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

Black-headed Grosbeak (1)
Location: Becher’s Prairie - Riske Creek
Reported: May 27 (Tom Plath)

Stilt Sandpiper (1)
Location: Chilanko Marsh - Chilanko Forks
Reported: May 17-27 (Jim Sims)

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: HERE at East Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: May 26 (Sandy Proulx and Phil Ranson)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Riske Creek - Photo: Phil Ranson

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: Roserim Marsh - Canim
Lake
Reported: May 23-26 (Sue Gower, m.obs)

Clark’s Grebe x Western Grebe Hybrid (1)
Location: Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: May 24 (Jim Sims)
Clark's x Western Grebe Hybrid at Eagle Lake - Photo: Jim Sims

Pacific Loon (1)
Location: Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: May 24 (Jim Sims)

Whimbrel (1)
Location: John Prince Research Forest - Fort St. James
Reported: May 22 (Cara Snell)

Blue-winged X Cinammon Teal Hybrid (1 drake)
Location: Sepa Lake - 108 Mile House
Reported: May 21 (Barry Porter)
Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal Hybrid in 108 Mile House - Photo: Barry Porter

Lewis’s Woodpecker (1)
Location: Fletcher Lake
Reported: May 20 (John Woods)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: On Dragon Lake viewed from Pioneer Park - Quesnel
Reported: May 19 (Suzy Wright)

Baird’s Sandpiper (1)
Location: Becher’s Prairie - Riske Creeke
Reported: May 19 (Sandy Proulx)


INDIGO BUNTING (1)
Location: Private Home - Hagensborg
Reported: May 12-18 (Sunder Green, m.obs)
Indigo Bunting in Hagensbord - Photo: Harvey Thomassen

Red-throated Loon (1)
Location: Viewed from a private home off of Signal Point Rd on Williams Lake - Williams Lake
Reported: May 15 (Erica Piennar)
Red-throated Loon in Williams Lake - Photo: Erica Piennar

American Goldfinch (2)
Location: Private Home - Burns Lake
Reported: May 9 (Keith Walker)
American Goldfinches in Burns Lake - Photo: Keith Walker

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 male)
Location: Private Home - Kitimat
Reported: May 5 (April Macleod)

RBA: BRAMBLING (1)
Location: Hit a window at a Private Home near  Puntchesakut Lake but survived and flew off - Quesnel
Reported: April 26 (Leanne Davies)
Brambling in Quesnel - Photo: Leanne Davies

ROSS’S GOOSE (1)
Location: Seen HERE and HERE in the fields with Snow Geese near Dragon Lake; Quesnel
Please view from Dragon Lake Rd do not enter the private fields.
Reported: April 22-23 (Suzy Wright, m.obs)
Ross’s Goose in Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright

Anna’s x Rufous Hummingbird (1 male)
Location: Private Home near Round Lake - Quick
Reported: April 18 (Cindy Lewis)

Black-necked Stilt (1)
Location: East Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: April 14-16 (Phil Ranson, m.obs)
Black-necked Stilt in Riske Creek - Photo: Phil Ranson

Baird's Sandpipers (2)
Location: East Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: April 15 (Suzy Wright)
Baird’s Sandpipers in Riske Creek - Photo: Suzy Wright

Redhead (1)
Location: Ross Lake - New Hazelton
Reported: April 2-8 (Ray Sturney, m.obs)

DICKCISSEL (1)
Location: HERE at the feeder at 516 5th Ave E - Prince Rupert
Reported: Nov 27/23-Aptil 6/24 (Teresa Weismiller, m.obs)
Dickcissel in Prince Rupert - Photo: Teresa Weismiller 

SAGE THRASHER (1)
Location: In the Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary (Cranberry Marsh), within 50 metres of the observation tower near the Best Western Hotel. Last seen behind the Best Western, on the trail near the "Conservation Area Boundary" sign - Valemount
Reported: April 4-6 (Richard Lee, m.obs)
Sage Thrasher in Valemount - Photo: Richard Lee

Mountain Bluebird (6)
Location: In field on 6 Mile Rd West - New Hazelton
Reported: March 22 (Larry Joseph)

Common Teal (1)
Location: Walker Valley - 108 Mile Ranch
Reported: March 21 (Paul Foth)

Redhead (1)
Location: at sewage lagoon HERE - Prince George
Reported: March 19 (Bertha Utz)

BRAMBLING (1)
Location: 72 Sheena St and also seen HERE in cottonwood along the creek - Kitimat
Reported: Dec 10/23-Feb 25/24 (April MacLeod, m.obs)
Brambling in Kitimat - Photo: April MacLeod

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: HERE at Cedar Point Provincial Park - Likely
Reported: January 8-10 (Sandy Proulx and Phil Ranson, m.obs)
Yellow-billed Loon near Likely - Photo: Phil Ranson

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (2)
Location: Haisla St - Kitmat
Reported: Dec 16-20 (Emily Williams)

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: near Skidegate Landing - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Dec 16 (Carey Bergman)

NAZCA BOOBY (1) *late report*
Location: HERE on FV Ocean Pearl - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 23 (Josef Vavra)
Nazca Booby in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Josef Vavra

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 immature male)
Location: HERE - Ginglox
Reported: Nov10-12 (Jeremy Gatten, m.obs)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Ginglox - Photo: Jeremy Gatten

Spotted Towhee (1 maculatus)
Location: HERE - Ginglox
Reported: Nov 10-11 (Jeremy Gatten, m.obs)

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: near East Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: Nov 5 (Phil Ranson)
Prairie Falcon in Riske Creek - Photo: Phil Ranson

Pacific Loon (1)
Location: 108 Mile Lake - 108 Mile Ranch
Reported: Nov 4 (Paul Foth)

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS (1 juv)
Location: HERE viewed by boat - Haida Gwaii
Date: November 3 (Lindsay Dealy)

BROWN BOOBY (1)
Location: Offshore riding a fishing vessel HERE - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 26 (William Woodsbury)
Brown Booby in Haida Gwaii - Photo: William Woodbury
 
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: HERE in pines in front of Terrace Sportsplex on Park Ave - Terrace
Reported: Sept 26-Oct 11 (Jennifer Smith and Benn Whitwell, m.obs)
Ash-throated Flycatcher in Terrace - Photo: Eileen LeFrancois

Great Egret (1)
Location: In the slough at the end of Royale Road in New Remo, right next to the vacant lot across from 2045 Royale Rd - Terrace
Reported: Oct 7-11 (Keith Soules, m.obs)

Great Egret in Terrace - Photo: Diane Weismiller

Black-legged Kittiwake (1 adult)
Location: Seen just north of Harold Mann Park and at the Wigeon Bay Pullout on Eaglet Lake; Giscome
Reported: Oct 6-7 (Jeff Dyck)
Black-legged Kittiwake in Giscome - Photo: Jeff Dyck

Eurasian Wigeon (1)
Location: Tatlayoko Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: October 7 (Sachi Snively)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: 6255 Sunset Drive - 100 Mile House
Reported: Oct 6 (Greg Baker)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch in 100 Mile House - Photo: Greg Baker

Black Scoter (1)
Location: Eaglet Lake; Giscome
Reported: Oct 4 (Jeff Dyck)

LeConte’s Sparrow (1)
Location: HERE on Sandspit Golf Course - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Sept 27-Oct 3 (Steve Ogle, m.obs)
LeConte’s Sparrow in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Steve Ogle

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: HERE at Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Oct 1 (Suzy Wright)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Suzy Wright

Sabine’s Gull (1 juv)
Location: Jaeger Beach on Nulki Lake - Vanderhoof
Reported: Sept 27 (Larry Cowan and Cathy Antoniazzi)

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Southeast corner of Sandspit airport fence field - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Sept 27 (Steve Ogle)

Common Yellowthroat (1)
Location: HERE on Sandspit Golf Course - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Sept 27 (Steve Ogle)

Bobolink (1)
Location: NW end of Sandspit Airport field - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Sept 26 (Steve Ogle)

Common Tern (1)
Location:  N shore of 108 Mile Lake and also seen on Sepa Lake - 108 Mile House
Reported: Sept 17-18 (Paul Foth, m.obs)

Stilt Sandpiper (1)
Location: HERE at East Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: Sept 13 (Sue Gower)

Sabine's Gull (1)
Location: Choelquoit Lake - near Tatlayoko Lake
Reported: Sept 12 (Sue Gower)
Sabine's Gull in - Photo: Sue Gower

Common Tern (7)
Location: Choelquoit Lake - near Tatlayoko Lake
Reported: Sept 12 (Sue Gower)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Fox Dairy Farm - Australian
Reported: Sept 2-12 (Suzy Wright)

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 11 (Sue Gower)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Tatla Lake - Photo: Sue Gower

Rufous Hummingbird (1 male)
Location: Private Home - Quesnel
Reported: Sept 13 (Stacey Headey)

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: August 25-Sept 8 (Sebastien Rioux, m.obs)

Snow Goose (1, late)
Location: Opposite Otter Point at Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: June 12-Sept 8 (Wilbur Sanders, m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Tatlayoko Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Sept 4 (Sachi Snively)

Short-billed Dowitcher (1)
Location: HERE on muddy island near to gate  and below horse pasture - Tatton
Reported: Sept 1 (Paul Foth)

Stilt Sandpiper (3)
Location HERE on muddy island near to gate  and below horse pasture - Tatton
Reported: July 31-Sept 1 (Paul Foth)

Pygmy Nuthatch (1)
Location: Tatlayoko Bird Observatory - Tatla Lake
Reported: Aug 31 (Sachi Snively)

Caspian Tern (1)
Location: Flying over Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: August 25-30 (George Clulow, m.obs)

Stilt Sandpiper (5)
Location: Private Property on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Aug 5-27 (Suzy Wright)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: HERE near Hammer Rd - Firvale
Reported: Aug 25 (Kyle Blaney)

HORNED PUFFIN (5)
Location: HERE at Flatrock Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: August 18-19 (Liron Gertsman)
Horned Puffin in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Liron Gertsman

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Baker Creek river mouth where it meets the Fraser River - Quesnel
Reported: August 11 (Suzy Wright)
Franklin’s Gull in Quesnel - Photo: Suzy Wright

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Fuel dock - Klemtu
Reported: July 29 (Kaiden Bosch)

NAZCA BOOBY (1)
Location: Last seen HERE offshore from Port Hardy. First seen HERE viewed from
cruise ship - Queen Charlotte Sound 
Reported: July 10-11 (Stephen Greenwood, m.obs)
Nazca Booby in Queen Charlotte Sound - Photo: Stephen Greenwood

DICKCISSELS (2)
Location: HERE on Kispiox Rd in Kispiox
Reported: June 29 to July 11 (Larry Joseph, m.obs)
Female Dickcissel in Kispiox - Photo: Larry Joseph

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (1)
Location: HERE at Beaumont Provincial Park - Fort Fraser
Reported: July 10 (Markus Duhme)
Black-and-White Warbler in Fort Fraser - Photo: Markus Duhme

Red-necked Phalarope (2 females)
Location: Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: June 25 (Jim Sims)

OVENBIRD (1)
Location: HERE on Mahood Lake Rd - Mahood Falls
Reported: May 31-June 28 (Sue Gower, m.obs)

Pacific Loon (1)
Location: Moose Lake (near Mt. Robson) - Red Pass
Reported: June 23 (Dean Latray)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Fletcher Lake - Big Creek
Reported: June 20 (John Woods)

FORSTER’S TERN (2)
Location: Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: June 16 (Jim Sims)
Forster’s Tern in Tatla Lake - Photo: Jim Sims

Yellow-breasted Chat (1)
Location: Private Property near Barlow Creek - Quesnel
Reported: May 25-June 16 (Emily Hood)

OVENBIRD (2)
Location: 1 HERE and 1 HERE at Morfee Mountain - Mackenzie 
Reported: June 10 (Jeff Dyck)

INDIGO BUNTING (1 male)
Location: Private Home - Gang Ranch
Reported: June 1 (Iris McNabb)
Indigo Bunting in Gang Ranch - Photo: Iris McNabb

Black-headed Grosbeak (1 male)
Location: Private Home - Gang Ranch
Reported: June 2 (Iris McNabb)

American Goldfinch (1 male)
Location: Private Home - Burns Lake
Reported: June 1 (Keith Walker)
American Goldfinch in Burns Lake - Photo: Keith Walker 

RED-FACED CORMORANT (1st Photo-documented Record for BC) *late report*
Location HERE in Hecate Strait - Near Stephens Island
Reported: May 24 (Cam Nikkel et al.)
Red-faced Cormorant in Hecate Strait, BC - Photo: Cam Nikkel

Long-tailed Duck (4)
Location: Bouchie Lake
Reported: May 24-31 (Jerry McFetridge)

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: HERE on Trueman Rd - Quesnel
Reported: May 27-29 (Brian Murland, m.obs)

GREAT EGRET (1)
Location: HERE at the west end of Horse Lake - 100 Mile House
Reported: May 28-29 (Doug Martin, m.obs)
Great Egret in 100 Mile House - Photo: Doug Martin

BRISTLE-THIGHED CURLEW (1)
Location: HERE at Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary - Haida Gwaii
Reported: May 28 (Lorrie Joron)
Bristle-thighed Curlew in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Lorrie Joron

Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary - Haida Gwaii
Reported: May 26-28 (Lorrie Joron)

Whimbrel (3)
Location: HERE in field on Dragon Lake Rd - Rich Bar
Reported: May 27 (Brian Murland, m.obs)

SAGE THRASHER (1)
Location: On the Williams Lake Cutoff Rd, 5.2km north of the fork with Stack Valley Rd. - Soda Creek
Reported: May 26 (Sandy Proulx)
Sage Thrasher in Williams Lake - Photo: Sandy Proulx 

Harlequin Duck (1)
Location: Beside boat launch at Bouchie Lake
Reported: May 25 (Brian Marland)

Long-tailed Duck (1)
Location: Fletcher Lake
Reported: May 20-22 (John Woods)

Long-tailed Duck (3)
Location: North end of Dragon Lake
Reported: May 20 (Suzy Wright)

Snow Goose (2)
Location: Chilanko Marsh - Chilanko Forks
Reported: May 20 (Sharon Henry and Jim Sims)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)
Location: Private Home - Prince George
Reported: May 18 (Sandra Kinsey and Laird Law)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Prince George - Photo: Laird Law

Harlequin Duck (1)
Location: Horsefly River viewed from McKinley Trail
Reported: May 17 (Thea Rodgers)

Long-tailed Duck (6)
Location: North end of the dog beach at Ten Mike Lake
Reported: May 16 (Suzy Wright)

Baird’s Sandpiper (1)
Location: In the field near Dragon Lake
Reported: May 16 (Suzy Wright)

Franklin's Gull (2)
Location: In field by Dragon Lake - Quesnel
Reported: May 9-10 (Brian Murland and Suzy Wright)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: Flying north over the soccer fields - 100 Mile House
Reported: May 8 (Paul Foth)

Harlequin Duck (2)
Location: Quesnel Lake - Likely
Reported: May 8 (James Rankin)

Red-throated Loon (2)
Location: Near the rock climber parking area at Eaglet Lake. Last seen near Wigeon Bay - Giscome
Date: May 7 (Jeff Dyck)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: West end of Williams Lake
Reported: May 5 (Phil Ranson, m.obs)

Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: HERE on Upper Fraser Rd; Giscome
Reported: May 3 (Christina Cutbill, m.obs)

RBA: RUFF (1)
Location: Honna River Estuary; Haida Gwaii 
Reported: April 26 (Carey Bergman)
Ruff in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Carey Bergman 

Prairie Falcon (1)
Location: Dog Creek Prairie off Dog Creek Rd - Dog Creek
Reported: April 20 (Phil Ranson and Sandy Proulx)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Drummond Lake - Riske Creek
Reported: April 16 (Phil Ranson and Sandy Proulx)

RBA: KING EIDER (1)
Location: HERE in Kitasu Bay near Price Island north of Bella Bella
Reported: April 15 (L. Ragan and K. Bosch)

King Eider near Price Island - Photo: Liam Ragan

Common Teal (1)
Location: Alkali Lake
Reported: March 31-April 9 (Sandy Proulx, m.obs)

Surf Scoter X White-winged Scoter Hybrid (1)
Location: HERE in Kitasu Bay, viewed by boat - Price Island
Reported: April 5 (Kaiden Bosch and Liam Ragan)

Mourning Dove (1)
Location: Private Home on Freeman Rd - Australian
Reported: Jan 23-Mar 17 (Suzy Wright)

Townsend's Solitaires 

Location: 1 in the Kildala neighbourhood near Skeena St - Kitimat
Reported: March 7-8 (April MacLeod, m.obs)

Location: 1 at Albatross Avenue and Bittern St - Kitimat
Reported: Feb 8-17 (Walter Thorne, m.obs)

Glaucous Gull (1 first winter)
Location: Skeena Flats - Prince Rupert
Reported: Feb 27 (Guy Monty)

Horned Lark (1)
Location: Eagle Lake Cattle Ranch on south shore of Eagle Lake  - Tatla Lake
Reported: Jan 20-Feb 18 (fide Jim Sims)

Long-tailed Duck (1)
Location: Mahood Lake - Mahood Falls
Reported: Jan 1/2023-Jan 19 (Sue Grower)