Saturday, December 17, 2022

RBA: BLACK PHOEBE in Chilliwack - Dec 17-18th

At 9 am on Dec 17-2022, Benjamin Pap found a Black Phoebe flycatching and calling from the exhaust output at the west end of the barn on Jess Rd near Carey Rd.

Map to location HERE

The bird is actively flycatching and also flew across the dyke to this tree HERE

The bird was last seen in the first location on Dec 18th and was viewed by multiple observers. It has not been relocated since.

This is the 38th record for BC.

Black Phoebe in Chilliwack - Photo: Krissi Martin

Monday, December 12, 2022

RBA: BRAMBLING in Powell River - Dec 12th

At 10:30 am on Dec 12-2022, Teresa Bouchard found a Brambling in a flock of juncos in the yard of her private home in Powell River.

The home is not open to the general public and please do not go searching in the neighbourhood as it is on Tla'amin First Nations Land and is not open to the public except for invited guests. 

Please be respectful of this request and do not trespass.

The bird was not relocated on subsequent days.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

RBA: TUFTED DUCK in Duncan - Dec 11/22-March 29/23

At 9:10 am on December 11-2022, Jeremy Gatten found a male Tufted Duck at the sewage lagoons in Duncan. This is most likely the same bird that first showed up at the site in 2020.

There is no public access inside the lagoons but birders can view the bird through the fence from the elevated trail off Wharncliffe Rd that gives a good view over most of the sewage lagoon.

Map to location HERE

The bird continues in the same location on March 29th, 2023 and has been viewed by multiple observers.

Tufted Duck in Duncan - Photo: Jeremy Gatten

Friday, December 2, 2022


At 3:40pm on Dec 2-2022, Marc Sole found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at a sawmill on Field Rd in Sechelt.  He was able to photograph and videotape the bird (video below) with his cell phone.

Map to location HERE

He viewed the bird for a few mins before it flew across the street to the treed lot HERE 

This is the 25th record for BC.

The bird was not relocated on Dec 3rd, despite multiple observers looking.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Sechelt - Photo: Marc Sole