RBA Vancouver, BC June 03/01

Larry Cowan lawrencecowan at home.com
Sun Jun 3 22:26:54 PDT 2001


This is the Vancouver Bird Alert for Sunday, June 3rd evening update.

Featured birds are TRUMPETER SWAN, LEAST and DUSKY FLYCATCHERS.

Species mentioned:

Pacific Loon    [Iona Jetty]
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN    [Iona, Vancouver]
SNOWY EGRET    [Iona]
Green Heron    [Cheam Lake RP, Sea Island, Grant Narrows RP]
Mute Swan    [Grant Narrows RP]
Trumpeter Swan    [Grant Narrows RP]
Turkey Vulture    [Grant Narrows RP, Burnaby, Surrey]
Osprey    [Iona, Burnaby]
Sora    [Colony Farm]
Whimbrel    [Blackie Spit]
Caspian Tern    [Grant Narrows RP]
Pigeon Guillemot    [Stanley Park]
Great Horned Owl    [Vancouver, Burnaby]
Black Swift    [Sea Island, Pitt Meadows, Colony Farm, UBC]
Olive-sided Flycatcher    [New Westminster]
Willow Flycatcher    [Grant Narrows]
LEAST FLYCATCHER    [Cheam Lake RP]
DUSKY FLYCATCHER    [Cheam Lake RP]
Eastern Kingbird    [Cheam Lake RP, Grant Narrows]
Western Kingbird    [Sea Island, Colony Farm]
Gray Catbird    [Grant Narrows RP]
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD    [Langley]
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER    [Grant Narrows RP]
Lazuli Bunting    [Colony Farm RP]
Chipping Sparrow    [Richmond]
Yellow-headed Blackbird    [Grant Narrows RP]
Bullock's Oriole    [Cheam Lake RP, Grant Narrows RP]

Sightings for Sunday, June 3

On a VNHS field trip to Cheam Lake Wetlands RP east of Chilliwack a LEAST &
DUSKY FLYCATCHER were heard and seen. Also seen on this outing were an
EASTERN KINGBIRD, several BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, and a GREEN HERON.

At Grant Narrows RP in Pitt Meadows came the report of the following birds:
a late TRUMPETER SWAN, 9 MUTE SWANS, a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, 3 EASTERN
KINGBIRDS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS and 2 TURKEY VULTURES.

At Colony Farm on the Coquitlam side were a pair of LAZULI BUNTINGS. They
were seen along the power lines west of the boarded up buildings on Colony
Farm Rd. The male is on territory and was seen frequently singing from
various locations on the wires running north from the road.

Saturday, June 2

In a late report the CHIPPING SPARROW is still being seen and heard in the
10,000 block of Rosecroft in Richmond.

Friday, June 1

A SNOWY EGRET was discovered at the base of the Iona North Jetty. The bird
was flushed by a dog and flew in an easterly direction up the Fraser River.
Other birds at Iona were 2 OSPREY and from the south Jetty tip were 3
PACIFIC LOONS.

Thursday, May 31

Sixteen WHIMBREL were reported from Blackie Spit.

A TURKEY VULTURE & an OSPREY were sighted NW of Lougheed Mall. Other TURKEY
VULTURES were reported from 152nd & 64th in Surrey and on the
Vancouver/Burnaby border at Hastings & Boundary Rd. Also seen at this
location was a GREAT HORNED OWL being chased by crows.

Another GREAT HORNED OWL was seen along the NW trail at Burnaby Lake RP.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from New Westminster's Queen Park.

Wednesday, May 30

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen on wires near the intersection of 240th &
40th in south Langley.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen working the airport fence line south of Ferguson
Rd. on Sea Island. Also reported from Sea Island were a GREEN HERON and a
BLACK SWIFT.

Tuesday, May 29

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were present on Iona Bay until approx. 10:00 AM
when they were observed flying northward eventually disappearing into the
clouds. There were no reports of the birds after that time.

A male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was seen at Grant Narrows RP in Pitt Meadows.
The bird was on the Nature Dike approx. half way to the observation tower.
The bird has not been relocated. Also seen at Grant Narrows were a GRAY
CATBIRD, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, several BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, a GREEN HERON,
a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 4 EASTERN KINGBIRDS and several BLACK SWIFTS.

BLACK SWIFTS were also reported from UBC, south Delta and Colony Farm. Also
reported from Colony Farm were a SORA and a WESTERN KINGBIRD. The Kingbird
seen in the large tree north on the dike from the new foot bridge on the
Port Coquitlam side of the Park.

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

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Visit the Vancouver Natural History Society's website at:
www.naturalhistory.bc.ca

Larry Cowan
Port Coquitlam, BC
lawrencecowan at home.com



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