Friday, November 19, 2021

RBA: BRAMBLING in Revelstoke - Nov 19th

At 1:30pm on Nov 19-2021 Darlene Cancelliere found a Brambling at the feeders in the front yard of her home at 407 Edward St. This is the second she has had in her yard over the years. 

Map to location HERE

Birders are welcome to come view the bird but please view the bird from the public street and do not enter the yard. Please do not block driveways and be respectful of neighbours.

**The bird was not relocated on Nov 20th or 21st.**

**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*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Brambling in Revelstoke - Photos: Darlene Cancelliere

RBA: EURASIAN SKYLARK in Haida Gwaii - Nov 18th

At 10am on Nov 18-2021, Margo Hearne et al. photographed an Asian subspecies of Eurasian Skylark in the pekinensis group at Mather’s Bight in Sandspit. 

Map to general 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*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Sunday, November 14, 2021

RBA: 2 ORIENTAL TURTLE-DOVES in Prince Rupert - Nov 14th

At 12:35pm on Nov 14-2021, Teresa Weismiller found 2 Oriental Turtle-Doves at her home in Prince Rupert. The birds are viewable from the front yard of 342 Alberta Place as they feed under her front yard feeder. She took the photos in a rainstorm through her window.

Please view the birds from the public street.

Map to location HERE

*The birds flew off at 2:30pm on Nov 14th and haven’t been relocated on Nov 15th thus far.*

*Please be respectful of private property and do not block driveways or point cameras at private homes.*

This is the 5th record for BC (if accepted).

**Multiple photos of these birds were sent off to experts in Japan and Thailand including to Wich’yanan Limparungpattanakij author of the Birds of Thailand who confirmed they were pure Oriental Turtle-Doves and not hybrids.**

**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*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Oriental Turtle-Doves in Prince Rupert - Photos: Teresa Weismiller


Thursday, November 4, 2021

RBA: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in Kelowna - Nov 4-22nd

At 9 am on Nov 4-2021, Huw Williams found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in a Black-capped Chickadee flock at Munson Pond. The bird was seen off the viewing platform near the parking area.

Map to first location HERE

The bird was still present in the SE corner of Munson Pond HERE and was viewed by multiple observers.

The bird continues HERE behind the nearby school on Nov 22nd and has been viewed by multiple observers.

This is the 24th 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*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Kelowna - Photo: Chris Charlesworth

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Kelowna - Photo: Ian Walker

Monday, October 18, 2021

RBA: WHITE WAGTAIL in Haida Gwaii - Oct 18-29th

At 10:35 am on Oct 18-2021, Paul Levesque and Christine Rock found a White Wagtail in Queen Charlotte City. The bird was flycatching from the roof of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans building at 137 Bay St. It was also seen foraging along the beach near the same building. The bird has an injury to its right foot but doesn’t seem too affected by it.

The bird was last seen by them at 11:35am in the same area that day.

The bird was not relocated on Oct 19th.

At 3pm on Oct 22nd Paul Levesque relocated the bird at the same location. The bird was foraging for insects on the roof of the DFO building and on the ground at the adjacent baseball diamond.

Map to location HERE

The bird was last seen in the same location on Oct 29th and was viewed by multiple observers.

The bird was not relocated on Oct 30th or 31st.

This is the 17th 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*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

White Wagtail in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Carey Bergman

White Wagtail in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Paul Levesque 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

RBA: SLATY-BACKED GULL in Campbell River - Sept 28-30th

At 10 am on Sept 28-2021, Keith Matthieu found and photographed an adult Slaty-backed Gull as it sat on the beach near the Ken Forde Boat Launch at Willow Point Estuary.

The bird was present in the area as of 12:56pm and was viewed by multiple observers before it flew south. 

Map to location HERE

On Sept 30-2021, the bird was relocated by Jack Bindernagel at Oyster Bay and was viewed by multiple observers. It has not been relocated since.

Map to location HERE

This is the 85th 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*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Slaty-backed Gull in Campbell River - Photos: Keith Matthieu

RBA: ORCHARD ORIOLE in Metchosin - Sept 28th

At 7:35am on Sept 28-2021, David Bell banded a female Orchard Oriole at Rocky Point Bird Observatory in Metchosin. The bird was still present near the banding station as of 12:15pm before flying east.

This location is not open to the public.

This is the 10th record for BC.

Female Orchard Oriole in Metchosin - Photo: David Bell

Monday, September 27, 2021

RBA: SNOWY PLOVER in Tofino - Sept 27th

At 1pm on Sept 27-2021, Ian Cruickshank found a Snowy Plover on the upper part of Comber's Beach. The bird was located 300m SE of the Sandhill Creek Mouth in Pacific Rim National Park near Tofino.

**Note it is impossible and dangerous to wade across this creek at high tide. At high tide it is best to access this location from the Wick Beach parking lot rather than the Comber's Beach parking lot.**

Map to location HERE

This is the 34th 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*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Snowy Plover in Tofino - Photos: Ian Cruickshank

Saturday, September 25, 2021

RBA: MANX SHEARWATER near Port McNeill - Sept 24th

At 6:30pm on Sept 24-2021, Jared Towers found a Manx Shearwater at Bold Head in Blackfish Sound near Swanson Island.

Map to location HERE.

This is the 68th record for BC.

Manx Shearwater near Port McNeill - Photos: Jared Towers

Monday, September 13, 2021

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE in Abbotsford - Sept 10-24th

At 9:45am on Sept 10-2021, Susan Fennellow found a Black Phoebe at McDonald Park in Abbotsford. 

Map to location HERE

The bird was last seen in the same location on Sept 24th and was viewed by multiple observers. It was not seen on Sept 25th. 

This is the 34th 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*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Black Phoebe in Abbotsford - Photo: Neal Doan

Black Phoebe in Abbotsford - Photo: Mark McAnally