Saturday, September 24, 2022

RBA: HAWAIIAN PETREL off Cape Scott, Vancouver Island - Sept 18th (Late Report)

At 9:05 am on Sept 18-2022, Mark Wynja and Mike Toochin spotted a Hawaiian Petrel 34 nautical miles WSW of Cape Scott, while aboard the MS. Eurodam Holland America cruise ship. The bird was travelling north parallel to the ship, allowing for good looks by scope, for several minutes, before flying off west. Other observers on board were able to get on the bird as well but it was too distant for photos. Mike Toochin has extensive experience with this species, having seen several in North America.

Map to location of bird HERE

This is the 6th record for BC.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

RBA: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in Harrison Hot Springs - Sept 22nd

At 9:50am on Sept 22, 2022 Gord Gadsden found and photographed an immature/female-type Chestnut-sided Warbler at East Sector Lands Park in Harrison Hot Springs.

The bird was along the gravel part of McPherson Rd at the east end of East Sector Park.

Map to location HERE

This is the 86th record for BC.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

RBA: LARK BUNTING in Victoria - Sept 20th

At 6:25pm on Sept 20-2022, Marie O’Shaughnessy found a Lark Bunting feeding on the ground in the enclosed fenced plant restoration area with Savannah Sparrows at Cattle Point. After watching it for 20 mins she last saw it fly towards the boat launch.

*After reviewing photos Gordon Hart noticed he photographed the bird at 10:30am on the rocky area by the boat ramp HERE as did Martha Keller at 12:50pm*

This is the 40th record for BC.

Map to first location HERE

*The bird was not relocated on Sept 21st, despite multiple observers looking.*

Lark Bunting in Victoria - Photos: Marie O’Shaughnessy

Friday, September 2, 2022

RBA: CURLEW SANDPIPER in Delta - Sept 2-7th

At 1:30pm on Sept 2-2022, Melissa Hafting found a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Boundary Bay.

The bird was halfway between 104-112th St. feeding in the seaweed with Baird’s Sandpipers close to the dyke.

Map to location HERE

This is the 17th record for BC.

The bird was last seen at 5:45pm on Sept 2nd and was viewed by multiple observers before being flushed by a Peregrine Falcon. It was last seen flying towards 112th St. where it was not relocated.

The bird was not found on Sept 3.

At 2:35pm on Sept 4th, the bird was relocated by Melissa Hafting HERE and was also seen HERE between 104-112th St.

The bird was last seen in the same location at 5:45pm on Sept 4th and was viewed by multiple observers.

The bird was last seen on Sept 7th in the same general location as previous reports (between 104-112th St) and has been viewed by multiple observers.

The bird was not seen on Sept 8th or 9th, despite multiple observers looking.

Curlew Sandpiper in Delta - Photo: Ilya Povalyaev

Curlew Sandpiper in Delta - Photo: Dave Beeke
Curlew Sandpiper in Delta - Photo: Melissa Hafting