Saturday, May 31, 2014


Some great seabirding yet again from Paul Lehman, scanning the Pacific waters off the west coast from the comfort of cruise ship(s)....

May 25:

Laysan Albatross:  263 km WSW of La Push  (47.168-169, 127.950-948)
Murphy's Petrel (photo'd):  261 km WSW of La Push or 260 km SW of 
Tofino  (47.226-228, 127.970-971)

Hawaiian Petrel:  242 km SW of Tofino  (47.503, 128.099)

On 26 May, we had:

BRITISH COLUMBIA2 Horned Puffins:  96 km SW of w. end Vancouver Is.  (50.033, 129.302)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Kite invasion continues?

Jody McBlain reports a WHITE-TAILED KITE hunting on their farm in Canyon, BC (just south of Creston) for 3 consecutive days (May 19, 20, 21) . More specifically this was along 40th Street, off Canyon Lister Rd. Will post more info if the bird continues.

**May 27--White-tailed Kite seen flying north over Vaseux Lake boardwalk, Okanagan Falls (Ted Hillary)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May 21--White-faced Ibis in Revelstoke

This morning around 10:40am, Catherine Craig saw a White-faced Ibis near Cartier Point (south of Revelstoke airport). Around 11am Michael Morris coincidentally re-sighted it on a pond at the airport itself but it took off and was last seen flying north.

Monday, May 19, 2014

RBA: WHITE-TAILED KITE near Williams Lake - May 18th

At 10:30am on May 18-2018, Phil Ranson found a White-tailed Kite on Mission Road in 150 Mile House. The bird was hunting throughout the day over fields and was viewed by multiple observers until at least 6pm.

Map to last known location HERE

It was not relocated on May 19th.

White-tailed Kite in Williams Lake - Photos: Phil Ranson

Sunday, May 18, 2014

May 17--Black-throated Sparrow in Osoyoos

Doug Brown found a singing Black-throated Sparrow in the arid sage hills of the Osoyoos West Bench. This is an area where he and others have had the species several times before. If this or other birds become reliable, watch for updates here.

This area is accessed by driving through the subdivision directly south of the Osoyoos Golf Course (Fairwinds Drive etc).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 14--*60+* WHITE-FACED IBIS near Cranbrook!

From Chris N on the East Kootenay yahoo group:

"Had an amazing experience tonight.  Back at Bummer's Flats this evening.  Paddling upstream from the boat launch, came across a pair of cormorants standing on a log at the water's edge.  Assume they were the double crested.  On our way back to the launch, I looked downstream and there was a large flock of birds coming up river.  at a distance thought it was a big flock of Canada geese.  As they got closer I realized it was something different.  Ended up a flock of just over 60 white-faced ibis flew right over top us.  Sunlight was perfect to see the chocolate brown body, green wings, and of course the long bill.  fantastic site and we got extremely close."

Bummer Flats is a complex of wetlands along the Columbia River just north of Fort Steele. Will post more info as it comes.

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 11--BAR-TAILED GODWIT near Port McNeill

Peter Curtis photographed this Bar-tailed Godwit (right) on the Cluxewe Estuary (NW of Port McNeill) on May 11th. It was in the company of a Long-billed Curlew (also a rare bird for the upper island, particularly this late in the season). Juvenile 'Barwits' are nearly annual in fall on the BC coast but spring birds are few and far between!

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 11--Laysan Albatross off Ucluelet

Hi all,

I've just returned to the Alberni Valley after a very enjoyable Ucluelet pelagic organized by WildResearch BC. Highlight was a single LAYSAN ALBATROSS that stayed with the boat for over 15 minutes--it was also our first albatross of the day!

Laysan Albatross (Photo: Catherine Jardine)
Laysan showing upperside (Photo: Catherine Jardine)

For WildResearch's full report, click HERE.

*Note that the trip list is still being adjusted a bit as have 80+ birders on board can lead to a range of species lists and totals at times.

Russ Cannings

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Late report: BLACK PHOEBE (Apr 10-11)

From Adrian Dorst:

"I just found out today about another Black Phoebe sighting for the west coast. It was seen on two consecutive days in April, on the 10th and 11th, at the Millstream subdivision northwest of Ucluelet by Ewen and Barbara Brittain... There have been a number of rare flycatchers sighted at that location over the years including Ash-throated Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Tropical Kingbird."

This is the 19th record for BC.

Friday, May 2, 2014

April 27--WHITE-TAILED KITE near Kamloops

**May 3--Possibly the same bird was seen by Ted Hillary at Salmon Arm Bay!

Original post:

Photo'd by Noreen Sadiwnyk

April 27--"It was on the Chase - Pritchard road north of the South Thompson River approximately 2 -3 kilometers passed the Neskonlith Lake turnoff. It was hunting in open fields ( near where the long billed curlews regularly nest close to the Wolf Creek Ranch)."

This location is between Chase and Kamloops.

*Has not been relocated since*