Wednesday, December 23, 2020

RBA: COMMON POCHARD in Parksville -March 23-Feb 16th

*On March 23-2020, Warren Cronan photographed a Female Common Pochard at Morningstar Golf Course in Parksville, this was not discovered until Dec 4, 2023.*

At 11 am on December 23-2020, Mike Yip found a female Common Pochard at Morningstar Golf Course in Parksville. The bird was in the main pond off Morningstar Drive. 

Map to exact location HERE

The bird was viewed until 4:30pm by multiple observers.

This is the first record for BC and first accepted record for Canada. The legs on this bird were unbanded.

This follows a recent record of a male in November, 2020 in Victoria.

The bird was not been relocated on Dec 24th, despite multiple observers looking.

On Feb 11-2021, John Purves relocated the female Common Pochard at the same location and multiple observers saw the bird.

**The bird was last seen in the same location on Feb 16th, but was not relocated on Feb 17th**

*As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing 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*

***There is a public health order effective now until Feb 6, 2021 restricting non-essential travel from your local health region to anywhere in the province or elsewhere in Canada. It also requires you to limit those you gather with to your core bubble. You can read it HERE***

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

Common Pochard in Parksville - Photos: Mike Yip

1 comment:

  1. Nice! It'll be well when the COVID is under control here in the States, so that we 'Mericans can come visit your great birds!!