Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - May 6

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Thu May 6 23:08:37 PDT 2004

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

Sightings for Thursday, May 6 - 11:00 PM update.

Featured birds include:


Other birds mentioned include:

Yellow Warbler
Lazuli Bunting
Black-headed Grosbeak
Bullock's Oriole
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Wilson's Phalarope
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
American White Pelican
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover

Sightings for May 6

Two male SAGE THRASHERS appear to be on territory in the White Lake area
(CC,MF,ED,LN). From the Twin Lakes Rd turnoff drive S. on the White Lk Road
for 0.6 km. Listen for the birds on the W. side of the road. Please be
unobtrusive while viewing these very endangered birds.

Along the Twin Lakes Road approx. 2 km W. of White Lk Road was a singing
male LAZULI BUNTING (CC). LAZULI BUNTINGS were also found in the Kilpoola
area W. of Osoyoos (MF).

At the Okanagan Falls Campground BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, BULLOCK'S ORIOLE and
YELLOW WARBLER were reported (CC).

In a late report for May 3, there were 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS at the UBC
Field Geology Camp on the Fairview White Lk Road (CG).

Sightings for May 5

At White Lake, near Okanagan Falls, a SAGE THRASHER was reported (NH). From
the intersection of White Lk Road and the Twin Lakes Road travel S. on White
Lk Road for approx a kilometer to where the road dips. The bird was singing
in the sagebrush between here and the lake.

In Westbank, a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was along the trail, close to the
parking area at Shannon Lake Regional Park (MF).

Robert Lake in Kelowna had 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER and
at least 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS (CC,RT). SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were also reported
at Shannon Lake Park (MF).

Four CEDAR WAXWINGS were along the boardwalk at the Maude Roxby Bird Sanct.
in Kelowna (CC,RT).

In a late report for May 1, a male EURASIAN WIGEON was at Alki Lake at the
Kelowna Landfill (RT).

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,
BELTED KINGFISHERS and a SORA were reported (DW,m.ob).

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was on the telephone wires at Robert Lake in Kelowna

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).


Observer Initials: MF - Mike Force; CC - Chris Charlesworth; DW - Don
Wilson; RM - Richard Mooney; TH - Ted Hillary; MR - Murray Road; RT - Ryan
Tomlinson; NH - Nathan Hentze; ED - Eva Durance; LN - Laure Neish; CG -
Carlo Giovanella.

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


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