Fw: bird alert march 12

Larry Cowan lawrencecowan at shaw.ca
Wed Mar 13 00:14:16 PST 2002


This is the Vancouver Bird Alert for Tuesday, March 12th, evening update,
sponsored in part by Wild Birds
Unlimited with stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The featured bird is WESTERN MEADOWLARK. Rare bird alert for LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL
reported March 6th and SLATY-BACKED GULL reported March 10th.

Species noted:

Pacific Loon [Point Roberts]
Trumpeter Swan [Delta]
Brant [Boundary Bay]
Greater White-fronted Goose [Reifel]
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK [Tsawwassen Jetty]
FALCATED DUCK [Washington State]
Eurasian Wigeon [Delta, Iona, Richmond]
Ring-necked Duck [Iona]
American Kestrel [Delta]
Gyrfalcon [Beach Grove]
Peregrine Falcon [Beach Grove]
Virginia Rail [Reifel]
Black-bellied Plover [Delta]
Greater Yellowlegs [Burnaby Lake]
Glaucous Gull [Delta, Iona]
SLATY-BACKED GULL [Delta]
Western Gull [Iona]
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL [Delta]
Common Murre [Point Roberts]
Pigeon Guillemot [Point Roberts]
Rhinoceros Auklet [Point Roberts]
Great Horned Owl [Reifel]
Northern Saw-whet Owl [Reifel]
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) [Pitt Meadows]
Violet-green Swallow [Burnaby Lake]
Tree Swallow [Reifel]
American Dipper [Port Moody]
Hermit Thrush [Reifel]
Crested Myna [Wylie & 2nd]
PHAINOPEPLA [Washington State]
Yellow-rumped Warbler [Beach Grove]
Townsend's Warbler [Deep Cove]
Northern Waterthrush [Reifel]
PAINTED BUNTING [Washington State]
White-throated Sparrow [Iona]
Swamp Sparrow [Reifel]
Western Meadowlark [Blackie Spit]
Common Redpoll [Abbotsford, Richmond]

Sightings for Tuesday, March 12th

One WESTERN MEADOWLARK was seen at Blackie Spit.

A YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER was seen along the south Allouette River
between 210 and 216th street.

A WESTERN GULL was at the tip of the Iona south jetty as well as a male
RING-NECKED DUCK in the outer ponds at
Iona Regional park.

There were no reports for Monday March 11th.

Sightings for Sunday, March 10th.

An adult SLATY-BACKED GULL was along Hornby Drive between 96th street and
104th street in Delta.

One immature GLAUCOUS GULL was along highway 10 west of 112th street.

The AMERICAN BLACK DUCK was seen along the Tsawwassen ferry jetty.

At the Reifle bird sanctuary was a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and a NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH

There was a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at Beach Grove Park.

There was a male AMERICAN KESTREL along highway 17 near 56th street.

97 TRUMPETER SWANS were near 88th street off Highway 10 in Delta.

At Point Roberts there were many PACIFIC LOONS, A RHINOCEROS AUKLET, and
many COMMON MURRES AND PIGEON GUILLEMOTS.

Sightings for Saturday, March 9th.

A GYRFALCON was reported flying along the water at Beach Grove park in
Tsawassen and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were in the
vicinity. Over 1000 BRANT were in Boundary Bay.

There was an AMERICAN DIPPER at noons creek in Port Moody.

At Burnaby Lake there were over 60 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS and four GREATER
YELLOWLEGS.

There were over 350 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and many EURASIAN WIDGEON at the
base of 112th street in Delta.

At the Reifle Refuge was a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, GREAT HORNED OWL, VIRGINIA
RAIL, HERMIT THRUSH, 2 TREE SWALLOWS A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.

Sightings for Friday, March 8th.

A COMMON REDPOLL was visiting a feeder in the 6900 block of Bradner Road in
Abbotsford.

Two CRESTED MYNAS were seen roosting on the buildings on Wylie street in
Vancouver.

Sightings for Thursday, March 7th.

Two GLAUCOUS GULLS were reported: one third year bird at the end of the Iona
South Jetty. Another 2nd year
GLAUCOUS GULL was with gulls near the construction work along Highway 10
east of the intersection of highways 10 and 99
in Delta.

An extraordinary number of over 180 male EURASIAN WIDGEON were at the base
of 112th street in the fields and on the foreshore
12 EURASIAN WIDGEON were seen along the Iona south jetty. (RTo, Mme) and
another male EURASION WIDGEON was seen along River Road in Richmond.

Also in the fields along 112th street in Delta were over 100 BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVERS some showing signs of molting into breeding plumage.

A female TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was seen in Deep Cove, North Vancouver.


Sightings for Wednesday, March 6th.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED gull was observed by 3 birders west of the
greenhouses on Hornby Dr. near the intersection
of highways 10 and 99. Additional reports or photographs of this bird would
be appreciated. Gulls at this location have been numerous during the morning
hours but patience is needed as Bald Eagles are flushing the birds
regularly.

There was a late report of a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the northeast sewage
pond at Iona Island.

At the Reifel Refuge 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 1 SWAMP SPARROW, and a
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were reported.

At the Tsawassen ferry jetty 1 male AMERICAN BLACK DUCK was observed.

A COMMON REDPOLL was visiting a feeder in the 8500 block of Citation Drive
in Richmond.

Out of town a FALCATED DUCK, PAINTED BUNTING and possible PHAINOPEPLA were
reported in Washington State
with details on the Washington bird box (206 281 9172) or on the Tweeters
internet site.

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