Sunshine Coast

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

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**Melissa is away please email all sightings to Bridget Spencer at bspencer158@gmail.com**

Recent sightings:

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Private Home at 423 Harry Rd. Please do not trespass or bother dog. Feeder is viewable from street and owner is fine with birders viewing from street - Gibsons
Reported: Jan 5-12 (Eric Habisch)

Harris's Sparrow in Gibsons - Photo: Eric Habisch

Swamp Sparrows

Location: 1 at the end of Lilies Lake Rd - Pender Harbour
Reported: Jan 5 (Sue Hayer)

Location: 1 in field below high school - Sechelt
Reported: Dec 15-23 (Robert Allen and Arnold Skei, m.obs)

Redhead (1 male)
Location: Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: Nov 11-Dec 15 (Carol Reid, m.obs)

Male Redhead with Female Ring-necked Duck - Photo: Kathy Pritchard

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Sechelt
Reported: Dec 15 (Robert Allen and Arnold Skei)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: In the shrubs just past the gates to the development, between the road and the excavation ponds at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 16-19 (John Hodges)

Palm Warbler in Sechelt - Photo: Pat Curling

Palm Warbler (1)
SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: Oct 14-Nov 7 (Kathy Pritchard, m.obs)

Photo: Kathy Pritchard

Palm Warbler (2)
Location: 1 at entrance to Port Stalashen and 1 at the edge of Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 13-18 (John Hodges, m.obs)

1 of 2 Palm Warblers in Sechelt - Photo: Pat Curling

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Near the sewage treatment plant at Sechelt Marsh located HERE
Reported: Oct 8-10 (Cathy McLellan, m.obs)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Sechelt Marsh located HERE
Reported: Oct 6-9 (JW Mills et al., m.obs)

Swamp Sparrow (1)
Location: In brush by the creek at the old Golf Course - Powell River
Reported: Oct 9 (Carol Reid)

RBA: BLACK-TAILED GULL (1 see main page)
Location: Last seen  on Major Islet (accessible only by boat).  Previously seen flying by the old golf course in Powell River HERE and seen HERE on the gov't dock in Lund
Reported: Sept 13-Oct 3 (Ken Wright, m.obs)

Black-tailed Gull off Major Islet on Sept 26, 18 - Photo: J. Duerr

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: By the iron grate bridge at Sechelt Marsh located HERE
Reported: Oct 3 (Marcia Mason)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches (3)
Location: Viewed while hiking on the Emma Lake trail up to Emma Lake - Powell River
Reported: Sept 30 (Iwan Van Veen)

Black-bellied Plover (1)
Location: Log dump near the old Powell River Golfcourse
Reported: Sept 24-29 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: At the marsh/pond at Smuggler's Cove Provincial Park - Halfmoon Bay
It is accessible from Brooks Road off Hwy 101 halfway between Secret Cove and Halfmoon Bay. It is a 4km hike from the parking lot to Smuggler Cove.
Reported: Sept 27 (Donna Giberson)

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Near the tree struck by lightning at Seargent Bay Provinical Park - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: Sept 16 (Sue Hayer, m.obs)

Pomarine Jaeger (1)
Location: Little River Ferry crossing - Powell River
Reported: Sept 13 (Andrea and Neil MacLeod)

Bobolink (1 female)
Location: Sliammon Point - Powell River
Reported: Sept 11 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs)
Female Bobolink in Powell River - Photo: Iwan Van Veen/Macaulay Library

American White Pelican (1)
Location: Last seen on the sandy beach to the east Roberts Creek Jetty Pier. Previously seen at the head of porpoise bay - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 8-11 (Maureen Hamblin, m.obs)
American White Pelican in Sechelt - Photo: Maureen Hamblin/Macaulay Library

American Redstart (1 female type)
Location: In a golden maple tree in the parking lot at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 6-11 (John Hodges, m.obs)
Map HERE
American Redstart in Sechelt - Photo: Patrick Curling

Greater White-fronted Goose (3)
Location: Flying over Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 11 (John Hodges)

RBA: LARK BUNTING (1 Juvenile - see main page)
Location: Between abandoned building and derelict boat on water at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Sept 7 (single observer sighting on Sept 8) - (John Hodges, m.obs)
Map HERE

Cassin's Auklet (1)
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 5 (Karen Holland)

Horned Lark (1)
Location: Lower field at Elphinstone Secondary School - Gibsons
Reported: Sept 4 (Karen Holland)

Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 29 (John Hodges)

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1 report w/no photo)
Location: Private Home - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 26 (Eva Diener)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Private Home - Egmont
Reported: Aug 28 (Kaiden Bosch)

Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Location: Thunder Bay - Powell River
Reported: Aug 21 (Iwan Van Veen et al.)

RBA: CHESNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1 male, see main page for directions)
Location: Exact location HERE - Powell River
Reported: June 19-July 1 (Neil Hughes, m.obs)

Male Chestnut-sided Warbler in Powell River - Photos: Iwan Van Veen

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Sargeant Bay Provincial Park - Sechelt
Reported: June 22 (John Hodges)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: On breakwater at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 16-20 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 16-19 (Arnold Skei)

TENESSEE WARBLER (1) (no road access)
Location: Km 6 at Lower Deserted River near Malibu
Map HERE
Reported: June 15 (Kaiden Bosch)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Jervis Inlet near Malibu
Reported: June 15 (Kaiden Bosch)

Eastern Kingbirds (2)
Location: On Heritage Rd in "The Shores" - Sechelt
Reported: June 13 (Marcia Mason)

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: In the meadow with alder trees, 100m from the orchard by the lake - Thormanby
Reported: June 11 (John Hodges)

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD (1)
Location: On the roof of a shed opposite 6333 Sandpiper Rd - Sechelt
Reported: June 10 (John Hodges)

Photo: John Hodges

Bank Swallow (1)
Location: 10191 Serendipity Rd - Powell River
Reported: June 11 (Pierre Geoffrey at al.)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 4 (John Hodges)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: The Shores - Sechelt
Reported: June 2 (Marcia Mason)

RBA: COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (1, adult male - see main page)
Location: Private home on Skeena St. - Powell River
Reported: May 23-25 (Sara Brown)

Male Costa's Hummingbird in Powell River - Photo: Sara Brown

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Sargent Bay Provincial Park - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: May 25 (Kaiden Bosch)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Female on the roof of "Lighthouse Pub" at Porpoise Bay - Sechelt
Reported: May 24 (Kaiden Bosch)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Sargent Bay Provincial Park - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: May 19 (John Hodges et al.)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retraat - Powell  River
Reported: May 14 (Kathy Pritchard)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: 4311 Padgett Rd - Powell River
Reported: April 29 (Iwan Van Veen)

White-winged Crossbill (1)
Location: Oracle Rd - Sechelt
Reported: April 28 (Alexis Harrington)

Rock Sandpiper (Late)
Location: Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: April 24 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Say's Phoebes

Location: 1 at SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: April 28 (Kathy Pritchard)

Location: 1 at the breakwater at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: April 26 (John Hodges)

Location: 1 on beach at Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 16 (John Hodges)

Location: 1 on beach below washrooms at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: April 14 (Monica Nugent)

Mountain Bluebirds 

Location: 4 at Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 16-19 (John Hodges)

Location: 2 on beach at the old golf course near Brooks Secondary School - Powell River
Reported: April 15 (Pierre Geoffray et al.)

RBA: Cassin's Finch (1 male)
Location: Private Home on Hawthorn Rd - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 11 (John Hodges)

Photo: John Hodges 

Chipping Sparrow
Location: Oracle Rd and Baillie Rd - Sechelt
Reported: April 11 (Chris Allen)

White-throated Sparrow (1) (no longer rare in April)
Location: Private Home 6000 block of Nechako Ave - Powell River
Reported: Dec 24, 2017-April 4, 2018 (Iwan Van Veen, m.obs)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: The Shores - Sechelt
Reported: March 24 (John Hodges)

RBA: COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (1 adult male, see main page)
Location: Window feeder at "SeaSide Escape Retreat" at 2102 Donkersley RdPowell River
Reported: Sept 6/17-March 16/18 (Ken and Kathleen Pritchard, m.obs)
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Costa's Hummingbird in Powell River - Photo: Ken Pritchard

Bohemian Waxwings (5)
Location: In berry bush in front of main mall parking lot - Sechelt
Reported: Jan 5, 2018 (Chris Allen)