[Tweeters] Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - Nov 26 update

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 26 22:24:31 PST 2004


This is the Okanagan Valley (BC) Bird Alert (250-491-7738), sponsored by
Avocet Tours.

Sightings for Friday, November 26 - 10:00 PM update


Featured Birds include:

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Vernon)
HARRIS'S SPARROW (Osoyoos)
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (Osoyoos)

Other birds mentioned:

Northern Goshawk
NORTHERN HAWK OWL
MEW GULL
Barred Owl
GLAUCOUS GULL
CATTLE EGRET
Great Horned Owl


Sightings for November 26

The adult basic LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was again at the mouth of Vernon
Creek in the Okanagan Landing area of Vernon (DC).

Along Miller Road, in E. Kelowna, two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS (an adult and imm)
were seen on power poles (GW,m.ob).

A HARRIS'S SPARROW and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW were amongst many other
sparrows in the weeds along the dyke N. of Road 22 (DB).


Sightings for November 20

A NORTHERN HAWK-OWL was found along Silver Star Road, E. of Vernon
(CS,MF,CC). The bird was found at the intersection of Silver Star Road and
Aspen Road (approx a third of the way up the mountain). It was actively
hunting along the road side and in open spaces in that area. Also there was
an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK (CC,CS,MF).

At the mouth of Vernon Creek was a first year MEW GULL (CC,MF,CS,MG).


Sightings for November 14

In Vernon, a first basic GLAUCOUS GULL was at the mouth of Vernon Ck (DC).
The Lesser Black-backed Gull was not seen, however.

A BARRED OWL and 3 GREAT HORNED OWLS were seen in the tree farm on Bench Row
Road on the Vernon Commonage (CC,CoC).

Outside of the valley, a flock of CATTLE EGRETS were seen along Hwy 5A near
Princeton (fide MS). Birders in the Okanagan should be on the lookout for
these birds which are appearing in good numbers across WA and BC.

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Observer Initials: CC - Chris Charlesworth; DC - Don Cecile; MF - Mike
Force; DB - Doug Brown; RM - Richard Mooney; TF - Trevor Forder; MS -
Madelaine Schouten; CoC - Connor Charlesworth; MG - Mark Gardiner; GW -
Gwynneth Wilson;

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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