Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - March 21 update

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 21 22:19:15 PST 2004


This is the Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert (250-491-7738).


Sightings for Sunday, March 21 - 10:00 PM update

Featured birds include:

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Kelowna)
EURASIAN WIGEON (Kelowna)
WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER (Ok Falls)

Other birds mentioned include:

Western Screech-Owl
Chukar
Gray Partridge
Blue Grouse
Northern Goshawk
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Varied Thrush
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Evening Grosbeak
GREAT GRAY OWL
Turkey Vulture
GYRFALCON
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Pintail


Sightings for March 21

On March 20, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a male EURASIAN WIGEON were 
at Munson's Pond in Kelowna (CC,CS,RM).

The WESTERN SCREECH-OWL was again seen roosting in the woodpecker cavity 
along Mission Ck, in Kelowna, upstream from K.L.O Road (TM). From the bridge 
follow the path upstream and walk about 50 yards beyond the first bench. On 
the creek side of the path watch for a fallen cottonwood and search for the 
well camoflaged bird over half way up a tree behind the fallen log.

NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS were seen and heard at various locations along 
Shuttleworth Ck Road and the Venner Meadows Road, E. of Okanagan Falls on 
the night of the 20th (CC,m.ob).

EVENING GROSBEAKS are visiting a feeder on Black Road in the Ellison area of 
Kelowna (TF).

In Summerland, VARIED THRUSHES were heard singing behind the research 
station on the 20th (LRock).

At the Vaseux Cliffs on the 20th, 2 CHUKAR were heard and seen on the rocks 
near the base of the cliff (GW,LR,PL,m.ob).

On the 21st, Km 13-15 on the Venner Meadows Road, E. of Ok Falls had up to 6 
male WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS calling and drumming (CC,m.ob). Also soaring 
overhead was an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK (CC,CS,m.ob).

Two BLUE GROUSE were heard "hooting" in the sage brush near White Lake on 
the 21st (CC,m.ob) and another was heard at Blue Lake on the Richter Pass, 
W. of Osoyoos on the 20th (CC,CS,RM).

Along the Twin Lakes Road, about 2 km from the White Lk Rd turnoff were 2 
GRAY PARTRIDGE (CC).

NE. of Kelowna, an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was found along Postill 
Lake Road (TF).


Sightings for March 17

A GREAT GRAY OWL was found on Camp McKinney Road at the corall at km 11.5 
(GN).

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was along Benvoulin Road, in Kelowna, in 
fields with CANADA GEESE (RM).

The GYRFALCON was again seen at the Marshall's Feedlot along Hwy 97 at 
McCurdy Road in Kelowna (RM).

At Rose's Pond, on the Vernon Commonage, a bird reported on the 16th as an 
American Wigeon was presumably a male EURASIAN WIGEON (GC).

On March 14, the first TURKEY VULTURE of the year was seen on the Vernon 
Commonage (LR).

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was at Munson's Pond, in Kelowna on March 13 (PL) 
while another was at Robert lake on the 11th (JL,HV).

On March 12, the WESTERN SCREECH-OWL was again along Mission Ck, upstream 
from K.L.O Road in Kelowna (DB).

On March 11, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at Munson's Pond, in Kelowna 
(JL,HV).


Sightings for March 11

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was found in Penticton at the Sicamous with a large 
number of AMERICAN WIGEON on March 9 (LR).

Large numbers of NORTHERN PINTAILS have been migrating through the region 
over the last week, with approx 200 at Robert Lake in Kelowna (LR) and up to 
59 off Sun-Oka Beach near Summerland (LRock).

The WESTERN SCREECH-OWL continues to be seen at its roost along Mission Ck, 
upstream from K.L.O Road in Kelowna (CC,CS,m.ob). At the same location was a 
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET on March 9 (RM). A second WESTERN SCREECH-OWL was being 
mobbed by STELLER'S JAYS at the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy on Raymer Road 
in Kelowna (CC,CS).

On Monday, March 15, up to 3 calling CHUKAR were at the Elkink Ranch, W. of 
Osoyoos on Hwy 3 (CC).

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Observer Initials: CC - Chris Charlesworth;  RM - Richard Mooney; PL - Pam 
Laing; LRock - Laurie Rockwell; CS - Chris Siddle; LRo - Lesley Robertson; 
GC - George Clulow; GN - Gwen Nicol; JL - Judy Latta; DB - Denise Brownlie; 
TM - Thor Manson; GW - Gwynneth Wilson.

If you have any questions about Okanagan birding call Chris Charlesworth, in 
Kelowna at (250) 718-0335, Dick Cannings, in Penticton, at (250) 496-4019, 
and 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
WWW.AVOCETTOURS.COM

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