Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

To report rare birds or sightings of interest in this area and to submit pictures, please email Jeremy Gatten at jarofme@hotmail.com

*As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 meters apart when viewing any birds on this list during thisG time. Please follow all public health directives during this pandemic (including not birding in groups, please wear a mask if you are unable to social distance). The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.*

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: On the beach in front of Courtenay Airpark; Courtenay
Reported: Sept 19 (J. Mackenzie) to 20 (multiple observers)
American Golden-Plover in Comox (Photo: James Mackenzie)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; restricted access
Date: September 4 (D. Bell et al.)  

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: In front of the main viewing platform here at Nanaimo River Estuary; Nanaimo
Date: Sept 19 (B. Vroom)
Upland Sandpiper in Nanaimo (Photo: Bryan Vroom)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Here at the base of the spit; Ucluelet
Date: Sept 19 (I. Cruickshank)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; west side of park near Dorset Rd along main path between creek and habitat restoration area, approximately here
Date: Sept 18 (G. Newell)
Magnolia Warbler in Victoria (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Tower Point, Metchosion; observed briefly on the point and seen flying east towards Albert Head
Date: September 18 (D. Aldcroft)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Long Beach, Tofino; flycatching along beach just west of Incinerator Rock
Date: Sept 18 (I. Cruickshank)

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (1 adult)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; among California Gulls on rocky point southwest of parking lot
Date: Sept 18 (J. Bertrands)

Tennessee Warbler (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; banded at station 
Date: Sept 16 (D. Bell et al.)

ROCK WREN (1)
Location: 1571 Bay St, Ucluelet; in front yard, but might be found in yards along the south side of Bay St, east of Matterson Drive, up to the trail that runs between Bay St and Marine Dr
Date: September 13 (J. Saydam)
Rock Wren in Ucluelet (Photo: Ian Cruickshank)

HORNED PUFFIN (1)
Location: Flores Island, near Tofino; seen in four corners area
Date: September 12 (G. Potter)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Green Point Campground, Tofino; along beach 
Date: September 12 (fide I. Cruickshank)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; on ocean side fairways
Date: September 5 (G. Newell) to September 11 (multiple observers) 

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Qualicum Beach
Date: September 4 (G. Monty) to 9 (multiple observers)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Trial Island, Oak Bay; flying over 
Date: September 9 (G. Newell)  

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southeast dyke, south of metal shed
Date: August 27 (G. Newell) to September 6 (multiple observers)  

Northern Waterthrush (2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southeast dyke, south of metal shed
Date: August 29 (C. Hughes) to September 6 (multiple observers)

STILT SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Pendray Farms, North Saanich; private - not publicly accessible
Date: September 3 to 4 (J. and M.C. Wells)
A classic juvenile Stilt Sandpiper, nicely documented! (Photo: J. Wells)

Lewis’s Woodpecker (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; restricted access
Date: September 4 (D. Donnecke)  

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Longview Farms, Central Saanich; among mixed blackbird flock
Date: August 22 to September 4 (J. Gatten)

HORNED PUFFIN (9)
Location: Triangle Island; offshore near Cape Scott here, accessed by boat
Date: September 2 (G. Curry et al.)
4 out of 9 Horned Puffins seen near Triangle Island (Photo: Gord Curry)

RUFF (1)
Location: Englishmen River Estuary, Parksville; lagoon off Mariner Way, here
Date: August 29 (Y. Attia) to September 2 (multiple observers)
Ruff in Parksville (Photo: Mike Yip)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Englishmen River Estuary, Parksville; lagoon off Mariner Way, here 
Date: August 30 (M. & S. Toochin) to September 2 (multiple observers)

MANX SHEARWATER (2)
Location: Nigei Island, Port Hardy; approximate locations are here and here
Date: September 2 (G. Monty et al.)

Yellow-billed Loon (1 adult)
Location: Deep Bay
Date: September 1 (G. Monty) 

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin
Date: September 1 (D. Bell)

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS (1)
Location: Here at Clayoquot Canyon; Tofino 
Date: August 29 (M. Toochin, m.obs)
Short-tailed Albatross off Tofino (Photo: Melissa Hafting)

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1 juv)
Location: Englishmen River Estuary, Parksville; lagoon off Mariner Way, here
Date: August 28 (M. Wynja) to 29 (multiple observers) 
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Parksville (Photo: Evan Larson)

BOBOLINK (2)
Location: Panama Flats, Victoria; southeast quadrant
Date: Aug ust 27 (C. Hughes) to 30 (multiple observers)

MANX SHEARWATER (4)
Location: Blackfish Sound, off Port McNeill; near Bold Head 
Date: August 17 (J. Cooper), 18 (J. Towers), 20 (G. Curry and S. Knoerr) to 28 (G. Curry)
Manx Shearwater near Port McNeill (Photo: Gord Curry)

Pacific Golden-Plover (3)
Location: Point Holmes, Comox
Date: August 27 to 28 (R. Petersen)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke
Date: August 27 (R. Dzenkiw)

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1 juv)
Location: Nootka Island; approximately here
Date: August 22 (Z. Fedder)
Rusty cap and buffy-orange wash to the chest are good indicators of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Photo: Zac Fedder)
 
Northern Waterthrush (3+)
Location: Beckwith Park, Saanich; muddy fringe of large pond
Date: August 19 (K. Slagboom, K. Taylor) to 27 (multiple observers) 

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southeast corner of flats along south dyke
Date: August 26 (C. Hughes)

RUFF (1)
Location: Sidney Spit, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve; northeast side of the spit
Date: Aug usto25 (K. Beardmore and A. Jacobs)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; restricted access
Date: August 24 (D. Bell) 

Least Flycatcher (3)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; restricted access
Date: August 23 (D. Bell) 

RUFF (1)
Location: Courtenay Airpark, Courtenay; flying over, approximately here
Date: August 22 (J. Bindernagel and J. Mackenzie)
Ruff in Courtenay (Photo: James Mackenzie)

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE (1), first Vancouver Island record
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; observed here and here
Date: August 20 (A. Jacobs) to 22 (multiple observers)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Schooner Cove, Tofino
Date: August 20 (I. Cruickshank)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; found along beach on logs
Reported: August 20 (M. Weilmeier)

Brown Pelicans
Location: Present in waters off Vancouver Island this summer, with the majority being off the open west coast (e.g., off Tofino) and lower numbers seen in the Salish Sea
Date: July 8 to ???
Brown Pelican near Race Rocks off Victoria (Photo: Doug Martin)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; banded at station
Date: August 19 (D. Bell)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; south end of bridge
Date: August 18 (A. Jacobs)

Stilt Sandpiper (1)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River
Date: August 17 to 18 (S. Royer)

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; restricted access
Date: August 17 (D. Bell)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; seen here
Date: August 15 (M. Field) 

Great Egret (1)
Location: Stubbs Island, Tofino
Date: August 13 (A. Dorst)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Race Rocks, offshore from Metchosin; viewable by boat only
Date: August 13 (A. Nightingale)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Point Holmes, Comox
Date: August 2 (K. Fitzpatrick)

WILLET (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; base of spit
Date: July 30 (A. Cooper)

MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: offshore from Port Hardy; observed from boat, approximately here
Date: July 28 (E. Larson)

BAR-TAILED GODWIT (1 adult)
Location: Quatse Estuary, Port Hardy; here with 24 Marbled Godwits
Date: July 26 (E. Larson)
Bar-tailed Godwit in Port Hardy (Photo: Evan Larson)

GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE (1, female)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; foraging near the bridge on the lagoon side also has been seen across from the food trucks
Date: July 4 (D. Shumeyko) to 19 (multiple observers)
Great-tailed Grackle in Colwood (Photo: Keith Taylor)

TRICOLORED HERON (1)
Location: Cowichan Bay Estuary, Cowichan Bay
Date: July 12 (K. Thorne)
Tricolored Heron in Cowichan Bay (Photo: Ken Thorne)

WOOD SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southwest and northeast quadrants
Date: July 5 (G. Newell) to 9 (multiple observers)
Victoria’s first Wood Sandpiper (Photo: Liam Singh)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Nanaimo Estuary, Nanaimo; along Raines Rd around here 
Date: July 2 (B. Vroom) to 8 (multiple observers)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River
Date: June 30 (K. Kaptein)

EASTERN PHOEBE (1)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd East, Saanich; on the roof of the Galey Egg Farm
Date: May 22 (K. Slagboom) to June 28 (multiple observers)

Probable WHITE-FACED IBIS (3)
Location: Nuchatlitz Provincial Park; tidal flats between Rosa Island and Chuish Island/Island 40
Date: June 26 (S. Irwin)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo; near pond by the observation tower
Date: June 24 (G. Robertson) to 25 (multiple observers)
White wing flashes on a bird in the summer is going to be something good! (Photo: John Morrison)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Tofino Airport
Reported: June 25 (A. Dorst)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: In grass in front of FSS control tower on airport field; Campbell River
Date: June 22 (K. Fitzpatrick) to 23 (multiple observers)

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: In grass in front of FSS control tower on airport field; Campbell River
Date: June 22 (M. Cameron)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: On fence at 7112 Puckle Rd; Saanich
Date: June 19 (M. McGrenere)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Here on Gordon Rd; Nanaimo
Date: June 18 (Pete Boon)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Here on fence post along Raines Rd; Nanaimo
Date: June 15 (B. Judson) to 16 (multiple observers) 

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: In the meadow near Dorset Rd entrance at Uplands Park; Victoria
Date: June 15 to 16 (G. Newell)

Eastern Kingbird (2)
Location: Behind airport tower at Holden Creek; Nanaimo
Date: June 15 (B. Vroom)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Flying over Mount Douglas Park; Victoria
Date: June 14 (D. Donnecke and M. McGrenere)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: On central dyke at Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: June 14 (G. Newell) to 15 (multiple observers)

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: North of Ucluelet; approximately here singing in alders
Date: June 12 (I. Cruickshank and J. Gatten) to 13 (multiple observers)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River; near the playground
Date: June 12 (K. Matthieu)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Englishmen River Estuary, Parksville; on fence posts in the field to the right of Plummer Rd trail
Date: June 10 (M. Wynja)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: Courtenay Airpark, Courtenay
Date: June 10 (K. Clouston)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Tofino Airport, Tofino
Date: June 8 (A. Dorst)
Swainson’s Hawk in Tofino (Photo: Adrian Dorst)

Great Egret (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River
Date: June 7 (I. Graham)

Laysan Albatross (1)
Location: Clayquot Canyon; offshore Tofino
Date: June 7 (A. Ahier et al.)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Lochside Trail south of Lohbrunner Rd E, Saanich; on cattle farm fence east of where road transitions to gravel trail
Date: June 4 (D. Kramer) to 6 (multiple observers)

Wilson's Phalarope (2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southwest quadrant
Date: May 21 (G. Newhouse) to June 2 (multiple observers)  

TENNESSEE WARBLER (1)
Location: Beckwith Park; Victoria
Date: June 2 (K. Slagboom)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Comber's Beach, Tofino; 300m north of the trailhead
Date: May 31 (L. Moore)

Wilson's Phalarope (1)
Location: On the mudflats at Englishmen River Estuary near the Plummer Rd access; Parksville
Date: May 31 (C. Rispin)

LARK SPARROW (1)
Location: Tugwell Rd, Ucluelet; north side of field next to fire station on Forbes Rd
Date: May 28 (I. Cruickshank) to 30 (multiple observers) 

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; ploughed field west of McHugh Rd
Date: May 29 (G. Newell)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Gartley Point, Royston; located around here 
Date: May 28 (J. Mackenzie)
Northern Mockingbird in Royston (Photo: James MacKenzie)

Wilson's Phalarope (1)
Location: Quennell Lake, Nanaimo
Date: May 27 (B. Vroom)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 26 (G.Newell)

Redhead (8)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood
Reported: May 24 (M. Mitchell) to 25 (multiple observers)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: 2835 Piercy Rd, Denman Island; birders are welcome to view feeder
Reported: May 22 to 23 (M. Morrell)

SAGE THRASHER (1)
Location: Tofino Airport, Tofino; last observed at the west end, heading towards the golf course
Date: May 21 (I. Cruickshank) to 23 (A. Dorst)

American White Pelican (1)
Location: Fanny Bay; lone bird in estuary
Date: May 22 (C. Kaufman)

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Willow Point, Campbell River
Date: May 22 (V. Pedersen)
Black hood, eye arcs, and white primary tips - trifecta! (Photo: Vibeke Pedersen)

Glaucous Gull (1 first winter)
Location: Comber’s Beach, Tofino
Date: May 22 (I. Cruickshank)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; north end of "Warbler Woods", approximately here
Date: May 20 (K. Taylor)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: May 18 (B. Judson) to 19  (multiple observers)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Comox Airport, Comox; on fence at south end near Kye Bay
Date: May 18 to 19 (R. Petersen)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Amphitrite Point, Ucluelet; flying past point
Reported: May 18 (I. Cruickshank)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Beckwith Park, Saanich; in oaks near Beckwith Pond
Date: May 7 (K. Slagboom) to 16 (multiple observers)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River
Date: May 8 (G. Graham) to 16 (multiple observers)

Great Egret (1)
Location: Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay; flying over heading towards Cattle Point
Date: May 16 (V. George)

Snow Bunting (1, rare for May)
Location: East Point, Saturna Island; located around here
Reported: May 15 (K. Leslie)
Snow Bunting on Saturna Island (Photo: Kevin Leslie)

Baird's Sandpiper (1)
Location: Plummer Rd access at Englishmen River Estuary; Parksville
Date: May 14 (M. Wynja)

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS (1 adult, reported)
Location: 35 miles west-southwest of Estevan Point
Date: May 13 (T. Stevenson)

Wilson's Phalarope (1)
Location: Quennell Lake, Nanaimo
Date: May 13 (B. Vroom)

Swainson’s Hawk (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; flying over McHugh Rd
Date: May 11 (M. Bentley)

Lewis’s Woodpecker (1)
Location: Oyster River Nature Park, Campbell River; on trees just above beach near river mouth
Date: May 10 (S. Lenio)

BAR-TAILED GODWIT (1 adult)
Location: Jensen’s Bay, Tofino 
Date: May 10 (A. Dorst)
A stellar sight among Whimbrels! (Photo: Adrian Dorst)

SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: Comber's Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino
Date: May 7 (Y. Zharikov) to May 10 (I. Cruickshank)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; eastern slope
Date: May 7 (G. Newell) to 10 (multiple observers) 

Pacific Golden-Plover (8)
Location: Bere Point, Malcolm Island
Date: May 9 (I. Dubinsky) 

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; between Rutland Rd entrance and central meadow
Date: May 8 (G. Newell)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Port Alberni; visiting platform feeding at Angus St and 7th Ave
Date: May 8 (D. Henderson)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Kennedy Lake Provincial Park; reported near boat launch
Date: May 8 (K. Bosch)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, female)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southwest quadrant
Date: May 8 (L. Singh)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, female)
Location: Beckwith Park, Saanich; observed at platform feeder under powerlines
Date: May 7 (K. Slagboom) to 8 (multiple observers)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; seen near horse stables west of the flats
Date: May 8 (J. Costello)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Blackburn Reserve, Salt Spring Island; conservancy property located off Blackburn Rd
Date: May 7 (R. Ferguson)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Parksville; observed around here 
Date: May 7 (B. Vroom)

American White Pelicans (7)
Location: Flying over Esquimalt Lagoon towards Albert Head; Colwood
Date: May 6 (Y. Trottier)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: McHugh Rd, Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; using telephone poles by nursery
Date: May 6 (fide K. Kaptein)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Florencia Bay, Tofino
Date: May 6 (I. Cruickshank)

WHITE-FACED IBIS (1)
Location: First seen at Campbell River Estuary, Campbell River; observed in estuary here near the Thunderbird RV Park & Cottage Resort. Last seen at Salmon Point at Woodhus Slough.
Date: May 4 (A. McKinnell)to 5 (R. Spodzieja)
Amazing lighting to document this rare stray to British Columbia (Photo: Anne McKinnell)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Naka Creek; observed near log sort, flycatching from metal posts
Date: May 1 to 4 (R. Petersen)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Lochside Trail south of Lohbrunner Rd E, Saanich; on cattle farm fence east of where road transitions to gravel trail
Date: April 28 (C. Hughes) to May 4 (multiple observers)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Glencoe Cove-Kwatsech Park, Saanich; in trees at the south end of the park near the shore
Date: April 29 (M. Keller) to 30 (multiple observers)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; east slope
Date: April 29 (G. Newell)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Lochside Trail south of Lohbrunner Rd E, Saanich; on fence east of where road transitions to gravel trail
Date: April 23 (M. McGrenere) to 26 (multiple observers)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Gowlland Harbour, Quadra Island
Date: April 23 (W. LaVigne)
The white flashes are always a good sign! (Photo: Will LaVigne)

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (2)
Location: West Saanich Rd, Saanich; flyover only, near section adjacent to Rithet's Bog
Date: April 21 (C. Hughes)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: University of Victoria, Saanich; most recently seen near Finnerty Gardens and Cornett Building 
Date: October 17 (D. Korver) to 31 (multiple observers), lapse until December 17, 2020 (C. Cameron) to April 20, 2021 (multiple observers)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; heard near small reservoir off McIntyre Rd
Date: April 18 (M. McGrenere)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Pacheedaht Beach, Port Renfrew
Date: April 16 (L. Singh and J. Bertrands)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: King's Pond, Saanich; north end of Cedar Hill Golf Course, accessed from Ascot Dr
Date: November 20, 2020 (L. Peterson) to April 15, 2021 (multiple observers) 
One of the most reliable Rusty Blackbirds around! (Photo: James Park)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; by pig farm on Lochside Dr here
Date: April 10 (B. Hautaluoma) to 14 (multiple observers)

Bullock's Oriole (1, rare in winter)
Location: Huband Rd, Courtenay; observed at private residence
Date: December 11, 2020 to April 12, 2021 (G. Stewart and L. Graf)

Long-billed Curlew (2)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; flying over McHugh Rd towards Lamont Rd
Date: April 12 (M. Bentley)

Yellow-billed Loon (2)
Location: Beechey Head, East Sooke Regional Park; observed offshore
Date: April 11 (M. Byrne et al.)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Morningstar Golf Course, Parksville; between the two ponds 
Date: December 5, 2020 (Z. Stenhouse) to April 10, 2021 (multiple observers) 

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Hardy Bay, Port Hardy
Date: March 28 (G. Monty)

Redhead (3)
Location: Summit Park Reservoir, Victoria
Date: November 9, 2020 (L. Peterson) to March 28, 2021 (multiple observers)

SLATY-BACKED GULL (1, 3rd-cycle)
Location: Last seen Here on beach off Island Hwy. Previously  Here on beach accessed of Kinkade Rd. Previously seen Here on beach accessed off Seacroft Rd; Qualicum Beach. First seen Here on beach at Point Holmes; Comox
Date: March 18 (L. Singh) to 25 (multiple observers)
Slaty-backed Gull in Comox (Photo: Liam Singh)

TUFTED DUCK (1)
Location: Duncan sewage ponds, Duncan; south westernmost pond viewed from Wharncliffe Rd
Reported: November 8, 2020 (G. Duncan) to March 22, 2021 (multiple observers)
This bird is surprisingly regular on the irrigation pipes (Photo: Gerard Duncan)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: Brooks Point Park, Pender Island
Date: March 20 (J. Peetsma)

Mountain Bluebird (4)
Location: Sandy Island Provincial Park, Denman Island
Date: March 20 (B. Vroom)

REDWING (1) *see main page*
Location: Hamsterly Beach, Elk Lake Regional Park,Saanich; near the playground on the grassy area and along trail heading west along lake
Date: February 10 (J. Wells) to March 20 (multiple observers)
A proper MEGA - from the same mold as our robin, but with a "busier" pattern (Photo: Rebecca Reader-Lee)

HOODED ORIOLE (1)
Location: Private Residence; Sidney
Date: Feb 16 to March 17 (S. Coe)
Male Hooded Oriole in Sidney (S. Coe)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Cox Bay Beach Resort, Tofino; perched on resort roof
Date: March 17 (A. Winsor)
An expected trickle-through migrant, but still relatively rare on Vancouver Island (Photo: Aiden Winsor)

Laysan Albatross (1)
Location: Offshore; observed near Nootka Island from research vessel, approximately here
Date: March 16 (K. Wright)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Art Mann Park, Duncan; located in parking lot
Date: January 15 (D. Michiel) to March 17 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebird (2)
Location: Salmon Point Trail, Campbell River; beside the marina
Date: March 14 (R. Petersen)

MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: Viewed from research vessel off Tofino; here
Date: March 11 (C. Di Corrado)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: King Rd, Sooke; visiting feeder at end off street, which is off Otter Point Rd
Date: mid-November (P. and M. Tomkins) to March 10 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location:  Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Parksville; along beach here hawking insects
Date: March 5 (D. Crook) to 9 (multiple observers)
A brilliant flash of blue - a beacon of spring just around the corner (Photo: James MacKenzie)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Quennel Lake, Nanaimo; in hedgerow by 2437 Quennel Lake Rd
Date: December 9 (B. Vroom and G. Monty) to March 8 (multiple observers)

HORNED PUFFIN (1)
Location: East Regional Sooke Park; located 400m offshore near Squeaky Point here, accessed from Aylard Farm entrance
Date: March 7 (M. Ha)

Glaucous Gull (1 immature)
Location: On the beach off Clarkson Ave in front of Pacific Playgrounds Resort and Motel; Black Creek
Date: February 4 to March 4 (K. Fitzpatrick)

Laysan Albatross (1)
Location: Offshore Tofino; here
Date: March 1 (W. O'Shea)

BLACK PHOEBE (1)
Location: Welch Rd, Central Saanich; at small pond along Welch Rd just south of Livesay Rd
Date: December 1, 2020 (M. McGrenere) to February 28, 2021 (multiple observers)
We have been seeing more of these exquisite flycatchers in recent years (Photo: Les Peterson)

Bullock's Oriole (1, rare in winter)
Location: Colwood; observed at private residence
Date: February 28 (K. Beardmore)  

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Pipers Lagoon; Nanaimo
Date: February 22 (B. Vroom)

Glaucous Gull (1, first winter)
Location: On blue roof at the Community Park also seen at Columbia Beach; Parksville
Date: February 22 (L. Singh) 

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Here on Littlewood Rd; Saanich
Date: February 21 (N. Hughes)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Somass River Estuary, Port Alberni; sighted along the old airport road
Date: February 17 (N. Beaulac)

Redhead (2)
Location: Swan Lake; Saanich
Date: February 17 (fide D. Kramer)

COMMON POCHARD (1, female)
Location: Morningstar Golf Course, Parksville; in main pond accessed from Morningstar Dr 
Date: December 23 (M. Yip) to February 16 (J. Purves, multiple observers)
Considerably more subtle than the male - what a way to cap of the year! (Photo: Mike Yip)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Cypress Rd and Bay St intersection, Ucluelet; most recent sighting from Helen St
Date: November 27, 2020 (I. Cruickshank) to February 13, 2021 (J. Saydam)

Common Redpoll (1)
Location: 2261 Estevan Ave; Victoria 
Date: February 10 (A. Ross)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: Cox Rd, Comox; on fence posts here
Date: December 11, 2020 (R. Peterson) to February 9, 2021 (multiple observers) 

Mountain Bluebird (2)
Location: Willingdon Rd, North Saanich; on irrigation wheels in field near airport, here 
Date: January 10 (C. Franks) to February 8 (multiple observers)

Bohemian Waxwing (1)
Location: Here at Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo
Date: January 15 (W. Cronan) to February 7 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: Flying from snags near Holden Creek at Nanaimo River Estuary; Nanaimo 
Date: January 29 (C. Rispin) to February 5 (multiple observers)

Common Yellowthroat (1)
Location: Somass Estuary, Port Alberni; seen in marsh along the dyke sw of the bench
Date: January 13 (J. Wright) to 30 (multiple observers)

Glaucous Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Beechey Head, East Sooke Regional Park; on rocks to the west
Date: January 29 (D. Donnecke)

Glaucous Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Northwest Bay Log Sort, Nanoose Bay
Date: January 29 (B. Vroom)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Little Qualicum Estuary, Qualicum Beach
Date: November 10, 2020 (M. Wynja) to January 24, 2021 (multiple observers)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: At 10th St E near Williams Rd on the back side of the large farm; Courtenay
Date: January 22 (A. Filbert)

MacGillivray's Warbler (1, rare in winter)
Location: Dickenson Point, Sointula; Malcolm Island; ~1 km east of the point on north side of Kaleva Rd  
Date: January 18 (G. Curry)
MacGillivray's Warbler is an exceedingly rare sighting in BC in the winter (Photo: Gord Curry)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; west end of the Swan Creek Trestle in willow tree
Date: January 18 (P. Fair)

Bohemian Waxwing (1)
Location: Third Street Park, Nanaimo; off Third St near Nanaimo Ice Centre
Date: January 17 (B. Vroom)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: John Rd, North Saanich; coming in to roost in evening west of T-junction with Wilson Rd
Date: January 17 (J. Gatten)

BLUE JAY (1)
Location: Deerlepe Park, Sooke; seen near intersection of Deerlepe and Whiffin Rds
Date: November 24, 2020 (D. Wilson) to January 17, 2021 (multiple observers)
The unmistakable real deal.. except people mistake Steller's Jay for them often (Photo: Diane Wilson)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Maggie River Estuary off Barkley Rd, Ucluelet
Date: January 17 (I. Cruickshank)

Whimbrel (1, rare in winter)
Location: Helliwell Park, Hornby Island; seen here along the shore 
Date: January 13 (L. Moore) to 17 (multiple observers)

Barn Swallow (1, rare in winter)
Location: Witty's Lagoon; Metchosin
Date: January 16 (G. Schacter)

Redhead (2)
Location: Diver Lake, Nanaimo
Date: December 3, 2020 (D. Baird) to January 10, 2021 (multiple observers)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Somenos Marsh, Duncan; end of boardwalk near Himalayan Blackberry sign
Date: December 9 (D. Gullison)

Glaucous Gull (1 first winter)
Location: Clover Point; Victoria
Date: January 7 (M. Shepard)

ARCTIC LOON (1, reported)
Location: Duke Point Ferry Terminal; Nanaimo
Date: January 3 (T. Plath)

Glaucous Gull (1 first winter)
Location: Cowichan Lake Rd, Duncan; in field located here
Date: January 3 (L. Singh)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Ucluelet Harbour, Ucluelet
Date: January 1 (J. Saydam)

Redhead (2)
Location: Gorge Park, Esquimalt
Date: December 30 (J. Gaskin) 

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon; Colwood, last seen swimming halfway along Coburg Peninsula west towards Royal Bay
Date: December 29 (G. Newell)

Redhead (1)
Location: Morningstar Golf Course, Parksville; in main pond accessed from Morningstar Dr
Date: December 24 (B. Vroom) 

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: French Creek, Parksville; near the mouth of the creek
Date: December 18 (D. Ibister) to 23 (multiple observers) 

Bullock's Oriole (1 male, rare in winter)
Location: Narissa Rd, Sooke; observed at private residence
Date: December 21 (R. Vandenbor)

Yellow-Headed Blackbird (1) 
Location: Point Holmes, Comox; among blackbird flock near boat launch
Date: November 29 (K. Kaptein) to December 21 (multiple observers)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: 17th St and Comox Rd, Courtenay; in corn stubble field
Date: November 29 (J. Bindernagel) to December 20 (multiple observers)
Somehow this is the default Spizella in the winter on Vancouver Island (Photo: Krista Kaptein)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; associated with mixed blackbird flock
Date: December 19 (N. Hentze)

Gyrfalcon (1, immature)
Location: Here on fencepost on Bridges Rd; Courtenay
Date: December 17 (K. Matthieu)
Immature Gyrfalcon in Courtenay (Photo: Keith Matthieu)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Southin Rd, Ladysmith; seen approximately here 
Date: December 14 (R. Lawson)

Redhead (1)
Location: SW quadrant of Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: December 12 (G. Newell) to 14 (mulitple observers)

Great Egret (1)
Location: In field on HWY 1A here; Ladysmith
Date: December 13 (R. Johnston)

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: Comox Rd, Courtenay; observed off waterfront from Frankie's Fried Chicken 
Date: December 12 (K. Clouston)

BLACK PHOEBE (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; sighted here on fence
Date: September 28 (D. Ross) to December 11 (multiple observers)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Sointula, Malcolm Island; seen from 1st St 
Date: December 11 (G. Curry)

Redhead (1)
Location: McIntyre Reservoir, Central Saanich
Date: December 6 (G. Newell)

Osprey (1)
Location: Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: December 6 (G. Newell)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: West end of Little Beach; Ucluelet
Date: December 5 (I. Cruickshank)

Lesser Goldfinch x American Goldfinch, probable hybrid (1)
Location: Lincoln St, Oak Bay; in birches near Uplands Park
Reported: December 1 (G. Newell)
There are features of both species - definitely an interesting bird that needs further documentation (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)

Mountain Bluebird (2)
Location: NE boat launch at Cattle Point; Victoria
Date: November 29 (L. Singh)

ARCTIC LOON (1, reported)
Location: Little Qualicum River estuary, Qualicum Beach; observed 250 m offshore, with distant record photos - flew further into strait
Date: November 25 to 28 (G. Monty) 

COMMON POCHARD (1)
Location: Summit Park Reservoir, Victoria
Date: November 14 (J. Wells; first photographed on 8th by L. Peterson) to 27 (multiple observers)
Like a cross between a Redhead and Canvasback - BC's first Common Pochard (Photo: Jody Wells)

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: Trent River Estuary; Courtenay
Date: November 27 (G. Monty)

GYRFALCON (1)
Location: 17th St and Comox Rd field, Courtenay; seen out over fields, and also at the Trent River estuary here
Date: November 24 (T. Davies) to 26 (multiple observers)

DICKCISSEL (1, heard only/recorded)
Location: Swan Lake, Saanich; heard flying over towards Nelthorpe/Saanich Rds - see main page
Date: November 25 (C. Saunders)

Bohemian Waxwing (1)
Location: Wilson Rd, North Saanich; 200 m north of Mills Rd, close to the horse trail
Date: November 25 (M. McGrenere)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: East Sooke Regional Park, East Sooke; viewed from the Pike Rd access
Date: November 22 (C. Springinotic)

Mountain Bluebird (1 initially, now 3)
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; north end of park along beach
Date: October 26 (R. Marshall) to November 23 (multiple observers)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: With Brewer's Blackbirds near 4763 Koksilah Rd; Duncan
Date: November 21 (J. Gatten)

Reported LITTLE GULL (1)
Location: Flying eastbound in a Bonaparte Gull flock at Otter Point; Sooke
Date: November 21 (G and D. Newell) 

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: On rocky islets off Witty's Lagoon/Tower Point; Metchosin
Date: November 20 (L. Singh)

Mountain Bluebird (1)
Location: Parksville Community Park, Parksville; near old hovercraft base
Date: November 14 (S. Knoerr) to 20 (multiple observers) 

COMMON GRACKLE (1)
Location: Pendray Farms, North Saanich; restricted access - potentially viewable from road - instructions HERE. On the 12th, the grackle was seen by 9780 West Saanich Rd, which is mentioned in the instructions.
Date: November 11 (J. Gatten and J. Wells) to 14 (multiple birders)
A realistic view of what you might see from West Saanich Rd with a scope (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; east end of central berm
Reported: November 6 (A. Nightingale) to 12 (multiple observers)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Longview (Vantreight) Farm, Central Saanich; along Newman Rd
Date: November 11 (J. Gatten)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Nimpkish Lake; along Hwy 19 here
Date: November 11 (J. Towers)

Rusty Blackbird (1 female)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; near Michell barn along Island View Rd near Lochside Dr
Date: October 15 (J. Bertrands) to November 11 (multiple observers)

**POSSIBLE** BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (1)
Location: Goldstream Provincial Park; between Finlayson Arm Rd (just past the U-turn circle) and Goldstream River
Reported: November 8 (L. Smith)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Otter Point, Sooke; seen on wire in front of 8268 West Coast Rd
Date: October 17 (J. Gatten) to November 8 (multiple observers)
That feather could hold some interesting information! (Photo: Renaat Marchand)

Redhead (1)
Location: Prospect Lake, Saanichton; observed from private residence, but should be visible from public lake access
Date: October 24 to November 8 (R. Marshall)

Redhead (3)
Location: Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: November 8 (G. Schacter)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; northwest quadrant
Reported: November 7 (G. Newell)

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Beechey Head, East Sooke Regional Park, Sooke; observed flying past during seawatch
Reported: November 7 (D. Donnecke)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Royal Oak, Saanich; private residence
Date: October 25 to November 7 (M. McGrenere) 

Redhead (2)
Location: Swan Lake; Victoria
Reported: November 6 (L. Singh)

LECONTE’S SPARROW (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; near shrubs in front of washroom half way down the spit
Reported: October 31 (L. Singh) to November 2 (multiple observers)
A little bedraggled, but not unexpected for such an off course bird (Photo: Liam Singh)

Redhead (1)
Location: Viaduct Flats, Saanich; uncertain whether this could be same as Prospect Lake bird
Date: October 25 (M. Robichaud) to November 1 (multiple observers)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; west end near the washrooms
Reported: October 31 (G. Newell)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Main St, Tofino; treating earlier reports of Western Kingbird as erroneous and pertaining to this species
Date: October 19 (S. Serup) to 31 (multiple observers)
Identifying features include the notched tail and extensive, dark lemon yellow chest (Photo: Adrian Dorst)

Pacific Golden_Plover (1)
Location: On field at the end of Tugwell Rd; Ucluelet
Date: October 22 to 31 (Ian Cruickshank)

Bullock's Oriole (1, late)
Location: Huband Rd, Courtenay; private residence
Date: October 27 (G. Stewart)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Radcliffe Lane, Oak Bay; on powerlines
Reported: October 26 (G. Newell)

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Sharp Rd and Jensen's Bay, Tofino; recent sightings have been from the former
Date: October 24 (A. Dorst) to 25 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebirds (2)
Location: Little River Ferry Terminal; Comox
Reported: October 25 (N. Hentze)

Rough-legged Hawk (2)
Location: Tofino Airport, Tofino
Date: October 25 (I. Cruickshank)

Chipping Sparrow (1)
Location: 3765 Duke Rd; Metchosin
Date: October 25 (J. Gatten)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Kelly Rd, Langford; in hedges next to Tim Horton's
Date: October 24 (L. Singh and D. Bell)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Centre Dyke at Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: October 22 (C. Hughes) to 24 (multiple observers)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1)
Location: Flying over Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: October 24 (N. Hentze)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Otter Point; Sooke
Date: October 24 (D. Bell)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; flying over
Date: October 22 (G. Newell)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: King's Pond; Victoria
Date: October 22 (K. Mills) 

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Ucluelet; in bushes on south side of Marine and Matterson Drives intersection
Date: October 20 (I. Cruickshank)

Redhead (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; restricted access
Reported: October 20 (G. Newell)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Maber Flats; Saanich
Reported: October 19 (J. Gatten)

Bobolink (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southwest corner of northwest quadrant, but also seen along central dyke
Date: October 17 (Joachim Bertrands) to 19 (multiplee observers)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Viaduct Flats, Saanich; flying over
Date: October 19 (D. Donnecke)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Long Beach; Tofino; on beach near Incinerator Rock 
Date: October 15 (C. McDougall) to October 18 (multiple observers)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: Beechey Head, East Sooke Regional Park; offshore
Date: October 17 (D. Donnecke)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Pedder Bay, Metchosin; found here
Date: October 17 (D. Bell)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Oak Bay High, Oak Bay; in oak trees on Cranmore Rd beside school
Date: October 15 (L. Singh)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Central Saanich Rd, Central Saanich; just south of Ridgedown Place
Date: October 12 (J. Wells)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; offshore around here
Date: October 12 (D. Bell)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; Metchosin, restricted access
Date: October 3 to 7 (R. Reader-Lee et al.)

CLARK’S NUTCRACKER (1)
Location: Lookout (off Citadel Pl) at Latoria Creek Park; Colwood
Date: October 4 (Don and Dawn Epp)
Clark's Nutcracker in Colwood (Photo: Don Epp) 

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (1)
Location: Ucluelet; here along trail
Date: October 4 (I. Cruickshank)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke; located near start of shrubby section here
Date: October 4 (D. Bell)

Franklin’s Gull (1)
Location: Clover Point, Victoria
Date: October 4 (M. Robichaud)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (2)
Location: West side of Cook Road north of Dallas Rd and later seen by the Totem Pole at  Beacon Hill Park; Victoria
Date: October 2 (C. McDougall) to 3 (multiple observers)

BOBOLINK (2)
Location: Forbes Rd, Ucluelet; found by playing field here at the end of the road
Date: October 1 (J. Saydam) to 3 (multiple observers)
The flavour of the fall this year on Vancouver Island (Photo: Ian Cruickshank)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: Seen flying along shore from the Petroglyphs at East Sooke Regional Park; Sooke
Date: October 3 (G. Newell)

LITTLE GULL (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Parksville
Date: October 2 (G. Monty) 

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1)
Location: Forbes Rd, Ucluelet; located around here in the bushes at the end of the road
Date: October 1 (J. Saydam and S. Wilkinson) to October 2 (multiple observers) 

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; near bridge
Date: September 16 (J. Johannesson) to October 2 (multiple observers)

INDIGO BUNTING (1)
Location: Bear St and Laval Ave, Saanich; viewable from the street here
Date: September 24 (B. Crossley) to October 1 (multiple observers)
A semi-indigo Indigo Bunting in Saanich (Photo: Ann Nightingale)

Lewis’s Woodpecker (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; seen from central meadow
Date: Oct 1 (G. Newell)

Lewis’s Woodpecker (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; observed from southwest slope
Date: Oct 1 (L. Singh) 

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (1)
Location: Jordan River; left of the yellow Queesto office
Date: September 30 (M. Bentley)

Swainson's Hawk (1, light phase adult)
Location: Oak Bay area; migrating over
Date: September 29 (J. Wells and later by G. Newell)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Columbia Beach; Parksville
Date: September 28 (D. Isbister)

RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKE (1, second BC record)
Location: Mapleguard Point, Deep Bay; observed for less than an hour and seen flying west over mountains
Date: September 27 (M.Wynja)
A mythical bird that left far too promptly and vanished into the montain ether (Photo: Mark Wynja)

NAZCA/MASKED BOOBY (1)
Location: Offshore northeast of Galiano Island; observed approximately here
Date: September 27 (J. Cavanaugh)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Jordan River; sighted around here
Reported: September 27 (C. Hughes)

Lewis’s Woodpecker (1)
Location: Mount Galiano, Galiano Island; near summit
Reported: September 27 (G. Sorenson and K. Hick)
Not too many pink-chested woodpeckers to confuse this one with! (Photo: Kristina Hick)

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: Somenos Marsh, Duncan; park at end of York Rd and walk north across the dyke to a concrete structure where the bird is in tall grass beneath the structure
Date: September 27 (R. Radcliffe)

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; last seen along ditch here
Date: September 26 (J. Gatten)
Either local birders are cued in to this species or we're having a banner fall (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Courtenay Airpark, Courtenay
Date: September 24 (R. Peterson) to 25 (multiple observers)
Great documentation of a bird that many were able to enjoy in Courtenay (Photo: Ed Jordan)

Clark's Grebe (1)
Location: Little Qualicum Estuary, Qualicum Beach
Date: September 25 (G. Monty)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River
Date: September 24 (K. Kaptein)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Evergreen Way, Nanaimo; private residence 
Date: September 24 (W. Cronan)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; Metchosin, restricted access
Date: September 22 (D. Bell)

BELL’S VIREO (1, first BC record)
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; seen here near the main trail halfway down to pit toilets north of parking lot
Date: September 6 (A. Cooper) to 21 (multiple observers)
A proper MEGA enjoyed by loads of birders over two weeks (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)

HORNED PUFFIN (1)
Location: White Cliff Islets, Broughton Archipelago  
Date: September 21 (C. MacMillian)
Horned Puffin at White Cliff Islets (Photo: Jackie Hildering)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; in hawthorns along the south edge of the southernmost dyke
Date: September 16 (L. Singh) to 19 (multiple observers)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southern dyke
Date: September 19 (G. Newell)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Jordan River; on sandbar west of river mouth 
Date: September 19 (J. Bertrands)

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: September 19 (G. Newell)

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1)
Location: Little Beach, Ucluelet; in willows on north side of Peninsula Rd across from beach parking lot
Date: September 18 (I. Cruickshank) 

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Saanich; west from the old south wharf site
Date: September 18 (P. Fair)

Gray Catbird (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; Metchosin, restricted access
Date: August 1 to September 18 (D. Bell) 

BLACKPOLL WARBLER (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; Metchosin, restricted access
Date: September 18 (D. Bell) 

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; Metchosin, restricted access
Date: September 18 (D. Bell)

BOBOLINK (2)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; Metchosin, restricted access
Date: September 18 (D. Bell)

SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: Wickaninnish Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino; northwest end of beach
Date: September 17 (M. Munro)
Is it too hopeful to think these might be breeding on the west coast of the Island? (Photo: Margaret Munro)

American White Pelican (3)
Location: Bowser; observed flying over offshore water looking across towards the south end of Denman Island
Date: September 17 (D. Williams)

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Sandy Island Provincial Park; NE side of NW Seal Islet accessible at low tide from Denman Island
Date: September 6 (D. Baird) to 16 (multiple observers)
Just one of the goodies found at Sandy Island this fall (Photo: David Baird)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Courtenay Airpark, Courtenay
Date: September 16 (K. Kaptein)

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; restricted access
Date: September 15 to 16 (D. Bell)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Long Beach; Tofino
Date: September 14 (A. Dorst) to 15 (multiple observers)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Stories Beach; Port Hardy
Date: September 15 (K. Wright)

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: Central Dyke at Panama Flats; Victoria
Date: September 13 (D. Bell & L. Singh)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Miracle Beach Provincial Park; Black Creek
Date: September 12 (K. Matthieu) to 13 (multiple observers)

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: On Welch Rd near Dooley Rd; Saanich
Date: September 12 (J. Gatten and J. Wells)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; southwest corner
Date: September 12 (J. Gaskin)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; along central dyke
Date: September 12 (G. Newell)

SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: Shelter Point, Campbell River; here along the beach north of the Engles Rd access
Date: September 8 (K. Fitzpatrick and M. Armstrong) to 10 (multiple observers)
This was probably the most twitched Snowy Plovers we've had on Vancouver Island (Photo: Val George)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Here on Flores Island
Date: September 10 (M. Callewarrt)

CURLEW SANDPIPER (1 juvenile)
Location: Johnstone Rd, Parksville; beach access at end of road
Date: September 9 (D. Isbister)
A short-lived visit of a much sought-after Asian rarity (Photo: Derek Isbister)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Sandy Island Provincial Park; accessible at low tide from Denman Island
Date: September 8 (D. Baird)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Here on Twin Islands
Date: September 8 (I. Mirza)

Sabine's Gull (3)
Location: Sooke; offshore from boat
Date: September 8 (M. O'Shaughnessy and G. Newell)

Sabine's Gull (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; restricted access
Date: September 8 (M. McGrenere)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Clover Point, Victoria
Date: September 1 (L. Peterson) to 8 (multiple observers)

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Witty's Lagoon, Metchosin; by creek outflow on the north side of the lagoon
Date: September 7 (J. Gatten)

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Sandy Island Provincial Park; accessible at low tide from Denman Island
Date: September 6 (D. Baird)
Imagine what else shows up here when nobody is looking?! (Photo: David Baird)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Sandy Island Provincial Park; accessible at low tide from Denman Island
Date: September 5 to 6 (D. Baird)

Lewis's Woodpecker (1)
Location: Medicine Beach, Pender Island
Date: September 5 (J. Peetsma)

Franklin's Gull (1, immature)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; on lagoon side near bridge
Date: September 4 (J. Gatten) to 5 (multiple observers)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Beckwith Park, west end of pond; Victoria
Date: August 30 (K.Taylor) to September 5 (multiple observers)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: Bell's Bay, Stuart Island; near Big Bay
Date: August 24 to September 5 (E. Jordan)

LARK SPARROW (1)
Location: Anderson Hill, Oak Bay; seen on open rock outcrops accessed from Island Rd
Date: September 1 (A. Nightingale, R. Beardmore, and K. Beardmore)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; restricted access
Date: September 1 (D. Bell)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mount Galiano; Galiano Island
Date: September 1 (D. Caudwell)

Pacific Golden-Plover (6)
Location: Port Hardy Airport, Port Hardy; on runway
Date: August 30 (I. Povalyaev and M. Hafting)

NORTHERN PARULA (1)
Location: Jordan River; here in loose warbler flock
Date: August 29 (M. Bentley)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Swan Lake, Saanich; east side of boardwalk in algae pond
Date: August 27 (C. Springinotic) to 30 (multiple observers)

Northern Waterthrush (2)
Location: Bow Park, Saanich
Date: August 25 (L. Peterson) to 30 (multiple observers)

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; in willows near Dorset Rd entrance to park
Date: August 27 (G. Newell)

Calliope Hummingbird (1)
Location: Black Creek; private residence
Date: August 25 (M. Dollenkamp)

Tennessee Warbler (1)
Location: Port Renfrew Marina, Port Renfrew; here on Pacific Marine Rd near entrance to marina
Date: August 26 (L. Singh)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: near Port Renfrew Marina, Port Renfrew; here on Pacific Marine Rd
Date: August 25 to 26 (L. Singh)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: San Juan River, Port Renfrew; seen from bridge on logs in the river
Date: August 25 (L. Singh

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Sidney Spit, Sidney Island
Date: August 13 (A. Cooper) to 22 (multiple observers)

Eastern Kingbird (5)
Location: 50 metres west of the aiport tower here; Nanaimo
Date: August 2 to 22 (B.Vroom)

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (1, second-cycle)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; seen on beach and sand bars on ocean side near bridge
Date: August 21 (J. Gatten)
The extensive dark markings, pale head, and dark bill are cues for immature Lesser Black-backed Gull (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Clover Point; Oak Bay
Date: August 20 (L. Singh) to 21 (multiple observers)
Ruddy Turnstone in Victoria (Photo: Liam Singh)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Location: Kye Bay, Comox; among large group of Bonaparte's Gulls
Date: August 3 (N. Hentze) to 19 (multiple observers)

Pacific Golden-Plover (3)
Location: Kilmorley Rd, Comox; seen from beach access at end of road
Date: August 16 (K. Kaptein)

Clark’s Grebe (1)
Location: Englishman River Estuary, Arlette Dr. access; Parksville
Date: August 16 (G. Robertson)

American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Flying over Muir Creek towards Otter Point; Sooke
Date: August 16 (L. Singh)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; restricted access
Date: August 14 (D. Bell)

HORNED PUFFIN (1)
Location: Cleland Island; Tofino
Date: August 13 (J. Warden)
Horned Puffin in Tofino (Photo: John Forde)
Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood
Date: August 12 (R. Little)

Ruddy Turnstone (2)
Location: Flying NE past Cattle Point, Oak Bay
Date: August 11 (G. Newell)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory; Metchosin, restricted access
Date: July 29 to August 7 (D. Bell & M. Byrne)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Lagoon near airpark - Courtenay
Date: August 6 (K. Kaptein)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Near net 15 at Pedder Bay banding station; Metchosin
Date: August 5 (L. Singh)

EASTERN PHOEBE (1)
Location: Airport; Tofino; Restricted Access
Date: July 28 to Aug 3 (A. Dorst)

BLACK TERN (1)
Location: offshore in Queen Charlotte Strait (north of Port McNeill, west of Malcolm Island); feeding along tide rip
Date: July 30 (J. Towers)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park; west meadow off Dorset Rd, Victoria
Date: July 31 (G. & D. Newell)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon; Colwood
Date: July 30 to 31 (D. Kramer)

Black Tern (1 juv)
Location: Offshore here in Queen Charlotte Strait; Suquash
Date: July 30 (J. Towers)

Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Courtenay Airpark, Courtenay
Date: July 30 (J. Bindernagel)

WHITE-WINGED DOVE (1)
Location: Private Home on First St between Neill St and Arnet Rd; Tofino
Date: July 26 to 28 (E. Floody)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Seen at Englishman River Estuary near the Plummer Rd entrance. Also seen on gravel bar at Parksville Community Park; Parksville
Date: July 21 to 22 (D. Isbister)

HORNED PUFFIN (1)
Location: Wilby Shoals, Quadra Island; seen from boat off east end of Quadra Island
Date: July 18 (S. Novotny)

HORNED PUFFIN (1)
Location: Here 300 m off Cleland Island; off Tofino
Date: July 13 (A. Ahier)
Horned Puffin near Clealand Island off Tofino (Photo: Artie Ahier)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Broughton Channel, Sointula; Malcolm Island
Date: July 12 (G. Curry)

Brown Pelican (8)
Location: Flying south by Wya Point - Ucluelet
Date: July 11 (J. Garvelink)

OVENBIRD (1 male)
Location: Jordan River; singing male heard only from Cold Shoulder Cafe, verified by recording
Date: July 8 (M. Bentley)

Common Redpoll (1)
Location: Private Yard; Bowser
Date: July 8 (C. Carlson)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Flying south over Mandarte Island
Date: July 7 (L. Simon)

MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Location: Flying north 2 miles off of San Josef Bay; near Cape Scott
Date: July 6 (L. Singh)

Brown Pelican (13)
Location: Flying southeast past Long Beach; Tofino
Date: July 6 (I. Cruickshank)

Eastern Phoebe (1)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd E, Saanich; heard and briefly seen from road here, with the bird located approximately 100 m south on private property
Date: May 25 (C. Hughes) to June 29 (multiple observers)
Eastern Phoebe in Victoria (Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Echo Bay, Gilford Island; at SeaRose Studio near Billy's Museum and Pierre's
Date: June 23 to 28 (Y. Maximchuk)
A lovely garden visitor, unfortunately inaccessible to most of us! (Photo: Yvonne Maximchuk)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Wallace Dr opposite See Sea Place, Central Saanich; viewed from here
Date: June 22 (J. Bradley) to 28 (multiple observers)
A rare sight - Clay-coloured Sparrow on territory (Photo: Liam Singh)

GREY FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Mount Douglas, Saanich; heard and seen from lookout at the end of road to the top
Date: June 25 (M. McGrenere)

EASTERN PHOEBE (1)
Location: 4th St Dock, Tofino
Date: June 24 (I. Cruickshank)
Probably more exciting for the ears, but nice enough to look at... (Photo: Adrian Dorst)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Holden Creek and farm, Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo; please stay on trails
Date: June 23 (S. Lukas)

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1 male)
Location: Last seen at a home feeder between Devina Dr and Cook Rd. Previously seen at a feeder on Lockinvar Lane, Gabriola Island initially; likely the same male was sighted at a feeder along Porlier Pass Dr on Galiano Island two days later.
Date: May 17 (V. Scott on Gabriola) to June 22 (multiple observers)
 The thing we all want to see when we look at our feeders! (Photo: Vicky Scott)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Florencia Islet, Ucluelet
Date: June 20 (A. Rollins)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: On the fence east of Lochside Dr off Lohbrunner Rd, Saanich
Date: June 18 (K. Taylor) to 19 (multiple observers)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay
Date: June 16 (E. Newton)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Lochmanetz Rd dyke trail, Cowichan Bay; 100 m past where trail joins the channel
Date: June 13 (G. Duncan) to 16 (multiple observers)

Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Location: Lochmanetz Rd Dyke trail, Cowichan Bay; ponds at end of trail
Date: June 13 (G. Duncan) to 16 (multiple observers)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd East, Saanich; in strawberry field 
Date: June 14 (M. McGrenere)

American White Pelicans (3)
Location: Beechey Head, East Sooke Regional Park; flying west past point
Date: June 5 (D. Donnecke et al.)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Stubbs Island, Tofino
Date: May 29 to June 5 (A. Dorst)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Buttle Lake Campground, Strathcona Provincial Park; flycatching on stumps at beach
Date: June 5 (J. Wright)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Quamichan Lake, Duncan; in hay field at the end of Sterling Drive
Date: June 5 (B. Reidlinger)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: Sproat Lake Landing Resort, Port Alberni; flying north over Tilly Rd 
Date: June 3 (P. Hall)

Great Egret (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit (harbour side); Sooke
Date: June 3 (J. DeLeenheer)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island; beside boat ramp
Date: June 3 (S. Cochrane)

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: Somenos Marsh, Duncan; off boardwalk
Date: June 2 (P. Nicholl) to June 3 (multiple observers)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1)
Location: Last seen in oaks at 4368 Lochside Drive; also seen at the Eastern Phoebe spot; Saanich
Reported: May 31 (C. Hughes)
Male Chestnut-sided Warbler in Saanich (Photo: Carl Hughes)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Morningstar Farm, Parksville
Date: May 30 (M. Wynja)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; along central dyke
Date: May 28 (N. Hentze)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay
Date: May 27 (C. Schultz)

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (1) - SENSITIVE SPECIES - NO PLAYBACK, PLEASE!
Location: Blenkinsop Lake, Saanich; heard on west side of bridge south of Old Roy statue
Date: May 21 (M. McGrenere) to 27 (multiple observers)
Nothing like popping in for a quick chat!  (Photo: Liam Singh)

SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: Combers Beach; Tofino
Date: May 26 (A. Dorst and I. Cruickshank, found independently)
Snowy Plover in Tofino, BC. (Photo: Adrian Dorst)
AMERICAN AVOCET (1)
Location: Here at the Courtenay Airpark, Courtenay
Date: May 23 (C. Powell) to May 26 (multiple observers)
American Avocet in Courtenay (Photo: Camille Bock)
Vesper Sparrow (1)
Location: Longview Farms bulb fields; Saanich
Date: May 26 (R. Golat and M. Ogilvie)

Heermann's Gull (1, out of season)
Location: Stubbs Island, Tofino
Date: May 25 (A. Dorst)

Common Tern (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River
Date: May 24 (K. Matthieu)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Somass Estuary sewage ponds, Port Alberni; seen in cattails on one of the inner ponds
Date: May 23 (N. Beaulac) to 24 (multiple observers)

VESPER SPARROW (1)
Location: Pacific Cr field, Ucluelet; seen and briefly heard singing
Date: May 23 (I. Cruickshank)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Front St, Alert Bay; seen on deck at Culture Shock
Date: May 22 (A. Dick)

Arctic Tern (1)
Location: Kye Bay, Comox; fishing along the length of the beach
Date: May 19 (T. Davies)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; edge of meadow in northwest section, off Midland Rd
Date: May 8 (G. Newell) to 19 (multiple observers)

Lazuli Bunting (2, pair)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; central meadow
Date: May 12 (G. Newell) to 18 (multiple observers)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Granite Bay, Quadra Island
Date: May 17 (E. Jordan)

Lazuli Bunting (1, male)
Location: Diamond Bay, Sonora Island; private residence
Date: May 17 (L. Hyatt)

Red Knot (1)
Location: Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, Campbell River; observed on mudflats
Date: May 14 (G. Graham) to 16 (multiple observers)
Nice comparison with a Long-billed Dowitcher (Photo: Garry Graham)
Arctic Tern (1)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River; among large flock of Bonaparte's Gulls
Date: May 15 (J. Gatten) to 16 (multiple observers)

LESSER GOLDFINCH (1, female)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; on east slope with flock of American Goldfinches
Date: May 15 (G. Newell)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; flying over heading northeast
Date: May 15 (G. Newell)

Swainson's Hawk (1, immature)
Location: Pendray Farms, Sidney; private location - should be searched for at airport
Date: May 15 (J. Wells)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay
Date: May 9 (G. Newhouse) to 15 (multiplte observers)

Dusky Flycatcher (2)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; in "Warbler Woods" on the northeast slope
Date: May 9 to 13 (G. Newell)

VESPER SPARROW (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; large rock outcrop in the middle of the park
Date: May 12 (G. Newell)

VESPER SPARROW (1)
Location: McIntyre Reservoir, Martindale Flats, Central Saanich
Date: May 12 (M. McGrenere)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 12 (M. Robichaud)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; flying over heading east
Date: May 12 (C. Hughes).

Great Egret (1)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River; relocated at Saratoga Beach here on May 11
Date: May 9 (S. Milligan) to 11 (multiple observers)

BREWER'S SPARROW (1)
Location: Whiffin Spit, Sooke
Date: May 9 (L. Singh and J. Bertrands)
The drabbest sparrow in the land... but we love it, anyways. (Photo: Liam Singh)
Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; flying over
Date: May 9 (G. Newell)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Little Mountain, Parksville; flying over during hawkwatch
Date: May 9 (M. Wynja and S. Simard-Provencal)

Lazuli Bunting (2, pair)
Location:Mount Tolmie, Saanich; north slope, near steep section of main trail
Date: May 9 (G. Newell)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Old West Saanich Rd, Saanich; flying over private residence heading east
Date: May 8 (Jeremy Gatten)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Mitchell Bay, Malcolm Island
Date: May 8 (G. Curry)

Western Kingbird (1, probable)
Location: Somass River Estuary, Port Alberni
Date: May 7 (S. McRuer)

INDIGO BUNTING (1)
Location: Jack Point Trail parking lot, Duke Point, Nanaimo; literally in the parking lot
Date: May 6 (B. Vroom)
In your face bluebirds... you got nothing on a male Indigo Bunting! (Photo: Bryan Vroom)
SAGE THRASHER (1)
Location: Jordan River; located along shore opposite the Cold Shoulder Cafe
Date: May 5 (M. Bentley)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Wickaninnish Community School, Tofino
Date: May 5 (T. Theriault)

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: Goose Spit Park, Comox; seen on driftwood here
Date: May 5 (R. Petersen)

American White Pelicans (6)
Location: Gardom Pond Park, Pender Island; seen flying over
Date: May 5 (J. Peetsma)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Clover Point; Oak Bay
Date: May 5 (A. Duncan)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Comox Airport, Comox; on fence near to entrance Air Force Beach
Date: May 4 (P. Saarinen) to 5 (multiple observers)
Western Kingbird in Comox (Photo: Camille Bock)
Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Christmas Hill, Saanich; on northeast side of the hill
Date: May 4 (L. Singh)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Saanichton Bay, Central Saanich; flying over following shoreline
Date: May 3 (D. Donnecke)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Ripple Rock Elementary, Campbell River
Date: May 1 to 2 (J. Farrell)

Great Egret (1)
Location: Living Forest Campground, Nanaimo; observed in marsh at location
Date: May 1 (D. Blumensaat) to 2 (C. Golby)
Much like the egret, this documentation is Great! (Photo: Craig Golby)
Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Jensen's Bay, Tofino
Date: May 1 (A. Dorst)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; observed at base of mountain where Mayfair Dr meets Cedar Hill X Rd
Date: April 29 (L. Singh)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Royal Bay Beachfront Park, Colwood; access currently not permitted, but it would be worth searching around the Latoria Rd gravel pit
Date: April 29 (G. Duncan) to 30 (multiple observers)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Grice Bay, Tofino; among large group of Whimbrel
Date: April 27 (A. Dorst)

Ruddy Turnstone (2, initially 1)
Location: French Creek and Columbia Beach, Parksville; in with Black Turnstones
Date: April 26 (S. Beauchesne) to 27 (multiple observers, second bird reported by D. Gullison)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; circled over and then continued flying northbound
Date: April 25 (J. Bertrands)

Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Location: Lochside Rd and Claremont Ave, Cordova Bay; flying over
Reported: April 25 (M. McGrenere)

Mountain Bluebirds (spring migration window NOW!)
  1. Englishman River Estuary, Parksville, March 22 (M. Wynja) to 30 (multiple observers) - 1 male, 1 female
  2. Comox Airport, Comox, March 22 (T. Davies) - 2 females, 1 male
  3. Little Qualicum River Estuary, Qualicum Beach, March 23 (D. Freeman) - 1 female
  4. Christmas Hill, Saanich, April 6 (A. Bugslag) - 1 male
  5. Mount Tuam, Salt Spring Island, April 7 (R. Ferguson)
  6. Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay, April 9 (W. Drinnan) - 1 male, 1 female
  7. Martindale Rd on irrigation wheels on south side, Central Saanich, April 9 (M. and B. McGrenere)
  8. Martindale Rd on irrigation wheels on south side, Central Saanich, April 10 (M. McGrenere) to 17 (multiple observers)
  9. Little Qualicum River Estuary, Qualicum Beach, April 29 (D. Isbister)
  10. Uplands Park, Oak Bay, May 2 (M. Cranny)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (1)
Location: Englishmen River Estuary, Parksville; viewed from Plummer Rd access
Reported: April 22 (D. Isbister, m.obs)

BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE (1)
Location: McClure Rd, Galiano Island; private residence
Date: April 18 (M. Hoebel)

Redhead (currently 1 male, formerly with a female)
Location: Viaduct Flats, Saanich; moved to Panama Flats from February 8th to 12th (M. McGrenere)
Date: December 14, 2019 (CBC) to April 18, 2020 (multiple observers)

BLUE JAY (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Saanich; formerly seen at Henderson Park chip trail and UVic campus
Date: November 1, 2019 (B. Starzomski) to April 14, 2020 (multiple observers)

Redhead (1, male)
Location: Fairwinds Golf Club, Nanoose Bay; seen in pond along 7th hole fairway
Date: April 2 (A. Sinclair) to 10 (multiple observers); apparently first sighting was earlier

Yellow-billed Loon (1 immature)
Location: Salmon Point, Campbell River
Date: April 8 (G. Stewart)

CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (1)
Location: Mount Tuam, Salt Spring Island; found lower down on the open Garry Oak slope
Date: April 5 (R. Bergerud)

Western Bluebird (1 unbanded male)
Location: Cox Rd, Courtenay; along fence posts here
Date: March 31 (C. Bock) to April 5 (multiple observers)
Unbanded Male Western Bluebird in Courtenay (Photo: Camille Bock)
Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Black Creek; Miracle Beach Provincial Park
Date: March 24 (B. Dudeck) to 27 (multiple observers)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Harling Point, Victoria
Date: March 26 (Michael Shepard)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo; reported sparsely since fall and currently observed along trail on east side of the east marsh near thatch ant nests and feeder
Date: October 29, 2019 (D. Baird) to March 22, 2020 (multiple observers)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Hardy Bay Rd, Port Hardy; seen offshore from access near Glen Lyon Inn
Date: March 20 to 21 (G. Monty)

Redhead (1 female, briefly 2)
Location: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria;
Date: January 10 (K. Taylor) to March 19 (multiple observers)

Glaucous Gulls (expected)
Location: anywhere herring spawning has occurred; sift through gull concentrations
Date: mid-March to mid-April?

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: Cedar Hill Golf Course, Saanich; on path parallel to Diana Rd, approximately 100 m north of golf course parking lot at the end of Derby Rd
Date: March 12 (K. Emmaneel) to 16 (multiple observers)

Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: Challoner Rd; Qualicum Beach; seen from beach access at end of the road
Date: March 14 (D. Isbister)

Common Redpolls (8)
Location: Comox Airport, Comox; along east fence (near gate 88) directly above Kye Bay beach
Date: February 9 (Thomas Davies) to March 12 (multiple observers)
1 of 8 Common Redpolls in Comox (Photo: Thomas Davies)
Sora (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay
Date: March 6 (A. Nightingale et al.) to 9 (multiple observers)

SLATY-BACKED GULL (1)
Location: Amber Way, Royston; seen from beach access at end of the road
Date: March 7 (L. Singh)
Adult Slaty-backed Gull in Royston (Photo: Liam Singh)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Amber Way, Royston; seen from beach access at end of the road
Date: March 8 (L. Singh)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Trent River Estuary, Royston
Date: March 6 (D. Beadle)

American Tree Sparrow (1, formerly 2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; most recently being seen around the southwest corner of the flats
Date: November 7, 2019 (L. Biggs and B. Jantzen) to March 6, 2020 (multiple observers)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Helliwell Provincial Park, Hornby Island; observed along trail east of the open meadow
Date: February 29 (B. Starzomski)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Rotary Beach Park, Campbell River
Date: February 29 (B. Schroeder and C. Di Corrado)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo; originally observed in west marsh, but later seen from dyke in the east marsh
Date: February 25 (D. Gullison) to 28 (multiple observers)

LESSER GOLDFINCHES (5 initially, but now only 3)
Location: Camas Trail between 2768 and 2788 Dunlevy St, Oak Bay, near Uplands Park. Previously seen at Florence St in Oak Bay
Date: November 25, 2019 (G. Newell) to February 26, 2020 (multiple observers)
Part of the fleet (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)
Glaucous Gull (1)
Location: French Creek, Parksville; observed at mouth of creek
Date: February 21 (D. Isbister)

Sora (1)
Location: Diver Lake, Nanaimo
Reported: February 7 (W. Cronan) to 11 (multiple observers)

Common Redpoll (1)
Location: Baikie Island Nature Preserve; Campbell River
Date: February 6 (K. Matthieu)

COMMON GRACKLE (1)
Location: Here at Buttertubs Marsh; Nanaimo
Date: February 5 (W. Cronan)
Common Grackle in Nanaimo (Photo: Warren Cronan)
Red-naped Sapsucker (1)
Location: Willow St, Parksville
Date: December 1, 2019 (M. Wynja) to February 5, 2020 (multiple observers)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Eve River Estuary, Cracroft
Date: February 2 (G. Monty)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Little Qualicum Estuary, Qualicum Beach; viewed from beach access at north end of Kinkade Rd
Date: August 12, 2019 (D. Isbister) to February 1, 2020 (multiple observers)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Parksville
Date: January 30 (G. Monty)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Cottam Point, Nanoose Bay
Date: January 30 (G. Monty)

Redhead (1, male)
Location: Little River ferry terminal; in raft of mixed sea ducks
Date: January 22 (C. Bock) to 28 (multiple observers)
Showing well among Lesser and Greater Scaups, Surf Scoter, and Bufflehead (Photo: Camille Bock)
American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: November 22, 2019 (B. Vroom) to January 24, 2020 (multiple observers)

Glaucous Gull (1, immature)
Location: French Creek; seen at the mouth of the creek near the marina
Date: January 21 (G. Robertson)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Somass River Estuary, Port Alberni; seen along road into field
Date: January 20 (S. McRuer and P. Hall)

INDIGO BUNTING (1, female-type)
Location: Milton St, Nanaimo; search the block between Campbell and Wentworth Sts
Date: January 15 (C. Rispin) to 18 (multiple observers)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; at Garcia Nursery; Saanich
Date: November 11, 2019 (G. Newell) to Janruary 18, 2020 (multiple observers)

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch (1)
Location: Jordan River; west side of bridge on vacant lots along the road
Date: January 17 (M. Bentley)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; corner of McHugh and Island View Rd
Date: December 14, 2019 (L. Singh) to January 16, 2020 (multiple observers)

Common Yellowthroat (1, rare overwintering bird)
Location: Chemainus River Estuary; accessed via Swallowfield Rd and located approximately here
Date: January 11 (D. Baird and B. Vroom)

Northern Goshawk (surprising location)
Location: Downtown Victoria; in tree near intersection of Government and Yates Sts
Date: January 8 (E. Doyle)

Glaucous Gull (1, immature)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; briefly resting among gulls sitting on water
Date: January 5 (J. Gatten)

Glaucous Gull (1, 1st-winter)

Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, Nanaimo
Date: November 13, 2019 (D. Baird) to January 2, 2020 (multiple observers)

Black-legged Kittiwake (1)
Location: Somass River Estuary, Port Alberni; near settling ponds
Date: January 1, 2020 (P. Hall)