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

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

NORTHERN PARULA (1)
Location: HERE at Port Hardy Harbour Estuary; Port Hardy
Date: June 29-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: Red Barn Flats, off West Saanich Rd; Saanich
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: 230 Goward Rd; Victoria
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, Sa
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)

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, by the ponds here on the Salmon Point Trail; Campbell River
Date: May 13 (B. Rand)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Campbell River (Photo: Beth Rand)
Redhead (1, male)
Location: Morningstar Golf Course ponds, Parksville
Date: Oct 26/18 (B.Dudeck) to May 12/19 (multiple observers)

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, 50 m down the spit from parking lot
Date: May 10 (K. Mills)

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

Yellow- headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Panama Flats; Victoria, West of the North-South dyke
Date May 9 (L. Biggs and B. Jantzen) to 10 (multiple observers)

Green Heron (1)
Location: Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: May 9 (G. Newell)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit; Sooke, 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 (multiple observers)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Air Force Beach Group Campground, Comox; near entrance
Date: December 8 (L. Graf) to 30 (multiple observers)

LARK SPARROW (1)
Location: Klehkoot Marina, Sproat Lake; observed at close range and photographed
Date: December 29 (R. and L. Avis)
This classy and distinct sparrow is always a great find on Vancouver Island! (Photo: Rick Avis)
WINTER WREN (1)
Location: Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, Colwood; near construction fencing found here - best located by listening for distinctively SOSP-like call notes, much different from Pacific Wren. Recording here.
Date: December 8 (I. Cruickshank) to 27 (multiple observers)
The colder brown and stronger barring on the flanks are a couple features pointing to Winter Wren  (Photo: Melissa Hafting)
Rusty Blackbird (up to 4)
Location: Martindale Flats, Saanich; at the pig farm along Lochside Dr south of Martindale Rd
Date: October 13 (R. Dzenkiw) to December 15 (multiple observers)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: Pendray Farm (no public access) ; North Saanich
Date: November 4 to December 15 (J. Wells and J. Gatten)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: On the north side of Kersey Rd, 100m from the end; Brentwood Bay
Reported: December 15 (M. Yunker)

Redhead (1)
Location: Gorge Park, Esquimalt; in small pond in the park
Date: December 15 (J. Gaskin)

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: Goldstream Provincial Park
Date: December 14 (N. Hentze)

Harris's Sparrow (1 adult and 1 first winter)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo; in the shrub near the tower and by the big oak in mixed sparrow flock
Date: October 30 (B. Dudeck et al.) to December 3 (multiple observers)

Redhead (3)
Location: Somenos Marsh, Duncan; observed from viewpoint at the end of the boardwalk
Date: November 29 (G. Duncan)

**POSSIBLE** ARCTIC LOON (1)
Location: Beechey Head, East Sooke Regional Park; approximately half way to Secretary Island - a scope is necessary to have a shot at seeing this bird
Date: November 25 to 28 (D. Bell)

Bohemian Waxwing (6)
Location: Third Street Park, Nanaimo
Date: November 23 (G. Monty)

Redhead (1)
Location: King's Pond, Cedar Hill Golf Course, Saanich
Date November 22 (M. Robichaud)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Qualicum Beach Airport, Qualicum Beach; observed over runway from Ravensbourne Ln
Date: November 21 (G. Monty)

BLACK-HEADED GULL (1)
Location: McMicking Point, Oak Bay; observed flying by 400 m offshore, heading northeast
Date: November 20 (G. Newell)

Osprey (1, late)
Location: Numukamis Bay; located north of the Sarita River estuary
Date: November 20 (A. Westerhof)

Brown Pelican (1, banded)
Location: Most recently at  Esquimalt Lagoon. Previously seen at various points along the waterfront from Esquimalt Lagoon to Cattle Point, including Bowker Creek, Trial Island, Gonzales and Clover Point, Oak Bay
Date: August 30 (M. Robichaud) to November 20 (multiple observers)
Rehabilitated and released Brown Pelican at Esquimalt Lagoon (Photo: David Bell)
Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon; Colwood, near bridge
Date: November 17 (R. Little) to 20 (multiple observers)

Glaucous Gull (2)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary
Date: November 13 (D. Isbister) to 19 (multiple observers)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Somass Estuary, Port Alberni; hawking insects near the inner ponds at the sewage lagoons
Date: October 9 (N. Beaulac) to November 18 (multiple observers)
Tropical Kingbird in Port Alberni (Photo: Nicole Beaulac/Macaulay Library)
Sora (1)
Location: Island View Beach; west side of the drainage ditch, 100ft north of the washroooms; Saanich
Date: November 17 (C. Hughes)

Mountain Bluebird (1, female)
Location: Observatory Hill, Saanich; west slope near top
Date: November 16 (M. McGrenere)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Haslam Rd, Nanaimo; see location extracted from eBird checklist here
Date: November 15 (B. Dudeck)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: November 13 (I. Lewylle)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Along the fench north of the pumphouse north of Martindale Rd at Martindale Flats; Saanich
Date: November 12 (G. and D. Newell)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats; at McHugh and McIntyre Rds; Saanich
Date: November 12 (G. and D. Newell)

Osprey (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary
Date: November 12 (B. Dudeck)

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: On rocks off Aldridge Point at East Sooke Regional Park; Sooke
Date: November 11 (M. Shepard)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo; in dead oaks near observation tower
Date: November 7 (G. Monty and C. Carlson) to 11 (multiple observers)

LITTLE GULL (1)
Location: Last seen flying with Bonaparte's Gulls at Cadboro Bay HERE. Previously seen at Cattle Point, Oak Bay; seen flying by with flock Bonaparte's Gull, heading towards Ten Mile Point
Date: October 31 to November 9 (G. Newell, m.obs)
Adult Little Gull in Victoria (Photo: Gordon Hart)
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: King's Pond; Victoria
Date: November 9 (K. Emmaneel)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Airpark Lagoon, Courtenay; south end between the bridge and playground
Date: October 20 (B. Stewart) to Nov 7 (multiple observers)
Tropical Kingbird in Courtenay (Photo: Nancy St. Hilaire/Macaulay Library)
Bohemian Waxwing (1)
Location: Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo; in dead oaks near observation tower
Date: November 6 (W. Cronan) to 7 (multiple observers)

Redhead (2)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; most recently observed on McIntyre Reservoir
Date: October 25 (J. Wells) to November 7 (multiple observers)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Aldersmith Park area near View Royal; viewed in backyard of private residence
Date: November 4 (R. Walker)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, Blackburn Rd, Salt Spring Island; in the brush at the edge of the field
Date: October 31 (R. Ferguson)

Palm Warbler (3)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo; in the hedgerow by the big oak
Date: October 10 (G. Monty) to 31 (B. Vroom)

AMERICAN REDSTART (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; near the central dyke between the main gravel path and and Interurban Rd
Date: October 30 (A. Nightingale)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Malcolm Island, Sointula; private home on 1st St
Date: October 28 (G. Curry) to 30 (multiple observers)

Marbled Godwit (2)
Location: Trial Island; scoped from McMicking Point, Oak Bay
Date: October 15 (G. Newell) to 30 (multiple observers)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Ucluelet; in front of Zoe's Bakery at 250 Main St
Reported: Oct 29 (T. Theriault and C. Forest)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; on seaweed on the beach, near the outhouse past the pilings
Date: October 22 (S. Bowie) to 29 (multiple observers)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; in tilled fields at McIntyre and McHugh Rds
Date: October 28 (R. Dzenkiw)
Red-throated Pipit in Saanich (Photo: Randy Dzenkiw)
Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; north of pumphouse on the north side of Martindale Rd
Date: October 20 (G. Newell) to 28 (multiple observers)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River; feeding in bushes on Sandy Spit
Date: October 21 (G. Graham) to 28 (multiple observers)
Palm Warbler in Campbell River (Photo: Garry Graham)
Palm Warbler (2)
Location: Community Park, Parksville
Date: October 11 (M. Wynja) to 28 (multiple observers)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Saanich; in the field north of the pumphouse on the north side of Martindale Rd
Date: October 24 (M. McGrenere) to 28 (multiple observers)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; north side of Martindale Rd, in hawthornes near the pumphouse
Date: October 21 (K. Emmaneel) to 28 (multiple observers)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Tofino; behind the Co-op Grocery Store on Main Street; also seen at the coastguard station
Date: October 20 (C. Eckert et al.) to 26 (multiple observers)
Tropical Kingbird in Tofino (Photo: Bridget Spencer)
Palm Warbler (1)
Location: By the washrooms at the Pedder Bay Campground; Metchosin
Date: October 25 to 26  (D. Bell et al.)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Shrubs around bird feeder at 909 Drew Rd; Nanaimo
Date: October 25 (G. Monty)

Palm Warbler (2)
Location: Stubbs Island, Tofino
Date: October 10 to 25 (A. Dorst)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; on beach near the outhouse
Date: October 15 (S. Bowie) to 22 (multiple observers)
Pacific Golden-Plover in Sooke (Photo: Sandy Bowie/Macaulay Library)
Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; in the Garry Oaks in the park centre
Date: October 22 (G. Newell)

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; beyond the bend where the small breakwater juts out towards the sea near the pilings
Date: October 21 (K. Beardmore)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Sooke (Photo: Kim Beardmore)
Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Tower Point, Metchosin; flying by offshore
Date: October 21 (G. Newell)

Palm Warbler (3)
Location:  Tofino Airport; viewable from road near the Atleo hangar
Date: October 19 (C. Charlesworth) to 21 (multiple observers)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; along southwest dike
Date: October 16 (G. Newell) to 21 (multiple observers)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Tofino Airport; by the weather station which is located here
Date: October 19 (C. Charlesworth)
Tropical Kingbird in Tofino (Photo: Chris Charlesworth)
Rock Wren (1)
Location: Ucluelet; private residence
Date: October 18 (fide I. Cruickshank)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; not accessible to public
Date: October 18 (D. Talluto)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location:  Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; not accessible to public
Date: October 17 (B. Dudeck)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southeast quadrant
Date: October 17 (C. Hughes)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Yellow Point Lodge; Ladysmith
Date: October 15 to 16 (M. Gebauer)

PINE BUNTING (1, female)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; by the park signs near Beach Dr
Date: October 15 (M. Swoveland)
BC's first Pine Bunting in Victoria (Photo: Maury Swoveland)
Ovenbird (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; not accessible to public
Date: October 15 (D. Talluto)
Ovenbird (Photo Rick Hardy)
Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Cordova Bay, Saanich; beach access point near the Beach House restaurant
Date: October 15 (M. McGrenere)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)

Location: Rocky Point bird observatory; no access
Date: October 14 (D. Bell)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Yellow Point Lodge, west of Cassidy
Date: October 14 (Martin Gebauer)

Palm Warbler (2)
Location: Willingdon Rd, Sidney; near the ornamental shrubs at the airport viewpoint
Date: October 14 (J. Gatten)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Rocky Point bird observatory; no access
Date: October 12 (B. Dudeck) to 14 (I. Cruickshank)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Stubbs Island; Tofino
Date: October 10 to 14 (A. Dorst)

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Mount Newton X Rd, Central Saanich; tilled field around 100 m east of East Saanich Rd
Date: October 8 (J. Gatten) to 13 (multiple observers)

Redhead (2)
Location: Viaducts Flats, Saanich; seen at far end of wetland
Date: October 12 (J. Gatten) to 13 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebird (2)
Location: Observed in mountains west of Nanaimo; exact location can be viewed here
Date: October 6 (G. Monty) to 13 (multiple observers)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; gliding over centre of the park
Date: October 11 (M. Swoveland)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: October 8 (D. Baird) to 11 (multiple observers)

Bohemian Waxwing (3)
Location: Powerhouse Rd, Courtenay; through gates - first left, near powerlines
Date: October 9 (K. Clouston)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; seen around Garcia Nursery
Date: October 9 (K. Mills)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Ney Dr, Nanaimo; private residence
Date: October 6 (E. Demers) to 8 (multiple observers)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; seen around Garcia Nursery
Date: October 8 (J. Wells)

BLUE JAY (1, late report)
Location: Cortes Island; private residence
Date: October 7 (fide George Sirk)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; approximately 3/4 of the way to the end of the spit
Date: October 6 (R. Vandebor) to 7 (N. Hughes and P. Geoffray)

SMITH'S LONGSPUR (1 male)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; not accessible to public - bird was only heard/observed in flight only
Date: October 6 (D. Bell)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Vantreight bulb fields (Longview Farms), Central Saanich; seen and heard in fallow fields around here
Date: September 23 (J. Gatten) to October 6 (multiple observers)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Trial Island; viewed from Kitty Islet in Oak Bay
Date: October 6 (D. Bell)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location:  Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park near Tofino; Lovekin Rock parking lot
Date: October 4 (A. Dorst)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: In hawthornes on the ocean side of the dyke at the saltmarsh at Fanny Bay conservation area at the end of Tozer Rd; Fanny Bay
Date: October 2 to 3 (C. Rispin)

American Tree Sparrow (2)
Location: Ralph River Campground, Strathcona Provincial Park; precise location found here
Date: October 1 to 2 (B. Schroeder)

American Golden- Plover (1)
Location: Community Park; Parksville
Date: October 2 to 3 (G. Monty)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island; 18 km NW of Port Hardy
Date: October 1 (I. Dubinsky)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Lovekin Rock on Long Beach; Tofino
Date: September 30 (A. Dorst)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Cattle Point, Oak Bay; in bushes near centre of the point, close to a geographical marker
Date: September 21 (R. Dzenkiw) to 30 (multiple observers)

Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; seen at north end near bridge on the lagoon side
Date: September 22 (C. O'Connor) to 30 (multiple observers)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River; seen on mudflats
Date: September 12 (K. Matthieu) to 29 (multiple observers)

American Golden-Plover (2)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; seen on ocean side just past the first bend
Date: September 23 (L. Singh) to 29 (multiple observers)

RED-FOOTED BOOBY (1)
Location: Offshore; west of Cape Scott on CFV "La Porsche" - coordinates can be viewed here
Date: September 28 (K. Brynjolfson)
Red-footed Booby (Photo: Kyle Brynjolfson)
RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; heard flying over
Date: September 28 (G. Newell)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; along eastern shoreline
Date: September 28 (G. Newell)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mt. Tolmie, Saanich; in shrubs below the reservoir near the summit.
Date: September 27 (K. Mills) to 28 (multiple observers)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; seen by Rocky Point Bird Observatory's station at this location
Date: September 27 (B. Dudeck)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; in meadow nearest the Dorset Rd/Lincoln St entrance
Date: September 6 (G. Newell) to 26 (multiple observers)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; seen crossing the inlet towards Pearson College from Rocky Point Bird Observatory's station.
Date: September 24 (B. Dudeck)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; near McIntyre Reservoir, flying over
Date: September 23 (B. Dudeck)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Sitting on an islet in Active Pass, near Mayne Island
Date: September 22 (K. Mills)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; near the bird blind at the north end of the bridge
Date: September 21 (M. McGrenere)

Broad-winged Hawks (now passing through)
Location: primarily southernmost Vancouver Island, but occasionally seen to the north
Date: early September to early October (???)

Marbled Godwit (2)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: September 20 (D. Bell)

CANADA WARBLER (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: September 18 (B. Dudeck) to September 20 (D. Bell)

Oh Canada... seen in our home and native land! (Photo: Blair Dudeck)
BREWER'S SPARROW (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; seen along southern dike in the southeast quadrant of the flats
Date: September 1 (N. Hentze) to 18 (multiple observers)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: September 18 (B. Dudeck)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: French Creek, Parksville; seen off the mouth of the creek
Date: September 14 (G. Monty) to 18 (multiple observers)
Molting adult Yellow-billed Loon in Parksville  (Photo: Pius Sullivan)
Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Tofino; in gardens in front of "Tin-Wis" Best Western Hotel
Date: September 15 (C. Charlesworth)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Amphitrite Point, Ucluelet
Date: September 15 (M. Hafting)

Laysan Albatross (1)
Location: 30 nautical miles offshore fromTofino
Date: September 15 (D. Martin)

Black-and-white Warbler (1)
Location: Amphitrite Point, Ucluelet; near the start of the Lighthouse Trail (near parking lot)
Date: September 14 (C. Hughes)

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; along central dike
Date: September 11 (C. Hughes) to 13 (multiple observers)

Brown Pelican (17)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: September 13 (D. Bell, D. Donnecke)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; in meadow nearest the Dorset Rd entrance. A bird was reported later in the SE quadrant of the Government house property; Victoria
Date: September 13 (L. Peterson)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; in ploughed corn field
Date: September 13 (M. McGrenere)

CAPE MAY WARBLER (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: September 12 (D. Bell)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, offshore by Metchosin; accessed by boat
Date: September 12 (D. Bell)

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; on the east side of the tip of the spit along the beach
Date: September 10 (J. Wells) to 11 (multiple observers)
Within spitting distance at the spit! (Photo: Jody Wells)
Yellow-headed Blackbirds (2)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; feeding on fairways
Date: September 11 (G. Newell)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; seen by Rocky Point Bird Observatory's station at this location
Date: September 6 (B. Dudeck) to 10 (multiple observers)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Deep Bay; on rocks on beach off Shoreline Dr
Date: September 9 to 10 (K. Aldern)

ROCK WREN (1)
Location: Edith Point, Mayne Island; at the end of the trail to the tip of the point - there is a private residence near the tip, so please respect the privacy of homeowners and don't venture towards the house
Date: September 9 (D. Huggard)
Exhibiting its affinity for rocks - nice bird! (Photo: Dave Huggard)
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (2)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River; seen on mudflats
Date: September 3 (R. Vermeer, 1 individual; G. Monty and M. Wynja, 2nd on the 5th) to 9 (multiple observers)
A very hot commodity on Vancouver Island despite the Lower Mainland having a flock of 13 recently (Photo: Mark Wynja)
LEAST FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; banded at Rocky Point Bird Observatory's Pedder Bay location
Date: September 7 (D. Bell and D. Talluto)

COMMON RINGED PLOVER (1)
Location: On mudflats at the southern end of Oyster Bay; Campbell River
Date: September 5 (G. Monty and M. Wynja) to 6 (V. Pedersen)
BC's first Common Ringer Plover in Campbell River (Photo: Vibeke Pedersen)
American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville; seen on rocky beach off Mariner Way
Date: August 30 to Sept 5  (G. Monty)
The primary projection is so cumbersome this bird can't hold its wings up... (Photo: Guy Monty)
ALDER FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: September 3 (D. Bell) to 4 (B. Dudeck)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: September 3 (A. Nightingale) to 4 (B. Dudeck)

Brown Pelican (4)
Location: Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, offshore from Metchosin; accessed by boat
Date: September 3 (L. Sullivan)
3 of 4 Brown Pelicans seen on Race Rock - Photo: Lawren Sullivan
Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Longview Farms (Vantreight bulb fields), Central Saanich; flying over, heading east
Date: September 2 (J. Gatten)

HUDSONIAN GODWIT (1)
Location: Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park; this island is located off the northwest tip of Denman Island
Date: September 1 (S. McRuer et al.)
This is the kind of reward you want when you make a trip to Sandy Island (Photo: Penny Hall)
LARK SPARROW (1)
Location: E&N Roundhouse, Esquimalt; this location is south of Victoria West Park on the south side of Esquimalt Rd
Date: August 29 (A. Cooper) to September 1 (multiple observers)

Jaegers (Pomarine, Long-tailed, and Parasitic)
Location: typically offshore, but can be viewed occasionally in nearshore waters - often a scope is required
Date: late August to late September (???) - lots of reports coming in now (early September)

LEAST FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; banded at Rocky Point Bird Observatory's Pedder Bay station
Date: August 31 (D. Bell)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, immature male)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; along gravel path with cowbird flock
Date: August 31 (A. Nightingale)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; seen near the southwest quadrant in crab apple tree
Date: August 30 (S. Roias)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; northwest quadrant of park
Date: August 30 (G. Newell)

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Witty's Lagoon Regional Park, Metchosin; in scrub halfway along beach between bathroom and north end of the beach
Date: August 28 (D. Bell) to 29 (multiple observers)
A rare treat to be graced by this weirdo of a sandpiper! (Photo: David Bell)
Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Parksville; in rose thicket surrounded by grass on banks of French Creek
Date: August 29 (G. Monty)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Galloping Goose Trail, Metchosin; south of Lindholm Rd in field with sheep
Date: August 28 (M. Hamilton)

BAR-TAILED GODWIT (1, adult)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; seen just past breakwater on ocean side of the spit
Date: August 27 (D. Wilson)
What a bird... and what a plumage to have it in!  Picture perfect Barwit! (Photo: Diane Wilson)
Northern Waterthrushes (passing through)
Location: Could turn up anywhere, but often near riparian edges of ponds - recent locations include Rocky Point (access restricted) and King's Pond
Date: Mid-August to early September (?)

AMERICAN REDSTART (1, juvenile male)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: August 26 (D. Talluto)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: August 26 (A. Veldhoen)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: August 25 (D. Bell) to 26 (multiple observers)

LEAST FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: August 25 (D. Bell)

Dusky Flcatcher (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: August 25 (D. Bell)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; on rocks along southern shoreline
Date: August 25 (R. Dzenkiw)

LEAST FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: King's Pond, Saanich
Date: August 24 (M. McGrenere)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; seen at south end of parking lot
Date: August 24 (M. Bentley)

Long-tailed Jaeger (1, adult)
Location: Offshore from Nanaimo; seen from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay ferry crossing
Date: August 23 (A. Dobrzanski)

LEAST FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; central meadow of the park
Date: August 21 (G. Newell) to 23 (multiple observers)

BROWN BOOBY (1)
Location: Offshore; seen in Queen Charlotte Strait, northwest of Pultney Point Lighthouse on Malcolm Island
Date: August 22 (G. Curry and T. Down)
This is the stuff dreams are made of! (Photo: Gord Curry)
NORTHERN PARULA (1, female)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; not accessible to public
Date: July 22 (S. Darlington) to August 22 (multiple observers)

WHITE-WINGED DOVE (1)
Location: Port Renfrew Marina, Port Renfrew
Date: August 22 (R. Vandenbor)
Must have taken a redeye flight! (Photo: Ruth Vandenbor / Macaulay Library)
AMERICAN REDSTART (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)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Cox Bay Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino
Date: August 15 (D. Price)

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 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-GREY 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, m.obs)
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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 to late January, 2018

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, 2017 (Jason Kimm) to January 21, 2018 (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, 2017 (M. Wynja) to January 20, 2018 (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, 2017 (C. O'Connor) to January 13, 2018 (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, 2017 (N. Hentze, photo S. Harper) to January 7, 2018 (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, 2017 (G. Monty et al.) to January 3, 2018 (multiple observers)

Pine Grosbeak (1)
Location: Campbell River Estuary
Date: January 1, 2018 (K. Matthieu)