Monday, October 24, 2016

RBA: ROSS'S GOOSE in Victoria - October 24th

At 8:30am on October 24th-2016, Geoffrey Newell found a Ross's Goose. The bird was in a flock of 54 Snow Geese flying SE over Cattle Point in a V formation. The bird was the last bird in the formation and was noticeably smaller than the other Snow Geese with a short stocky head and neck. He was unable to get any photos.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

RBA: LARK BUNTING in Port Renfrew - September 5th

At 11:30am on September 5th-2016, Thomas Barbin found and photographed a female Lark Bunting at Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew.  The bird was feeding on the seaweed above the sandy part of the beach at the north end of the sandstone tide pools.

He did not know what the bird was at the time, until photos were reviewed, hence the late report.

Female Lark Bunting - Photo: Thomas Barbin

RBA: RED-THROATED PIPIT near Tofino - October 18th

At 10:15 am on October 18th-2016, Chris Charlesworth found a Red-throated Pipit at the north end of the Tofino Airport runway. The bird was alone and called several times but was then flushed from the grass by a Peregrine Falcon. The bird flew south to the other end of the airport and has not been relocated as of posting time.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

RBA: LUCY'S WARBLER in Kelowna - Sept 25th

At 2:40pm on September 25th-2016 Michelle Lamberson photographed a female/immature Lucy's Warbler. She did not know what the bird was at the time hence the late report.

The bird was found in the bushes along the creek at Sunset Drive Park, which is just north of Rotary Marsh Park. The address is 1055 Sunset Drive, Kelowna.

This is the second record for the province of British Columbia.

Photos: Michelle Lamberson

Thursday, September 29, 2016

RBA: Summer Tanager in Kelowna - Sept 29th-Oct 1st

At 10:30am on September 29th-2016, Nick Swan found and photographed a male Summer Tanager at Okanagan Mountain Park, which is south of Kelowna. He observed the bird  for 5 mins in trees by the wooden bridge at Deeper Creek which is accessed off the CN trail. The bird then flew off in the direction of the parking lot at Lakeshore Rd. Nick relocated the bird in a nearby tree on the CN trail not far from the original location.

Directions to where the bird was found:

Take Lakeshore Road south from Kelowna into Okanagan Mountain Park. Park in the North parking lot which is off Lakeshore Rd for the Boulder Trail. Take the Boulder Trail which will turn into the CN Trail further up the mountain, it is a 10-15 min long hike. As you hike you will come to a bridge marked "Deeper Creek." The bird was seen in the trees here at Deeper Creek.

Map to location first seen HERE

Map to Parking lot HERE

This hike is not suitable for those with mobility issues. To read a description of the hike and its difficulty level, please click HERE.

This is the first documented record of Summer Tanager for the Okanagan Valley.

The bird was not relocated on Sept 30th.

The bird was relocated and photographed by Roxy Tripp on Oct 1st. The bird was with bluebirds, yellow-rumps and house finches, 2.5 km up the Boulder Trail perched in a tree.

A map to where she saw it is HERE

*Multiple observers looked on Oct 2nd but the bird was not relocated.*

Male Summer Tanager in Kelowna, BC -  Photos: Nick Swan

Sunday, September 18, 2016

RBA: RED-SHOULDERED HAWK near Victoria - Sept 18th

At 11:25 am on Sept 18th-2016, David Allinson found an immature Red-shouldered Hawk flying over Rocky Point. During his hawk watch he also had an adult light phase Swainson's Hawk in a kettle of 14 Broad-winged Hawks and 85 Turkey Vultures.

Rocky Point Bird Observatory is not open to the public.*

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

RBA: Chestnut-sided Warbler near Okanagan Falls - Sept 13th

At 9 am on Sept 13th-2016, Richard Klauke found a female/immature type Chestnut-sided Warbler at the Vaseux Lake Bird Banding Observatory. The bird was near the far end of the woods which are north of the banding tent. Doug Brown relocated the bird but it was moving too fast to be photographed. This is the second record for the station.

The bird has not been relocated since.

Monday, September 12, 2016

RBA: Chestnut-sided Warbler in Vancouver - Sept 12th

At 7:30 am on the morning of Sept 12th-2016,  Ilya Povalyaev found a hatch year Male Chestnut-sided Warbler. The bird was located in the bushes across the road from Seasons in the Park Restaurant at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.

The bird was relocated at 8:50 am in a maple tree in the small quarry directly beneath Seasons in the Park restaurant. The bird was photographed and viewed by several observers.

Despite multiple observers looking the bird has not been relocated since.

Seasons in the Park is located at 4600 Cambie Street near West 33rd Ave.

Hatch Year Male Chestnut-sided Warbler (Photo: Peter Candido)
Hatch Year Male Chestnut-sided Warbler (Photo: Ilya Povalyaev)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

RBA: SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS off the West Coast of Vancouver Island - Sept 7th

On the afternoon of Sept 7th-2016, while doing an offshore NOAA survey, Ryan Merrill et al. found and photographed 4 Scripps's Murrelets along the North edge of Nitinat Canyon.

UTM coordinates for both pairs of birds are as follows:
48.26371, -125.8172 and 48.24874, -125.7996

2 out of 4 Scripps's Murrelets seen at Nitinat Canyon - Photo: Ryan Merrill

Friday, September 2, 2016

RBA: Chestnut-sided Warbler near Golden - Sept 2nd-3rd

At 6pm on Sept 2nd-2016, Doug Leighton found an immature male Chestnut-sided Warbler in an apple tree in the front yard of his house in the Blaeberry. Shortly after he relocated it in a red osier dogwood bush, where he was able to obtain a record photo of the bird. The bird was present once again in his yard on Sept 3rd.

Photo: Doug Leighton