Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - Nov 10th update

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 10 20:58:07 PST 2002


This is the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Rare Bird Alert
(250)491-7738.

Sightings for Sunday, November 10th - 9:00 PM update

** RARE BIRD ALERT for RED-THROATED LOON (Vernon)

Featured birds include:

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (Penticton)
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (Summerland)
EURASIAN WIGEON (Vernon)
THAYER'S GULL (Vernon)

Other birds mentioned:

Common Merganser
Bohemian Waxwing
American Kestrel
BLUE JAY
Redhead
Snow Bunting
Northern Saw-whet Owl


Sightings for November 10th

An adult winter RED-THROATED LOON was in Vernon, on Nov 9th, seen from the
trailer park at the Head of the Lake (DC,CS).

Two THAYER'S GULLS, an adult and a first winter bird, were at the mouth of
Vernon Ck in Vernon on the 9th and 10th (CS,DC).

An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON was on Thomson Pond, which is W. of Predator
Ridge, on the Vernon Commonage (CS).

Two and possibly three RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were with 39 COMMON
MERGANSERS on Okanagan Lk, in Penticton, near the SS Sicamous (LR).

A hike behind the Summerland Research Station produced a NORTHERN GOSHAWK
(LR).

In the Trout Ck area of Summerland, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS were observed, as
were 23 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, the first reported this season (LR).


Sightings for November 7th

A pair of BLUE JAYS spent the morning visiting a feeder at 2700 Lakeridge
Road on Kelowna's Westside (EF). Call Elke at 769-4419 for updates.

In Summerland, 5-800 REDHEADS were noted on Okanagan Lake, off Sunoka Beach
(LR).


Sightings for November 4

In Penticton, a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was with COMMON MERGANSERS on
Okanagan Lake, near the SS Sicamous. Seen in overflight at the same location
were 4 SNOW BUNTINGS (LN).

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen along Farmer's Drive in the Ellison area of
Kelowna in the evening (TF).



Observers: LN - Laure Neish; TF - Trevor Forder; LR - Laurie Rockwell; EF -
Elke Fischer; DC - Don Cecile; CS - Chris Siddle.


If you have any questions about Okanagan Valley birding, contact Chris
Charlesworth, in Kelowna at (250)-718-0335, Dick Cannings in Penticton at
(250) 496-4019, or Phil Gehlen in Vernon at (250) 542-8053.

This update has been sponsored by the TUMBLEWEED NATURE STORE at 67 Front
Street in Penticton.

Thanks for calling the bird alert and happy birding.


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