Sunday, July 14, 2019

RBA: COMMON RINGED PLOVER in Tsawwassen - July 14-16th

At 7:30pm on July 14-2019, Ilya Povalyaev, Melissa Hafting, Mike Toochin, Sharon Toochin and Richard Swanston found a SY male Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage at Beach Grove lagoon at Boundary Bay Regional Park.

The bird flew in on the mudflats at high tide and joined a small flock of Western Sandpipers. The bird was present for 30 minutes at a distance of 20m. The bird was photographed and then flew off and was not relocated before dark.

Multiple observers saw and photographed the bird on July 15th.

Map to exact location of bird HERE

Map to parking lot HERE

This is the second record for the province of BC.

***The bird was last seen in the same location on July 16th at 10:15 am. It was not seen on the evening of the 16th despite multiple observers looking.***

The bird was reported seen by a single observer with no photo on the morning of July 17th but not seen by others that day despite multiple observers looking.

*At 10:30am on July 20th there was a probable sighting of the bird off 96th St at Boundary Bay in Delta HERE (not confirmed) *

Common Ringed Plover in Delta - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Common Ringed Plover in Delta  - Photo: Peter Candido

Diagnostic lack of webbing between toes unlike in SEPL - Photo: Melissa Hafting


  1. Great find and post. Will try for it this afternoon. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great to see you, Ilya and the Common Ringed Plover last night. Worth the drive and the wait. Thanks.