Sunday, December 17, 2023

RBA: PINYON JAY in West Vancouver - Oct 27/23-Jan 29/24

At 2:30pm on Dec 16-2023, Michelle Baudais, Sigal Blay and Masahito Yamada found a Pinyon Jay on Sinclair St in West Vancouver during the Vancouver Christmas Bird Count. The bird also has been sighted on a feeder at the corner of Inglewood Ave and 20th St, and west towards 21st St.

Map to locations it has been seen at HERE, HERE and HERE

On Dec 17/23-Jan 29/24, the bird continued and was viewed by several observers at the same spots loosely in the company of Steller’s Jays.

**A homeowner Gillian Shipman has photographed the bird at her feeder on Sinclair St since Oct 27th.**

**Please be respectful of private residences in the area and do not illegally park or block driveways.**

The bird has not been relocated since Jan 29-2024, despite multiple observers looking.

This is the second record for BC.

Pinyon Jay in West Vancouver - Photos: Danielle Cooper

Sunday, December 10, 2023

RBA: BRAMBLING in Kitimat - Dec 10/23- Feb 25/24

At 10:30am on Dec 10-2023, April MacLeod found a Brambling at her home in Kitimat. 

The home is open to the public and is located at 72 Skeena Street

Map to location HERE

On Dec 11th, the bird continued at the same location at dawn and was also seen HERE by multiple observers at 11:15 am behind Skeena Street in a tall Cottonwood tree along the Creek with some Red-winged Blackbirds and American Robins.

On Feb 25th, the bird continued at April’s home.

Please be respectful of private residences in the area and do not block driveways.

Brambling in Kitimat - Photos: April MacLeod

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

RBA: GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL in Penticton, Vernon, and Kelowna - Dec 6/23-Feb 29/24

At 11:40 am on Dec 6- 2023, Chris Charlesworth and Ryan Tomlinson found a first year Great Black-backed Gull on the beach of Okanagan Lake in Penticton. The bird was sitting on the beach with 1 second-year Lesser Black-backed Gull directly across from the Spanish Villa Resort.

Map to location HERE

The bird continued in Penticton on Dec 12th and has been viewed by multiple observers.

On Dec 14/23-Jan 1/24 and January 4, 7, 9-10/24 the bird continued at the mouth of Vernon Creek on Okanagan Lake HERE. On Dec 20th it was seen at MacKay Reservoir in Vernon. On January 2 & 3/24 it was seen on the dock at Maude-Roxby Bird Sanctuary in Kelowna, and on January 6 it was seen at Bredin Pond at the Kelowna Landfill.

On January 18-24, the bird was seen on the dock at Maude-Roxby Bird Sanctuary in Kelowna.

On Jan 25-Feb 29, the bird was seen back at the mouth of Vernon Creek and Kin Beach in Vernon on Okanagan Lake in Vernon.

This is the 4th confirmed photographed record for BC.

Great Black-backed Gull in Penticton - Photos: Chris Charlesworth

Monday, December 4, 2023

RBA: COOK'S PETREL in Port Coquitlam - Dec 28/2022 (LATE REPORT)

On Dec 28, 2022 a female Cook's Petrel was found alive (but grounded) at 2110 Rowland Street, Port Coquitlam. The bird was discovered by a member of the public and taken to the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC. Upon receipt of the bird, they immediately observed that it was severely emaciated. Despite their best efforts, the bird's condition failed to improve and the bird was humanely euthanized on Dec 31st.


After the bird was euthanized, it was transported to the Canadian Wildlife Service office in Delta. At a later point, it was necropsied by a Veterinarian from the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Animal Health Centre at the Beatty Museum. The necropsy determined the sex (female) and that there was no evidence of trauma. It is believed that the bird's grounding was due to its extreme emaciation/weakened condition. After the Veterinarian finished the necropsy, the bird was sent to the Collections Curator, Cowan Tetrapod Collection, UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum.


The measurements of the bird are as follows:

Weight: 120 g
Wingspan: 69.9 cm
Wing chord: 22.3 cm
Tail Length: 8.6 cm
Total body length: 30.8 cm
Tarsus length: 3.347 cm
Culmen length: 2.581 cm

The bird was sent to several seabird experts including Steve Howell and Michael Force who confirmed the ID and ruled out Pycroft's Petrel.

This is the second confirmed photographed record for BC. The other bird hit a window in Lillooet on Dec 4, 2007.

Cook’s Petrel in Burnaby - Photos: Wildlife Rescue Association of BC

Friday, December 1, 2023

RBA: TUFTED DUCK in Duncan - Dec 1/23-Feb 25/24

On Dec 1-2023, Jeremy Gatten found the returning male Tufted Duck at the Duncan Sewage Lagoons. This is likely the same bird that he first found 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 on February 25, 2024 and has been viewed by multiple observers. 

Tufted Duck in Duncan - Photo: Heather Tocher

Tufted Duck in Duncan - Photo: Jeremy Gatten

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

RBA: BAIKAL TEAL in Sarita - Nov 28th

At 3pm on Nov 28-2023, Andrew Westerhof found a probable immature male Baikal Teal at the mouth of Carnation Creek. The bird was with 7 Green-winged Teals. The bird is in eclipse plumage moulting into alternate. 

Distinguishing a hybrid in this plumage would be very hard until the bird acquired its proper adult plumage. However, the general shape, face pattern including dark behind, below and in front of the eye, leg colour and apparent colouration are seemingly to be coming in correctly. The under-tail coverts look good for Baikal Teal and the white on the trailing edge of the wing is broad and conspicuous, as it should be in this species and the speculum is also consistent with Baikal Teal.

Map to location HERE

This bird is located on private gated land at a Coho Research station that is not accessible to the public. The locked gate is several kms from where the bird was seen so birders cannot even view it through the gate.

The only way to get near to the area is by boat but please note the estuary is very shallow so even a boat would likely not get close enough in order to see the bird. Note also no boat rentals are available near to the area at this time of year.

Birders may want to check Sarita Estuary HERE (about 10 kms away) in case the bird moves there but they must seek permission from the Huu-hay-aht First Nations to walk on the land. 

Multiple experts in Asia have confirmed this to be a bird pure in their opinions. 

If confirmed and accepted by the BRC, this would be the 3rd accepted record for BC.

The bird has was not relocated on Nov 29th or Nov 30th.

Probable Baikal Teal in Bamfield - Photos: Andrew Westerhof 

Monday, November 27, 2023

RBA: DICKCISSEL in Prince Rupert - Nov 27/23-Feb 20/24

At 1:30pm on November 27-2023, Teresa Weismiller found a male Dickcissel in a flock of House Sparrows coming to a feeder on a lawn at 516th 5th Ave E. in Prince Rupert.

Map to location HERE

Please be respectful of private residences and view from the public road.

This is the 33rd record for BC.

The bird was last seen in the same location on Feb 20, 2024 and has been viewed by multiple observers. It has not been relocated since, despite multiple observers looking.

Dickcissel in Prince Rupert - Photos: Teresa Weismiller 



Saturday, November 18, 2023

RBA: GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE in Jordan River - Nov 18-22nd

At 10:25 am on Nov 18-2023, Carl Hughes found a Green-tailed Towhee in an empty lot in Jordan River. 

Map to location HERE

This is the 15th record for BC.

On Nov 22nd, the bird continued in the same location and has been viewed by multiple observers.

The bird was not relocated on Nov 23rd, despite multiple observers looking.

Green-tailed Towhee in Jordan River - Photos: Randy Dzenkiw

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

RBA: GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE on Denman Island - Nov 15-19th

At 9:50 am on Nov 15th-2023, Teresa Bouchard found a Green-tailed Towhee on Gladstone Beach on Denman Island. The bird is spending time on the grasses above the shoreline.

Map to location HERE

Birders should park at the end of Gladstone Way Rd and walk the small trail down to the beach.

*Note birders with mobility issues may find it hard to access the beach as it’s a muddy downhill trail that has a rope only to help you descend to the beach.*

This is the 14th record for BC.

The bird continued on Nov 19th and was viewed by multiple observers. It was not relocated today.

Green-tailed Towhee on Denman Island - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Green-tailed Towhee on Denman Island - Photo: James MacKenzie

Saturday, November 11, 2023

RBA: SUMMER TANAGER in North Saanich - Nov 11/23-Feb 24/24

At 1 pm on Nov 11-2023, Max and Gib Maxwell found a male Summer Tanager at their suet feeder in their front yard.  It also has been seen in the Arbutus trees along the driveway.

The home is open to the public at 2449 Tyron Road in North Saanich

Please be respectful of private residences and do not block driveways. If construction is occurring in the area birders will need to park further afield and walk to the site. The homeowners are fine with birders standing on the driveway to view the bird. 

Map to location HERE

This is the 9th record for BC.

The bird continues on February 24, 2024 and has been viewed by multiple observers.

Summer Tanager in North Saanich - Photo: Ann Nightingale

Summer Tanager in North Saanich - Photo: Liam Singh

Summer Tanager in North Saanich - Photo: Gib Maxwell


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

RBA: BROWN BOOBY in Victoria - Nov 8th

At 3pm on Nov 8-2023, a Brown Booby was photographed by Walter Thorne while riding the M.V. COHO Ferry. The bird was seen in Canadian Waters on the return trip from Port Angeles.

Map to approximate location HERE

This is the 22nd record for BC.

Brown Booby in Victoria - Photos: Walter Thorne

Sunday, November 5, 2023

RBA: ORCHARD ORIOLE in Victoria - Nov 5-28th

At 8:30am on Nov 5-2023, Geoffrey Newell found a female Orchard Oriole in Victoria.  The bird is frequenting Blackberry and Ivy bushes along Radcliffe Lane near McMicking Park. It was also seen on Radcliffe Lane near Hood Lane.

Map to locations the bird has been seen at HERE and HERE

Birders should opt to park on Beach Drive near Hood Lane as there are only 3 parking spots on Radcliffe Lane. Please do not block driveways and be respectful of private residences. 

The bird is being viewed by multiple observers HERE and at the original location near the park and small parking lot on Radcliffe Lane on Nov 6th.

On Nov 7-28, the bird continued at the original location HERE.

The bird has not been relocated since Nov 28th, despite multiple observers looking.

This is the 12th record for BC.

Orchard Oriole in Victoria - Photos: Les Peterson



Friday, November 3, 2023

RBA: SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS in Haida Gwaii - Nov 3rd

At 12:34pm on Nov 3-2023, while working on the FV Ocean Pearl, Lindsay Dealy found and photographed an immature Short-tailed albatross.

Map to location HERE

Short-tailed Albatross in Haida Gwaii - Photos: Lindsay Dealy

Sunday, October 29, 2023

RBA: BROWN BOOBY in Haida Gwaii - Oct 26th and BC’s 1st record of MASKED BOOBY!

At 5pm on Oct 26-2023, William Woodbury photographed a Brown Booby that landed on and rode his fishing vessel “The Hannio Lio.”The Booby was trying to escape gulls that had been harassing it at sea. The bird was first seen 4 miles west of Tian Head and took off from the vessel shortly after.

Map to location HERE

Brown Booby in Haida Gwaii - Photo: William Woodbury

This is the 21st record of Brown Booby for BC.

Additionally, an astounding record of an adult Masked Booby from Sept 21, 2021, from the same observer on the same vessel, also came to light. This historical record took place 5-10 nautical miles offshore between Frederick and Langara Islands.

Approximate location of bird HERE

This late report constitutes the 1st confirmed record of Masked Booby in BC.

Adult Masked Booby in waters off Haida Gwaii - Photo: William Woodbury

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

RBA: NAZCA BOOBY in Haida Gwaii - Oct 23rd

At 3:34pm on Oct 23-2023, Josef Vavra found a Nazca Booby that flew aboard and landed on the FV Ocean Pearl fishing vessel, that he was working on in Haida Gwaii.

Map to location HERE

This is the 4th record for BC.

Adult Nazca Booby in Haida Gwaii - Photos: Josef Vavra

Friday, October 13, 2023

RBA: LARK BUNTING in Vancouver - Oct 13-19th

At 5:40pm on Oct 13-2023, Nick Park found and photographed a Lark Bunting on a fence of a private residence on Discovery St across from Jericho Park.

Map to first location HERE

Please be respectful of private residences and do not point bins or cameras at homes, when searching in the residential neighbourhood.

At 6:20pm he relocated the bird across the street at Jericho Park.

Map to last seen location HERE

On Oct 14th, the bird continues as of 1 pm at the last seen location as stated above and has been viewed by multiple observers.

On Oct 15th, the bird was relocated on a lane near West 3rd Ave (please be respectful of private residences in the area)

Map to location HERE

At 12 pm on Oct 15th, the bird was relocated on West 2nd Ave and continued at that spot until dark and was viewed by multiple observers.

Please be respectful of private residences when searching for and viewing the bird.

Map to location HERE

On Oct 16-19th, the bird continues in the same location HERE near 4378 West 2nd Ave. Please do not trespass and view from the public road and please be respectful of private residences in the area.

The bird was not relocated on Oct 20th, despite multiple observers looking.

This is the 41st record for BC.

Lark Bunting in Vancouver - Photos: Nick Park


Monday, October 9, 2023

RBA: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in Victoria - Oct 9-Dec 6th

At 4:50pm on Oct 9-2023, Geoffrey Newell found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Uplands Park in Victoria.The bird was travelling in a small flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and was in the meadow next to Dorset Rd.

Map to location HERE

This is the 28th record for BC.

The bird continued HERE on Oct 10th.

On Nov 5th, the bird continued near Dorset Rd and Lincoln Rd HERE and was viewed by multiple observers.

On Nov 12-Dec 6th, the bird continued at the Midland Rd park entrance just off Landsdowne Rd.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Victoria - Photos: Geoffrey Newell

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

RBA: PALLAS'S BUNTING in Victoria - Oct 4th

At 8:35am on Oct 4-2023, a Pallas's Bunting was photographed by Les Peterson at Clover Point in Victoria. The bird was seen with Savannah Sparrows in the fenced off area near the main parking lot. He last viewed the bird flying off to the west of the point at 8:45 am. A blurry shot of the spread wing seems to appear to show the lesser coverts being sandy brown and not chestnut, as it would be in a Reed Bunting. Also, it has a pale lower mandible.

Map to location where it was first HERE

Map to location of where it was last seen HERE

The bird was observed in the same area as it was originally spotted at 3 pm on Oct 4th by Val George.

This could be the bird that was seen in Squamish on Sept 23, 2023. Since this can't be proven, it will be treated as a different record.

This is a 1st record for BC and Canada.

**Multiple observers are searching for the bird on Oct 5th but so far it has not been relocated.**

Pallas's Bunting in Victoria - Photos: Les Peterson

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

RBA: RED-THROATED PIPIT in Tofino - Oct 3rd

At 11:40 am on Oct 3-2023, Kaiden Bosch found a Red-throated Pipit with 5 American Pipits on Comber's Beach directly south of the Sandhill Creek Mouth as they foraged within the driftwood. The birds flew off  to the north 10 mins after he saw them.

Map to location HERE

This is the 62nd record for BC.

Red-throated Pipit in Tofino - Photos: Kaiden Bosch

Sunday, October 1, 2023

RBA: RED-THROATED PIPIT in Victoria - Oct 1st

At 6:45pm on Oct 1-2023, Steven Roias found and photographed a Red-throated Pipit on the south perimeter dyke at Panama Flats.

Map to location HERE

This is the 61st record for BC.

Red-throated Pipit in Victoria - Photo: Amelie Rousseau

RBA: NORTHERN PARULA in Jordan River - Oct 1st

At 8:44 am on Oct 1-2023, David Bell, James Kennerley and Mara Hanneson found a hatch-year female Northern Parula in a mixed chickadee/warbler flock in alders near the roadside.

Map to location HERE

This is the 26th record for BC.

The bird was not relocated after 9 am, despite multiple observers looking.

Northern Parula in Jordan River - Photo: David Bell

Friday, September 29, 2023

RBA: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in Metchosin - Sept 29th

At 10:26 am on Sept 29-2023, David Bell found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Rocky Point Bird Observatory in Metchosin.

This location is restricted access and is not open to the public.

This is the 27th record for BC.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Metchosin - Photos: David Bell