Sunshine Coast

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Recent sightings:

Swamp Sparrow
Location: Bushes to the southeast of the pond at Sechelt Marsh - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 15 (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-Nov 18 (Ken and Kathleen Pritchard, m.obs)
Please call first before visiting at:
(six, zero, four) - (three, four, four-one, two, three, five) 

Adult Male Costa's Hummingbird in Powell River - Photo: Kathleen Pritchard

Harris's Sparrow
Location: 6492 Nechako Ave - Powell River
Reported: Nov 5-12 (Iwan Van Veen, m.obs)

MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES (2)
Location: Private home near Oliver St and Selkirk Ave - Powell River
Reported: Nov 7 (Pierre Geoffray)

White-winged Crossbill (1)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 4-6 (John Hodges)

Male White-winged Crossbill - Photo: John Hodges

Palm Warbler
Location: In bare tree across from parking lot at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 27-29 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Photo: Karen Holland

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS (2)
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 27 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (left side) in Sechelt - Photo: John Hodges

Mountain Bluebird (1 female)
Location: SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: Oct 22 (Kathie and Ken Pritchard)

Photo: Kathie Pritchard

RBA: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
Location: In the bushes between the big sand pile and estuary at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 17-19 (John Hodges, m.obs)

White-throated Sparrows (3)
Location: Mitlenatch Island - Powell River
Reported: Sept 25 (Pierre Geoffrey et al.)

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Location: Finn Bay Rd - Powell River
Reported: Sept 20 (Pierre Geoffray)

Chipping Sparrow
Location: Finn Bay Rd - Powell River
Reported: Sept 20 (Pierre Geoffray)

Lapland Longspurs (3)
Location: On old golf course off Laburnum Ave - Powell River
Reported: Sept 18 (Pierre Geoffray)

House Wren
Location: On old golf course off Laburnum Ave - Powell River
Reported: Sept 16 (Pierre Geoffray)

Dusky Flycatcher
Location: Private home on Fraser St - Powell River
Reported: Sept 12 (Pierre Geoffray)

Wandering Tattler
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Sept 10 (John Hodges et al.)

Green Heron
Location: Parson's Park at Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: Sept 4 (Ken Pritchard et al.)

Long-tailed Jaeger (1 juvie)
Location: Little River Ferry - Powell River
Reported: Sept 2 (Pierre Geoffray)

LARK SPARROW
Location: On beach at Lund Harbour - Powell River
Reported: Aug 24 (Pierre Geoffray)

Northern Waterthrush
Location: First pond in area used by dog walkers - Wilson Creek Estuary
Reported: Aug 21-22 (Kaiden Bosch, mobs)

RBA: FERRUGINOUS HAWK (see main page)
Location: Seen on breakwater at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 8-19 (Mike Steele and Lynne Dunham, m.obs)

Photo: Lynne Dunham

Stilt Sandpiper
Location: Foraging along beach at Brew Bay - Powell River
Reported: Aug 13 (Pierre Geoffray et al., m.obs)

Photo: Stilt Sandpiper in Powell River - Photo: K. and K. Pritchard

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Location: 1 female at water's edge on the south side of Chapman Creek at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 10 (John Hodges, m.obs)


Location: 2 on breakwater at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 10 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Lewis's Woodpecker
Location: 12671 Sunshine Coast Hwy - Madeira Park
Reported: Aug 8 (Simon Bernard)

Heermann's Gulls (2)
Location: Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: Aug 7-10 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

American Redstart (2)
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: May 26-August 6 (Pierre Geoffray, m.obs)

Photo: Iwan Van Veen

American White Pelicans (5)
Location: Ruby Lake Resort - Ruby Lake
Reported: June 23 (Aldo Cogrossi)

RBA: ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (see main page for more details)
Location: In small alders near the boat trailers and also by the first pond with the most water at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: June 10-11 (Marie Revoy, m.obs)

Photo: Marie Revoy

Western Kingbird
Location: On fence below heritage road at the Shores - Sechelt
Reported: June 3 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

LARK SPARROW
Location: On sandpile at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: May 27 (John Hodges)

BREWER'S SPARROW
Location: At Wilson Creek Estuary - On Private Property inside the gate to Port Stalashen, near where the boat trailers are kept - Sechelt
Reported: May 25 (John Hodges)

Photo: John Hodges
 

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
Location: Gale Ave N, less than a block east of Sandpiper Rd - Sechelt
Reported: May 23 (Alexis Harrington)

Vesper Sparrow
Location: On the small island in Wilson Creek Estuary. Viewed from the far end of the causeway to Port Stalashen Clubhouse - Sechelt
Reported: May 12 (John Hodges)

Lazuli Bunting (early)
Location: 1 male on Central Ave at Granthams Landing - Gibsons
Reported: May 6 (Julie Brooks)

Ruddy Turnstone
Location: Foraging on gravel beach along wrack line - Mitlenatch Island
Reported: May 4 (Ian Guthrie et al.)

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: April 23 (Arnold Skei)

Townsend's Solitaires

Location: Up to three birds at a Private Yard - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 10-19 (John Hodges)

Location: Halfway down Sandpiper Rd at the Shores - Sechelt
Reported: April 15 (Arnold Skei)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (early)
Location: Private yard in Roberts Creek - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 18 (John Hodges)

Hammond's Flycatcher (early)
Location: Private yard on Egmont Rd - Egmont
Reported: April 18 (Kaiden Bosch)

Sandhill Cranes

Location: Cranberry Lake - Powell River
Reported: April 17 (Jeff Mah)

Location: Two at the Sechelt Golf Course - Sechelt
Reported: April 7 (Thomas Hourigan)

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Location: Adult male at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: April 13 (Arnold Skei, m.obs)

Cassin's Vireo
Location: Hawthorn Road - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 11 (John Hodges)

Say's Phoebes

Location: Halfway down Crowston Rd at the Shores - Sechelt
Reported: April 15 (Arnold Skei)

Location: 1 bird at tip of Mission Point Park - Sechelt
Reported: April 8-9 (Arnold Skei)

Location: 2 birds on beachwood fence posts at SeaSide Escape Retreat Guest House - Powell River Reported: March 18-April 6 (K. Pritchard, m.obs)

Location: 1 bird on fence on Crowston Rd at "The Shores" housing development on West Porpoise Bay - Sechelt
Reported: March 25-April 2 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Location: 1 bird by pond near clubhouse at Sechelt Golf Course - Sechelt
Reported: March 22 (John Hodges)

Location: 1 bird at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: March 21 (John Hodges)
 
Say's Phoebe in Powell River - Photo: K. Pritchard


Chipping Sparrow
Location: Private Home - Sandy Hook
Reported: April 6 (Cathy McLellan)

Mountain Bluebirds 

Location: 1 male and 1 female on rocks and pilings at Brew Bay - Powell River
Reported: March 30-April 5 (Maria Glaze, m.obs)

Location: 2 birds flycatching from fence on Crowston Rd at "The Shores" - Sechelt
Reported: April 2 (Arnold Skei and John Hodges, m.obs)

Male Mountain Bluebird at Brew Bay - Photo: Maria Glaze

Osprey (early)
Location: Flyover at Myrtle Point Golf Course - Powell River
Reported: March 26 (Pierre Geoffray)

Townsend's Solitaire
Location: Private Home - Egmont
Reported: March 18 (Kaiden Bosch)

Harris's Sparrow
Location: Between the bushes near the double bench, to the south of the water at Sechelt Marsh. Last seen on the island with the most vegetation - Sechelt
Reported: Dec 16-March 17 (Tony Greenfield, m.obs)

White-throated Sparrow
Location: Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: March 15-28 (John Hodges)

Townsend's Solitaire
Location: Gospel Rock, Gibsons
Directions: Go through the broken down gate at the end of Chaster Rd and walk in about 200m. Just past the conifers the view opens up to the left and the bird was 100m down the slope at the top of a small tree.
Reported: Jan 14-March 5 (Rozanne Thomson, m.obs)

Barn Swallows (Early)
Location: 2 birds at SeaSide Escape Retreat - Powell River
Reported: Feb 1 (Ken and Kathie Pritchard)

Male and Female Barn Swallow - Photo: Ken and Kathie Pritchard

Gyrfalcon (late report)
Location: Seen chasing pigeons and perched on the old barge dock off shore, near Marine Ave and Fairmont St.  Map to location HERE - Powell River
Reported: Dec 20 (Matthew Keneth Garling)

Gyrfalcon in Powell River - Photo: Matthew Keneth Garlin

Glaucous Gull (1st winter)
Location: Mouth of Angus Creek at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park - Sechelt
Reported: Dec 17-18 (Tony Greenfield, m.obs)

White-throated Sparrow
Location: Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: Dec 18 (Iwan Van Veen et al.)

Golden Eagles

Location: 1 immature bird at Wilson Creek Estuary - Sechelt
Reported: Nov 28-Dec 1 (Marie Revoy, m.obs)

Immature Golden Eagle at Wilson Creek Estuary - Photo: John Hodges
Location:  Flying north over Fraser St. - Powell River
Reported: Nov 24 (Pierre Geoffray)

Bohemian Waxwing (1)
Location: On cotoneaster bush near the intersection of Skookumchuck Rd and Deerhorn Drive - Sandy Hook
Reported: Nov 30 (John Hodges)

Townsend's Solitaire
Location: On a tree 200m up on Deerhorn Drive - Sandy Hook
Reported: Nov 30 (John Hodges)

Nashville Warbler
Location: In blackberry bush near the arbutus tree by the Bocce ground at the old Golf Course off Marine Ave and Laburnum Ave - Powell River
Reported: Nov 21 (Pierre Geoffray)

Yellow-billed Loon (Juvenile)
Location: Saltery Bay - Powell River
Reported: Nov 16 (Daniele Mitchell)

Palm Warbler
Location: Base of pier at Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: Oct 31-Nov 6 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Photo: John Hodges
Snow Bunting 
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty Pier - Roberts creek
Reported: Oct 31-Nov1 (Jerry Rolls, m.obs)

Photo: Rand Rudland


Harris's Sparrow
Location: Private Home on Nechako Ave - Powell River
Reported: Oct 28-29 (Iwan Van Veen, m.obs)

Photo: Iwan Van Veen

Swamp Sparrow
Location: Sechelt Marsh - Sechelt
Reported: Oct 20 (John Hodges)

Eared Grebe
Location: Little River Ferry Terminal - Powell River
Reported: Oct 16 (Pierre Geoffray)

White-throated Sparrows 

Location: 4 birds at Wildwood Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: Oct 2 (Pierre Geoffray)

Location: 1 tan morph at Seaside Escape Retreat at Douglas Bay - Powell River
*Can be viewed from beach*
Reported: Sept 28-Oct 1 (Kathie and Ken Pritchard)

Taken at Seaside Escape Retreat (Photo: Ken Pritchard)

Northern Mockingbird (1 Juvenile)
Location: The bird was seen near a concrete culvert on the ground close to the second lookout out over the inside section of the mudflat, there is a large sand pile that one can stand on and the bird was seen from there in the row of trees along the water's edge - Wilson Creek Estuary
Reported: Sept 6 (Arnold Skei)

RBA: Ash-throated Flycatcher (See Main Page for details)
Location: The bird was seen near a concrete culvert on the ground close to the second lookout out over the inside section of the mudflat, there is a large sand pile that one can stand on and the bird was seen from there low in the row of trees along the water's edge - Wilson Creek Estuary
Reported: Aug 28 (Arnold Skei)

Clay-coloured Sparrow
Location: In arbutus tree near concrete culvert near the second lookout over the mudflats at Wilson Creek Estuary
Reported: Aug 28 (Arnold Skei)

RBA: Black-throated Sparrow (1 Adult - See Main Page)
Location: In a bush at the corner of Skookumchuk Rd and Deerhorn Dr - Sandy Hook (near Sechelt)
Reported: Aug 7-9th (Cathy McLellan, m.obs)

Photo: Daniele Mitchell

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Location: Beach at the end of Phillips Rd - Powell River
Reported: Aug 9 (Pierre Geoffray)

Franklin's Gull
Location: By upturned blue boat at Porpoise Bay - Sechelt
Reported: August 6 (John Hodges)

Black-billed Magpie
Location: Oracle and Page Rd - Sechelt
Reported: August 1 (Alexis Harrington)

Franklin's Gull
Location: Donkersley Beach - Powell River
Reported: June 19 (Pierre Geoffray)

Least Flycatcher
Location: Pudd Lake - Halfmoon Bay
Directions: Tale Halfmoon Carslon Service Rd to Pudd Lake. Then left to Pudd Lake, 2/3rds of the way down to the lake I s a 3rd pullout and that is where the bird was found calling.
Reported: June 16 (John Hodges and Kaiden Bosch, m.obs)

Photo: Rand Rudland

Eastern Kingbird
Location: Smuggler's Cove Marine Park - Halfmoon Bay
Reported: June 7 (Marcia Mason, m.obs)

Wandering Tattler
Location: End of Fraser Street - Powell River
Reported: May 28 (Pierre Geoffray)

Yellow-breasted Chat (1st record for Sunshine Coast)
Location: 200m from main lookout on both sides of trail near the end of Chaster Rd at Gospel Rock -
Gibsons
Reported: May 22-23 (John Hodges, m.obs)

FORSTER'S TERN (1st record for The Sunshine Coast)
Location: Mouth of Chapman Creek at Mission Point - Sechelt
Reported: May 20-21 (John Hodges, m.obs)

Photo: Carl Olsen

Red-necked Phalarope (female in breeding)
Location: Head of Porpoise Bay - Sechelt
Reported: May 16-18 (Carl Olsen, m.obs)

Wandering Tattler
Location: Sunshine Coast Bio Blitz seen from water
Reported: May 15 (Kaiden Bosch, m.obs)

Dusky Flycatcher 
Location: Stillwater Bluffs - Powell River
Reported: May 12 (Pierre Geoffray)

Black-billed Magpies (2)
Location: SW of Soda Creek - Jervis Inlet
Reported: May 7 (Ken Vogan)

Yellow-billed Loon
Location: Roberts Creek Jetty - Roberts Creek
Reported: April 14 (John Hodges)

Harris's Sparrow
Location: Private Home near Donkersley and Douglas Bay Rd - Powell River
Reported: Feb 4th - April 3 (Ken and Kathie Pritchard)

Mountain Bluebirds (3 Males and 1 Female)
Location: End of Crowston Rd (N of Heritage Rd) - Sechelt
Reported: March 20-24 (Penny Hall, m.obs)

Say's Phoebe
Location: On Heritage Road between Crowston Rd and  Sandpiper Rd - Sechelt
Reported: March 15 (Kaiden Bosch)

Common Redpoll 
Location: Mill area by waterfront  - Powell River
Reported: Feb 7 (Matther Garling)

Rhinoceros Auklet
Location: Pebble Beach - Powell River
Reported: Feb 2, 2016 (Pierre Geoffray)