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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

RBA: FERRUGINOUS HAWK in Jaffray - Aug 27th

At 10am on August 27th - 2016, Jessy Loranger et al. found and photographed a Juvenile Ferruginous Hawk. The bird was perched on a telephone pole on the I.D.E.A.L. Ranch, which is private property near the intersection of Jaffray Baynes Lake Rd and Damstrom Rd. The bird was perched for 15min before it took flight. It flew over the ranch several times for at least 5min. He lost sight of it and has not seen it since.

Juvenile Ferruginous Hawk - Photo: Jessy Loranger

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RBA: BLACK-HEADED GULL near Sayward - Aug 20th-21st

On August 20th-2016, Andy and Nancy Bock found a Black-headed Gull in Sidney Bay near Sayward while they were out boating. The gull was seen with Mew Gulls and Bonaparte's Gulls on a log boom. They photographed the gulls on August 20th and 21st and 10 days later looked at the shots and discovered that they had captured a provincial rarity! This is the 2nd sighting of a Black-headed Gull in the province this year.

The UTM coordinates are 50.516156, -125.601396 and it is only accessible by boat. Estimated nautical travel time to the area from Kelsey Bay near Sayward is 2 hrs.

Photo: Nancy Bock