RBA Vancouver, BC -- March 31/02

Larry Cowan lawrencecowan at shaw.ca
Sun Mar 31 23:43:31 PST 2002


This is the Vancouver Bird Alert for Saturday, March 31st, evening update
sponsored in part by the Wild Birds Unlimited stores in Vancouver and North
Vancouver.

The featured bird is GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH.

Species noted:

Yellow-billed Loon [Grebe Islets, Point Roberts]
American Bittern [Colony Farm]
Mute Swan [Grant Narrows]
Sharp-shinned Hawk [Colony Farm]
Cooper's Hawk [Coquitlam]
Northern Goshawk [Burnaby]
Osprey [Grant Narrows, De Boville Slough]
American Kestrel [Pitt Meadows]
Peregrine Falcon [Burnaby]
Virginia Rail [Colony Farm]
Black Oystercatcher [Tsawwassen Jetty]
Great Horned Owl [Deas Island, Reifel]
Rufous Hummingbird [Deas Island, Burnaby Lake]
Northern Shrike [Colony Farm]
Crested Myna [Wylie & 1st]
Yellow-rumped Warbler [Deas Island, Colony Farm]
Northern Waterthrush [Reifel]
American Tree Sparrow [De Boville Slough]
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch [Iona Jetty, Burnaby Mtn. Park]
Common Redpoll [Reifel]

Sightings for Sunday, March 31st

Two GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH were seen on the Iona Jetty,

At Deas Island RP a adult GREAT HORNED was observed with a chick on an old
Red-tailed Hawk's nest.

At Grant Narrows RP in Pitt Meadows 4 MUTE SWANS and an OSPREY were
reported. South of this location on Neaves Rd. was an AMERICAN KESTREL.

On a walk around Colony Farm the following were observed: An AMERICAN
BITTERN, a VIRGINIA RAIL, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a late NORTHERN SHRIKE.

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were reported from Colony Farm & Deas Island.
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS were reported from Deas Island & Burnaby Lake.

Saturday, March 30th

On a VNHS field trip to the De Boville Slough/Minnekhada RP area were an
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, & an OSPREY. The sparrow was about ¾ of the way out
the north side of the slough from Cedar Drive. The Osprey was on a piling
out in the Pitt River.

A YELLOW-BILLED LOON was seen near the Grebe Islets off the West Vancouver
shoreline.

Four COOPER'S HAWKS were seen soaring over NE Coquitlam.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was observed taking a Rock Dove near Gilmore & Hastings
in Burnaby.

At the Reifel Refuge were 2 adult GREAT HORNED OWLS with possibly 2 chicks,
and 2 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were reported from numerous
locations in the Lower Mainland over the past several days.

Friday, March 29

A COMMON REDPOLL was reported from Reifel.

A CRESTED MYNA was seen on 1st near the Maynard's building.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK made a brief appearance in the 3800 blk of Cambridge in
north Burnaby.

Thursday, March 28

A YELLOW-BILLED LOON in alternate plumage was observed off Point Roberts
Lighthouse Park.

Two BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were seen near the base of the Tsawwassen Jetty.

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen near the entrance too the Reifel Refuge.

Wednesday, March 27th

3 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES were observed at Burnaby Mountain Park.

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For further information on birding in the Vancouver Area visit the Vancouver
Natural History Society's website at: www.naturalhistory.bc.ca





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