Friday, July 29, 2022

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE in Richmond - July 29th

At 10 am on July 29-2022, Craig Huish found a juvenile Black Phoebe sitting on the south jetty (on the north side) at marker 75 at Iona Regional Park in Richmond.

Map to approximate location HERE

This is the 35th record for BC.

The bird has not been relocated since.

Black Phoebe in Richmond - Photo: Craig Huish



Sunday, July 24, 2022

RBA: NAZCA BOOBY in Victoria - July 23-24th

At 6:22pm on July 23-2022, Tasli Shaw found a Nazca Booby off Victoria while driving a whale watching vessel for Ocean Ecoadventures. The bird seems to be the same bird photographed in Seattle, WA on July 20th due to the distinctive plumage since it is a subadult. Tasli watched the Nazca Booby circling and sitting on the water at the south end of Trial Island for 8 minutes before she saw it fly SE at a rapid pace. She followed it as it flew SE for 5 mins until it was out of sight. She was able to obtain video documentation and photographs of the bird as well.

Map to location of where she saw the Nazca Booby HERE

At 4:12pm the Nazca Booby was relocated by Orion Giles and was photographed sitting on a log HERE off Race Rocks. It is not viewable from land and a boat is required to access this spot.

At 7:06pm the bird was photographed sitting on a log HERE by another whale watching captain Matt Stolmeier. This location is 4 nautical miles from the original observation. 

The bird was not relocated on July 25th, despite multiple observers looking.

This is the 3rd confirmed record for BC.

Nazca Booby in Victoria - Photos: Matt Stolmeier

Video by Tasli Shaw:


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

RBA: LITTLE GULL in Newgate - July 18th

At 12:30 pm pm July 18-2022, Michael Bentley and Neal Hutchinson found a Little Gull in Newgate near the Montana border. The gull was resting on an island on Gold Bay on Lake Koocanusa. They viewed the bird until 1:40pm when they left.

The bird was not relocated on July 20th.

Map to location HERE

This is the 101st record for BC and therefore will no longer will be reported on the main page going forward. It is the 1st record for the East Kootenays.

Little Gull in Newgate - Photos: Neal Hutchinson 

Monday, July 18, 2022

RBA: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER in Lardeau - July 18th

At 9:30am on July 18-2022, Margaret Murphy found a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at her home on 5th Ave near Main Street in Lardeau. 

At 11:30am the bird was relocated along Main Street by Marlene Johnston but has not been relocated since posting time despite multiple observers looking. 

Map to location of initial sighting HERE

This is the 38th record for BC.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Lardeau - Photos: Marlene Johnston


Monday, July 4, 2022

RBA: 2 SEDGE WRENS CONFIRMED BREEDING near Fort St. John - July 4-12th

At 4:15 am on July 4-2022, Chris Coxson found 2 Sedge Wrens singing in the marsh across the parking lot from Watson Slough. He viewed both birds at the same time.The birds were present during his entire visit until 7am. He was able to obtain photos and audio. 

1 bird was found at the same location in 2019. Watson Slough is 30 mins from Fort St. John on Highway 29 towards Hudson’s Hope.

If birders travel through the marsh please be careful of trampling the habitat as the birds are nesting there and Yellow Rails do as well. Please do not use playback on these nesting birds.

Map to location HERE

At 2:30pm Christopher Di Corrado reported that he had 3 Sedge Wrens at once. 

On July 7-2022 Bill Beadle got video documentation showing a Sedge Wren carrying food confirming a first breeding record for BC.

Video by Bill Beadle below:


At least 2 adult birds continue in the same location on July 12th and have been viewed by multiple observers.

This is the 6th record for BC.

Sedge Wrens near Fort St. John - Photos: Chris Coxson

Sunday, July 3, 2022

RBA: MANX SHEARWATER and SCRIPPS'S MURRELET off the Brooks Peninsula (West Coast of Vancouver Island) - July 3rd

At 1:30pm on July 3rd, 2022, Guy Monty and Bernard Schroeder found and photographed a Manx Shearwater while doing bird surveys for the government in the Brooks Peninsula near Ououkinsh Canyon.

Map to location of sighting HERE

This is the 74th record for BC and due to increasing multi annual numbers will no longer be published on the main page. 

At 2pm on July 3rd, 2022 Guy Monty also spotted a single Scripps's Murrelet during the same survey. He was not able to photograph the bird but described it well.

Map to location of sighting HERE

This is the 37th record for BC.