[Tweeters] Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - Dec 18 update

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 18 23:17:41 PST 2004

This is the Okanagan Valley (BC) Bird Alert (250-491-7738), sponsored by 
Avocet Tours.

Sightings for Saturday, December 18 - 11:00 PM update

Featured Birds include:

GLAUCOUS GULL (Kelowna & Westbank)

Other birds mentioned:

Northern Goshawk
Golden Eagle
Thayer's Gull
Great Horned Owl
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Tree Sparrow
Western Meadowlark

The Kelowna CBC was held today with a preliminary total of 96 species.

Sightings for December 18

The best find of the day was a CHIPPING SPARROW, a first for the Kelowna 
CBC, at the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Aspen Road in the Mission 
area (DC,DW,m.ob). Also at the same location was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 
(DW,DC,m.ob). Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues at Trevor Forder's 
house on Black Road in the Ellison area (TF,m.ob).

The extensive grasslands, accessed from Swainson Road and Treetop Road in 
the Rutland area produced a SNOW BUNTING and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK (DB).

At the Kelowna Landfill there was an adult GLAUCOUS GULL (MF) along with 
numerous THAYER'S GULLS (MF). Another GLAUCOUS GULL was at Shannon Lake in 
Westbank (HB,m.ob).

The GYRFALCON was seen on count day at Marshall's Feedlot along Hwy 97 S. of 
McCurdy Road, along with the resident imm. NORTHERN GOSHAWK (IW). GOSHAWKS 
were seen by a few teams and at least 5 were counted within the circle on 
count day.

At least 4 GREAT HORNED OWLS were tallied also, breaking the old record. 
Single birds were at Swainson Rd and Treetop Road in Rutland (DB), the 
Chichester Bird Sanctuary (CC) and along Miller Road in East Kelowna (MC).

An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was along Gallagher's Road in the Black Mountain 
Subdivision (WA,CC,m.ob).

AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen along Lakha Road at Lipkovitz Road in 
Ellison (TF) and at Munson's Pond (MB).

At the Chichester Bird Sanctuary was a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (CC,m.ob).


Observers:  CC - Chris Charlesworth; WA - Wilf Akerlund; DC - Don Cecile; DB 
- Doug Brown; DW - Don Wilsonl; MB - Margaret Bryan; TF - Trevor Forder; MC 
- Mike Casling; IW - Ian Walker; MF - Mike Force; HB - Howard Braun;

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

Chris Charlesworth
Avocet Tours
725 Richards Road
Kelowna, BC, Canada
V1X 2X5
(250) 718-0335
c_charlesworth at avocettours.com

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