RBA Vancouver, BC -- March 25/02

Larry Cowan lawrencecowan at shaw.ca
Mon Mar 25 22:41:13 PST 2002


This is the Vancouver Natural History Societies Bird Alert for Monday March
25th, morning update, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited with stores
in Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The featured birds are: YELLOW-BILLED LOON and PINE GROSBEAK

Sightings for Sunday, March 24th

The adult winter plumaged YELLOW-BILLED LOON was relocated close to shore at
Kloochman Park in West Vancouver.

At Iona Island a male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was observed near the Old
Outflow Channel. Meanwhile along the South Jetty was an EARED GREBE and a
flock of 8 TRUMPETER SWANS. At the Inner Ponds area was one singing SAVANNAH
SPARROW.

In Pitt Meadows along the Grant Narrows Dyke Trail the female PINE GROSBEAK
was again reported. Also here were 2 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS,1 DOWNY
WOODPECKER and 4 MUTE SWANS in nearby Katzie Marsh. Still in Pitt Meadows
but along nearby Harris Road was 1 TURKEY VULTURE.

Along the Upper Coquitlum River was 1 AMERICAN DIPPER.

There were upto 12 BARN SWALLOWS reported from Serpentine Fenn.
Nearby in South Surrey along the Semiahmoo Trail was 1 adult NORTHERN
GOSHAWK.

Seen from Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts were 2 MARBLED MURRELETS,
4 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.

The following species were reported from the Reifel Bird Sanctuary:
A nesting pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS, 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 1 HERMIT
THRUSH, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 1 AMERICAN
BITTERN, 2 RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS and 1 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.

In Vancouver at 2nd and Wylie were a pair of nesting CRESTED MYNAS.

Sightings for Saturday, March 23rd

A winter plumaged YELLOW-BILLED LOON was observed near the Grebe Islets in
West Vancouver.

Along the Grant Narrows Dyke Trail in Pitt Meadows was a female PINE
GROSBEAK .

The following species were reported from the Reifel Bird Sanctuary:
2 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 12+ BARN SWALLOWS, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 1
HERMIT THRUSH and 1 AMERICAN BITTERN.

At Burnaby Lake Park were 20 COMMON REDPOLLS.

A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was reported from behind the Stoney Creek
Elementary School near the Lougheed Highway.

Along the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty was 1 WILLET, 1 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK,
and 4 BLACK OSYERCATCHERS.

Sightings for Friday, March 22

An adult WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was observed just north of the north-east
corner of the north-east pond along the fence were there is a large patch of
brambles. This is near the truck dumping area.

A TURKEY VULTURE was seen flying along Highway 91 and Knight St. in
Richmond.

Another TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Burnaby at the Turn Mountain Tank Farm.

At Beach Grove Lagoon in Tsawwassen there were 175 BRANT, 200 BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER and 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE. In Ladner 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were watched
migrating north over town.

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----- Original Message -----
From: R Toochin

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