Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - May 3

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Mon May 3 22:16:12 PDT 2004


This is the Okanagan Valley (BC) Bird Alert (250-491-7738), sponsored by The
Land Conservancy of BC.

Sightings for Monday, May 3 - 10:00 PM update.

Featured birds include:

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Kelowna)
SNOW GOOSE (Salmon Arm)


Other birds mentioned include:

Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Osprey
Bonaparte's Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Sora
Sandhill Crane
EURASIAN WIGEON
Wilson's Phalarope
Semipalmated Plover
CATTLE EGRET
CLARK'S GREBE
Savannah Sparrow
Cinammon Teal
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Great Horned Owl
Western Screech-Owl
American Avocet
Northern Pygmy-Owl

Sightings for May 3

In a late report for the evening of May 2, a flock of 5 AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS alighted on Okanagan Lake just off Manhattan Point in Kelowna (MR).

On the 3rd, at the Maude Roxby Bird Sanct. in Kelowna, WESTERN SANDPIPER,
LEAST SANDPIPER, 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 26 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, an OSPREY, 2
BELTED KINGFISHERS and a SORA were reported (DW,m.ob).

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was on the telephone wires at Robert Lake in Kelowna
(RM).

In Salmon Arm, the flock of over a dozen SNOW GEESE was again present in the
AM along the foreshore. Seen later in the day were 4 SANDHILL CRANES (TH).

At the Chichester Bird Sanct. in Kelowna, 2 SORAS and a VIRGINIA RAIL were
heard after dark (CC).


Sightings for May 2

An egret, reported as a CATTLE EGRET, was seen near Vaseux Lake on May 2
(obs. name?). Confirmation of this bird, which is unrecorded in the spring
in the Okanagan, would be appreciated.

At Rawlings Lake, near Lumby was a male EURASIAN WIGEON (DC).

Mud Bay and the Maude Roxby Sanct. in Kelowna had 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a
WESTERN SANDPIPER, 10 LEAST SANDPIPERS, both CINAMMON and BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS foraging on the beach, 5 BONAPARTE'S
GULLS and inside the marsh, a SORA (DW,RM).

Recent sightings from the Salmon Arm foreshore have included a flock of
between 16-21 SNOW GEESE, a CLARK'S GREBE, and 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES (TH).


Sightings for May 1

A male MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER was at km 6.3 on McCulloch Road, near Kelowna
(CC,DW,CS,RM). Km 0 along this route is the bridge over K.L.O Ck. Many male
TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS were singing along McCulloch Road from km 9 onwards
(CC,CS,RM,DW).

Along the road to Big White, a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL was found about 3 km from
Hwy 33. At this same location were at least 2 CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES.
Further along the road, BOREAL CHICKADEES were encountered (CC,CS,DW,RM).

At the Maude Roxby Bird Sanct. in Kelowna were 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 25
BONAPARTE'S GULLS and BLUE-WINGED TEAL (GW).

COMMON POORWILLS were heard in the evening along the White Lake Road, along
with GREAT HORNED and WESTERN SCREECH-OWLS (CC).

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Observer Initials: MF - Mike Force; CC - Chris Charlesworth; DW - Don
Wilson; RM - Richard Mooney; GW - Gwynneth Wilson; CS - Chris Siddle; DC -
Don Cecile; TH - Ted Hillary; MR - Murray Road;

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 a...
www.avocettours.com

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