Monday, July 4, 2022

RBA: 3 SEDGE WRENS near Fort St. John - July 4th

At 4:15 am on July 4-2022, Chris Coxson found 2 Sedge Wrens singing in the marsh across the parking lot from Watson Slough. He viewed both birds at the same time.The birds were present during his entire visit until 7am. He was able to obtain photos and audio. 

1 bird was found at the same location in 2019. Watson Slough is 30 mins from Fort St. John on Highway 29 towards Hudson’s Hope.

If birders travel through the marsh please be careful of trampling the habitat as the birds could potentially be nesting there and Yellow Rails do as well.

Map to location HERE

At 2:30pm Christopher Di Corrado was able to see 3 Sedge Wrens at once. 

The birds continue in the same location as of 7pm and have been viewed by multiple observers.

This is the 6th record for BC.

Sedge Wrens near Fort St. John - Photos: Chris Coxson

Saturday, June 25, 2022

RBA: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in Pitt Meadows - June 25-July 4th

At 2:30pm on June 25-2022, Mike Klotz and Carli Gilmore found a male Chestnut-sided Warbler singing from the cottonwoods on the dyke at Catbird Slough.

Map to location HERE

The bird continues in the same spot on July 4th and has been viewed by multiple observers.

This is the 85th record for BC.

Male Chestnut-sided Warbler in Pitt Meadows - Photo: Carli Gilmore

Chestnut-sided Warbler in Pitt Meadows - Photo: Sue Flecker

Thursday, June 23, 2022

RBA: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in Kelowna - June 23rd-July 4th

At 11:45 am on June 23-2022, Benoit Hilty photographed a male Chestnut-sided Warbler at Bear Creek Provincial Park in Kelowna.

Map to exact location HERE

The bird continues HERE in the parking lot to Canyon Rim Trail at Bear Creek Provincial Park and also flies to the entrance of the campground across the street on July 4th and has been viewed by multiple observers.

This is the 84th record for BC.

Chestnut-sided Warbler in Kelowna - Photo: Mike Force



Monday, June 13, 2022

RBA: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER near Nakusp - June 12th

At 7:15 am on June 12-2022, Julia Flesaker found a Chestnut-sided Warbler at the ski and snowboard area at Summit Lake which is 18 km SE of Nakusp.

Map to location of bird HERE

This is the 83rd record for BC.

It has not been relocated, despite multiple observers looking.

Chestnut-sided Warbler in Nakusp - Photo: Julia Flesaker

Monday, June 6, 2022

RBA: INDIGO BUNTING near Quesnel - June 6th

At 8am on June 6-2022, Suzy Wright found a male Indigo Bunting with Lazuli Buntings at her home on Freeman Rd. 

The bird may be viewed from along Freeman Rd near HERE but please do not trespass.

It has not been relocated since.

Indigo Bunting near Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright
 



Sunday, June 5, 2022

RBA: SNOWY EGRET in North Cowichan - June 5-6th

At 12:30pm on June 5-2022, Luke Downs found a Snowy Egret on the Cowichan Estuary Conservation Trail in Cowichan Bay.

The bird was feeding in the slough HERE and perching in trees and has been viewed by multiple observers.

On June 6th the bird was last seen HERE in the marsh along Westcan Terminal Rd and hasn’t been seen since. 

Snowy Egret in Cowichan Bay - Photo: Nathan Hentze

Saturday, June 4, 2022

RBA: ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in Richmond - June 4th

At 12:30pm on June 4-2022, Kayne Meyers-Harris found an Ash-throated Flycatcher perched in shrubs near the pond on the pipe at Iona Regional Park.

Map to location HERE

The bird has not been relocated as of 7pm, despite multiple observers looking.

Ash-throated Flycatcher in Richmond - Photo: Kayne Meyers-Harris

RBA: 2 SCARLET TANAGERS in Vancouver - June 4-6th

At 7:25 am on June 4-2022 Ian Burgess and Brent Diakow found a male Scarlet Tanager at the upper main parking lot in a flock of Western Tanagers at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Map to location HERE

The bird has also been seen HERE near the lawn bowling area. However the main location at the upper parking lot is where it prefers most.

On June 5th, Sharon Toochin discovered a second male Scarlet Tanager at the same location. While one was being viewed at the main upper parking lot HERE a second bird was being seen and photographed at the quarry garden beneath Seasons in the Park Restaurant HERE. Then both birds were viewed together at the upper main parking lot by several observers.

On June 6th both bird continue at the original location (main upper parking lot).

**The birds were not relocated on June 7th**

**This is the 4th confirmed photographed record for BC and the 1st record for Metro Vancouver.**

Male Scarlet Tanager in Vancouver - Photo: Cole Gaerber

Male Scarlet Tanager in Vancouver - Photo: Ian Burgess

Saturday, May 28, 2022

RBA: MANX SHEARWATER in Ucluelet - May 28th

At 7am on May 28-2022, Ian Cruickshank found a Manx Shearwater flying NW 1 km out from Amphitrite Point.

He viewed the bird through his scope and described it as the following: “small shearwater with long/slender wings and noticeably snappy, fast wingbeats (a few beats at a time interspersed with long glides, of course); at distance appeared entirely clean white from throat to undertail, contrasting dark upper half to head, uniformly very dark upperwings and upperparts, underwings mostly pale but could make out dark borders. Smaller bird with quicker/snappier wingbeats than solo PFSH seen earlier today.”

Map to location HERE 

This is the 73rd record for BC.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

RBA: BROWN THRASHER in Dawson Creek - May 26th

At 2pm on May 26-2022, Steve Ogle found a Brown Thrasher at McQueen’s Slough. The bird is 250m down from the start of the main trail in the area where the trail has a small corridor of trees on both sides. The bird was singing and was viewed by all in his group.

Map to location of bird HERE

This is the 43rd record for BC.

The bird was not relocated on May 27th, despite observers looking.

Brown Thrasher in Dawson Creek - Photo: Sue Milks