RBA Vancouver, BC -- Dec. 18/01

lawrencecowan at shaw.ca lawrencecowan at shaw.ca
Tue Dec 18 22:20:58 PST 2001


This is the Vancouver Bird Alert for Tuesday, December 18th evening 
update.

Rare bird alert continues for the IVORY GULL.

Species noted:
Yellow-billed Loon[Robert's Bank Jetty]

Black-crowned Night Heron[Reifel]

Eurasian Wigeon[Roberts Bank]

Cinnamon Teal[Reifel]

Ring-necked Duck[Surrey]

American Kestrel[Delta]

Peregrine Falcon[Richmond west dike]

Black Oystercatcher[Tsawwassen Jetty]

Black Turnstone[Point Roberts]

Rock Sandpiper[Point Robert's]

IVORY GULL[Robert's Bank Jetty]

Long-eared Owl[Richmond west dike]

Great Horned Owl[Richmond west dike]

Barred Owl[Reifel]

Townsend's Solitaire[Queen Elizabeth Park]

Crested Myna[Wylie & 2nd Vancouver]

Townsend's Warbler[False Creek]

White-throated Sparrow[Surrey]

Snow Bunting[Tsawwassen Jetty]

Western Meadowlark[Blackie Spit]

Common Redpoll[Richmond west dike, Beach Grove]



Sightings for Tuesday, December 18th

The IVORY GULL was reported from the same location it was seen 
on Saturday. To locate this bird drive west on Deltaport Way. When 
the road veers to the left towards the container terminal, follow the 
road as it curves around the small bay until it ends at a large parking 
lot and a gate. Next to the gate is a sign that reads "Deltaport Ship 
Access Gate". The bird was just offshore of this sign on a barge 
containing a large orange crane with "Fraser River Pile and Dredge" 
printed on it’s side.  The bird at times was moving around the 
equipment on the barge and would be out of sight for short periods of 
time.  Due to the bright lights of the facility it is possible to see the 
bird quite well after sunset. Birders should be cautioned that the west 
end of the Jetty is an active industrial site and during the week has a 
high concentration of fast moving truck traffic.

Also seen at this location amongst a large raft of AMERICAN 
WIGEON were 41 male EURASIAN WIGEON.  An AMERICAN 
KESTREL was sighted near the intersection of Deltaport Way & 41B.

Sighted on a drive along the Tsawwassen Jetty were 2 SNOW 
BUNTINGS, 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS and the WILLET.

Monday, December 17th

The IVORY GULL was not observed Monday but a possible immature 
YELLOW-BILLED LOON was found near the small bay at the far SW 
corner of the Roberts Bank Jetty.

Reported from the Reifel Refuge were 14 CINNAMON TEAL, 2 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS and a BARRED OWL.

On the monthly shoreline survey of Mud Bay the only birds of note 
were 2 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS at Blackie Spit.

24 RING-NECKED DUCKS were observed on a pond found along the 
Semiahmoo Trail, which is located south of 32nd & west of 148th in 
south Surrey.

Two CRESTED MYNAS were seen at their now usual haunt of Wylie 
& 2nd in Vancouver.  The alert would appreciate any sightings of 
CRESTED MYNAS seen in the Vancouver Area.  It is feared the 
population may be down to just these 2 birds at this Wylie & 2nd 
location.  On a survey in February of 2001 only 5 MYNAS could be 
located on a search of the Vancouver area and all were not far from 
the remaining birds locale.

Sunday, December 16th

The IVORY GULL was located in the afternoon at the north west tip of 
the Coal Port Jetty in an out of bounds area.

On the Tsawwassen Jetty 2 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen near its 
base.

The provisional count total for the Vancouver CBC is 123.  The bird of 
the day was a TOWNSEND’S WARBLER at False Creek.  A 
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was counted at Queen Elizabeth Park 
and a total of 11 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were tallied 
in the count area.

Saturday, December 15th

The IVORY GULL was relocated in the afternoon at it’s present 
location at the end of the Robert’s Bank Jetty.
 
Two SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the Tsawwassen Jetty.
 
On the monthly Terra Nova bird survey 2 LONG-EARED OWLS and 1 
GREAT-HORNED OWL were seen.  Out of the count area but in the 
same vicinity along the Richmond west dike were a PEREGRINE 
FALCON and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS.  Another COMMON 
REDPOLL was seen at Beach Grove.

A ROCK SANDPIPER was seen with a flock of BLACK-
TURNSTONES at Point Robert’s Lighthouse Park.

A tan morph WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen in a yard of 
the 16400 block of 23rd Ave. in Surrey.

Thank you for calling the Vancouver Bird Alert & good birding.

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