Sunday, May 31, 2020

RBA: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in Saanich - May 31st

At 8:45am on May 31-2020, Carl Hughes found a male Chestnut-sided Warbler halfway down Lohbrunner Rd. here where the Easteen Phoebe had been sighted.

The warbler eventually moved to some oak trees at 4368 Lochside Drive where it was singing until 10:45am.

Map to last location HERE

Multiple observers got to see the bird.

The bird was not relocated thus far on June 1st.

This is the 77th record for BC.

*As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for this bird. 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.*


Chestnut-sided Warbler in Saanich - Photo: Carl Hughes

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

RBA: SNOWY PLOVER in Tofino - May 26th

On May 26-2020, Adrian Dorst and Ian Cruickshank both found the same Snowy Plover independently on a beach in Tofino.

The exact location will be kept off the RBA because it is CLOSED to the public and the city of Tofino DOES NOT want any outside visitors at this time due to COVID-19. 

Snowy Plover in Tofino - Photo: Adrian Dorst

Sunday, May 24, 2020

RBA: 3 WHITE-FACED IBIS in Surrey - May 18-26th

At 3:30 pm on May 18-2020, young birder Katya Kondratyuk found 3 White-faced Ibis feeding in the ponds at Serpentine Fen. She went back at 6:30pm on May 24th with her camera and found them feeding in the same location across from the second viewing tower. The birds are best viewed from the viewing tower.

The birds continued in the same location as of May 26th.

Map to exact location HERE

This is the 56th record for BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for this bird. 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.*

White-faced Ibis in Surrey - Photos: Katya Kondratyuk

Saturday, May 23, 2020

RBA: ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in Osoyoos - May 23-24th

At 5:20 pm on May 23-2020, Lucie Parker found an Ash-throated Flycatcher in Osoyoos. The bird was flycatching from saskatoon and sagebrush bushes. She watched it for 5 mins before it flew off in a westerly direction and she could not relocate it. It likely could still be in the area since they can be skulky.

*The bird was relocated by Nathan Earley in the same location (see map link) at 7am on May 24th but has not been seen since, despite multiple observers looking.*

Map to location HERE

Directions: Look for the "Important Habitat" enclosure and there are cliffs just south of that enclosure where the bird was.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for this bird. 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.*

Ash-throated Flycatcher in Osoyoos - Photos: Lucie Parker

Friday, May 22, 2020

RBA: WHITE-FACED IBIS in Chilliwack - May 22

At 4:30pm on May 22-2020, Dave Beeke found a single White-faced Ibis in a field near the railway tracks near Prest Rd in Chilliwack.

Map to location HERE

Please do not trespass on any private farm land.

This is the 55th record for the province of BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for this bird. 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.**

White-faced Ibis in Chilliwack - Photo: Dave Beeke

RBA: 7 WHITE-FACED IBIS in Creston - May 22nd

At 10:15 am on May 22-2020 Steve Ogle saw 7 White-faced Ibis flying south over him HERE on Swan Rd near the Kootenay River in Creston. He did not see them land.

The birds may land near the area or across the border in the US but as of yet have not been relocated.

This is the 54th record for the province of BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for these birds. 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.**




RBA: WHITE-FACED IBIS in Squamish - May 22-23rd

At 8 am on May 22-2020, Jimmy Abbott found a single White-faced Ibis HERE at the Squamish River Estuary; off 3rd Ave where the railway tracks meet the Squamish Terminals Port entrance.

The bird is still present as of May 23rd and has been viewed by multiple observers.

This is the 53rd record for the province of BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for this bird. 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.**

White-faced Ibis in Squamish - Photo: Jimmy Abbott
White-faced Ibis in Squamish - Photo: Christopher Di Corrado

A beautiful video of the bird by Chris Dale can be viewed below:



Wednesday, May 20, 2020

RBA: WHITE-FACED IBIS in Fernie - May 19-21st

At 6:10 pm on May 19-2020, Ryan Schultz photographed a single White-faced Ibis as it flew north over him while he was at Maiden Lake in Fernie. The bird circled over the lake for awhile and he last saw it flying north over Maiden Lake at 7:18 pm.

Map to first location HERE

***At 3pm on May 20-2020, the Ibis was relocated in a grassy field HERE and was viewed by multiple observers. The bird was last seen in the same location at 1pm on May 21st.

This is the 52nd record for BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for this bird. 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.**

White-faced Ibis in Fernie - Photos: Ryan Schultz



Sunday, May 17, 2020

RBA: PROTHONOTARY WARBLER in Osoyoos - May 17th

At 11:30am on May 17-2020, Nathan Earley found and photographed a male Prothonotary Warbler in Osoyoos near Road 22. The bird was foraging and singing in the bushes near the water where the oxbows meet the dyke.

Map to location HERE.

The bird was last seen in the same location and was singing at 4pm and was been viewed by multiple observers on May 17th.

It was not relocated on May 18th, despite multiple observers looking.

This is the 10th record for the province of BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for this bird. 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.**

Male Prothonotary Warbler in Osoyoos - Photo: Kathryn Milligan
Male Prothonotary Warbler in Osoyoos - Photo: Nathan Earley





Thursday, May 14, 2020

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE in Kelowna - May 14-15th

At 4:30 pm on May 14-2020, Michael Force found a Black Phoebe at the north side of Carney Pond in Kelowna. 

The bird was last seen May 15th and was viewed by multiple observers.

The bird was not relocated on May 16th, despite multiple observers looking.

Map to location HERE

This is the 29th record for the province of BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for this bird. 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.**

Black Phoebe in Kelowna - Photo: David Bell
Black Phoebe in Kelowna - Photo: Michael Force