RBA Vancouver, BC -- June 9/02

Larry Cowan lawrencecowan at shaw.ca
Sun Jun 9 22:28:09 PDT 2002


This is the Vancouver Bird Alert for Sunday June 9th, evening update,
sponsored in part by the Wild Birds Unlimited stores in Vancouver and North
Vancouver.

Rare bird alert for the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.  There were no reported
sightings of the male DICKCISSEL today.

Other featured bird is BLACK TERN.

Sightings for June 9

Although the DICKCISSEL was not seen today there was an AMERICAN REDSTART in
the yard to lessen the disappointment.

The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was again seen at the first bend of Neaves Rd.
southwest from the concrete road barriers.

Near Victoria the SNOWY EGRET was again seen on Craigflower Creek west of
the Helmckin Road Bridge. It has been seen both east and west of the bridge,
but mostly west of the bridge along View Royal Park. There are a few access
points to the creek from View Royal Park.  For further details call the
Victoria Alert at 250-592-3381.

A BLACK TERN was observed over the outer pond at Iona.  Also here was a
COMMON NIGHTHAWK.

A GREEN HERON was seen flying over the Burnaby Lake rowing course.

A pair of PURPLE MARTINS were seen tending one of the nest boxes at Blackie
Spit.

On John Ireland's regular Sunday morning walk at Reifel the following birds
were seen: 17 WILSON'S PHALAROPE, an AMERICAN BITTERN, BARN & GREAT-HORNED
OWLS, and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

Three LAZULI BUNTINGS were reported from Colony Farm.  One was at the east
end of Colony Farm Rd. near the boarded up buildings.  Two singing males
were seen near the old pig barns at the far south end of the road
paralleling the railway tracks.

Saturday June 8

A male DICKCISSEL in breeding plumage was again observed in a back yard at
1576 Mission Rd. near Davis Bay.  Mission Rd. is appox 20 km from the
Gibsons Ferry Terminal on the Sunshine Coast Hwy (#101).  The homeowners
welcome you to view this bird in their backyard.  Please respect this
privilege.  Parking is limited, Please make sure you are not hindering local
traffic.

The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was again present at the bend of Neaves Rd. south
of Grant Narrows RP.  It appears to have been co-operative this day giving
many birders good views.  Also at this location were 3 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, a
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, CHIPPING SPARROW and 2 GRAY CATBIRDS.

At Grant Narrows were 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS with one being seen frequently on
the trail 100m or so along the nature dike.  Also seen at the Narrows were 2
EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 5 MUTE SWANS, 1 TRUMPETER SWAN, and 10 AMERICAN PIPITS in
over flight.

Four TURKEY VULTURES were seen on the ground near a farm on the west side of
Neaves Road north of McNeill Rd. with another seen over Neaves bend.

At Maplewood CA were 8 PURPLE MARTINS.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen near the Mansion on Boundary Bay.

Two GREAT HORNED OWLS were reported from Beach Grove Park in Tsawwassen.

For several weeks a PEREGRINE FALCON has been frequenting a high-rise
apartment building at 1850 Rosser Ave. in Burnaby.  This a reddish building
west of Brentwood Mall.  The bird has been perching on the lights on the
south side of the building.

Out in ABBOTSFORD was a singing LAZULI BUNTING 1 ½ km south of Vye St. on
Whatcom Rd.  Also near Thickson & Wells Line Road was a singing HOUSE WREN.

Out of town near Victoria was a SNOWY EGRET seen at Craigflower Creed.

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

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