VANCOUVER and Fraser Valley

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Franklin's Gull
Location: 104th Street in Delta along the Boundary Bay Dike
Reported: July 29 (Logan Lalonde, Ilya Povalyaev and Russell Cannings)

House Wrens
Location: Brunswick Point X4 (Ilya Povalyaev-July 27-30), Colony Farm X1(Vancouver Avian Research Centre-July 26)

HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Location: Brunswick Pt/Roberts Bank--rising tide (W Ladner)
Reported: July 21 (Richard Swanston)

Willet 
Location: White Rock Pier. Roosting on the rocks beside the Pier.
Reported: July 13-29 (Roger Foxall, m. obs)

Green Heron
Location: Hastings Park
Reported: July 2 (Doug Cooper)
Green Herons have also spotted in the McCleery Golf Course area on July 1-2

American White Pelican
Pelican UPDATE: flock of 30-50 birds has been seen at Brunswick Point from June 21-July 27 (one bird still present)
Location: 50 Flying north over Squamish
Reported: June 20 (Chris Dale)

A flock of Pelicans with the same number of birds was spotted circling over the Jericho ponds and near Jericho on June 20-21. A Flock of 50 Pelicans was seen flying Southwest over the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty on June 26 (Liron Gertsman)
 
Rock Wren
Location: Hope Slide
Reported: June 18 (Jamie and Gord Gadsden)

Yellow-breasted Chat
Location: Columbia Valley
Reported: June 17 (Brian Stech)

Western Kingbird
Location: Maplewood Conservation Area western marsh
Reported: June 17(Rob Lyske)

Least Flycatcher
Location: Cheam Wetlands
Reported: June 16 (Gord Gadsden)

Black-billed Magpie
Location: North of Metrotown in Burnaby
Reported: 7am June 11 (Steve Ansell)

"7am Wednesday - Just had a Black-billed Magpie in the neighbourhood north of Metrotown in Burnaby. It initially landed in the top of a tall tree near Bond St & Elsom Ave for a few minutes (arriving from the north), before continuing a second flight south to the area of Grafton St & Booth Ave. I was not able to relocate where it landed the second time however, so it could have kept going.Or perhaps it will pull a left turn and head down to Deer Lake."--Steve Ansell


American Redstart-Female
Location: Maplewood Conservation Area
Reported: June 11 (Derek Killby)

American White Pelican-13
Location: Brunswick Point.  Last seen way out between the Coal Port Jetty and Brunswick Point. Apparently present for several days before the 7th when they were first reported. Seen from the bridge to Westham Island all the way out to the South side of Brunswick Point.
Reported: June 7-9 (Wayne Diakow et al.) 

Kingbird year! 
It seems as though there have been a very large number of Western Kingbirds around this spring. At one point there were representatives in what seemed like every park around town. Most recently on June 4th an Eastern and Western were spotted at Maplewood Conservation Area in the same bush (Quentin Brown). June 5th two Easterns were spotted but the Western was not present. 

Bird of Interest: 
Ruffed Grouse-This bird was photographed in the Wigeon Creek area in the Wigeon Valley National Wildlife Area. A bird that is not frequently encountered in the Vancouver checklist area.

Ruffed Grouse (Photo: Amy Thompson)

Lark Sparrow
Location: Blackie Spit
Reported: May 31(Bird Photographed by not relocated on June 1st)
Another Lark Sparrow was spotted in Glen Valley by Doug Cooper "The sparrow was seen about halfway along Dike Rd, between Bradner Rd and Lefeuvre Rd"

 
Photo: Doug Cooper


Northern Mockingbird 
Location: "seen at the end of Aylmer Road near the FedEx cargo terminal at YVR. Aylmer Road runs south and is the next road west of Templeton off Millar Road. The road dead ends with the YVR works yard on the left and FedEx on the right. Just before FedEx on the right before the sign, there is a small fenced lot overgrown with shrubbery. A robin sized bird, predominantly grey, longer tailed with tail held cocked up was foraging in the grass between the shrub lot and the road. It was hopping sometimes making a couple of flaps to catch up to insects it was catching in the grass. When wings were open large white wing patches were obvious. The white outer tail feathers were not so obvious but also visible. Then flew up over the fence into the shrubby lot. Another birder made a quick search about an hour later and couldn't find it."
Reported: May 31 (Max Gotz)

Tennessee Warbler
Location: Hope Airport
Reported: May 24 (Gord Gadsden)

Lark Sparrow
Location: Hope Airport
Reported: May 12 (Trudi Wierks)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Location: Chilliwack (private property)
Reported: May 12 (Gord Gadsden)

Clay-colored Sparrow
Location: Skagit Valley
Reported: May 11 (Bryan and Janet King)

Western Kingbird
Location: Maplewood Flats
Reported: May 10-11 (Barb Koot et al.)

Brewer's Sparrow
Location: Iona Island Regional Park-At South corner of sewage lagoons and outer ponds along the pipe.
Reported: May 10-11

Lewis's Woodpecker
Location: Squamish River Estuary (originally in the Bridge Pond area, but is moving around)
Reported: May 8(Chris Dale)

Photo: Chris Dale


BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
Location: Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows
Reported: May 6 (Larry Cowan)

Photo: David Schutz


House Wren
Location: Horizon's Restaurant, Burnaby Mountain
Reported: May 3 (The Plover Lords Baillie Birdathon team)

Rusty Blackbird
Location: Squamish River Estuary
Reported: April 28 (Chris Dale)
Video: http://youtu.be/-YTJNy97CvE

Mountain Bluebird
Location: Lighthouse Park, Pt Roberts, WA
Reported: April 24 (Melissa H)
Others reported at Mountain View Cemetery near Queen Elizabeth Park late April/Early May 

Say's Phoebes Have been observed  at Hope Airport and Island 22. March 24th

Possible Tufted Duck (female)
Location: No.5 (Sumas Prairie)
Reported: March 22 (Jamie and Gord Gadsden)

Possible Rock Wren 
Location: Light House Park in Point Roberts
Reported: Along the rocks on the beach near where the old light house used to be.
More information as it comes through

White-throated Sparrow
Location: Terra Nova Park, Richmond. On the NE corner of the park on the trail under a feeder near the "natural area"
Reported: March 11 (Monica Nugent)

Townsend's Solitaire
Location: Riverport Rd x Steveston Hwy, Richmond
Reported: March 4
An individual has also been seen near the 33rd Ave entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park 

Brant (rare inland)
Location: Sardis Pond
Reported: Feb 26th (Denis Knopp)

Glaucous Gulls (X2)
Deer Lake (on the East beach in front of the children's playground.) Still present as of March 9.
72nd Street in Delta on Turf farm between Ladner Trunk Road and Boundary Bay Dike. Present most of the winter, but last reported March 9.

Prairie Falcon
Location: Near Brunswick Point (past the turnoff to Westham Island) River Road West at 30b Street.
Seen actively chasing Harriers and Short-eared Owls for voles for at least a month.
Last reported Feb 27-March 9



Photo: Lynnea Parker
Gyrfalcon
Location: Hastings Park to New Brighton Park. Hunting Rock Pigeons and Eurasian Collared Doves from the Vitarra Grain Buildings around that area.
Reported: Jan-March 9 (Doug Cooper et al.) 

TUFTED DUCK (Male)
Location: Iona Sewage Lagoons (Outer and inner ponds)
Reported: Feb 14-March 9 (Sunny Zhai et al.)

 
Tufted Duck (Photo: Michelle lamberson)

Townsend's Solitaire
Location: Simon Fraser University Campus, Burnaby Mountain. In the center of campus between the TASC building and the Academic Quadrangle.
Reported: Early Jan- March 3
Another bird was photographed at the UBC Botanical garden on the week of Feb 17th-March 4

Intersex Northern Pintail?
Seen on the east side of Blackie Spit (Crescent Beach) on Feb 9 by Logan Lalonde and Liron Gertsman (photo). Comments welcome!

Mountain Bluebirds (2)
Location: Old Rail West site, Squamish
Reported: Nov 22-Feb 4 (Chris Dale)

WESTERN SCRUB-JAY (Two locations)
Location 1: Central Maple Ridge (latest on York Street-Feb 3-Roger Craik)

Location 2: New Westminster: A bird often seen near roving Steller's Jay flock in between 16th and 18th Streets, and Hamilton St and Seventh Avenue
Reported: Latest known was Feb 1 (Wayne Diakow et al.)

Gyrfalcon
Location: Old Dewdney Trunk Road, east of Harris Rd, and just west of the south end of Neaves Rd (Pitt Meadows)
Reported: Jan 17-Feb 4 (Many birders including Michael Sather--photo)
*There is also a Gyrfalcon hanging out around the Vitarra grain buildings north of Hastings Park (near Iron Workers Mermorial Bridge in East Vancouver) as of Feb 5 (Doug Cooper et al.)--possibly the same bird that was present last winter.


Rusty Blackbird
Location: Corner of Chilliwack Central and Prest Rd
Reported: Jan 13 (Gord Gadsden)

Snow Bunting (80-90) High Count
Location: Marion Rd, Sumas Prairie
Reported Jan 5-16 (Henry Wall et al.)

Gyrfalcon
Location: Marion Rd Sumas Prairie
Reported : Jan 3-7 (Wes Aslin)


Harris' Sparrow
Location: Kitchen Rd (Chilliwack) A little north where the Black Phoebe was seen
Reported: Dec 15- Jan 5 (Mike and Sharon Toochin et al.)



Photo Dave Beeke

Prairie Falcon 
Location: North end of Prest Rd (Chilliwack)
Reported: Jan 1, (Denis Knopp et al.)

Bohemian Waxwings (2)
Location: Deboville Slough - "Follow the east dyke, slough on your right, until you get to the first treed area on your right. The crabapple tree is just before a sign prohibiting the carrying or discharging of firearms."

Single bird relocated - Dec 12 (Colin Clasen),  "700 meters east of the locked gate on the north side"

Reported: Dec 11,  David Schutz

Rock Sandpiper
Location: Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty
Reported: Dec 10, associated with Black Turnstones (Mike Tabak)

Semipalmated Plovers (very late record)
Location: Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty
Reported: Dec 7, still present Dec 9, associating with Dunlin (Nigel)

White-tailed Ptarmigan
Location: Between Cypress Mountain ski area and the Lions along the Howe Sound Crest Trail (not an advisable route without winter mountain travel experience and proper gear).
Reported: Dec 7 (Local hiker via Steve Ansell)

Bohemian Waxwings
Location: New Westminster, just outside Hume Park (west side of Kelly St. just before the park)
Reported:


Black-and-White Warbler
Location: Stanley Park - Working large trees bordering the pathway between Lumberman's Arch and the park pavilion
Reported: Dec 7- Present in the same location Dec 12 (Karen Barry, Aaron Gaffney)




















Gyrfalcon (dark phase)
Location:  Between Hale and McKechnie Rd. - Pitt Meadows (another sighting two days earlier on Bonson Rd. South, perhaps the same individual)
Reported: Dec 2 (Ken Thomson)

Sora
Location: Colony Farms Regional Park; pond on Port Coquitlam side (access via Shaugnessy Rd.)
Reported: Nov 28 (Danny Tyson)

Mountain Bluebirds (late)
Location: Squamish
Reported: Nov 23 (2 - sighted by Chris Dale)














To report rare birds or sightings of interest in the Vancouver area and to submit pictures please email Jeremiah Kennedy at jeremiah.kennedy@telus.net or Jess Findlay at jfindlayphotography@gmail.com. To report rare birds or sightings of interest for the Fraser Valley  (East of, and including, Abbotsford) and to submit pictures please email Chris at cmcdonald21@hotmail.comor the Vancouver RBA phone number (Run by Nature Vancouver):(604) 737-3074If you are interested in taking part in birding discussions, and are looking for other birding information for the Vancouver area, please consider joining the VANBCbirds group, at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/vanbcbirds/ and for discussions on birds from the Upper Fraser Valley click Here