Thursday, May 21, 2015

RBA: BROWN THRASHER in Kootenay National Park, May 21

A Brown Thrasher was observed and photographed in the Kootenay River Day Use Area at Kootenay National Park north of Radium at 8 AM on May 21 (Brian Wesley, et al).

Brown Thrasher. Kootenay National Park. May 21 (Brian Wesley).

Monday, May 18, 2015


Green-tailed Towhee (1)
Location: Private residence in Golden. This was a one day wonder and was last seen feeding at 6 PM on the 18th. Nice find Doug!
Date: May 18 (Doug Leighton).

Green-tailed Towhee. Golden, May 18 (Doug Leighton).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17 - White-faced Ibis in Revelstoke

On May 17, Wayne and Brent Diakow found an adult White-faced Ibis in Revelstoke. The bird was seen at 10:40 am when it flew in and landed in the marsh just north of the Revelstoke airport.

Friday, May 15, 2015

May 13-19: A dozen White-faced Ibis at Separation Lake near Kamloops

Rick Howie reports a group of a dozen WHITE-FACED IBIS at Separation Lake, located south of Kamloops along Hwy 5A. The birds were feeding at the north end of the lake where a road will allow fairly close access, though please be careful not to flush the birds. Rick saw the ibis at about 4 PM on May 15.

Update: These birds were originally located by Chris Chutter on May 13, but the sighting may not have been known to many. As of May 19 two birds were seen flying over Separation Lake by Dave Whiting. On May 19th Multiple observers have seen 6 Ibises at the North end of Beaver Ranch Flats (on Hwy 5A - North of Merritt near Quilchena).

White-faced Ibis at Separation Lake, near Kamloops. Part of flock of 12. May 15 (Rick Howie).

Sunday, May 10, 2015

RBA: May 10 -16: Ross's Goose in Ladner

RBA: On May 10, 2015, Ben Keen found a single Ross's Goose with a flock of 57 Snow Geese (with one dark morph) right in the farmer's field just south of the parking lot at Brunswick Point in Ladner! 

UPDATE: As of  10:00 am on May 16th the bird was last seen in the grassy field on river road just east of the plowed field by the Brunswick Point parking lot with a flock of 50+ Snow Geese (with 1 juvenile blue goose). The bird was relocated by Steve Ansell the morning of May 11th and multiple observers thereafter. The bird is easily viewed with bins (when in field near road).  A Scope is required when the bird is in distant fields.

*In this photo by Brian Stech you can see the bird is close to the road in a grassy field and easily viewed by bins. 
All identifying characteristics are clearly visible in this photo: 
bright white bird, small size, stubby small pink bill and prominent dark eye.*
 *In this in-flight photo (L) by Peter Candido and flock photo (R) by Ben Keen, you can see the overall size and 
beak difference of the Ross's Goose as compared to the larger Snow Geese!* 

This rare visitor to BC provided great views for many today! Thanks again to Ben Keen for originally spotting it and providing hours of enjoyment.  Also, a big thank you to everyone who kept the updates and pictures coming in! All photos submitted can be viewed Here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Great Egret at Brunswick Point in Ladner!

On May 7, 2015,  Richard Swanston found a single Great Egret at Brunswick Point. The bird was first seen at the bay on the high but falling tide on the Eastern side of Brunswick Point. It was later chased off by a Bald Eagle and went to the far Southern area of the marsh. After this, another Bald Eagle chased it off to the far South West corner of the marsh.

Update **The bird was later relocated at the SW point of  Brunswick Point marsh but has not been relocated as of May 8. **

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 5-6--Hooded Oriole in Chilliwack!

A first-summer male Hooded Oriole was photographed coming to a hummingbird feeder at a private residence in Chilliwack. The bird was present multiple times on May 5 and 6.

Update: The location is on private property and there are no public viewing opportunities for this feeder. Birders may get lucky viewing it on Broadway Street between Airport Rd. and Brooks Ave.

The home owner has had no sightings of this bird so far on May 7.

Not your average hummingbird! Orioles are notorious 
hummingbird feeder bandits, but the sight of a Hooded 
Oriole at a B.C. feeder just tastes that much sweeter.