Vancouver, BC RBA for February 12, 2004

Wayne C. Weber contopus at telus.net
Fri Feb 13 10:18:49 PST 2004


This is the Vancouver Natural History Society's Rare Bird Alert for
Thursday, February 12, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited, with
stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver. The RBA phone number is (604)
737-3074.

Featured birds are CHIPPING SPARROW and GREAT GRAY OWL


Sightings for February 12th

At Colony Farm in Port Coquitlam was a GREAT GRAY OWL. It was seen
along the dyke near the trail that leads north to a bridge over the
Coquitlam River.

The GREAT GRAY OWL at UBC was also seen again today near the BC
Research offices on Wesbrook Mall south of 16th Avenue.

The CHIPPING SPARROW was still present at Mound Farm Municipal
Park in Surrey. The park is not well marked, but is best found by
taking Highway 10 to 168th Street where you turn right. Travel along
168th
for about one kilometre. You will have crossed two sets of railway
tracks
and you'll see a gravel road on the left. About 0.5 km down this road,
just before reaching the houses on the "mound", a bramble patch on the
left is home to hundreds of sparrows including the CHIPPING SPARROW.


Sightings for February 11th

The CHIPPING SPARROW was present along with 2 WHITE-THROATED
SPARROWS and 20 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS at Mound Farm Municipal
Park in Surrey.


Sightings for February 10th

At Mound Farm Municipal Park in Surrey were a CHIPPING SPARROW, a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW. The
entrance to this new park is on 168th Street south of Highway 10.

The 1st year transitional ICELAND GULL was at the 72nd Street turf
farm in Delta.

At Elgin Heritage Park in Surrey was a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

The HARRIS'S SPARROW remains at the Dunsmuir community gardens
at Blackie Spit in Surrey.


Sightings for February 9th

The 1st year transitional ICELAND GULL was at the 72nd Street turf
farm in Delta. Also here was a GLAUCOUS GULL.

Along Deltaport Way, Delta, was an AMERICAN KESTREL.

At Brunswick Point, Delta, were a BARN SWALLOW and a BARN OWL.

There were 7 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS near Ferguson Point in Stanley
Park, Vancouver


Sightings for February 8th

At the 72nd Street turf farm in Delta were two ICELAND GULLS, one
adult and another in transition from first to second year. A GLAUCOUS
GULL was also at this location.

At Blackie Spit in Surrey were a HARRIS'S SPARROW and 6 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS.

At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta were a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-
HERON, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK
and a SORA. Near the Westham Island Bridge were 10 MUTE SWANS.

The WESTERN SCRUB-JAY remains at the 4100 block of River Road in
Ladner, as does the BLUE JAY in the area along Dyke Road west of No. 5
Road in Richmond.

At Roberts Bank were 3 RED KNOTS and 2 MARBLED GODWITS.
Nearby, on Deltaport Way, were a PEREGRINE FALCON, a MARBLED
GODWIT and a RED KNOT.

Two AMERICAN AVOCETS were at the mouth of the Serpentine River at
Mud Bay Park in Surrey.

The WILLET was at the base of the Tsawwassen ferry jetty.

A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was a the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, West
Vancouver.

The GREAT GRAY OWL is still being seen at the BC Research Facility on
Wesbrook Mall south of the University of B.C. in Vancouver


Sightings for February 7th

At the 72nd Street turf farm in Delta was a first-winter ICELAND GULL.
Also at this location were two WESTERN GULLS. At 96th Street and
Highway 10 were a gray phase GYRFALCON and a WESTERN GULL.
Two more WESTERN GULLS were near Burns Drive in Delta.

At Deltaport Way and 41B Street was a PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER.
Nearby at Deltaport Way and Arthur Drive was an AMERICAN KESTREL.
Another AMERICAN KESTREL was seen over the East-West Connector
near No. 6 Road in Richmond.

At the mouth of the Serpentine River were 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS
and 7 GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

At Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen were a BARN SWALLOW,
a NORTHERN SHRIKE and 7 BRANT.



Thank you for calling the Vancouver Bird Alert, and good birding.

This transcript was prepared by Calvin Gehlen and distributed by Wayne
Weber.

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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/


Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
contopus at telus.net








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