Central BC, Haida Gwaii and North Coast

To report rare bird sightings and submit photographs for this page, please email Melissa Hafting at BCbirdergirl@gmail.com

*As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 meters apart when viewing any birds on this list during this time. Please follow all public health directives during this pandemic (including not birding in groups, please wear a mask if you are unable to social distance). The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

Blue-winged Teal (2, rare for winter)
Location: Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Dec 2-3 (Phil Ranson)
Blue-winged Teal in Williams Lake - Photo: Phil Ranson

Harris's Sparrow (1 immature)
Location: Eagle Lake; Tatla Lake
Reported: Dec 2 (Jim Sims)

Lark Sparrow (1)
Location: Feeder at private home on Opal St - Williams Lake
Reported: Nov 11-Dec 1 (Leslie Harris Jr., m.obs)

RBA: EURASIAN SKYLARK (1) *see main page*
Location: Mather’s Bight in Sandspit - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Nov 18 (Margo Hearne) 

RBA: ORIENTAL TURTLE-DOVES (2) *Please be respectful of private property*
Location: Front yard of 342 Alberta Place - Prince Rupert
Reported: Nov 14 (Teresa Weismiller)
Oriental Turtle-Doves in Prince Rupert - Photo: Teresa Weismiller

Gyrfalcon (1 adult)
Location: On Hwy 97 sitting on a hydro pole .5 km south of Freeman Rd - Quesnel
Reported: Nov 14 (Suzy Wright)
Gyrfalcon in Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright

Pacific Loon (1)
Location: 108 Mile Lake - 108 Mile House
Reported: Nov 13 (Paul Foth) 

Vaux’s Swift (2, late)
Location: Emsley Cove - Kitimat
Reported: Nov 7 (Walter and Jim Thorne)
Vaux's Swift in Kitimat - Photo: Walter Thorne

Harris’s Sparrow (1)
Location: Scout Island seen last between caretaker house and bird blind area  - Williams Lake
Reported: Oct 29-Nov 4 (Leslie Harris Jr. m.obs)  
Harris’s Sparrow in Williams Lake - Photo: Susan Gower

Spotted Towhee (1, Maculatus)
Location: 24 Nash St - Kitimat
Reported: Nov 4 (Suzanne Gallant)
Maculatus Spotted Towhee in Kitimat - Photo: Suzanne Gallant

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1 juv)
Location: On the grass of the runway at Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 30-31 (Ray Wershler and Brian Elder, m.obs)  

BRANT (1)
Location: HERE at Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: Oct 24-30 (Cara Snell, m.obs) 
Brant in Prince George - Photo: Cathy Antoniazzi

RBA: WHITE WAGTAIL (1)
Location: On the roof of the DFO building at 137 Bay St and adjacent baseball diamond in Queen Charlotte City - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 18-29 (Paul Levesque and Christine Rock, m.obs)
White Wagtail in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Carey Bergman

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Eaglet Lake near Giscome
Reported: Oct 29 (Sandra Laird) 

Glaucous Gull (1 adult)
Location: Eaglet Lake near Giscome
Reported: Oct 19-26 (Cathy Antoniazzi, m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: 8th Ave feeders between Vancouver Rand Winnipeg St -Prince George
Reported: Oct 10-24 (Cathy Antoniazzi)
Rusty Blackbird in Prince George - Photo: Anne Spiers

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Near the boat launch at Twelve Mine Provincial Park near Quesnel. 
Reported: Oct 24 (Sage Pasay)

American White Pelicans (Up to 5) *late*
Location: East end of Williams Lake
Reported: Oct 1-24 (Susan Gower, m.obs) 

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: 8th Ave feeders between Vancouver and Winnipeg Street - Prince George
Reported: Oct 22 (Anne Spiers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird in Prince George - Photo: Anne Spiers

American White Pelican (2)
Location: Eaglet Lake near Giscome
Reported: Oct 22 (Cathy Antoniazzi)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Eaglet Lake - Giscome
Reported: Oct 15 (Jeff Dyck)

Sabine's Gull (2)
Location: Off the dog beach at Ten Mile Lake - near Quesnel
Reported: Oct 11-14 (Suzy Wright)

Pacific Loon (2)
Location: Puntzi Lake - Chilanko Forks
Reported: Oct 14 (Paul Foth)

Anna's Hummingbird (1)
Location: 3000 block of Turner Way - Smithers
Reported: Oct 12 (Ken White)

American Golden-Plover (1 juv)
Location: Walker Valley - 108 Mile Ranch 
Reported: Oct 5-10 (Sandy Proulx, m.obs)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Flying over Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Oct 8-10 (Sachi Snively) 

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Southwest end of Canim Lake - Canim Lake
Reported: Oct 9 (Paul Foth)

American White Pelican (1) *late*
Location: Dragon Lake - Quesnel
Reported: Oct 7 (Jerry McFetridge)

Common Grackle (1)
Location: In front of Premier Creek Lodge on Oceanview Drive - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 6 (Carey Bergman)

RBA: GREAT SHEARWATER (1) *probable/no photo*
Location: Viewed by boat in Hecate Strait
Reported: Oct 5 (Jared Towers) 

American Avocet (1)
Location: Last seen HERE. Previously seen in front of the parking lot at Kagan Bay Recreation Area. Also previously seen at the Honna River Mouth - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Sept 24-Oct 3 (Hilgemans, m.obs)

Sanderling (2)
Location: Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 30 (Sandy Proulx)

Rusty Blackbird (3)
Location: In mixed blackbird flock at Fox Dairy Farm HERE - Quesnel
Reported: Sept 30 (Suzy Wright)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Near the BC Ferries terminal - Ocean Falls
Reported: Sept 27 (Tyler Musialek)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Flying over Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 25 (Avery Bartels and Sachi Snively)

Sabine’s Gull (1 immature)
Location: North end of Tatlayoko Lake
Reported: Sept 19-20 (Sachi Snively and Avery Bartels)

Sabine’s Gull (1 immature)
Location: North end of Cochin Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 19 (Sachi Snively and Avery Bartels)

Parasitic Jaeger (2)
Location: North end of Tatlayoko Lake 
Reported: Sept 18-19 (Avery Bartels et al.)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: At entrance gate to Shelley Sludge Lagoons - Prince George 
Reported: Sept 18 (Cara Snell)

Sabine's Gull (1 adult)
Location: Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 13 (Jim Sims)

Stilt Sandpiper (1) *open to public contact the RBA for access!*
Location: Private property on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Sept 6-9 (Suzy Wright)
Stilt Sandpiper in Australian - Photo: Suzy Wright

American Golden-Plover (2)
Location: Rock Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: Sept 2-8 (Sandy Proulx and Phil Ranson) 

Upland Sandpiper (1)
Location: Flying over the river at Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: Sept 7 (Jesse Lewis)

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Mouth of Baker Creek - Quesnel
Reported: Sept 6 (Suzy Wright)
Franklin’s Gull in Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright

Caspian Tern (1)
Location: South of the boat launch near the sandy beach at Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Aug 31 (Kris Andrews, m.obs)

Stilt Sandpipers 

Location: 1 Goose Lake - 114 Mile House
Reported: Aug 29 (Paul Foth)

Location: 1 at Rock Lake; Riske Creek
Reported: Aug 24 (Sandy Proulx and Phil Ranson)
Stilt Sandpiper in Riske Creek - Photo: Sandy Proulx

Hudsonian Godwit (1)
Location: In northernmost pond at Shelley Sludge Lagoons; Prince George
Reported: Aug 23 (Lucie Parker)

Upland Sandpiper (1)
Location: Private property on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Aug 22 (Suzy Wright)
Upland Sandpiper in Australian - Photo: Suzy Wright

Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 female)
Location: Private Home - Giscome
Reported: Aug 7-23 (Cathy Antoniazzi, m.obs)
Black-chimed Hummingbird in Giscome - Photo: Cathy Antoniazzi

American White Pelicans (3)
Location: Flying SW over LNG Plant - Kitimat
Reported: Aug 22 (Kelly Musgrove)  

Stilt Sandpiper (1)
Location:  HERE - Kitimat
Reported: Aug 19 (Joachim Bertrands)

Stilt Sandpiper (1)
Location: In pond HERE on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Aug 12-17 (Suzy Wright, m.obs) 

Calliope  Hummingbird (1)
Location: HERE - Glen Vowell
Reported: July 31 (Larry Joseph)

Arctic Tern (5)
Location: HERE at Fraser Lake - near Endako
Reported: July 25-27 (Erika Holland, m.obs)

WHITE-FACED IBIS (1)
Location: HERE best viewed from the horse pasture on the east shore - 108 Mile Ranch Reported: July 21 (Paul Foth, m.obs)
White-faced Ibis in 108 Mile Ranch - Photo: Paul Foth

EASTERN PHOEBE (1)
Location: HERE in a tree near the small shack on Eaglet Lake just before Wigeon Bay near Giscome 
Reported: May 21-June 18 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)
Eastern Phoebe near Giscome - Photo: Jeff Dyck 

RBA: ORIENTAL TURTLE-DOVE (1)
Location: HERE at Seal Cove - Prince Rupert
Reported: July 15 (Ken Wright)
Oriental Turtle-Dove in Prince Rupert - Photo: Ken Wright

Black-chinned Hummingbird (1) *Open to public*
Location: Coming to feeder at residential home - McBride
Directions: 1 km before McBride turn right across the railroad. Then a left turn onto McBride South Rd. Another km and turn right onto Shelby Rd. This road dead ends at John’s house. Visitors are welcome during the daytime no appts required.
Reported: July 15 (John and Lynn Schapansky)

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: HERE near Tatla Lake
Reported: July 4 (Paul Foth)

BAR-TAILED GODWIT (1)
Location: Location: HERE on mudflats off Trumpeter Drive in Masset - Haida Gwaii
Reported: June 23 (Lorrie Joron)

Redhead (1 male)
Location: HERE in pond of Bohler Rd - Terrace
Reported: June 23 (Dianne Weismiller)

RBA: ACORN WOODPECKER (1 female) *see main page* Please contact the RBA for directions and access.
Location: Open to the public to view at private home - Bralorne
Reported: June 10-16 (Daryl Thompson, m.obs)
Acorn Woodpecker in Bralorne - Photo: Daryl Thompson

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Alcan Railroad Crossing Wetland - Kitimat
Reported: June 14 (Walter Thorne)

Black-headed Grosbeak (1 male)
Location: Private Home - Burns Lake
Reported: June 14 (Keith Walker)
Black-headed Grosbeak in Burns Lake - Photo: Keith Walker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
Location: Swannell Drive - Hazelton
Reported: June 14 (Larry Joseph)

Ovenbird (1)
Location: HERE near Crooked River bridge - Bear Lake
Reported: June 13 (Emily Hood)

WHITE-FACED IBIS (1)
Location: Cranberry Marsh at Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary - Valemount
Reported: June 12 (Jeff Dyck)

Bullock's Oriole (1 male)
Location: Pacific Wetland Trail - Smithers
Reported: June 8-10 (Ray Sturney, m.obs)

Hudsonian Godwit (1)
Location: HERE on mudflats in Masset - Haida Gwaii
Reported: June 6 (Lorrie Joron)

Wandering Tattler (1)
Location: Minette Bay - Kitimat
Reported: June 5 (Walter Thorne)

Greater White-fronted Goose (70) *late*
Location: Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary in Masset - Haida Gwaii
Reported: June 4-6 (Lorrie Joron)

Greater White-fronted Goose (5) *late*
Location: Minette Bay - Kitimat
Reported: June 6 (Walter Thorne and April MacLeod)

Sage Thrasher (1)
Location: On Soda-Creek MacAlister Rd. 6 Km south of where the road goes in from the highway, north of McLeese Lake - Macalister
Reported: June 4 (Suzy Wright and Brian Murland)
Sage Thrasher - Photo: Suzy Wright

Arctic Tern (3)
Location: Bouchie Lake - Quesnel
Reported: May 31 (Brian Murland, m.obs)
Arctic Tern at Bouchie Lake - Photo: Jerry McFetridge

WHITE-FACED IBIS (1)
Location: HERE at Riverside Park - Vanderhoof
Reported: May 30 (Jason Kadonaga) 

Red Knot (2)
Location: McMicking Point - Campania Island
Reported: May 28-29 (Walter Thorne)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2)
Location: Private Home on Scott Rd - near Prince George 
Reported: May 23-30 (John Neumann)

RBA: LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE (1)
Location: Hunting on the fence in front of 2371 Pinnacles Rd - Quesnel
Reported: May 28 (Brian Murland, m.obs)
Loggerhead Shrike in Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright

WHITE-FACED IBIS (10)
Location: Last seen at the east end of Williams Lake. Previously seen flying over Mission Rd - 150 Mile House
Reported: May 24-25 (Phil Ranson, m.obs)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)
Location: Shelley Oxbows on Beaver Forest Service Rd - near Prince George 
Reported: May 22-23 (Laird Law et al.)

SWAINSON’S HAWK (11)
Location: HERE on private farm - Kispiox
Reported: May 22 (Larry Joseph)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Fish Pot Lake - Nazko
Reported: May 22 (Brian and Sheila Murland)

Redhead (2)
Location: Sewage Lagoon off Hazelton Station Rd - Hazelton
Reported: May 21 (Larry Joseph)

RBA: BRISTLE-THIGHED CURLEW (7)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: May 11-19th (Margo Hearne and Peter Hamel)

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: HERE on Trueman Rd - Quesnel
Reported: May 12-19 (Brian and Sheila Murland)

LESSER GOLDFINCH (2) *most northerly record ever in BC*
Location: Private yard on Freeman Rd - Quesnel
Reported: May 16 (Suzy Wright)
Lesser Goldfinch in Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright

American Coot (1)
Location: HERE in the pond beside the Pembina Propane Terminal - Port Edward
Reported: May 12-16 (Teresa Weismiller)

RBA: WHITE-FACED IBIS (1) *see main page*
Location: HERE in the pond beside the Pembina Propane Terminal - Port Edward
Reported: May 12-14 (Teresa Weismiller)
White-faced Ibis near Prince Rupert - Photo: Teresa Weismiller

Canvasback (2)
Location: HERE in the pond beside the Pembina Propane Terminal - Port Edward
Reported: May 12-13 (Teresa Weismiller)

BAR-TAILED GODWIT (1) (viewable by boat only - no public land access)
Location: HERE at Kitimat River estuary - Kitimat
Reported: May 8-9 (Joachim Bertrands) 
Bar-tailed Godwit in Kitimat - Photo: April Macleod

Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: HERE at Kitimat River estuary - Kitimat
Reported: May 8-9 (Joachim Bertrands, m.obs)
Marbled Godwit in Kitimat - Photo: April Macleod

Pacific Golden-Plover (2)
Location: In field at the intersection of Wright Creek Pit Rd and Kazakoff Rd - Salmon Valley
Reported: May 8-9 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: In field before Lone Oak farmhouse at Eaglet Lake - Giscome
Relented: May 8-9 (Cathy Antoniazzi, m.obs)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Canim River Bridge west end of Manhood Lake - Mahood Falls
Reported: May 8 (Sandy Proulx)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: Flying over 7718 Laing Rd - Lone Butte
Reported: May 8 (Susan Gower)

Redheads

Location: 2 at the south end of Lakelse Lake - Kitimat
Reported: May 8 (Walter Thorne) 

Location: 2 at Ross Lake - New Hazelton
Reported: May 7 (Larry Joseph)

Swainson’s Hawk (1) *not publicly accessible*
Location: Flying over HERE - Kitimat
Reported: May 5 (Joachim Bertrands)

Franklin's Gulls (2)
Location: HERE on soccer fields - Quesnel
Reported: April 30 (Brian and Sheila Murland)

Whimbrel (1)
Location: Just west of the Beaverly Petro Canada gas station - Prince George
Reported: April 30 (Tom Davies)

HORNED PUFFIN (1)
Location: Seen by boat right off of the sandy beach on the west side of Campania Island near the entrance to McMicking Inlet in Hecate Strait
Reported: April 23 (Walter Thorne)
Horned Puffin in Hecate Strait - Photo: Walter Thorne

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (8)
Location: HERE on the boardwalk - Stewart
Reported: April 12-14 (Jon W)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: On tree on Nechako River at Wilson Park - Prince George
Reported: Dec 31/20-March 28/21 (Nancy Krueger, m.obs) 

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: Seen by the Nature House but also has been seen at Otter Point on Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Nov 24/20-March 23/21 (Garry Pope, m.obs) 

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: North end of Tatlayoko Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Jan 18-March 18 (Jim Sims, m.obs)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: On Misty Crescent near Flett Rd - Williams Lake
Reported: Dec 18-March 18 (Phil Ranson)  

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Coming to feeder on Strathern Dr - New Hazelton
Reported: Dc 14/20-March 15/21 (Larry Joseph) 

Black-billed Magpie (1)
Location: Along Rushbrook Trail (between the start of the trail at "Bob's on the Rocks" and the third bridge) - Prince Rupert
Reported: Jan 28-March 14 (Phil Paulson, m.obs)
Black-billed Magpie in Prince Rupert - Photo: Teresa Weismiller

Common Grackle (1)
Location: HERE in a mixed blackbird flock coming to a feeder in the front yard of 1698- 8th Ave (halfway between Vancouver Str. and Winnipeg Str.) - Prince George
Reported: Nov 5/20-Feb 20/21 (Terry Farnham and Heather Meier, m.obs)
Common Grackle in Prince George - Photo: Jeff Dyck

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: Private Home on Borland Rd - Williams Lake
Reported: Feb 14-20 (Kris Andrews) 

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Off Portage Rd behind the fuel shed at the Willow River Store - Willow River
Reported: Feb 14 (Jeff Dyck)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Private Home feeder near Dore River Rd and Abby Rd - McBride
Reported: Feb 14 (Elsie Stanley)

Rusty Blackbird (1 male)
Location: HERE in a mixed blackbird flock coming to a feeder in the front yard of 1698- 8th Ave (halfway between Vancouver Str. and Winnipeg Str.) - Prince George
Reported: Nov 5/20-Feb 14/21 (Terry Farnham, m.obs)

Harris’s Sparrow (1)
Location: HERE at Fox Dairy Farm - Australian (near Quesnel)
Reported: Jan 27 (Suzy Wright)

Greater Scaup (20+)
Location: East end of Francois Lake off Dahlgren Rd - Endako
Reported: Jan 18-24, 2021 (Tom Davies)