[Tweeters] RBA Vancouver, BC -- Dec. 19/04

Larry Cowan lawrencecowan at shaw.ca
Sun Dec 19 21:37:00 PST 2004


This is the Vancouver Natural History Society's Bird Alert for Sunday,
December 19th sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited, with stores in
Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The Rare Bird Alert continues for the MCKAY'S BUNTING.

Today's species in BOLD.

MCKAY'S BUNTING
SNOW BUNTING
COMMON REDPOLL
WESTERN GULL
EARED GREBE
American Bittern
Willet
Green Heron
Snowy Owl
Gyrfalcon
Bohemian Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
Rock Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Golden Eagle
Mountain Chickadee
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Hutton's Vireo

Sightings for Sunday, December 19

The MCKAY'S BUNTING was again observed near the tip of the Iona Jetty with
SNOW BUNTINGS at 12:45.  By all accounts the bird was there for several
hours.

Seen at Elgin Heritage Park in Surrey were a COMMON REDPOLL & a Eurasian
race GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

Observed offshore from the White Rock Pier were a WESTERN GULL and an EARED
GREBE.

Saturday, December 18

The MCKAY'S BUNTING was observed with a flock of 5 SNOW BUNTINGS at 1:40 PM.

Reported from the Iona outer pond was an AMERICAN BITTERN.

The WILLET was seen at the base of the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty.

A GREEN HERON was observed hunting in a ditch near the intersection of 55th
and Balaclava in Vancouver.

A Eurasian race GREEN-WINGED TEAL was in a flooded field off 208th north of
102B Ave. in Langley.  Seen overhead at this location were 2 COMMON
REDPOLLS.

Thursday, December 16

The MCKAY'S BUNTING was seen in the afternoon.

>From the foot of 72nd at Boundary Bay came the report of 3 SNOWY OWLS, and a
GYRFALCON.  On 72nd near the golf course was a BOHEMIAN WAXWING.
Seventy-eight COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in a flock of 100+ Pine Siskins near
the foot of 96th.

At Brunswick Point were 7 SNOWY OWLS & an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.

Observed at the foot of the Roberts Bank Jetty were a ROCK SANDPIPER and a
RUDDY TURNSTONE.

Wednesday, December 15th

The MCKAY'S BUNTING was seen at the tip of the Iona Island South Jetty
appearing  at 3:40pm.  By 4:00pm the bird flew off in the direction of the
Airport.  Also seen from the Jetty was a GYRFALCON.

Near the foot of 72nd Street was a BOHEMIAN WAXWING and on the foreshore
there were 3 SNOWY OWLS.

Tuesday, December 14th

The MCKAY'S BUNTING was re-found in the afternoon at the tip of the Iona
Island South Jetty.

The following birds were reported from the Reifel Refuge: 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 1
MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 1 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and
1 HUTTON'S VIREO.

Thank you for calling the Vancouver Bird Alert & good birding

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For further information on birding in the Vancouver area, log onto the
Vancouver Natural History Society's web site at
http://www.naturalhistory.bc.ca/VNHS/

Larry Cowan
Pitt Meadows, BC
lawrencecowan at shaw.ca




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