Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - May 19
c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Wed May 19 22:35:49 PDT 2004
This is the Okanagan Valley (BC) Bird Alert (250-491-7738), sponsored by The
Land Conservancy of BC.
Sightings for Wednesday, May 19 -10:30 PM update.
Featured birds include:
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (Oliver)
BLACK SWIFT (Vernon)
Other birds mentioned include:
Sightings for May 19
The hayfields along Road 22, N. of Osoyoos produced the first BOBOLINKS of
the spring (DB).
YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS have been heard along River Road over the past week,
first being reported on May 15 (CC,RT,RM).
Also on the 15, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and the continuing SAGE THRASHER were
at White Lake (CC,RT,RM).
Good numbers of BLACK SWIFTS have been reported at Swan Lake in Vernon in
the afternoons (CS).
Along McCulloch Road, in Kelowna, a SWAINSON'S THRUSH was heard (CC) and at
the Vaseux Banding Station, GRAY CATBIRD and VEERY have been banded recently
(fide BL). An AMERICAN BITTERN was heard from the banding station early in
the week as well (fide BL).
Sightings for May 11
At the Maude Roxby Bird Sanctuary in Kelowna, a LEAST FLYCATCHER was found
in the big willow beside the parking area at the foot of Francis Ave (MF).
Also at Maude Roxby were 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, a WESTERN SANDPIPER and a male
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (CC,RT,MF).
A good sized flock of 44 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were at Robert Lake in
Sightings for May 9
At Robert Lake in Kelowna there was a DUNLIN, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 4
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS (CC,RM). Up to 8
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were also at Rose's Pond on
the Vernon Commonage (CC,RM,CS). Up to 8 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were in the
flooded fields at the N. end of Otter Lake N. of Vernon (CS).
At the north end of Swan Lake in Vernon, there were 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
and 7 SURF SCOTERS (CS).
A winter plumage PACIFIC LOON was seen on Okanagan Lk from the mouth of
Vernon Ck, in Vernon (CS).
A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, the first reported this spring, was at
Okeefe's Pond in Vernon (CS).
Also in Vernon, a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was found with WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS on a brushy hillside on the N. side of Hwy 6, approx. half a km W.
of Grey Road (CC). A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was also reported about half way
up Irrigation Ck Road, E. of Vaseux Lake (LN).
BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS were reported at feeders in East Penticton (LN)
and at 2050 Fischer Road in Kelowna (EC).
Observer Initials: MF - Mike Force; CC - Chris Charlesworth; RT - Ryan
Tomlinson; LN - Laure Neish; EC - Eileen Chappel; CS - Chris Siddle; RM -
Richard Mooney; MF - Mike Force; DB - Doug Brown; BL - Barry Lancaster.
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.
725 Richards Road
Kelowna, BC, Canada
c_charlesworth at avocettours.com
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