Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - Sept 20th update

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 20 20:34:08 PDT 2002


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

Sightings for Friday, September 20th - 8:30 PM update

The featured birds include:

PEREGRINE FALCON (Kelowna)
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (Kelowna)
PACIFIC LOON (Kelowna)

Other birds mentioned:

Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Black Swan (exotic)
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Northern Harrier
American Kestrel
CLARK'S GREBE
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
SANDERLING
SABINE'S GULL
FRANKLIN'S GULL
TENNESSEE WARBLER
Northern Goshawk
Lazuli Bunting
Common Nighthawk
MacGillivray's Warbler
Western Wood Pewee
Vaux's Swift
Sandhill Crane
Black Tern
Lapland Longspur


September 20th

Excellent weather conditions (NW winds) produced another minor raptor 
migration at Black Mountain, E. of Kelowna. Today an adult PEREGRINE FALCON 
of the Tundra race was seen, as well as two imm NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 4 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 1 SWAINSON'S HAWK, 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 
1 AMERICAN KESTREL, 1 TURKEY VULTURE and 1 OSPREY (CC).

An adult breeding plumage PACIFIC LOON was seen on Kelowna's Westside at the 
mouth of Green Bay, visible from Boucherie Road (EF).

15 TURKEY VULTURES were seen along Swamp Road in Kelowna's Mission area 
(RM).


September 17th

A minor hawk migration was noted at Black Mountain, E. of Kelowna. Included 
in this flight was a PEREGRINE FALCON, 9 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 6 OSPREYS, 2 
COOPER'S & 3 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 SWAINSON'S HAWKS, 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 
NORTHERN HARRIERS and 1 TURKEY VULTURE (CC). These birds were seen over 
Black Mtn from the top of Swainson Road on the Rutland Bench.

An imm. PACIFIC LOON was on Okanagan Lk, in Kelowna, at Rotary Beach on
Lakeshore Road, on Sept 16 (CC).

Up to 15 TURKEY VULTURES were roosting in the cottonwoods along Mission Ck, 
in Kelowna, upstream from Casorso Road (CC,JR). Also along this stretch of 
creek was a PILEATED WOODPECKER, DOWNY WOODPECKER and an OSPREY (CC,JR).

An exotic BLACK SWAN is feeding on Okanagan Lk in Kelowna at Sutherland Park 
(LRo). This may mean there are two or three Black Swans present in the 
southern interior, since single birds have been seen in Kelowna, Salmon Arm 
and Vaseux Lake.


September 8th

A trip to the Salmon Arm area proved very productive. From the dog park at 
the foot of Narcisse Road, a TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen with large numbers 
of other migrants (CC,CS,DC,m.ob). Other noteworthy birds seen from the foot 
of Narcisse Road included a juv. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 4 SANDERLINGS, 4 
FRANKLIN'S GULLS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR (CC,CS,DC,m.ob). Interesting birds 
seen from Christmas Island included a CLARK'S GREBE, a SABINE'S GULL, 2 
LAPLAND LONGSPURS and two BLACK TERNS (CC,CS,DC,m.ob).

47 SANDHILL CRANES were flying W. over Okanagan River Channel in Penticton 
(LN). W. of Penticton, a juv. NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at the ski trails on 
Nickleplate Mountain (LN). Large numbers of migrant VAUX'S SWIFTS are being 
reported throughout the region (LN,CC,m.ob) and passerine migration appears 
to have picked up at such locations as the Chichester Bird Sanctuary in 
Kelowna, where today there was a LAZULI BUNTING, 4 WESTERN WOOD PEWEES, 4 
MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS, and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK (CC,YL,RM,CoC).


Observers: CC - Chris Charlesworth; CS - Chris Siddle; LN - Laure Neish; DC 
- Don Cecile; Judy Latta; YL - Yvan Larche; RM - Richard Mooney; CoC - 
Connor Charlesworth; JR - Jeff Reddekopp; LRo - Laurie Rockwell; EF - Elke 
Fischer.


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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