Wednesday, July 28, 2021

RBA: MANX SHEARWATER near Port Hardy - July 28th

At 9am on July 28-2021, Evan Larson found and photographed a Manx Shearwater as it flew by the fishing charter he was on. He viewed the bird for twenty seconds as it quickly disappeared west.

Map to location of where he saw the bird HERE

Proper photos to come.

This is the 65th record for BC.

Manx Shearwater off Port Hardy - Photos: Evan Larson





Wednesday, July 21, 2021

RBA: INDIGO BUNTING in Coquitlam - July 21-28th

At 10:30 am on July 21-2021, Graham Sunderland found a male Indigo Bunting by the yellow gate and works yard at Colony Farm.

Map to location HERE

The bird continues in the same location on July 28th and has been viewed by multiple observers.

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Indigo Bunting in Coquitlam - Photos: Melissa Hafting

Friday, July 16, 2021

RBA: ORIENTAL TURTLE-DOVE in Prince Rupert - July 15th

At 6:20pm on July 15-2021, Ken Wright photographed an Oriental Turtle-Dove at Seal Cove in Prince Rupert. The bird was first identified as a Eurasian Collared-Dove, hence the delay in getting the word out.

Map to location of bird HERE

This is the 4th record for BC

*Multiple local birders went out to look for the bird on July 16th and 17th but could not relocate it.*

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Oriental Turtle-Dove in Prince Rupert - Photo: Ken Wright 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

RBA: COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD in Delta - June 12th (late report)

At 1pm on June 12-2021, Mark Rubensohn photographed a female Costa’s Hummingbird that stopped briefly at the feeder near the house pond at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. The bird was initially misidentified as an Anna’s. The bird was confirmed as well by hummingbird expert Sheri Williamson.  

Map to location HERE

The bird has not been photographed or reported at the location since June 12th.

This is the 32nd record for BC.

Female Costa’s Hummingbird in Delta - Photos: Mark Rubensohn

Monday, July 12, 2021

RBA: TRICOLORED HERON in Cowichan Bay - July 12th

At 7am on July 12-2021, Ken Thorne and Len Van Driel found and photographed a Tricolored Heron at the Cowichan Bay Estuary. 

Ken asked me not to post the exact location as he does not want the bird inundated with people and the rural area inundated with traffic. The bird was found on public property and birders should search the three trails into Cowichan Bay Estuary. If the bird is refound by others a location will be posted.

This is a 1st record for BC.

The bird has not been refound, despite multiple observers looking all around the area.

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Tricolored Heron in Cowichan Bay - Photos: Ken Thorne

Monday, July 5, 2021

RBA: WOOD SANDPIPER in Victoria - July 5-9th

At 9:30 am on July 5-2021, Geoffrey Newell found an adult Wood Sandpiper in the SW quadrant of Panama Flats in Victoria. The bird can disappear for length periods of time in the vegetation.

Map to location HERE

The bird was last seen in the same spot in the SW quadrant but has also seen in the NE quadrant on July 9th and was viewed by multiple observers.

*The last photographed confirmed sighting was on July 9th.*

This is the 3rd record for BC.

A news story on the bird can be found HERE

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Wood Sandpiper in Victoria - Photo: Liam Singh

Wood Sandpiper in Victoria - Photo: Mike Tabak

Wood Sandpiper in Victoria - Photo: Emma Reader-Lee

Wood Sandpiper in Victoria - Photo: Geoffrey Newell

Sunday, July 4, 2021

RBA: GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE in Colwood - July 4-19th

At 1:30pm on July 4-2021, Denis Shumeyko found and photographed a female Great-tailed Grackle at Esquimalt Lagoon. The bird was foraging along the water on the ocean side and also on the freshwater lagoon side but flies back and forth to both sides.

Map to location HERE

The bird was seen in the same location across from the food trucks as of 5pm.

The bird was last seen on July 19th by the bridge HERE on the lagoon side and and was viewed by multiple observers.

This is the 7th record for BC.

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Great-tailed Grackle in Colwood - Photo: Warren Lee

Great-tailed Grackle in Colwood - Photo: Geoffrey Newell

RBA: INDIGO BUNTING in Wardner - July 4-28th

At 9 am on July 4-2021, Alan Barnard found a male Indigo Bunting in bushes around an old barn at the corner of Ha Ha Creek Rd and Howell Rd.

The bird continues on July 28th and has been viewed by several observers.

Map to location HERE

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 meters apart when viewing any birds on this list during this time. Please follow all public health directives during this pandemic (including not birding in groups, please wear a mask if you are unable to social distance). The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

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Male Indigo Bunting in Wardner - Photo: Bobby Dailey

Male Indigo Bunting in Wardner - Photo: Alan Barnard

Video of Indigo Bunting in Wardner by Bobby Dailey

Saturday, June 26, 2021

RBA: 2 DICKCISSELS in Nakusp - June 26-30th

At 6:10am on June 26th-2021, Julia Flesaker found 2 different Dickcissels sitting on a wire on Brouse Loup Rd near the road entrance to Brouse Creek B &B in Brouse (near Nakusp).

Map to location HERE

This is the 31st record for BC.

*One of the birds continue HERE near the previous location on June 30th.*

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2 different Dickcissels in Nakusp - Photos: Julia Flesaker

Monday, June 21, 2021

RBA: DICKCISSEL in Edgewood - June 21st

At 7:30 am on June 21-2021, Gary Davidson and Catherine McLean found a male Dickcissel on Ferret Rd in Edgewood.

Map to location HERE

The bird continues in the same location as of 4pm and has been viewed by multiple observers.

This is the 30th record for BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 meters apart when viewing any birds on this list during this time. Please follow all public health directives during this pandemic (including not birding in groups, please wear a mask if you are unable to social distance). The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

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Dickcissel in Edgewood - Photo: Gary Davidson