[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for November 10, 2005

Wayne C. Weber contopus at telus.net
Thu Nov 10 22:00:21 PST 2005


This is Wayne Weber with the Vancouver Natural History Society's
Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, November 10, 2005, sponsored in part by
the Wild Birds Unlimited stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver.
The RBA phone number is 604-737-3074.


OUT-OF-TOWN RARE BIRD ALERT for a TEMMINCK'S STINT seen
and photographed at the Ocean Shores sewage ponds in Ocean Shores,
Washington, yesterday and today. For updates on this bird, check the
TWEETERS E-mail group.

RARE BIRD ALERT: the KING EIDER, present from October 30 through
November 6, has not been reported since November 6, but may still be
in the area. Please report any sightings ASAP to the RBA.


There were no sightings reported for Thursday, November 10, 2005


Sightings for Wednesday, November 9

On the south side of the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta, a HORNED
LARK was seen, as was a WILLET near the jetty base. Also in Delta,
3 adult WESTERN GULLS were seen in a large gull flock on the south
side of Highway 10 between 88th and 96th Streets, and an AMERICAN
KESTREL was seen along 64th Street south of 34B Street.

In North Langley, 3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen near the intersection of
208th Street and 102B Avenue.

In Vancouver's Stanley Park, a tan-morph WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was
Seen near the small island on the south side of Lost Lagoon.


Sightings for Tuesday, November 8

A ROCK SANDPIPER was seen with BLACK TURNSTONES at Lighthouse
Marine Park in Point Roberts, Washington.

A HORNED LARK and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were seen along the south
side of the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta.


Sightings for Monday, November 7

At Blackie Spit in Surrey, birds observed included a BAR-TAILED GODWIT along
with 3 MARBLED GODWITS, 7 EURASIAN WIGEON, 49 LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, as well as a CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW and 10 CEDAR
WAXWINGS.

In Montrose Park, Burnaby, located near the north end of Boundary Road, a
BARRED OWL was seen.


Sightings for Sunday, November 6, 2005

The KING EIDER, present since October 30, is moving frequently and has
been hard to locate. Today, it was seen only briefly, about 3 PM, with
a flock of SURF SCOTERS flying past the foot of 25th Street in West
Vancouver. The birds flew eastward, and then apparently turned
toward Stanley Park.

The eider could be anywhere along the English Bay shoreline in West
Vancouver or Vancouver. Check any large scoter flocks, and with luck,
you should eventually find it.

At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, birds seen included 14 SANDHILL
CRANES, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 12 CEDAR
WAXWINGS, as well as 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along Westham
Island Road. A late BARN SWALLOW was seen along River Road
west of Ladner.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT and 2 MARBLED GODWITS were seen along
the east side of Blackie Spit in Surrey.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen at the Maplewood
Conservation Area in North Vancouver.

In Vancouver's Stanley Park, several BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were seen
near Ferguson Point.


Sightings for Saturday, November 5, 2005

The immature male KING EIDER was seen during the day at various points
along the English Bay shoreline of Vancouver from Kitsilano Point to as
far west as the foot of Blenheim Street.

On the Iona Island south jetty in Richmond, the ROCK WREN and five
SNOW BUNTINGS were seen.

On Sea Island in Richmond, 3 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were seen on
Vancouver Airport property along the south side of the airport, and a
NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Grauer Road.

In Burnaby, a BARRED OWL was seen at 3340 Phillips in the early evening.

An ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen in West Vancouver near the foot
of 22nd Street.

At Elgin Heritage Park in Surrey were 5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.


Sightings for Friday, November 4

The KING EIDER was seen briefly late in the day near Siwash Rock in
Stanley Park, Vancouver.

At Blackie Spit in the Crescent Beach area of Surrey, a very late
BAR-TAILED GODWIT was present along with 4 MARBLED GODWITS.
Also here were 6 EURASIAN WIGEON and 2 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS.

A CACKLING GOOSE was present for the second day with CANADA
GEESE near the Second Beach pool on the west side of Stanley Park
in Vancouver.


Sightings for Thursday, November 3

A CATTLE EGRET, the first of the fall, was seen in Richmond on
the north side of Highway 91, the East-West Connector, between
No. 6 Road and No. 7 Road. The bird was in a field with a large
flock of MEW GULLS.

In Vancouver's Stanley Park, the KING EIDER could not be found at
Ferguson Point, although there were still about 2000 SURF SCOTERS
there. However, a CACKLING GOOSE was found with CANADA
GEESE near the pool at Second Beach in Stanley Park.


If you have any questions about birds or birding in the Vancouver area,
please call Wayne at (604) 597-7201, Viveka at (604) 531-3401, or
Larry at (604) 465-1402. Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird
Alert, and good birding.

For further information about birds and birding in the Vancouver area,
check the Vancouver Natural History Society's website at
http://www.naturalhistory.bc.ca/VNHS/ .


Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
contopus at telus.net




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