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

Harris’s Sparrow (1)
Location: Private Home - Quesnel
Reported: Nov 26-27 (Yvonne Wentzel)

Gyrfalcon (1)
Location: Private Home on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Nov 10 (Suzy Wright)

Rufous Hummingbird (1)
Location: Private Home on Grassland Rd - Prince George
Reported: Oct 16-27 (Clive Keen)

Harris’s Sparrow (1)
Location: Private Property on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Oct 16 (Suzy Wright)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2)
Location: SE end of Spit at Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 4 (Carey Bergman)

Upland Sandpiper (1)
Location: NW corner of airfield at Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 4 (James Bradley, Nathan Hentze and Ian Cruickshank, m.obs)
Upland Sandpiper in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Carey Bergman

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1 juv)
Location: NW corner of airfield at Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 2-4 (James Bradley, Nathan Hentze and Ian Cruickshank, m.obs)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Ian Cruickshank

EURASIAN SKYLARK (1)
Location: HERE in NW corner of airfield at Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 2-3 (James Bradley, m.obs)
Eurasian Skylark in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Ian Cruickshank

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: 200 m south of the MK Bay Marina Breakwater - Kitimat
Reported: Oct 2 (Walter Thorne and April Macleod)
Bobolink in Kitimat - Photo: Walter Thorne 

Western Gull (1, 3rd cycle)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 2 (James Bradley, Nathan Hentze and Ian Cruickshank, m.obs)

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location. Tatlayoko Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Oct 1 (Sachiko Schott)

American Golden-Plover (1 juv)
Location: Rock Lake - Becher House
Reported: Sept 26-29 (Phil Ranson, m.obs)

Wilson's Phalarope (1)
Location: Shelley Sludge Lagoons - Prince George
Reported: Sept 24 (Sara Sparks)

Northern Shrike (1) *early*
Location: Tatlayoko Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 22 (Sachi Snively)
Northern Shrike in Tatla Lake - Photo: Sachi Snively

Rusty Blackbird (3)
Location: In blackbird flock at Fox Dairy Farm - Australian
Reported: Sept 22 (Suzy Wright)

American Golden-Plover (1 juv)
Location: Private Property on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Sept 18 (Suzy Wright)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)
Location: Banded at Tatlayoko Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 17 (Sachi Snively)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Tatla Lake - Photo: Sachi Snively

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: HERE in marsh - 150 Mile House
Reported: September 16 (Harley Slade)

Sabine’s Gull (2 adult)
Location: Scout Island on Williams Lake - Williams Lake
Reported: Sept 9-10 (Kris Andrews, m.obs)

Magnolia Warbler (1 hatch year)
Location: Banded at Tatlayoko Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 9 (Sachi Snively)

Lark Sparrow (1)
Location: Private Home near Tatlayoko Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 1 (Sachi Snively)
 
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: On Mission Rd near Felker Rd - Williams Lake
Reported: Aug 31 (Paul Foth)
 
Stilt Sandpiper (1)
Location: Private Property on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Aug 25 (Suzy Wright)

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (1)
Location: Banded at Mugaha Marsh Banding Station; Mackenzie 
Reported: Aug 6 (Jordan Macdonald)

Stilt Sandpiper (3)
Location: Private Property on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Aug 5-6 (Suzy Wright)

Horned Puffin (1)
Location: Seen from the ferry HERE - Prince Rupert
Reported: July 28 (Dick Anderson)

Harris’s Sparrow (1 adult)
Location: Private Home on Reynolds Rd - Prince George
Reported: July 14 (Darrel Norstrom)
Harris’s Sparrow in Prince George - Photo: Darrel Norstrom

Great Egret (1)
Location: HERE in pond off Hwy 97 - Clinton
Reported: July 6 (Paul Levesque)

Lark Sparrow (1)
Location: Along road at Hanceville Conservation Land - Hanceville
Reported: June 19 (Paul Foth)

Band-tailed Pigeon (1)
Location: Junction of Farwell Canyon Rd; Riske Creek
Reported: June 12 (Sharon Henry)

INDIGO BUNTING (1 male)
Location: HERE on Freeman Rd; Quesnel
Reported: June 6 (Suzy Wright)
Indigo Bunting near Quesnel - (Photo: Suzy Wright)

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (1)
Location: Private Home - Burns Lake
Reported: June 5 (Keith Walker)
Baltimore Oriole in Burns Lake - Photo: Keith Walker

Franklin’s Gulls (6)
Location: HERE on the gravel bar off River Rd across from the Northern Lights Estate Winery - Prince George
Reported: June 3 (Jeff Dyck)

Pacific Loon (1)
Location: Ten Mile Lake - Near Quesnel
Reported: June 3 (Dwaine Laxdal)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 male)
Location: Private Home in the Cinema Area - North of Quesnel
Reported: June 1 (Matthew Meier)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak near Quesnel - Photo: Matthew Meier

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)
Location: Private Home at Summit Lake - North of Prince George 
Reported: May 29 (Patrick Michiel)

Franklin’s Gull (4)
Location: Bouchie Lake; Quesnel
Reported: May 28 (Jerry McFetridge)

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: HERE at Shelley Sludge Lagoons - Prince George
Reported: May 28 (Jesse Lewis)

MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: HERE near Calvert Island - South of Bella Bella
Reported: May 25 (Josh Brown and Amicie Lavault)

MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: Viewed from the BC Ferries vessel HERE as it flew south in a group of Sooty Shearwaters - Haida Gwaii
Reported: May 24 (Josh Brown)
Manx Shearwater in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Joshua Brown

Hudsonian Godwit (1)
Location: Last seen on the mudflats across from Super Value Grocery store. Previously seen HERE at Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: May 11-22 (Joshua Brown, m.obs)

RBA: SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: HERE at Chilanko Marsh - Chilanko Forks (near Tatla Lake)
Reported: May 20 (Jim Sims et al.)
Snowy Plover in Chilanko Forks - Photo: Jim Sims

Common Grackle (1)
Location: 132 Garner Rd in Johnston Subdivision - Quesnel
Reported: May 18 (Yvonne Wentzel, m.obs)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: HERE on Fisherman's Rd - Kitimat
Reported: May 16 (Nick Parayko)

American Goldfinch (1)
Location: Private Home - Burns Lake
Reported: May 15 (Keith Walker)
American Goldfinch near Burns Lake - Photo: Keith Walker

ROSS'S GOOSE (1)
Location: Eaglet Lake near Giscome
Reported: April 29-May 8 (Jeff Dyck et al., m.obs)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: Along river in downtown Ocean Falls
Reported: May 8 (Tyler Musialek)

Hudsonian Godwit (4)
Location: Kispiox Valley
Reported: May 5 (Larry Joseph)

Hudsonian Godwit (2)
Location: Eaglet Lake near Giscome
Reported: April 29-30 (Jeff Dyck et al., m.obs)

Redhead (2)
Location: MK Bay Marina - Kitimat
Reported: April 10-11 (Walter Thorne)

Hoary Redpolls
Location: 1 bird along Mission Rd - 150 Mile House
Reported: April 5 (Phil Ranson)

Location: 1 at feeder at private home on Opal St. - Williams Lake
Reported: April 2 (Leslie Harris Jr.)

Common Teals
Location: 1 at Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: March 29-April 4 (Phil Ranson)

Location: 1 at Alkali Lake
Reported: March 22-31 (Phil Ranson and Sandy Proulx)

Canvasback (1)
Location: HERE in the pond north of Nelson Drive - Port Edward
Reported: March 22-24 (Carey Bergman, m.obs)

Brewer's Blackbird (1 female)
Location: 1940 Harrison Ave in Masset - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Dec 27/21 to Jan 28/22 (Lorrie Joron, m.obs)
 
Blue Jay (1)
Location: Feeder at private home on West Fraser Rd - Dragon
Reported: Jan 26 (Suzy Wright)

Hoary Redpoll (1)
Location: Feeder at private home on Opal St near Bann St - Williams Lake
Reported: Jan 24 (Leslie Harris Jr., m.obs)
 
Hoary Redpoll (1)
Location: Private Home near Quesnel
Reported: Jan 18-21, 2022 (Suzy Wright, m.obs)
Hoary Redpoll in Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright