Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - May 19

Chris Charlesworth 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)
BOBOLINK (Osoyoos)
BLACK SWIFT (Vernon)

Other birds mentioned include:

American Bittern
Sage Thrasher
Grasshopper Sparrow
Swainson's Thrush
Gray Catbird
Veery
Least Flycatcher
Western Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Long-billed Dowitcher
Common Yellowthroat
PACIFIC LOON
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
DUNLIN
Red-necked Phalarope
White-crowned Sparrow
Pectoral Sandpiper
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Semipalmated Plover


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 
Kelowna (CC,RT).


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).


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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.

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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