Sunshine Coast

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

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 (Iwan van Veen)
 
Common Redpolls (40)
Location: Wilson’s Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Dec 8 (John Hodges)

Mountain Bluebird (1 male)
Location: In farm field on Valley Rd near Padgett Rd - Powell River
Reported: Nov 29-Dec 1 (Kathleen Pritchard)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: HERE on the Sea Walk - Powell River
Reported: Nov 11-12 (Diana Radford, m.obs)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen

Lapland Longspur (1)
Location: Feeding on the ground near Roberts Creek Pier - Roberts Creek
Reported: Oct 2 (Karen Holland)

SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER (2)

Location: 1 seen from the Comox to Powell River ferry (Little River ferry) as it flew near the berth in Powell River 
Reported: Sept 30 (Keith Matthieu)

Location: 1 seen by boat in Malaspina Strait about 2 km WNW of North Thormanby Island - near Halfmoon Bay
Reported: Sept 23 (John Field)

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (1 female) *unconfirmed*
Location: HERE in Ruby-crowned Kinglet flock in trees near Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 23 (Mari Petznek)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: By the old boat at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 6 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: Sept 3 (Iwan Van Veen)

SABINE’S GULL (1 adult)
Location: Flying at the end of the Roberts Creek Jetty Pier - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 2 (J. Hodges, m.obs)
Sabine’s Gull in Roberts Creek - Photo: Karen Holland

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: End of Roberts Creek Jetty Pier - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 1 (John Hodges, m.obs)
 
Horned Lark (1)
Location: End of Roberts Creek Jetty Pier - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 1 (Karen Holland, m.obs)

Franklin's Gull (1 juv)
Location: South end of Porpoise Bay (beach access across from Osprey St); Sechelt
Reported: Aug 20 (M. Petznek)
Franklin’s Gull in Sechelt - Photo: Mari Petznek

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: On beach on south end of Porpoise Bay - Sechelt 
Reported: June 10-14 (Mari Petznek, m.obs)
 
RBA: FORSTER’S TERN (1)
Location: On the pier HERE across from Blue Heron Inn at Porpoise Bay - Sechelt
Reported: June 10 (Mari Petznek)
Forster's Tern in Sechelt - Photo: Mari Petznek

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt 
Reported: May 28 (John Hodges)

Snow Bunting (1)
Location: In the gravel area directly across from the “bird sanctuary” sign at the south end of Field Rd at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt 
Reported: May 27 (Allan Jensen)
Snow Bunting in Sechelt - Photo: Allan Jensen

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: HERE at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: May 23-28 (Iwan Van Veen)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Rotary Friendship Park - Sechelt
Reported: May 22 (John Hodges)

Western Kingbird (2)

Location: 1 at Brew Bay - Powell River
Reported: May 20 (Carol Reid)

Location: 1 HERE at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: May 19 (Iwan Van Veen)
Western Kingbird in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen

Lazuli Bunting (1)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retreat (Douglas Bay) - Powell River
Reported: May 18 (Kathy Pritchard)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: May 7-9 (Iwan Van Veen)

BREWER’S SPARROW (1)
Location: HERE on grass near Wakefield Beach Lane - Sechelt
*Public access from Mason Road Rock Beach*
Reported: May 8 (Fianna and Blythe Wilde)
Brewer’s Sparrow in Sechelt - Photo: Fianna Wilde

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: At Field Rd just before the new condo development at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 7 (John Hodges, m.obs)
Dusky Flycatcher in Sechelt - Photo: Rand Rudland 

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Sliammon Point - Powell River 
Reported: April 29-May2 (Pierre Geoffray)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Private Property - Powell River
Date: May 2 (Iwan van Veen)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: At the shores on the fence dividing the large field to the south of Heritage Road - Sechelt
Date: April 30 (R. Rudland)

Marbled Godwit (1)
Location: Myrtle Rock - Powell River
Reported: April 25 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs)

Cinnamon Teal (1 male)
Location: Brew Bay at Lang Creek Estuary - Powell River
Reported: April 25 (Iwan van Veen, m.obs)
 
Blue-winged Teal (1 male)
Location: Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: April 23 (Kathy Pritchard)

Mountain Bluebird (2)
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: March 10-April 25 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs) 

Say’s Phoebe (1)
Location: On beach in front of 9167 Lonian Rd - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: March 22 (Rand Rudland)

BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE (1)
Location: Last seen HERE on North Thormanby Island. Previously seen at 805 Payne Rd at Shady Hazel Farm. Previously seen at Private Home near Gower Point and Head Rd - Gibsons
Reported: March 16-21 (Manon Staiger, m.obs)
Black-billed Magpie in Gibsons - Photo: Rand Rudland

Mountain Bluebird (4)
Location: In the farm fields along Crowston at The Shores - Sechelt
Reported: March 9-18 (John Hodges, m.obs) 

Snow Bunting (2)
Location Corner of Rimrock and Heritage Rd - Sechelt 
Reported: March 16-17 (Kaiden Bosch, m.obs)

Black-billed Magpie (1)
Location: HERE on the trail along the power lines just below the big white tent at Salish Soils - Sechelt
Reported: Feb 27 (Steve Marsh)

White-winged Crossbill (3)
Location: Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: Feb 21 (Kathy Pritchard)

Glaucous Gull (1 first winter)
Location: Gibson's Beach - Powell River
Reported: Jan 2-28 (Iwan Van Veen, m.obs)

Yellow-billed Loon (1 juv)
Location: HERE viewed by boat (but could be scoped off Cannery Rd) - Lund
Reported: Jan 9 (Pierre Geoffray et al.)
Yellow-billed Loon in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen

Pine Grosbeak (1)
Location: Calling on Redroofs Rd - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: Jan 8 (Tony Greenfield)

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: HERE near Fernwood Ave - Powell River
Reported: Jan 4 (Iwan Van Veen)

BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (1) *late*
Location: Private Home near Nestman Rd - Sechelt
Reported: Dec 20/20-Jan 3/21 (Brian Romer, m.obs) 
Bullock's Oriole in Sechelt - Photo: Melissa Hafting