Saturday, October 29, 2022

RBA: BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER in Fort St. John - Oct 29-Nov 4th

On October 29-2022, Kenneth Lane photographed a male Black-throated Blue Warbler at his private home on 118a Ave in Fort St. John.

The bird was last seen on Nov 4th and was viewed by multiple observers. It was not seen on Nov 5th.

The home is open to the public. Please contact the RBA for the address and instructions on viewing.

Black-throated Blue Warbler in Fort St. John - Photos: Kenneth Lane

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE in Abbotsford - Oct 25th (late report)

On Oct 25th Elisha Miller found a Black Phoebe that was hawking insects from a fence near a manure pile on private property on Arnold Rd near Vye Rd.

Map to location HERE

This is the 37th record for BC.

Elisha was not able to get a photo but did obtain a recording you can listen to below:

Monday, October 24, 2022

RBA: 2 EURASIAN SKYLARK in Ucluelet - Oct 24-31st

At 4:35pm on Oct 24-2022, Ian Cruickshank found a (presumed due to location) Asian subspecies of Eurasian Skylark (in the pekinensis group) in Ucluelet. 

The bird was flushed at a distance of 30-40m from the grass field at the end of the spit. He recorded the bird calling and got some video of the bird in flight. He watched it circle a few times and then watched it drop down into the grass where he lost it but presumed it was still there.

Map to location HERE

On October 25th-2022, Sam and Craig Cameron saw 2 birds at the site.

On Oct 28th-2022, Ian Cruickshank also confirmed he viewed 2 birds at the same location. Adrian Dorst was able to photograph both birds as well.

**The birds were last seen in the same location on Oct 31st. They were not relocated on Nov 4-2022.**

2 Eurasian Skylarks in Ucluelet - Photos: Adrian Dorst

A recording taken by Ian Cruickshank of one of the birds can be heard below:

Saturday, October 8, 2022

RBA: ACORN WOODPECKER in Ladner - October 8-11th

At 2pm on October 8-2022, Anne Murray and Iris Wong found a male Acorn Woodpecker at Ladner Harbour Park near the marina.

Map to location HERE

The bird was present as of 6:20 pm and was  viewed by multiple observers. 

It was last seen across the river HERE on a bare snag. The bird flies back and forth to both locations so best to check both spots.

The bird was last seen frequenting both of the same locations above on Oct 11th and was viewed by multiple observers.

**The bird was not relocated on Oct 12th, despite multiple observers looking.**

This is the 13th record for BC and 2nd record for Metro Vancouver.

Male Acorn Woodpecker in Delta - Photos: Iris Wong

Sunday, October 2, 2022

RBA: EURASIAN SKYLARK in Haida Gwaii - Oct 2-3rd

At 10:30 am on Oct 2-2022 James Bradley found a Asian subspecies of Eurasian Skylark (in the pekinensis group) at Sandspit Airport. The bird was foraging in grass at the NW end of the airfield near a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Nathan Hentze and Ian Cruickshank also got to view the bird shortly after. The bird was still present as of 4pm and was viewed by other birders.

At 11:30am on Oct 3-2022,  Paul Levesque relocated the bird in the same spot.  He believes he viewed 2 birds.

Map to location HERE

The bird was not relocated on Oct 4th, despite multiple observers looking.

Eurasian Skylark in Haida Gwaii - Photos: Ian Cruickshank
Eurasian Skylark in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Carey Bergman