RBA Vancouver, BC -- Jun 11/01

Larry Cowan lawrencecowan at home.com
Tue Jun 12 22:21:32 PDT 2001


This is the Vancouver Bird Alert for Monday, June 11th - Evening Update

Species mentioned:

Green Heron    [Cheam Lake RP]
Brant    [Tsawwassen Jetty]
Turkey Vulture    [Mission]
Peregrine Falcon    [Cheam Lake RP]
Black Oystercatcher    [Tsawwassen Jetty]
Whimbrel    [Tsawwassen Jetty]
Long-billed Dowitcher    [Tsawwassen Jetty]
Caspian Tern    [Tsawwassen Jetty, Port Moody]
Barn Owl    [Colony Farm RP]
Vaux's Swift    [Grant Narrows]
Black Swift    [Grant Narrows, Surrey]
Olive-sided Flycatcher    [Colony Farm RP]
LEAST FLYCATCHER    [Grant Narrows, Cheam Lake RP]
Eastern Kingbird    [Grant Narrows, Cheam Lake RP]
Gray Catbird    [Cheam Lake RP]
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT    [Colony Farm RP, Pitt Meadows]
Lazuli Bunting    [Colony Farm RP]
Bullock's Oriole    [Grant Narrows RP, Colony Farm RP, Cheam Lake RP,
Ladner]
Red Crossbill    [Sardis]

Sightings for Monday, June 11

15 BLACK SWIFTS were seen from the 22nd St SkyTrain Station in New
Westminster.

There was a late report for yesterday, Sunday, of a second Lower Mainland
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, this time at Colony Farms, Coquitlam. To search for
this bird follow the trail from Shaughnessy St until it divides into two.
Turn Right and proceed until you are approximately 300 metres before the
heavily wooded area. The bird was heard calling at 2:30PM in shrubbery
opposite the stream.

Sunday, June 10

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found at 10AM about 300 metres off the east side
of Rennie Rd, just north of Pine Mountain at Pitt Meadows. This location is
about 3.5 km south of Grant Narrows Regional
Park. The bird flew up into a tree during heavy rain but quickly disappeared
into the undergrowth still calling intermittently. However, despite further
checks throughout the day the bird was not re-located.

Along the Nature Dyke at Pitt Meadows, the LEAST FLYCATCHER, a BULLOCK'S
ORIOLE and 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS were seen again. Up to 10 TURKEY VULTURES
were reported from the Matsqui Trail area, just east of the Mission Bridge.

Saturday, June 9

A calling LEAST FLYCATCHER was discovered during a VNHS field trip to Grant
Narrows RP, Pitt Meadows. To find this bird take the nature trail and look
for a large log crossing the path about 200 metres from the trail entrance.

Also in the area were up to 100 BLACK SWIFTS, up to 200 VAUX's SWIFTS and 2
EASTERN KINGBIRDS. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was at the Compensation Lagoon
along the Tsawwassen causeway.

A female LAZULI BUNTING collecting nest material was observed during a field
trip to Colony Farms, Coquitlam. The male can usually be found singing from
the power lines west of the boarded-up buildings on Colony Farm Rd. Also
present at the Farms were a male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS
and 3 juvenile BARN OWLS.

Out-of-town, 2 male RED CROSSBILLS were at a feeder along Extrom Rd,
Sardis - in the Ryder Lake area.

Friday June 8

8 WHIMBREL, 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS, a BRANT and 12 CASPIAN TERNS were all
reported from the Compensation Lagoon along the Tsawwassen Ferry Causeway.

Out-of-town, at the Cheam Wetlands east of Chilliwack, were a calling LEAST
FLYCATCHER, a GRAY CATBIRD, an adult GREEN HERON, 5 BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, 4
EASTERN KINGBIRDS and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen from Alderside Rd, Port Moody.

Thursday, June 7

8 BLACK SWIFTS were noted over 24th Avenue in South Surrey and there was a
report of an albino AMERICAN ROBIN in the 1100 block of West 11 Ave,
Vancouver.

Wednesday, June 6

The only sighting reported was of a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE on 36th Avenue, Ladner.

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Please remember to also report your sightings to the Vancouver Bird Alert
at (604)737-3074. Thank you and good birding!

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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