VANCOUVER and Fraser Valley

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Swamp Sparrow
Location: Jericho Park, at the pond just West of the foot bridge
Reported: Oct 28 (Dan Tyson)

Franklin's Gull
 Location: Along 68 st south of River Road  in Delta
Reported:Oct 23-27 (Mike Tabak)

Glaucous Gull
Location: Deas Island Regional Park, on the Fraser River
Reported: Oct 25 (Dan Tyson)

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER -- BOUNDARY BAY
104th St at Boundary Bay (Sept 13-Oct 26) See main page for more details (scroll back in time)

TENNESSEE WARBLER
Location: Iona Beach Regional Park, in the woodlot between the outer ponds.
Reported: Oct 25 (Iona Island Bird Observatory)
See photos on the WildResearch facebook page here


TROPICAL KINGBIRD #2 (Or perhaps same as Richmond bird?)
Photo: Cole Gaerber
Location: Brunswick Point, W end of River Rd, Ladner--near pilings
Reported: Multiple Observers (Oct 16-26)

Palm Warbler
Location: Ambleside Park, North Vancouver, by the pond
Reported: Oct 21-28 (Rob Lyske)

Palm Warbler (Photo: Rob Alexander)


Western Scrub-Jay 
Location: Francis Road right-of-way bike path around 200m east of No. 4 Road, Richmond.
Reported: Oct 20 (Hugh Griffith)


TROPICAL KINGBIRD
Location: Foot of Francis Rd along the Richmond west dyke (Richmond)
Reported: Oct 14 (David Tang--photos above)

Palm Warbler
Location: Nature Dyke Trail (South end of Pitt Lake)
Reported: Oct 14 (David Schutz)

American Golden-Plover(s) (Pluvialis dominica) Up to 5
Location: Between 104th and 96th along Boundary Bay
Reported: Sept 16-Oct 20

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Up to 2
Location: On Boundary bay between 112th and 96th
Reported: Sept 26-Oct 4 (Kevin Louth)

It's White-throated Sparrow Season!
As we approach October, we expect a number of these gorgeous sparrows to turn up in southern British Columbia. Once a big rarity, their frequency of occurrence has erupted in the past decade thanks to an expanding breeding range into central British Columbia and beyond. They are now breeding as far west as Terrace and as far south as 100 Mile House! Pictured above is a lovely one photographed by Alan Moat at Reifel Refuge on Sep 28th. While we always encourage you to report your bird sightings to local birding forums, we sometimes get overwhelmed with White-throat reports later in October so we would ask that you continue to plug them into eBird and on the yahoo group, but we'll probably refrain from putting too many on this site. Thanks so much and enjoy the fall birding! Who knows what will pop up next!

Nashville Warbler and Palm Warbler
Location: Iona Beach Regional Park Woodlot (between the two outer ponds)
Reported: Sept 27 (Iona Island Bird Observatoy) 

Dusky Flycatcher 
Location: Boundary Bay at foot of 104th 100m W of the foot of the road.
Reported: Sept 19-possibly sept 20 (Kevin Louth and Ilya Povalyaev)

Brown Booby--Fraser River
Hudsonian Godwit, Pacific Golden-Plover, and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- G. C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Godwit present on Sept 21-22 at Reifel
(See Main Page for details) 

Solitary Sandpiper 
Location: Boundary Bay at foot of 96th beside the Mansion
Reported: Sept 19 (Ilya Povalyaev and Ian Thomas)

Pacific Golden-Plover (5+) 
Location: 88th Street and Ladner Trunk Road
Reported: Sept 19-21 (Kevin Louth et al.)

Ruff (Juv plumage)
Location: Iona Beach Regional Park sewage treatment plant SW pond
Reported: Sept 13-15 (Mark Wynja)

Wandering Tatler (Tringa incana)
Location: Iona Beach Regional park South Jetty  around the second shelter
Reported: Aug 31-Sept 13 (Tak Shibata) 
Several Horned Larks were also observed along the Jetty (Aug 31-Sept 13)

Wandering Tattler (Photo: Liron Gertsman)

Jaegers- Parasitics (Stercorarius parasiticus) Present at Iona currently (Sept 13). Chasing Terns and best viewed from the South Jetty.

Franklin's Gulls (Leucophaeus pipixcan) - These birds continue to show up on the SW coast of BC. There are still, as of Sept 14, two birds being seen regularly in the Lower Mainland.
The question is now, how many of these are different birds? If you have photos of any of the Franklins around this area this fall please feel free to post them on http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/vanbcbirds/ and join the discussion.

Location 1: Between the jetties at Iona Beach Regional Park (Aug 28-Sept 14 -- Keith Riding)
Location 2: At the Jericho Beach Pier on the beach next to the Sailing Club. (Sept 11-21 -- UBC Ornithology Course)
Location 3: Third Beach in Stanley Park (Sept 17 -- Gilbert Bouchard) 

Franklin's Gull at Jericho Beach (Photo: Erin Bennett-Sep 11)
Franklin's Gull at 3rd beach at Stanley Park (Photo: Gilbert Bouchard)



Location: Hope Airport
Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (Sept 13-14 -- Dan Tyson)
*Rick Toochin found another at Harrison Lagoon on Sept 11 (Below)


2 Clay-coloured Sparrows (Spizella pallida) (Sept 12-14 -- Rick Toochin)
(Photo: Rich Toochin)
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (Sept 14 -- Rick Toochin)


Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Location: Hope Airport
Reported: Sep 10-13 (Rich Toochin, Max Gotz, Paul Levesque)
Photo: Rick Toochin
*Rick had another Upland Sandpiper at the Abbotsford Airport on Sep 8. Add that to the 3 near Victoria and it's been quite the week for them! 

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Location: Queen Elizabeth park on the west bluff that looks out to Cambie Street by the grass area with the single bench on the lookout.
Reported: Sept 11 (Floyd Cherak et al.)
More are turning up around the city. It seems as though the fall push of these birds has started. Keep your eyes peeled and feel free to report any that you see! Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby residences, Jericho and Queen Elizabeth Park (with a surprising 4 separate birds in one morning) have all had White-throats in the last week. (Sept 14-19)
White-throated Sparrow (Photo: Tak Shibata)

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Location: Maplewood Conservation area
Reported: Sept 10 (Quentin Brown)

Vesper Sparrow (Photo: Rob Lyske)



Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)
Location: Queen Elisabeth Park. On the North Side of the Park by the Small Duck pond
Reported: Sept 10 (Brian Stech)

Blackpoll Warbler (Photo: Brian Stech)


Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)
Location: Willband Creek (Abbotsford)
Reported: Sep 9 (Anne Toews)

Lewis' Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Location: Hope Airport
Reported: Sept 7 (Gord Gadsden)

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Location: Private residence in Central Coquitlam (near Mundy Park)
Reported: Sep 8 (Maureen Carlson)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Location: W 38th Street, Dunbar (Vancouver)
Reported: Sep 6 (Nola Frost)

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (Calidris acuminata)
Location 1: 2 Immature birds at the foot of 96th street on Boundary Bay in front of the Mansion -- Sept 3 (Mike Tabak) -- One Stilt Sandpiper was also present
Location 2: 1 Immature bird at the west pond at Reifel Bird Sanctuary -- Sept 4-8 (Tak Shabata and Brian Stitch)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Photo: Liron Gertsman)


Northern Waterthrush update- 1 continues at Lost Lagoon (Sep 4). Another was encountered at the woodlot at Iona Beach Regional Park (Aug 31--Iona Island Bird Observatory and the bird at lost lagoon is still present as of Sept 2

Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
Location: White Rock Pier. Roosting on the rocks beside the Pier and spending time along the beach.
Reported: July 13-Sept 17 (Roger Foxall, m. obs)

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Location: Boundary Bay between 104th and 96th
Reported: Aug 30 (Mike Toochin)
A Ruddy Turnstone  has also been present around the pilings in this area up until at least Aug 30

Ruff (Immature -- Reeve-type plumage) (Philomachus pugnax)
Location: With the Stilt Sandpipers at Reifel Bird Sanctuary in the west field close to the blue tower. See front page for more details.
Reported: Aug 28-Sept 2 (Tom Plath, Liron Gertsman, Logan Lalonde, Josh Brown, Tak Shibata, et al.)

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Location: Maplewood Conservation Area east mudflats and saltmarsh
Reported: Aug 31 (Joe Denham)

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Location: YVR (Vancouver International) Airport
Reported: Aug 31--Possibly still present on Sept 1 (Brent Diakow) 

First year Franklin's Gull (leucophaeus pipixcan)
Location: Between the jetties at Iona Beach Regional Park
Reported: Aug 28 (Keith Riding)

Stilt Sandpipers (Calidris himantopus) (Reifel Bird Sanctuary-- Up to Aug 30)
Sollitary Sandpipers (Reifel Bird Sanctuary -- up to Aug 20 and Iona Beach Regional Park -- up to Aug 30)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (Spizella pallida)
Location: Colony Farm
Reported: Aug 12 (Vancouver Avian Research Centre)

Northern Waterthrushes (Parkesia noveboracensis)
Location 1: 2 at Reifel Bird Sanctuary (Aug 26-- R. Cannings and I. Povalyaev)
Location 2: Burnaby Lake (Aug 22--Joe Denham)
Location 3: Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park (Aug 24-Sept 2 -- Caroline Knox)
Location 4: Shorline Park in Port Moody (Aug 24 -- John Reynolds)
Location 5: 2 at Colony Farm (Aug 16 -- Vancouver Avian Research Centre)
The same day a young Dusky Flycatcher was captured at the Banding Station

Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni)
Location: Lighthouse Park, Point Roberts (WA)
Reported: Aug 21 (Melissa H)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (Spizella pallida)
Location: Colony Farm
Reported: Aug 21 (Derek Matthews)

Franklin's Gulls (Leucophaeus pipixcan)
Location 1 : Iona Island (Aug 18--Melissa H)
Location 2: Roberts Bank (Brunswick Pt (Aug 18--Rick Swanston)
Location 3:  Port Moody on the flats at the end of Burrard Inlet at Inlet Park (Aug 23-26-- Hilary Maguire)

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)
Location: Cheam Wetlands
Reported: August 16 (Dave Beeke)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)
Location: Harrison Lagoon
Reported: August 15-16 (Gord Gadsden)



Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)
Location: Maplewood Conservation Area
Reported: Bonnie Hawkes (Aug 11-16)
American Restart was also present on August 12 at the same location.

Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)
Location: Spanish Banks
Reported: Aug 16 (Nina Steadman)

Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)
Location: 104th Street in Delta along the Boundary Bay Dike
Reported: July 29-Aug 9 (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)

Green Herons
Location: Hastings Park
Reported: July 2-July 30+ (Doug Cooper, m.obs)
Green Herons have also spotted in the McCleery Golf Course (SW Vancouver) and Maplewood Flats (N Van) throughout July

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 jeremiahjckennedy@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