Sunshine Coast

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

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Last seen in the Wakefield Beach development Wave #1. Please park no at Mason Rd and walk in. First seen HERE at Wakefield Creek - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 4/2022-Jan 14/2023 (Blythe and Fianna Wilde, m.obs)
Clay-colored Sparrow in Sechelt - Photo: Karen Holland

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: In the marsh at Sergeant Bay at the first access point past the washroom and first information board - Sechelt
Reported: Jan 3 (John Hodges)

RBA: BRAMBLING (1)
Location: Private Home on Tla’amin First Nations land (not open to public) - Powell River
Reported: Dec 12 (Teresa Bouchard)

RBA: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (1)
Location: HERE at industrial site on Field Rd also seen in treed area across the street - Sechelt 
Reported: Dec 2 (Marc Sole)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Sechelt - Photo: Marc Sole

Snow Bunting (1)
Location: End of Roberts Creek Pier - Roberts Creek
Reported: Nov 27 (John Hodges)

MacGillivray's Warbler (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 8-12 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Snow Bunting (1)
Location: End of Roberts Creek Pier - Roberts Creek
Reported: Oct 26-29 (Kate McKeown, m.obs)

Snow Bunting in Roberts Creek - Photo: Rand Rudland

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: Oct 20 (Pierre Geoffray)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: On trail HERE where 2 benches are side by side by the pond at Sechelt Marsh - Sechelt
Reported: October 17-18 (Mari Petznek, m.obs)
Clay-colored Sparrow in Sechelt - Photo: Mari Petznek

Western Wood-Pewee (1, late)
Location: Sechelt Marsh - Sechelt 
Reported: Oct 15 (Mari Petznek)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty; Roberts Creek
Reported: Oct 8 (Karen Holland)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Private Home in Roberts Creek
Reported: Oct 1 (John Hodges)

BROWN PELICAN (1 juv)
Location: Flying towards Gibsons viewed from the Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 19 (Karen Holland)
Brown Pelican in Roberts Creek - Photo: Karen Holland

Lapland Longspur (2)
Location: Sechelt Golf Course - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 19 (Mari Petznek)

Horned Lark (1)
Location: HERE on Harwood Island
Reported: Sept 19 (Iwan van Veen)
 
Golden Eagle (1)
Location: Flying over HERE - Roberts Creek 
Reported: Sept 17 (Mari Petznek et al.)
Golden Eagle in Roberts Creek - Photo: Rand Rudland

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: HERE at Gospel Rock; Gibsons 
Reported: Sept 16 (Karen Holland, m.obs)
 
Western Kingbird (1)
Location: HERE at Gospel Rock; Gibsons 
Reported: Sept 14 (Jack Pope)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: HERE at Gospel Rock; Gibsons 
Reported: Sept 12 (Karen Holland, m.obs)
Vesper Sparrow in Gibsons - Photo: Karen Holland

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty; Roberts Creek
Reported: Aug 23 (John Hodges)

RBA: EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (1)
Location: HERE at Wilson Creek Estuary 
Reported: Aug 15 (John Hodges, m.obs)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail in Sechelt (Photo: John Hodges)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 12 (John Hodges)

Wandering Tattler (1)
Location: On Worlcombe Island (boat access only)
Reported: July 20 (Ken Wright)

ROCK WREN (1)
Location: HERE at Gospel Rock; Gibsons 
Reported: July 13 (Karen Holland)
Rock Wren in Gibsons - Photo: Karen Holland

BROWN PELICAN (1)
Location: Seen sitting on White Islets viewed from Henderson Beach - Roberts Creek
Reported: July 8 (John Hodges)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Flying over the Sechelt Golf Course
Reported: July 7 (John Hodges)

American White Pelican (1)
Location: Last seen at White Islets. First seen at the SW corner of Gambier Island.
Reported: July 5 (Christine Killam) to 6 (John Dafoe)

American White Pelican at Gambier - Photo: Christine Killam

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1 male) * contact the RBA for access!*
Location: At private home but open to public - Sechelt
Reported: June 18-July 4 (Cornelia van Berkel and Tim Street, m.obs)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Sechelt - Photo: Cornelia van Berkel

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Gospel Rock - Gibsons
Reported: July 4 (Karen Holland)
Eastern Kingbird in Gibsons - Photo: Karen Holland 

BREWER’S SPARROW (Timberline Subspecies)
Location: Last seen HERE and first HERE at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: June 8-11 (Krista Kaptein, m.obs)
Brewer’s Sparrow in Powell River - Photo: Krista Kaptein

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Gospel Rock - Gibsons
Reported: May 27-June 7 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Sabine's Gull (23)
Location: Viewed from the ferry as the birds flew near Gibsons 
Reported: June 6 (Julian Heavyside)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: HERE on beach at Willington Campsite - Powell River
Reported: June 4 (Ben Tsai)
Western Kingbird in Powell River - Photo: Ben Tsai

Sabine's Gull (11)
Location: Off the ferry heading south to north near Gibsons 
Reported: May 31 (Stephan Hinguant)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 31 (John Hodges, m.obs)
 
Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: On the beach at the end of Ionian Rd - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: May 22 (Rand Rudland)
Northern Mockingbird in Halfmoon Bay - Photo: Rand Rudland

Nashville Warbler (1) *late*
Location: First pond at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 22 (Cathy McLellan)
Nashville Warbler in Sechelt - Photo: Cathy McLellan

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary; Sechelt
Reported: May 21 (John Hodges)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: HERE on Keats Island
Reported: May 16 (Else Mikkelsen)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Near the storage containers at Gospel Rock - Gibsons
Reported: May 13-14 (Karen Holland)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 13  (John Hodges)

American White Pelican (Up to 26)
Location: Last seen sitting in the water at Porpoise Bay off the Spray St access. Also seen off the Chelsea Place beach access. First seen flying NE over downtown Sechelt 
Reported: May 4-7 (Caroline K. and Allen Jensen, m.obs)

American White Pelicans in Sechelt - Photo: Rand Rudland

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: With a flock of Savannah Sparrows on Ryan Dempster Field; Gibsons
Reported: April 18- May 5 (Karen Holland, m.obs)

Vesper Sparrow in Gibsons - Photo: Karen Holland

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: With a flock of Savannah Sparrows on the driving range at Sechelt Golf Course; Sechelt
Reported: May 5 (John Hodges)

Horned Lark (1)
Location: In the gravel area across from storage containers at Gospel Rock - Gibsons
Reported: April 28-May 1 (Karen Holland, m.obs)
Horned Lark in Gibsons - Photo: Karen Holland

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Harwood Spit - Powell River
Reported: April 30 (Robert Van der Zalm)

 Bluebird (5)
Location: Near the storage containers at Gospel Rock - Gibsons
Reported: March 30-April 28 (Karen Holland, m.obs)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Gerrans Bay - Pender Harbour
Reported: April 24-27 (Jim Cameron, m.obs)
Yellow-billed Loon in Pender Harbour - Photo: Rand Rudland

Mountain  Bluebird (4)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retreat (Douglas Bay) - Powell River
Reported: April 14-23 (Kathy Pritchard, m.obs)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retreat (Douglas Bay) - Powell River
Reported: April 14-15 (Kathy Pritchard, m.obs)

Mountain Bluebird (2)
Location: Mahood Beach - Powell River 
Reported: April 11-14 (Robert Van der Zalm, m.obs)

Say’s Phoebe (1)
Location: Brew Bay - Powell River 
Reported: April 10 (Iwan van Veen)

Mountain Bluebird (4)
Location: Brew Bay - Powell River 
Reported: April 10 (Iwan van Veen)

Say’s Phoebe (1)
Location: On seawalk HERE near Marine Dr; Powell River
Reported: April 9 (Carol Reid)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: March 28 (Robert Van der Zalm)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Hospital Bay - Pender Harbour 
Reported: March 4 (Kaiden Bosch)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Okeover arm Park - Powell River 
Reported: Feb 13 (Iwan van Veen)

Bohemian Waxwing (4)
Location: Scout Mountain - Powell River
Reported: Jan 21, 2022 (Iwan van Veen)