Vancouver Island

To report rare birds or sightings of interest in this area and to submit pictures please email Jeremy Gatten at jarofme@hotmail.com

Pacific Golden-Plover (4)
Location: Tofino Airport; on runways
Date: April 23 (I. Cruickshank)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Tower Point, Metchosin; possibly same bird as before but see in willows near washroom on east side of field
Date: April 23 (J. Gatten)

Mountain Bluebirds (coming soon to a field near you)
Location: the first report of northbound migrant individuals (2) came in from Comox (T. Davies) on March 20, so we are officially in the window of their spring passage; check all open areas, such as shorelines, agricultural fields, rocky hilltops, and estuaries, to maximize your success of seeing one.
***Additional locations reported: Saanichton Spit (March 21), Cowichan River Estuary (April 9), Nanaimo River Estuary (April 10), Lone Tree Hill (April 16), Port Alberni (April 21), Long Beach (April 23), Tofino Airport (April 23)***
Date: March 20 to... late April?

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Campbell River; along the waterfront
Date: April 22 (A. Burton)

Nashville Warbler (2)
Location: Witty's Lagoon; in the big oak along the trail just before the beach
Date: April 22 (D. and L. Donnecke)

Nashville Warbler (2)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria; in "Warbler Woods", approximately 150 m east of the first large parking lot below the summit
Date: April 22 (C. Hughes) to 23 (multiple observers)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria; in "Warbler Woods", approximately 150 m east of the first large parking lot below the summit
Date: April 22 (C. Hughes)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Second St, Duncan; near Centennial Park at west end of street
Date: November 24 (Jason Kimm) to April 22 (multiple observers)
(Photo: Liron Gertsman)
ROCK WREN (1)
Location: Observatory Hill, Saanichton; near parking lot by lookout - see map here
Date: April 20 (M. and B. McGrenere)
Rock Wren on a rock - sounds legit! (Photo: Mike McGrenere)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Tower Point, Metchosin; seen along trail on Witty's Lagoon side where it opens up to a field
Date: April 20 (D. Allinson)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; along road south of campground
Date: April 18 (M. McGrenere)

INDIGO BUNTING (1, male)
Location: Corner of Nicholas St and Pineo Rd, Port Alberni; visiting feeder at 4950 Nicholas St
Date: March 22 (S. McRuer) to April 18 (multiple observers)

Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Cherry Creek, Port Alberni; private residence
Date: October 31 to April 18 (P. Hall)
Harris's Sparrow in Port Alberni - (Photo: Penny Hall)
PURPLE SANDPIPER (1, first BC record)
Location: Kitty Islet, Oak Bay; on the rocks at the east side of McNeill Bay just west of the Victoria Golf Course
Date: December 30 (J. Gatten) to April 17 (multiple observers); potentially in the area as early as September 29 (M. O'Shaughnessy) and again on November 28 (G. Newell)
The vibrant legs and bill base are brighter than a Rock Sandpiper (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Jordan River
Date: April 17 (C. Carlson)
Grey hood, white eyering, yellow throat and underparts - nailed it! (Photo: Cathy Carlson)
Red Knot (1)
Location: Bowker Ave, Oak Bay; seen on rocks among mixed flock of shorebirds
Date: April 17 (M. O'Shaugnessy)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
Location: Mount Metchosin, Metchosin
Date: April 15 (D. Allinson)

BLACK PHOEBE (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; see main page for details
Date: April 8 (J. Gatten) to 15 (multiple observers)

Say's Phoebes (too many)
Location: this spring has been exceptional for this species west of the Coast and Cascade Mountains - more than 10 records have come in, so further sightings will be compiled here:

1) Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich - April 8 (J. Wells)
2) Sointula, Malcolm Island - April 8 (G. Curry)
3) Gowlland Harbour, Quadra Island - April 9 (W. LaVigne)
4) Brooks Point Park, South Pender Island - April 11 (J. Peetsma)
5) Cherry Creek, Port Alberni - April 12 (P. Hall)
6) Wickaninnish Beach, Tofino - April 15 (J. Heavyside)

Long-billed Curlew (1)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay; flying northeast
Date: April 11 (G. Newell)

REDWING (1, adult male)
Location: South Valley Dr; sighted regularly along driveway for townhouses at 3957 South Valley Dr in front of Unit #2
Date: February 11 (J. Gatten) to April 10 (multiple observers)
Threepeat - this bird has been seen in the 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17 winters! (Photo: Jeremy Gatten)
Mountain Bluebirds (coming soon to a field near you)
Location: the first report of northbound migrant individuals (2) came in from Comox (T. Davies) on March 20, so we are officially in the window of their spring passage; check all open areas, such as shorelines, agricultural fields, rocky hilltops, and estuaries, to maximize your success of seeing one.
***Additional locations reported: Saanichton Spit (March 21), Cowichan River Estuary (April 9), Nanaimo River Estuary (April 10), Lone Tree Hill (April 16)***
Date: March 20 to... mid-April?
Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: McAdam Park, Duncan
Date: April 2 (L. Hill)
Quite the spring for Say's Phoebes on Vancouver Island! (Photo: Linda Hill)
Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Someno's Marsh, Duncan
Date: March 29 (D. Marven)
Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Bowker Ave, Oak Bay
Date: March 28 (M. Robichaud)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; seen near pumphouse off Martindale Rd
Date: March 27 (M. McGrenere)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Mariner Way, Parksville; hawking insects in a yard with a grey house at the end of the road
Date: March 26 (D. Baird) to 27 (M. Wynja)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Pacheedaht Beach, Port Renfrew
Date: March 19 (G. Beisel)

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (2)
Location: In field on east side of Lochside Rd off Dooley Rd and on South side of Martindale Rd. Also seen in fields off Lochside Trail viewed from Blenkinsop Trestle, Saanich ***returned to Blenkinsop area on evening of March 8 (D. Donnecke) and periodically returning to Martindale Valley - search both areas for best results!***
Date: January 22 (L. Gertsman) to February 14 (multiple observers) and March 8 (D. Donnecke) to 19 (multiple observers); photographed on January 18 by J. Peetsma but labeled as Greater White-fronted at the time
Photo: Jody Wells
'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay
Date: March 15 (G. Newell)

Say's Phoebe (1)
Location: Jordan River; near helicopter pad and Queesto/Western Forest Products lot across road
Date: March 19 (L. Haviland)

Say's Phoebe
Location: Jordan River; just west of the bridge on beach side
Date: March 13 (E. Pellizzon)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Parksville Community Park, Parksville
Date: March 7 (G. Monty and M. Wynja) to 9 (multiple observers)

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (2, relocated in new location)

Location: Cherry Point and Cowichan Bay Rds, Cowichan Bay ***Back in Victoria - March 8***
Date: March 3 (D. Johnson) to 5 (multiple observers)

Mountain Bluebird (1, rare in winter)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; seen either in the open field south of the RV park or on the split rail fence out on the spit
Date: November 12 (J. Wells) to March 4 (multiple observers)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, adult)
Location: Witty's Beach, Metchosin; flying toward Taylor Rd. (south)
Date: March 1 (D. Allinson)

SLATY-BACKED GULL (1, adult)
Location: Nanaimo River Estuary, access via Raines Rd; also at landfill off Cedar Rd
Date: February 7 (B. Dudeck) to 21 (multiple observers)
No local gulls have a mantle shade this dark! (Photo: Blair Dudeck)
'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (2, adult)
Location: Lansdowne Middle School, Victoria; seen in mixed gull flock on playing fields
Date: February 15 (G. Newell) to 19 (multiple observers)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: French Creek, Qualicum
Date: February 16 to March 5 (G. Monty)

Sora (1, rare in winter)
Location: South Valley Dr, Saanich; seen on around edge of small pond along trail
Date: January 15 (N. Hentze) to February 12 (multiple observers)
Photo: Keith Taylor
GREY CATBIRD (1)
Location: 1795 Brymea Lane, Gordon Head; visiting suet feeders and in bushes near cul-de-sac
Date: January 27 (S. Colonval) to February 10 (multiple observers)
Photo: Marie O'Shaughnessy
Bohemian Waxwings (lots, multiple locations)Locations: Nanaimo (from E. Wellington Rd south to Ashlee Rd), Duncan (Koksilah Rd), Victoria (Kitty Islet/Anderson Hill area), Brentwood Bay (Maber Flats area), Central Saanich (near 6459 Welch Rd and by the Michell Airpark in the Martindale Flats area), Malcolm Island (Mitchell Bay), and Pender Island (Hooson Heights); keep an eye out as numbers may build
Date: January 1 to February 5 (multiple observers)
One of 50 Bohemian Waxwings seen on Stobart Rd in Nanaimo (Photo: Ken Langelier)
Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich; near north parking lot
Date: January 26 (M. Robichaud) to February 1 (multiple observers)

Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Martindale Flats, Central Saanich; along Lochside Dr and over by narrow reservoir by west side of Garcia Nursery
Date: December 17 (I. Cruickshank) to January 26 (multiple observers)

Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Shirley; private residence
Date: December 13 to January 22 (C. Carlson)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Maber Flats, Brentwood Bay; flyover
Date: January 21 (D. Fraser)
Red Knot (1)
Location: Sidney Spit, Sidney Island; near the tip of the spit among large flock of shorebirds; likely the same bird that was seen off the Sidney waterfront until December 18
Date: January 15 (D. Donnecke) to 19 (multiple observers)

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (1)
Location: Ahousaht, Flores Island; access to community via water taxi ($40 return trip leaving from 1st St Dock in Tofino) - once there, bird is coming to oranges set out at 623 Hemlock Dr. The Aauuknuk Lodge has accommodations for $89/night if you plan to overnight on Flores Island
Date: January 7 to 17 (M. Callewaert)
Photo: Marcie Callewaert
RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL (1, second BC record)
Location: Lazo Wildlife Park, Comox; access at end of Sand Pines Dr - bird is best located by its call
Date: December 22 (S. Tillapaugh) to January 14 (multiple observers)
Nice documentation of  notoriously hard-to-see individual (Photo: George Bowron)
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Puckle Rd, Central Saanich; heard while flying over
Date: January 14 (G. Newell)

Rusty Blackbird (1, female)
Location: Centennial Park, Duncan; among Red-winged Blackbird flock near pond
Date: January 13 to 14 (R. Wiebe and Jason Kimm)
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Verdier Ave, Brentwood Bay; seen on hydro wires behind Salvation Army
Date: January 11 (J. Wells)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Kye Bay, Comox
Date: January 6 (T. Allard) to 8 (multiple observers)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Martindale Flats; fields off Lochside Dr and Martindale Rd; best found by call or association with pipit flock
Date: January 5 (A. Nightingale) to January 9 (multiple observers)

GREY CATBIRD (1)
Location: 13th St, Courtenay; seen in backyard fruit trees at private residence
Date: January 5 (J. Bindernagel)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Martindale Flats; near corner of Puckle and Island View Rds - search for blackbird flock
Date: January 2 (S. Cannings) to 3 (multiple observers)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Island View and Puckle Rds; hedgerow south of Island View Rd
Date: December 27 (G. Newell) to January 3 (multiple observers)
Quite a drab example, but look at that clean grey collar (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)
Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: 771 Dooley Rd; seen at feeders inside hedgerow
Date: December 17 (A. Spencer-Hills) to 28 (multiple observers)

Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: William Head; not accessible to public
Date: December 26 (A. Nightingale)
Red Knot (1)
Location: Amherst Ave, Sidney; on offshore rocks and may be viewed from other roads with beach access
Date: ~November 25 (T. Down) to December 18 (multiple observers)

Bohemian Waxwings (15)
Location: Kitsuksis Creek, Port Alberni; near Ford dealership off Beaver Creek Rd
Date: December 17 (N. Beaulac)

White-winged Crossbill (1)
Location: Uplands Golf Course, Victoria
Date: December 15 (G. Newell)

ROCK WREN (1)
Location: Neck Point Park, Nanaimo; seen around logs at east end of Last Beach
Date: October 16 (B. Dudeck) to December 11 (multiple observers)

(Photo: Guy Monty)
White-winged Crossbill (3)
Location: Ferncliffe Pl, Metchosin
Date: December 11 (D. Allinson)

Western Bluebird (1, male, unbanded)
Location: Latoria Rd gravel pit, Colwood; on blockaded section near junction with Metchosin Rd.
Date: December 10 (J. Gatten)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: 3900 Tudor Rd, Ten Mile Point, Saanich
Date: November 21 (A. Lynn) to December 8 (multiple observers)

BRAMBLING (1)
Location: 7th Ave near China Creek Rd, Port Alberni; see main page for more details
Date: December 3 to 5 (D. Henderson and A. Bailey)

Snowy Owl (1)
Location: Trial Island, Victoria; scope views from Beach Dr near Victoria Golf Course
Date: December 5 (G. Newell)

'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (1, adult)
Location: Lansdowne Middle School, Victoria; on field early in the morning
Date: November 27 to 29 (L. Singh)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: Thain Rd, Cobble Hill; large agricultural field just south of Kingburne Dr
Date: November 27 (J. Gatten)

American Tree Sparrow (2)
Location: Little Qualicum River Estuary, Qualicum; approximately 50 m past last house on the spit
Date: November 26 (G. Monty and D. Baird)

FIELD SPARROW (1)
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; see main page for details on this first Vancouver Island record
Date: November 20 (E. and A. Stepniewski) to 21 (K. Taylor)

American Tree Sparrow (1)
Location: Cowichan Bay; approximately half way down the Cowichan Bay Dock Rd on the left hand side just before a telephone pole with an Osprey nest platform
Date: November 20 (D. Aldrcroft)

BLUE JAY (1, probable)
Location: Sonora Island; seen in orchard at the coordinates: 50.310218, -125.221654
Date: November 14 (fide M. Bakken)
Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Billings Spit and Goodrich Peninsula, Sooke
Date: November 12 (J. Kimm and J. Gatten) to 15 (multiple observers)

BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHER (1)
Location: Stubbs Island, Tofino; northwest side of the spit - the island is private above the high tide line
Date: November 11 (I. Cruickshank)

CLARK'S GREBE (1)
Location: Beechey Head, East Sooke Regional Park
Date: November 11 (G. Newell)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Location: Galey Farms, Blenkinsop Rd., Saanich
Date: November 11 (M. McGrenere)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Galey Farms, Blenkinsop Rd., Saanich
Date: November 11 (M. McGrenere)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: Helen Rd. and Otter St., Ucluelet
Date: November 10 (I. Cruickshank)

Tropical Kingbird (1)
Location: 320 Main St at the Tofino Sea Kayaking Coffee Shop and at House of Himwitsa at 300 Main St, Tofino
Date: October 28 (M. Shepard) to November 10 (multiple observers)
(Photo: Guy Monty)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: November 6 (G. Newell) to 7 (multiple observers)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
No doubt about this one! (Photo: Rob Gowan)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: November 4 (G. Newell) to 5 (multiple observers)

Red Knot (1)
Location: Bowker Ave, Oak Bay; also three Rock Sandpipers at location
Date: November 4 (G. Newell)

Yellow-billed Loons (several)
(Photo: Jody Wells)

Locations: Taylor Beach, Esquimalt Lagoon, and Albert Lagoon (could be same bird); Pike Point at East Sooke Regional Park; Kye Bay; Englishman River Estuary
Date: Late October to December

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Swanwick Rd, Metchosin; see main page for more details
Date: October 30 (D. Allinson)
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (1)
Location: 320 Main Street at Tofino Sea Kayaking Coffee Shop, Tofino; see main page for details
Date: October 28 (M. Shepard)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island
Date: October 28 (I. Dubinsky)

Harris's Sparrow (1)
Location: China Creek Marina, Port Alberni
Date: October 28 (S. McRuer, and P. Hall)
Immature Harris's Sparrow (Photo: Penny Hall)
GREY CATBIRD (1)
Location: Jordan River; blackberry bushes by large cement pad as you enter Jordan River
Date: October 27 (C. Carlson)
(Photo: Cathy Carlson)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; half way along south dike
Date: October 25 (G. Newell)
First October Northern Waterthrush record for the Victoria checklist (Photo: Geoffrey Newell)
ROSS'S GOOSE (1)
Location: Cattle Point, Oak Bay; see main page for more details
Date: October 24 (G. Newell)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: North end of Tofino Airport; see main page for more details
Date: October 18 (C. Charlesworth)

Brown Pelicans (multiple)

Location: (4) at Race Rocks, Victoria
Date: October 16 (M. O'Shaughnessy)

Location: (1) flying west of Bentinck Island, Victoria
Date: October 16 (D. Allinson)

Location: (1) Fishboat Bay Rd, Shirley; likely same bird sighted by D. Donnecke at Beechey Head
Date: October 16 (C. Carlson)

Location: (1) Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew
Date: October 15 (T. Barbin)
Adult Brown Pelican at Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew (Photo: Thomas Barbin)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island; 18 km NW of Port Hardy
Date: October 9 (I. Dubinsky)
This bird looks good on a rocky shoreline! (Photo: Ivan Dubinsky)
Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island; 18 km NW of Port Hardy
Date: October 6 (I. Dubinsky)
Nicely captured Clay-coloured showing all the features you'd want (Photo: Ivan Dubinsky)
Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin
Date: October 6 (M. Cameron)

Brown Pelican (1)
Location: Fishboat Bay Rd, Shirley; likely same bird sighted by D. Donnecke at Beechey Head
Date: October 2 (C. Carlson)

Sabine's Gulls (several reports)
Location: Strait of Juan de Fuca and Strait of Georgia; rare in the strait, but seemingly more sightings than usual have come in this fall
Date: September 24 to October 5

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin
Date: September 24 (fide I. Cruickshank)

Palm Warbler (1)
Location: Scarlett Point Lighthouse, Balaklava Island; 18 km NW of Port Hardy
Date: September 23 (I. Dubinsky)
(Photo: Ivan Dubinsky)
American Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Englisman River Estuary, Parksville
Date: September 21 (J. Dyck)

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (1)
Location: Comox; private residence
Date: ~September 20 to 24 (fide M. Yip)

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; see main page for more details
Date: September 18 (D. Allinson)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin
Date: September 18 (D. Allison)

Flesh-footed Shearwater  (2)
Location: Offshore Ucluelet
Date: September 18 (ENC Pelagic)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: North end of Tofino airport on runway fence behind golf course, Tofino
Date: September 17 (M. Wynja and G. Monty) to 19 (multiple observers)

(Photo: Guy Monty)
Laysan's Albatross (3)
Location: 35 miles offshore from Tofino
Date: September 16 (D. Arndt)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: Swan Lake, Victoria; trail from parking lot to nature centre
Date: September 14 (C. Charlesworth)

Calliope Hummingbird (1)
Location: Black Creek; private residence
Date: September 8 to 10 (M. Dollenkamp)

Juvenile male Calliope Hummingbird (Photo: Martin Dollenkamp)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; midway along south dike near metal fence
Date: September 9 (G. Newell)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (1)
Location: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville; observed from Mariner Way
Date: September 8 (G. Monty)
Juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Photo: Guy Monty)

SCRIPPS' MURRELET (4)
Location: Offshore north edge of Nitinat Canyon; see main page for more details
Date: September 7 (R. Merrill et al.)

LARK BUNTING (1)
Location: Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew; see main page for more details
Date: September 5 (T. Barbin)

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Sandy Island Provincial Park, north of Denman Island
Date: September 4 (I. Cruickshank)

Red Knot (1)
Location: Fishboat Bay Rd., Shirley; on shore below private residence
Date: September 3 (C. Carlson)

Clay-coloured Sparrow (1)
Location: Island View Beach, Central Saanich; northernmost washrooms near intersection of paths
Date: September 3 (J. Wells)
(Photo: Jody Wells)

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: 1 bird at east end of Tofino airport, Tofino
Date: Aug 31 (I. Cruickshank) to September 1 (multiple observers)

RUFF (1)
Locaion: 1 bird at east end of Tofino airport, Tofino
Date: August 31 (I. Cruickshank) to September 1 (multiple observers)

Vesper Sparrow (2)
Location: Cowichan Bay Estuary; south dike past viewing platform
Date: August 28 (D. Marven) to 31 (multiple observers)

UPLAND SANDPIPER (1)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; flying northwest from lagoon towards Mount Newton
Date: August 28 (G. and D. Newell)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Beckwith Park, Victoria
Date: August 27 to 28 (K. Taylor)

Arctic Tern (1)
Location: Vesper Point, Nanoose Bay
Date: August 27 (G. Monty)

Willet (1)
Location: James Island; observed from Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich
Date: August 27 (M. McGrenere)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Swan Lake, Victoria

Date: August 25 (K. Taylor) to 26 (multiple observers)

RUFF (1, Reeve)
Location: 200m NW of the East access of Wick Beach, Tofino
Date: August 25 (I. Cruickshank)
Video of the bird HERE
Reeve (Photo: Ian Cruickshank)
Northern Waterthrush (2)
Location: King's Pond, Victoria
Date: August 24 (M. Robichaud) to 28 (multiple observers)

Nashville Warbler (1)
Location: Victoria; private residence
Date: August 24 (P. Fair)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, female) Location: Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood; flying towards Fort Rodd Hill
Date: August 24 (G. and D. Newell)

Northern Waterthrush
Location: Black Creek; private residence
Date: August 22 to 26 (M. Dollenkamp)

Northern Waterthrush (1)
Location: Swan Lake, Victoria
Date: August 22 (A. Cooper) to 25 (multiple observers)

Bank Swallow (1)
Location: Saanichton Spit,Victoria
Date: August 20 (G. Newell)

Bank Swallow (1)
Location: Witty's Lagoon,Victoria
Date: August 19 (G. Newell)

Red Knots (2)
Location: Between Green Point and Comber's on Long Beach, Tofino
Date: August 18 (I. Cruickshank)

HORNED PUFFIN (1)
Location: Barkley Sound east of Chrow Island, Ucluelet
Date: August 15 (J. Wells et al.)
Taken from the boat the Ocean Rambler off Chrow Island (Photo: Jody Wells)
RUFF (1, Reeve)
Location: On beach off Sharp Rd, Tofino
Date: August 15 (G. Monty and A. Nightingale)

Bank Swallow (1)
Location: Clover Point, Victoria
Date: August 11 (M. Shepard)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Brant Viewing Platform, Qualicum Beach
Date: August 11 (N. Robins)

Grey Catbird (1)
Location: In willows, west of floating boardwalk at Swan Lake, Victoria
Date: August 10 (A. Nightingale) to 24 (multiple observers)

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS (2)
Location: Near Cape Scott, UTM 50°27'01.9"N 128°32'57.1"W, See main page for details
Date: August 7 (A. Michaud)

Stilt Sandpiper (1 Juvenile)
Location: Oyster Bay, Campbell River
Date: August 7 (K. Kaptein)
(Photo: Krista Kaptein)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Bowker Ave, Oak Bay
Date: August 2 (G. and D. Newell)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Location: Ogden Point, Victoria
Date: August 1 (M. McGrenere and J. Tatum)

Ogden Point (Photo: Jody Wells)
Franklin's Gull (1, juvenile)
Location: Schooner's Cove, Tofino
Date: August 1 (I. Cruickshank)

Bank Swallow (1)
Location: Swan lake, Victoria
Date: July 31 to August 11 (M. Robichaud, m.obs)
 
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, male)
Location: Lamont and Puckle Rds, Central Saanich
Date: July 31 (J. Wells and A. Nightingale)

Least Flycatcher (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; northwest quadrant of park on trail near large dead Garry Oak at the north end of central meadow
Date: July 28 (G.Newell) to 29 (multiple observers)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1, female)
Location: Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin; see main page for more details
Date: July 21 (A. Bartels) to Aug 10 (multiple observers)
Second-year female (Photo: RPBO)
LAUGHING GULL (1, second-cycle)
Location: End of Fifth St and Amherst Ave, Sidney; see main page for more details
Date: July 7 (K. Finley) to July 15 (multiple observers)
First Official Photo documented Record for BC (Photo: Keith Taylor)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Oyster River Estuary, Saratoga Beach
Date: July 21 (J. Abel)

Western Kingbirds (5)
Location: 7000 Block of Mays Rd, Duncan
Date: July 13-14 (A. Nightingale, m.obs)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Incinerator Rock, Pacific Rim National Park
Date: June 28 to July 9 (A. Dorst)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Uplands Park, Oak Bay; middle and western sections
Date: June 28-30 (multiple observers); highly probable that it's the Gonzales Point bird
(Photo: Liam Singh)
American White Pelicans (20 to 100+)
Location: various locations from over Samuel Island north to Rathtrevor Provincial Park
Date: June 28 (multiple observers, five independent reports)

GREY CATBIRD (1)
Location: Lower Kennedy River; same coordinates as Northern Parula, below
Date: June 27-August 10 (I. Cruickshank, m.obs)

Eastern Kingbirds (2)
Location: Gonzales Point, Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay
Date: June 20 (D. Donnecke)

Northern Mockingbird (1)
Location: Gonzales Point, Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay
Date: June 20 (G. Newell)

Western Kingbirds (2)
Location: Lochside Trail off Lohbrunner Rd. E, Saanich; on fence east of trail where pavement turns to gravel
Date: One reported on June 18 (M. McGrenere), then two on June 20 (G. Newell)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
Location: Brabant Channel, west of Vargas Island
Date: June 19 (B. Schroeder)

SNOWY PLOVER (1)
Location: Florencia Bay; 100 m east of the creek mouth
Date: June 18 (I. Cruickshank)

WHITE-WINGED DOVE (1)
Location: Ucluelet; seen at feeders at 1276 Helen Rd; See main page for more details
Date: June 17 (I. Cruickshank)

NORTHERN PARULA (1, male)
Location: Lower Kennedy River; boat access only - coordinates: 49.102929, -125.626606; See main page for more details
Date: June 15 (I. Cruickshank)

American White Pelicans (58)
Location: Combers Beach, Tofino; also reported over other areas around Tofino
Date: June 15 (M. Theriault and J. Streetly)

GREY CATBIRD (1)
Location: Combers Beach, Tofino; 100 m east of where trail meets the beach
Date: June 15 (I. Cruickshank)

American White Pelicans (44)
Location: Millar Channel, Clayoquot Sound; north of Ahousaht village
Date: June 13 (M. Theriault and T. Stere)

BOBOLINK (1)
Location: Tofino Airport; west end of long pond
Date: June 12 (I. Cruickshank)

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Chesterman Beach, Tofino; see main page for more details
Date: June 11 (M. Wesbrook)

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (1)
Location: Mount Douglas, Victoria; near viewing platform at end of top parking lot; See main page for more details
Date: June 10 (M. McGrenere)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Swan Lake, Victoria
Date: June 9 (G. Newell)

Yellow-billed Loon (1)
I like my Yellow-billed Loons like my whiskey... on the rocks (Photo: Jody Wells)
Location: Saanichton Spit, Central Saanich; near the tip
Date: June 7 (J. Wells) to June 20 (multiple observers)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (1, male)
Location: Swan Lake, Victoria; see main page for more details
Date: June 6 (P. Fair) to 7 (D. Fraser)

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Location: Elk Lake, Saanich; in willows near rowing boathouse
Date: June 6 (M. and B. McGrenere)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Location: Tofino
Date: June 5 (fide A. Dorst)

Tufted Puffin (1)
Location: Gonzales Point, Victoria
Reported: June 4 (Geoffrey Newell)

Western Kingbird (2)
Location: Lochside Trail off Lohbrunner Rd. E, Saanich; on fence east of trail where pavement turns to gravel
Date: June 1 (P. Fair) to 2 (multiple observers)

WHITE-FACED IBIS (7)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd. E/Lochside Trail; see main page for details
Date: May 20 (G. Newell)

LARK SPARROW (1)
Location: Stubbs Island, Tofino
Date: May 13 (A. Dorst)

Pacific Golden-Plover (3)
Location: Long Beach Golf Course, Tofino
Date: May 13 (A. Dorst)

Red Knot (13)
Location: Green Point, Pacific Rim National Park
Date: May 12 (fide D. Donnecke)

Dusky Flycatcher (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria
Date: May 11 (G. Newell)

Pacific Golden-Plover (2)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich
Date: May 6 (M. McGrenere)

Western Kingbird (1)
Location: Mount Tolmie, Victoria
Date: May 4 (G. Newell and J. Wells)

RED-THROATED PIPIT (1)
Location: Panama Flats, Saanich; See main page for more details
Date: May 4 (G. Newell)

Lewis' Woodpecker (1)
Location: Lohbrunner Rd. E, Saanich
Date: May 3 (M. McGrenere)

Swainson's Hawk (1)
Location: Ladysmith
Date: May 1 (B. Whittington)

WHITE-CHEEKED STARLING (1)
Location: Long Beach Golf Course, Tofino (see main page for more details)
Date: April 27 (A. Dorst) to 29 (multiple observers)

American White Pelican (4)
Location: Cowichan Bay
Date: April 27 (D. Aldcroft)

PRAIRIE FALCON (1)
Location: Comox Rd., Comox Valley; seen in recently ploughed fields near location where the Citrine Wagtail was located back in 2012/2013 - click here for a map of the approximate location
Date: April 18 (D. Routledge)

American White Pelican (19)
Location: Tyee Spit, Campbell River
Date: April 16 (E. Jordan)

Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Looking good in transition (Photo: Paula Courteau)
Location: Flora Islets, Hornby Island
Date: April 15 (P. Courteau)

Red-naped Sapsucker (1)
Location: 401 Gamble Place, Colwood; in Mountain Ash on Gamble Dr. side (east)
Date: April 7 (D. Ditchburn) to April 14 (K. Beardmore)

REDWING (1)
Location: South Valley Rd., Saanichton; see main page for details
Date: December 19 (N. Hentze) to April 14 (multiple observers)

"Kumlien's" Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Cedar Hill Middle School, Victoria; mixed in with small gull flock
Date: February 14 (J. Gatten) to February 27 (multiple observers)

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (1)
Let's get festive - here's the Yellow-breasted Chat among Christmas lights! (Photo: Dean Wingerter)
Location: 1866 and 1869 Penhurst Ave., Cadboro Bay, BC
Date: November 29 (A. Adlkirchner) to April 8 (multiple observers)

Harris' Sparrow (1)
Location: Bowker Pl. and Somass Dr., Oak Bay
Date: November 9 (A. Cooper) to March 02 (multiple observers)

CLARK'S GREBE (1)
Location: Columbia Beach, Parksville
Date: January 13 (D. Baird and G. Monty)

Rusty Blackbird (1)
Location: Blenkinsop Lake, Victoria; north of lake where pavement begins
Date: January 3 (M. McGrenere)

"Kumlien's" Iceland Gull (1, first-winter)
Location: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria
Date: January 2 (L. Singh) to 3 (P. Sullivan)

Iceland Gull (1, adult)
Location: Duncan sewage ponds; likely kumlieni, but primaries extensively white
Date: January 1, 2016 (D. Donnecke)