst) to 30 (multiple observers)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay
Date: April 30 (G. Newell)

Swainson's Hawk (2)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd E, Saanich; flying over
Date: April 29 (G. Newell)

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD (1)
Location: Sunnygrove Terrace, Saanich; at private residence
Date: April 28 to 29 (M. McGrenere)

American White Pelican (9)
Location: Baynes Sound, Denman Island; near the Fanny Bay Packing Plant
Date: April 25 (G. Ambury) to 27 (multiple observers)
American White Pelicans on Denman Island (Photo: Gerry Ambury)
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD (1 male)
Location: Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo
Date: April 27 (B. Vroom)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; viewed on north slope
Date: April 26 (L. Singh) to 27 (multiple observers)

American White Pelicans (12)
Location: Cowichan Bay; observed flying over from Lochmanetz Rd dyke
Date: April 25 (B. Judson)

Black-legged Kittiwake (3)
Location: Offshore from Nanaimo; viewed from ferry here
Date: April 25 (G. Monty)

Red-naped Sapsucker (1)
Location: Quamichan Lake, Duncan; at private residence
Date: April 24 (B. Judson)

SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: Wickaninnish Beach, Pacific Rim National Park; 800 m northwest of parking lot 'E'
Date: April 23 (S. Tyne)
Snowy Plover in Pacific Rim National Park (Photo: Ian Cruickshank)
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD (1 male)
Location: Drew Rd, Parksville; at private residence
Date: April 22 (G. Monty)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Little Qualicum River estuary, Qualicum Beach
Date: April 13 (D. Isbister) to 17 (multiple observes)
Nothing Whimbrelesque about this beast! (Photo: Blair Dudeck)
Nashville Warbler (1)Location: Goldsmith St, Oak Bay; singing male
Date: April 15 (G. Newell)

Mountain Bluebirds (spring migration window NOW!)
  1. Central Saanich Rd north of Mount Newton X Rd, Central Saanich, March 12-13 (J. Gatten, m.obs.)
  2. Lochside Trail along Lohbrunner Rd E, Saanich, March 19 (M. McGrenere, m.obs.)
  3. Veterans Memorial Parkway at Wildcat Trail, Colwood, March 20 (G. Hart)
  4. Latoria Rd gravel pits, Colwood, March 21 (R. Hardy)
  5. Island View Beach northern boundary, Central Saanich, March 21 (M. McGrenere)
  6. Victoria International Airport, Sidney, March 21 (M. Cameron)
  7. Victoria Golf Course (no access permitted), Oak Bay, March 21 (G. Newell)
  8. Latoria Rd gravel pits, Colwood, March 24 (C. Cameron)
  9. Comox Bay Farm, Comox, March 26 (K. Clouston)
  10. Mount Douglas, Saanich, April 1 (M. McGrenere)
  11. Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay, April 2-April 9 (J. Gatten)
  12. Comox Airport, Comox, March 29-April 13 (T. Davies) -  up to 4 individuals
  13. Englishman River Estuary, Parksville, April 7-13 (M. and R. Byrne) - upwards of 4
  14. Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford, April 17 (K. Burns)
  15. Mount Tolmie, Victoria, April 22-24 (N. Hughes, m.obs.) - upwards of 3
  16. Comox Airport, Comox, April 30 (N. St. Hilaire)
Most birders on the coast get pretty exciting by this bright harbinger of spring (Photo: J. Gatten)
Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Little Mountain, Parksville; seen during hawk watch sessions
Date: April 7 (G. Monty et al.)

TUFTED DUCK (1, immature male)
Location: Portage Inlet, Saanich; multiple access points may be needed to find scaup flock - best seen from the end of Chancellor Ave - location is approximately here
Date: January 19 (J. Sirois) to April 3 (multiple observers)
It's just not THAT easy to pick out - note the black back and hint of a tuft on the rightmost bird (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Laysan Albatross (1)
Location: offshore from Tofino
Date: March 30 (J. Forde et al.)

Redhead (1)
Location: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria; seen at Fountain Lake - appears to be Swan Lake bird
Date: January 26 (G. Newhouse) to March 29 (multiple observers)

PARAKEET AUKLET (7)
Location: offshore from Tofino; documented during pelagic trip
Date: March 24 (J. Bertrands)

Say's Phoebe (1)

Location: Redtail Pl, Nanaimo; seen hawking insects from rooftops
Date: March 21 (N. Smith)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Metral Dr, Nanaimo; flying over, heading west
Date: March 21 (D. Baird)

Harris's Sparrow (2 individuals documented)
Location: Cedar Hill Golf Course, Saanich; visiting feeder near corner of Derby and Diana Rds
Date: December 23 (L. Singh) to March 21 (multiple observers, 1 reported)

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS (1)

Location: offshore from Tofino; precise location is here
Date: March 17 (D. Martin)
Nice to see this species is increasing in northern Pacific waters! (Photo: Melissa Hafting)
Laysan Albatross (15)
Location: offshore from Tofino; precise location is here
Date: March 17 (I. Povalyaev et al.)
It's nice to get one, but 15... ridiculous! (Photo: Melissa Hafting)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: 2181 Newton St, Oak Bay; viewed from deck in backyard, visiting hummingbird feeder - birders are welcome
Date: February 13 (T. Ovanin) to March 15 (multiple observers)
Grey hood, white eyering, and yellow throat - classic Nashville (Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy)
Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: Central Saanich Rd, Central Saanich; field on east side of road north of intersection of Mount Newton X and Central Saanich Rds
Date: March 12 (J. Gatten) to 13 (multiple observers)
Mountain Bluebirds are a sure sign that spring is on its way! (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Longview Farms (Vantreight bulb fields), Central Saanich; seen from road here
Date: December 16 (J. Wells) to March 13 (multiple observers)

Red-naped Sapsucker (1)
Location: Willow St and Chinook Ave, Parksville; may required extended search in neighbourhood
Date: Feb 28 (N. Dawe and J. Cooper) to March 8 (multiple observers)

DUSKY THRUSH (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo; see main page for more details
Date: January 19 (D. Baird and B. Vroom) to February 15 (multiple observers)
Just crippling - what a bird! (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Bohemian Waxwing (1)
Location: 440 Lenhart Dr, Nanaimo; in with Cedar Waxwings
Date: February 14 to 15 (B. Vroom)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; in meadow nearest the Dorset Rd/Lincoln St entrance
Date: September 4 (M. Swoveland) to February 11 (multiple observers)

Bohemian Waxwing (1)

Location: Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo
Date: February 8 (B. Dudeck)

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1)
Location: In the tree HERE by the beach beside Filberg Heritage Lodge; Comox
Date: November 7 (R. Petersen) to February 5 (multiple observers)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Comox (Photo: Russ Petersen)
American Tree Sparrow (2, but only 1 recently)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo; in bushes north of the viewing tower
Date: November 4 (K. Kaptein) to February 1 (multiple observers)

**Palm Warblers - banner fall/winter**

Due to the increased presence of Palm Warblers in our region this fall and winter, I will no longer keep track of Palm Warbler sightings on this page.  They appear to be the second most common warbler species around this fall, which is shocking.  If you are looking to find one, feel free to contact me using the e-mail address above or check the various local alerts on eBird found here - subregions of Vancouver Island that have alerts are: Alberni-Clayoquot, Capital, Comox-Strathcona, Cowichan Valley, Mount Waddington, and Nanaimo.

Redhead (3, but only 2 recently)
Location: Herd Rd, Duncan; on flooded fields found here
Date: January 9 (D. Marven) to 27 (multiple observers)

Nashville Warbler (1)

Location: Grilse Rd and Tyee Cres, Nanoose; at intersection, travelling with Golden-crowned Kinglets
Date: December 23 (G. Monty) to January 21 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; seen on the main lake with other ducks
Date: January 4 (M. Martin) to 27 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1)
Location: Burde St ponds, Port Alberni; located in the upper pond
Date: January 20 (D. Henderson)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: 3159 Adshead Rd, Nanaimo; in fields viewed from road
Date: December 31 (B. Vroom) to January 15, 2019 (multiple observers)