[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for November 28, 2004
Wayne C. Weber
contopus at telus.net
Mon Nov 29 09:54:21 PST 2004
This is the Vancouver Natural History Society’s Rare Bird Alert for
Sunday, November 28th, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited,
with stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver. [The phone number
for the RBA is (604) 737-3074.]
The featured bird is PINE GROSBEAK.
Sightings for Sunday, November 28th:
At Mount Seymour Park in North Vancouver, 6 PINE GROSBEAKS
were seen on the trail to Mt. Seymour, about 1.5 km from the parking
lot. Also, a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL was seen just past the top of the
ski lift on the trail to Mt. Seymour.
At Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver, 2 NORTHERN
PYGMY-OWLS were seen; one near the bridge and the other near the
In Delta, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING was seen just west of the foot of
72nd St. on the Boundary Bay dyke. Also here were 3 SNOWY OWLS
and a BARN SWALLOW. The GYR FALCON was seen just west of the
foot of 88th St.
At Terra Nova in Richmond, a flock of 30-40 COMMON REDPOLLS was
seen along the dyke.
At Jericho Park in Vancouver, a SNOW BUNTING was seen near the
western edge of the lagoon.
In Vancouver's Stanley Park, 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at
the north side of the seawall just east of the Lion's Gate Bridge. 15
BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were seen just north of Second Beach pool.
At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta were15 COMMON REDPOLLS, the
immature GOLDEN EAGLE, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, NORTHERN SHRIKE, GREAT HORNED OWL, and 4 SANDHILL CRANES.
At Brunswick Point in Delta, 3 SNOWY OWLS were seen from the parking
lot, looking across Canoe Pass. Also here were 2 SWAMP SPARROWS, 2
WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE, 1 SHORT-EARED
OWL, and a GREAT HORNED OWL.
Sightings for Saturday, November 27th:
At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, a PINE GROSBEAK was seen near
the viewing tower with AMERICAN ROBINS, feeding in a crabapple tree.
At Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam, a NORTHERN PYGMY-
OWL was seen on Oliver Road, which borders the park on the south.
It was seen 200 metres along the road up to Minnekhada Lodge.
In Surrey, the MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was seen again at a feeder on the
northeast corner of 160th St. and 82nd Ave.
In Delta, at the foot of 72nd St. on Boundary Bay were 2 SNOWY OWLS
and 6 BARN SWALLOWS.
Sightings for Friday, November 26th:
At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, the immature GOLDEN EAGLE was
seen. Also present were 4 SANDHILL CRANES, a BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, a CHESNUT-BACKED
CHICKADEE, a BARN SWALLOW, and a HAIRY WOODPECKER.
A SNOWY OWL was seen south of the sanctuary.
At Brunswick Point in Delta, 4 SNOWY OWLS were seen. Two were seen
from the parking lot looking across Canoe Pass to Westham Island, and
2 were on the foreshore seen from the dyke. Also, a SWAMP SPARROW
At the Westham Island Bridge, 8 MUTE SWANS were seen.
At Deltaport Way and 57B St. were 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS.
Still in Delta, the SNOWY OWL was seen on the Boundary Bay foreshore
at the foot of 72nd St.
In Surrey at 160th St. and 82nd Ave., a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was seen
coming to a feeder.
Sightings for Thursday, November 25th:
At the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver, the RUSTY
BLACKBIRD and NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL continue. Also here were
12 COMMON REDPOLLS.
At Brunswick Point were 4 SNOWY OWLS, 5 AMERICAN TREE
SPARROWS, 2 SWAMP SPARROWS, and a GREAT HORNED OWL.
At the foot of 72nd St. in Delta were a SNOWY OWL, a SHORT-EARED
OWL, and 7 BARN SWALLOWS.
At Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts was a SNOW BUNTING, 30
BRANT, 4 MARBLED MURRELETS and 4 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS.
At Green Timbers in Surrey, a SNOWY OWL was seen flying over. At Bear
Creek Park in Surrey, a BARRED OWL was seen.
Sightings for Wednesday, November 24th:
At Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver, the NORTHERN
PYGMY-OWL was seen halfway between the nursery and the bridge.
At Brunswick Point in Delta were 3 SNOWY OWLS.
Sightings for Tuesday, November 23rd:
At Maplewood Conservation area in North Vancouver, a NORTHERN
PYGMY-OWL and RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen. The blackbird was
in the swampy area near the southwest corner and the owl was nearer to
the Dollarton Highway
At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta was a late NORTHERN ROUGH-
Sightings for Monday, November 22nd:
At Maplewood Conservation Area, a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL was seen
near the feeders at the entrance.
This transcript was prepared by Kevin Louth and distributed by Wayne
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Wayne C. Weber
contopus at telus.net
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