Central BC, Haida Gwaii and North Coast

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Blue Jay
Location: Home feeder in the 800 block of Hornby Rd - Prince George
Reported: Oct 4-21 (Greg Drozda, m.obs)

Photo: Greg Drozda
Horned Lark (7)
Location: On Mitchell Rd by the livestock corral near the last 90-degree bend by Huble Homestead - Prince George
Reported: Oct 15 (Jeff Dyck)

Pacific Loon (6)
Location: On Bouchie Lake off Barker Rd - Bouchie Lake
Reported: Oct 12 (Jerry McFetridge)

Yellow-billed Loon (Juvenile)
Location: Tachick Lake - Vanderhoof
Reported: Oct 4 (Cathy Antoniazzi et al.)

Rusty Blackbirds (2)
Location: In mixed blackbird flock at "Flying U Ranch" on N Green Lake Rd - 70 Mile Housee
Reported: Sept 27- Oct 2 (David Fraser, m.obs)

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Location: 8 in mixed blackbird flock at "Flying U Ranch" on N Green Lake Rd - 70 Mile House
Reported: Sept 27-Oct 2 (David Fraser)

Location: 1 on power pole and behind grain silos at Beaver Valley Feeds on Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Oct 1 (Phil Ranson)


Harris's Sparrow
Location: With a large flock of White-crowned Sparrows near Otter Point Bridge at Scout Island - Williams Lake
Date: Oct 1 (Phil Ranson)

Lapland Longspur
Location: Tingley Rd, Cariboo County
Reported: Oct 1 (Michael Shepard)

RBA: RUFF (1 Juvenile)
Location: Port Clements; from the viewing tower at the sunset campground - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Sept 29 (Chris Siddle)

Swamp Sparrow
Location: In scrub willow in the riparian zone at  Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatlayoko Lake
Reported: Sept 27 (Sachi Snively)

Sabine's Gull
Location: Williston Lake Causeway - Mackenzie
Reported: Sept 22-24 (Jeff Dyck and Angie Joiner)

Redhead
Location: Bouchie Lake - Quesnel
Reported: Sept 23 (Jerry McFetridge)

Bay-breasted Warbler
Location: Banded at Mugaha Marsh - Mackenzie
Reported: Sept 22 (Angie Joinier et al., m.obs)

Willow Ptarmigan (6)
Location: Rainbow Range Trail at Tweedsmuir Park - 40 km west of Anahim Lake on Hwy 20
Reported: Sept 18 (Carolyn Shores and Shane White)

Harlequin Duck
Location: End of point at Eagle Lake - Chilcotin
Reported: Sept 16 (Jim Sims)

Rusty Blackbirds

Location: 1 on top of cottonwoods with Red-winged Blackbirds beside the Nature Centre at Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Sept 15 (Phil Ranson)

Location: Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatlayoko Lake
Reported: Sept 14 (Thuong Tran Nguyen)


RBA: INDIGO BUNTING (See main page)
Location: 1 male banded at Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory
Reported: August 30 (Gwyn Case and Anna Tran)

RBA: HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Location: Hunter Island South of Bella Bella
Reported: Aug 26 (Larry Barnes)
Map to exact location HERE

Hudsonian Godwit on Hunter Island - Photo: Larry Barnes
 

Sabine's Gulls

Location: 1 bird at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: Aug 25 (Jeff Dyck)

Location: 1 bird flying North up Williston Lake - Mackenzie Lake
Reported: Aug 19 (Christopher Coxson)

Black-bellied Plover (1)
Location: On sandbar near train bridge at Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: Aug 24 (Emily Williams, m.obs)

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (4)
Location: At willow sap holes under electrical lines at 807 Norn Rd - Quesnel
Reported: June 28-Aug 23 (Dwaine Laxdal)

Ruddy Turnstones (3)
Location: On sandbar upstream of the CN bridge at the river confluence at Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: Aug 18 (Jeff Dyck)

Rock Wren (1)
Location: On the rocky slope between Harold Mann Park and the west end of Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: June 4-July 14 (Cathy Antoniazzi, m.obs)

Photo: Jeff Dyck

Pacific Golden-Plover (2)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 12 (Carey Bergman)

RBA: CURVE-BILLED THRASHER (see main page)
Location: In his yard near Burns Lake
Reported: July 7 (Keith Walker)

Horned Puffin (4)
Location:Flatrock Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 3 (Carey Bergman)

Black-billed Magpie
Location: Naikoon Park - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 1 (Bernard Shroeder)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1)
Location: Anderson Flats Provincial Park - New Hazelton
Reported: June 19 (Larry Joseph, m.obs)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Anderson Flats Provincial Park - New Hazelton
Reported: June 19 (Larry Joseph, m.obs)

Eastern Phoebe (2)
Location: Nesting at Mugaha Banding Station - Mackenzie)
Reported: June 15-18 (Doug Thompson, m.obs)

Lark Sparrow
Location: Feeding around the compost at Haikai Institute - Calvert Island
Reported: June 14 (Brian Starzomski)

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
Location: By outhouses at Harold Mann Park near Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: June 13 (Ken Wright et al., m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: 1 male and 1 female on a spruce tree on the islands at Moose Valley Provincial Park - Cariboo
Reported: June 11 (Cathy Koot)

Ovenbird
Location: Calling from the old-growth area near the 25 km marker (of Parsnip Forest Development Rd) just north of the turn-off to Heather Lake.
Reported: June 10 (Jeff Dyck)


Eurasian Collared Dove
Location:Fir Lake rec site off the 100 Road in the Chilcotin
Reported: Jun 9 (Suzie Ambrose)

Pacific Loon (15)
Location: Raft across Eaglet Lake just past Harold Mann Park - Willow River
Reported: June 9 (Jeff Dyck)

Le Conte's Sparrow (3)
Location: Calling in the field behind Giscome School - Giscome
Reported: June 9 (Jeff Dyck)

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
Location: Dunn Levy Ranch, 5845 Soda Creek, MaCalister Rd -  Mcleese Lake
Reported: June 8 (Finder wishes to remain anonymous, m.obs)

American Avocet (1)
Location: In field south of Lone Oak Ranch at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 29 (Jeff Dyck et al., m.obs)

Glaucous Gull (1 immature)
Location: Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary (off Trumpeter Dr.) - Masset
Reported: May 28 (Christoper di Corrado)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Rock Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek
Reported: May 28 (Phil Ranson)

RBA: ROSS'S GOOSE
Location: In field south of Lone Oak Ranch with Canada Geese at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 19-26 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)

Photo: Jeff Dyck

Baltimore Oriole (1 male)
Location: Private Residence in 3000 block of Dog Creek Rd - near Williams Lake
Reported: May 22 (Tobi Tucker, m.obs)
 
Photo: Tobi Tucker


RBA: CAPE MAY WARBLER (1 male)
Location: In plum tree at 19740 Upper Fraser Rd - Giscome
Reported: May 21 (Cathy Antoniazzi)

Photo: Cathy Antoniazzi

Lapland Longspur
Location: Roundup Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek
Access is by DND permit only which can be obtained at DND in Chilliwack
Reported: May 21 (Phil Ranson)

American Golden-Plover
Location: At edge of last field before Lone Oak Ranch at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 19 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)

Arctic Tern
Location: NE end of Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 19 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)

Redhead
Location: 1 male in sewage lagoon - New Hazleton
Reported: May 18 (Larry Joseph)

RBA: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (4th record for the Cariboo Chilcotin Area)
Location: Roundup Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek (near Williams Lake)
Roundup Lake is within the Chilcotin Military Training Area and access is by permit only. Applications for a permit can be made through the DND in Chilliwack
Reported: May 14 (Phil Ranson et al.)
Phil found a White-rumped Sandpiper in the same location last year.

2nd Spring Record of a White-rumped Sandpiper for the Cariboo Chilcotin - Photo: Sandy Proulx

Eurasian Wigeon
Location: Roundup Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek (near Williams Lake)
Reported: May 14 (Phil Ranson et al.)

Prairie Falcons

Location: 1 perched on Dog Creek Cliffs - Dog Creek
Reported: May 14 (Doug Hill et al, m.obs)

Location: 1 in flight over Rock Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek
Reported: May 14 (Phil Ranson et al.)

Lewis's Woodpeckers (2)
Location: In field and perched on fence at Dog Creek Cliffs - Dog Creek
Reported: May 14 (Doug Hill et al.)

Rock Wren
Location: Singing from Boulder Slide at Dog Creek Cliffs - Dog Creek
Reported: May 14 (Doug Hill et al.)

WILLET
Location: At water's edge in the field before Lone Oak Ranch at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 11 (Sandra Kinsey and Laird Law, m.obs)

RBA: BLACK-TAILED GULL (See main page)
Location: Kincolith Waterfront off Waterfront St (map on main page) - Nass River Valley
Reported: May 4 (Jeremy Gatten)

Yellow-billed Loon (1 in breeding)
Location: Off the West Beach at Hakai Beach Institute - Calvert Island
Reported: April 30-May 4 (Blair Dudeck, m.obs)

Glaucous Gulls

Location: 1 bird on Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: May 4 (Cathy Antonniazi)

Location: 1 bird on Kincolith Waterfront off Waterfront St - Nass River Valley
Reported: May 3 (Jeremy Gatten)

Cassin's Finch
Location: Grassland Rd NE Prince George
Reported: April 9 (Clive Keen)
Photo: Clive Keen
(Eurasian) Green-winged Teal
Location: Giscome
Reported: April 4 (Cathy Antoniazzi)

Eurasian Widgeon (3)
Location: Scout Island Lake
Reported: Mar 27 (Phil Ranson)

Yellow-billed Loon 
Location: Tatlayko Lake
Reported: Mar 24 (Jim Sims)

Harris's Sparrows

Location: Private home in Hagensborg
Reported: March 5-7 (Elizabeth Howard)

Location: Private home near N Boundary Rd and Chappel Rd - South Hazelton
Reported: Feb 3-Feb 22 (Riston Penny)

Western Meadowlark
Location: New Hazelton Wetlands
Reported: Jan 28 (Larry Joseph)

American Pipit (9)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 22 (Carey Bergman)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 22 (Carey Bergman)
 
Photo: Carey Bergman

Cassin's Finch (1 male)
Location: Private home on James Dr. - Prince George
Reported: Jan 21-22 (Heather Meier)

Photo: Heather Meier

California Gull
Location: Hot spring Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 20 (Carey Bergman)

White-throated Sparrows (2)
Location: Private residence at Toynbee and Mountainview Ave - Thornhill
Reported: Dec 29-April 5 (Diane Weismiller, m.obs)

Canvasback (1 male)
Location: In bay with Scaup off Oceanview Dr. viewed from Premier Creek - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Dec 25-Jan 10 (Carey Bergman)


Canvasback (2)
Location: Sewage Pond - Kitimat
Reported: Jan 2 (Walter Thorne)


Ruddy Duck
Location: Ross Lake Provincial Park-Hazelton
Reported: Oct 23 (Larry Joseph)

Western Gull
Location: Sandspit Airport
Reported: Oct 16 (Carey Bergman)

Yellow-billed Loon
Location: Eaglet Lake-NE of Prince George
Reported: Oct 9-12 (Jeff Dyck)

Photo: Jeff Dyck

Sabine's Gull
Location: Riverside Park-Vanderhoof
Reported: Oct 2 (Sandra Kinsey/Laird Law)

Blue-winged Teal
Location: Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary
Reported: Oct 2 (Chris Charlesworth)

Western Gull
Location: Alaska Lodge-Naikoon Provincial Park
Reported: Oct 2 (Chris Charlesworth)

Rufous Hummingbird
Location: Mountain Ave-Terrace
Reported Sept 15 thru 17 (Diane Weismiller)

Turkey Vulture
Location: Watch Lake near 100 Mile House
Reported: Sept 15 (Vaughan Nelson)

Osprey
Location: Sandspit Airport
Reported: September 12 (David Bradley)

Long-tailed Jaeger
Location: Carp Lake Provincial Park(South of Mackenzie)
Reported: Sept 11 (Kaiden Bosch)

Black-throated Gray Warbler
Location: Mountainview Ave-Terrace
Reported: Sept 6 (Diane Weismiller)

Northern Shrike
Location: Seeley Lake Provincial Park
Reported: September 5 (Walter Thorne)

Virginia Rail
Location: Pond on Copper Bay Rd, South of Sandspit
Reported: Sept 5 (Carey Bergman)

Hudsonian Godwit
Location: Seaplane Base - Vanderhoof
Reported: Aug 28 (Laird Shaw and Sandra Kinsey)

American Golden-Plover
Location: Riverside Park - Vanderhoof
Reported: Aug 28 (Nancy Kruger et al.)

Blue-headed Vireo
Location: Mugaha Marsh - Mackenzie
Reported: Aug 30 (Walter Thorne)

Photo: Walter Thorne
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Location: Mugaha Marsh -Mackenzie
Reported: Aug 30 (Walter Thorne)

Photo: Walter Thorne
                                                                                                         
Horned Lark
Location: Spruce Rock-Haida Gwaii
Reported Aug 29th (David Bradley)

American Golden Plover
Location: Riverside Park-Vanderhoof
Reported Aug 28 (Nancy & Karen Krushelnik)

Pacific Loon
Location: Riverside Park-Vanderhoof
Reported Aug 28 (Nancy & Karen Krushelnik)

Hudsonian Godwit
Location: Vanderhoof Seaplane Base
Reported Aug 28th (Sandra Kinsey, Laird Law)

Black Turnstone
Location: Tachick Lake Resort (South of Vanderhoof)
Reported: Aug 28 (Karen Krushelnick, Nancy Krueger)

Photo: Jeff Dyck

Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Location: Sandspit airport
Reported: Aug 28 (Carey Bergman)

Photo: Carey Bergman

Solitary Sandpiper
Location: Port Edward: Old Mill entrance
Reported: August 27th (Theresa Weismiller)

Sabine's Gull
Location: Eaglet Lake (NW of Prince George)
Reported: Aug 22nd (Cathy Antoniazzi et al)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Location: Mugaha Marsh - Mackenzie
Reported: Aug 21-22nd (Angie Joiner et al.)


Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Location: Mather's Bight - Sandspit
Reported: Aug 16-17 (Margo Fearne and Peter Hamel, m.obs)


Ruff
Location: Mather's Bight - Sandspit
Reported: Aug 16-17 (Margo Fearne and Peter Hamel, m.obs)

Blue Jay
Location: Four Mile Mountain Summit
Reported: Aug 17 (Larry Joseph)

American Bittern
Location: Sand Lake - Rosswood
Reported: Aug 17 (Walter Thorne)

Canada Warbler
Location: Mugaha Marsh-North East of Mackenzie UTM 55.3964667,-123.20961
Reported: August 6th (James Bradley)

Black-throated Gray Warbler
Location: Mountainview Ave - UTM 54.505735, - 128.543901- SE Terrace
Reported: August 2nd-August 6th (Teresa Weismiller and Dianne Weismiller)

Horned Puffins (6)
Location: Flatrock Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 30 (Carey Bergman et al.)

Long-billed Curlew 
Location: Rose Spit (Naikoon Provincial Park) - Massett
Reported: July 27 (Daniel Donnecke)

Manx Shearwater
Location: Hecate Strait: UTM 53.9471, -130.8994 - 3 hrs from Prince Rupert
Reported: July 17 (Carey Bergman)

Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's)
Location: Cassiar Highway: UTM 58.2218, -130.2238
Reported: July 15th (Carey Bergman)

Blackpoll Warbler
Location: Nisga's memorial lava beds - Near Terrace
Reported: July 13th (Carey Bergman)

Magnolia Warbler
Location: Skeena River-Kwinitsa confluence - Skeena
Reported: July 13th (Carey Bergman)

Tundra Swan
Location: Pinetree Lake - Porter Landing
Reported: July 2nd (Stefan Schlick)

Veery
Location: Hixon community hall - Hixon
Reported: July 2nd (Jeff Dyck/Angie Joiner)

Le Conte's Sparrow (3)
Location: Giscome Elementary School - Giscome (North east of Prince George)
Reported: June 30th (Cathy Antoniazzi) Continuing July 11th
Directions: Turn at the road after the school-Giscome south rd. birds are just around first corner in the field on north side of the road (lakeside).

Gray Catbird

Photo: Aaron Marshall
Location: Lund rd, South of Prince George
Reported: June 19th (Aaron Marshall) Continuing to July 3rd (Jeff Dyck)

White-throated Sparrow (3)
Location: Ross Lake Provincial Park
Reported: June 30th (Larry Joseph)

Northern Hawk Owl 
Location: Heckman Pass Traul - Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
Reported: June 25th (Art Martell)

Willow Flycatcher
Location: Stewart boardwalk
Reported: June 16 (Jim Owens)

Mew Gull (2)/Greater Scaup
Location: Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary (Cranberry Marsh) near Valemount
Reported: June 16 (Emily Williams)

White-throated Sparrow
Location: Ross Lake Provincial Park-near Hazelton
Reported: June 15 (Krista Kaptain)

American Goldfinch
Location: Farrow Street in Kitimat Village
Reported: June 15 (Walter Thorne)

Gray-Cheeked Thrush
Location: Shangles-Kitimat Stikine
Reported: June 6 (Bill Sampson)

Whimbrel
Location: Wright Creek Pit Rd - Salmon Valley
Reported: June 6 (Jeff Dyck)

Sabine's Gulls (3)
Location: Eaglet Lake - Near Prince George
Reported: June 4 (Cathy Antoniazzi)

Parasitic Jaeger
Location: West end of Eagle Lake - 215 Km West of Williams Lake
Reported: June 4 (Ryan Johnston)

Horned Puffin (2)
Location: West side of Anthony Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: May 29 (Ken Wright)

Parasitic Jaeger (4), flying north
Location: Green Lake (south of 100 Mile House)
Reported; May 22 (Jess Findlay)

Whimbrel (1), flying north
Location: Green Lake (south of 100 Mile House)
Reported; May 22 (Jess Findlay)

Swamp Sparrow
Location: New Town Sewage Lagoon Rd - New Hazelton
Reported: May 20 (Larry Joseph)

Horned Puffin
Location: 103 Km SSE of South end of Haida Gwaii viewed from Grand Pricess Cruise Ship - Haida Gwaii
Reported: May 19 (Paul Lehman)

Pacific Golden Plover (1)
Location: SE corner of Sandspit - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Feb 14 (Carey Bergman)

American Coots (3)
Location: Masset - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Feb 7, 2016 (Carey Bergman)