[Tweeters] Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - July 7 update

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 7 22:35:16 PDT 2005


This is the Okanagan Valley (BC) Bird Alert (250-491-7738) sponsored by the 
Central Okanagan Naturalists Club.

Sightings for Thursday, July 7 – 10:30 PM update

Featured birds include:

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (Kelowna)
PEREGRINE FALCON (Vaseux)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Kelowna)

Other birds mentioned:

Boreal Chickadee
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
DICKCISSEL
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Veery
Bonaparte's Gull
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO
Caspian Tern


Sightings for July 7

A pair of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were along Heinlich Road near Mission Ck 
at K.L.O Road (CC). The birds were in the trees in front of the house 
address 2005. Two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were also reported on the 
powerlines along Hwy 3 in Cawston in the Similkameen (WW).

Four BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and many other woodpeckers were reported along 
the Kettle Valley Railway at Gillard Ck FSR, S. of Kelowna (GW,m.ob).


Sightings for July 6

An adult BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen at Dick Canning's residence on Debeck 
Road in Naramata (DC,MH).

The DICKCISSEL was again seen on Peterson Rd, E. of Sorrento (DC,RC). From 
Hwy 1 head south on Notch Hill Road, E. of Sorrento. Make an immediate left 
onto White Creek Frontage Road and then another right onto Peterson Road. 
Follow Peterson a short distance and the road becomes gravel. The Dickcissel 
is being seen 1-200 meters beyond the end of the pavement.

At Robert Lake, in Kelowna, an imm. BONAPARTE'S GULL was present today 
(BC,CC).

In Kelowna, along the Mission Creek Greenway in Scenic Canyon Regional Park 
(the new portion of the greenway) a male BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD, a female 
CALLIOPE and a female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, as well as a noisy VEERY were seen 
about 100 meters down the trail from the parking area near a trickle of 
water (CC).

Three LEAST FLYCATCHERS were along Sumac Road, off Hwy 3 near the Chopaka 
Border Crossing on July 6 (WW).

A few late sightings for July 5 included 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS at Macintyre's 
Bluff, S. of Vaseux Lake (WW,DB), 3 BOREAL CHICKADEES at and near Rabbit 
Lake on the Shuttleworth Ck FSR, E. of OK Falls (WW,DB), a THREE-TOED 
WOODPECKER, 3 km E. of Rabbit Lake (WW,DB).

Sightings for July 4

On July 3, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was found in the Road 22 area, just N. of 
Osoyoos (JJ). The bird was found along the E. dyke, south of Road 22 near 
the large radio tower at 3:00 PM. Despite an extensive search on July 4 the 
bird was not found again, but chances are it remains in the area.

The DICKCISSEL continues along Peterson Road near the town of Sorrento, N. 
of the Okanagan Valley (DT,m.ob).

A family group of PEREGRINE FALCONS was found on Macintyre Bluff, N. of 
Oliver (RC,DC).

Along the river channel at Road 22 N. of Osoyoos was a CASPIAN TERN (RC).


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Observers Initials: CC - Chris Charlesworth; RC - Russ Cannings; GW - 
Gwynneth Wilson; JJ - Jukka Jantunen; DT - Danny Tyson; DC - Dick Cannings; 
BC - Bill Cutfield; WW - Wayne Weber; DB - Doug Brown;

If you have any questions about birding in the Okanagan Valley call Chris 
Charlesworth in Kelowna at (250) 718-0335, Dick Cannings in Naramata at 
(250) 496-4019, or Phil Gehlen in Vernon at (250) 542-8053.


Chris Charlesworth
Avocet Tours
725 Richards Road
Kelowna, BC
V1X 2X5
Email: tours at avocettours.com
Website: www.avocettours.com
Phone: (250) 718-0335




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