[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for September 9, 2005

Wayne C. Weber contopus at telus.net
Sat Sep 10 00:28:58 PDT 2005


This is Wayne Weber with the Vancouver Natural History Society's
Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 9, sponsored in part by the Wild
Birds Unlimited stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver.
The RBA phone number is (604) 737-3074.

The VNHS would like to express its sincere thanks to John Kalman for
serving as one of the Rare Bird Alert operators for 10 years, and for
chairing the RBA committee for the last few years. John has put an
enormous amount of time and effort into this project, and his efforts
are greatly appreciated by all of us.


RARE BIRD ALERT for TENNESSEE WARBLER.


Sightings for Friday, September 9, 2005

At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING, almost
unheard of In September, was seen with 10 CEDAR WAXWINGS near
the NE corner of the inner field. Also seen at Reifel were an AMERICAN
BITTERN, 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 3 BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERONS, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and a STILT
SANDPIPER.

At Cecil Green Park near the University of BC, a TENNESSEE WARBLER
was seen.

At the turf farm on 72nd Street in Delta, north of the OWL facilities, a
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen again.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 20 VAUX'S SWIFTS were reported near
the foot of 104th Street in Delta.

At Iona Island in Richmond, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on
the South jetty, and a WHIMBREL near the end of the jetty. A HUTTON'S
VIREO was seen along Shannon Road on northwestern Sea Island.


Sightings for Thursday, September 8

A boat trip around the Grebe Islets and Bird Islets in Howe Sound,
near West Vancouver's Lighthouse Park, produced 14 BLACK
OYSTERCATCHERS, 10 BLACK TURNSTONES, and 125 SURFBIRDS.

At Point Roberts in Washington, 6 VAUX'S SWIFTS and 2 HUTTON'S
VIREOS were noted at Lily Point, and 2 COMMON TERNS were seen
offshore from there.


Sightings for Wednesday, September 7

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen with 6 KILLDEER at the
turf farm on 72nd Street in Delta, opposite the pulloff north of  the OWL
raptor rehab facility. On the Tsawwassen Ferry jetty in Delta were 2
BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS and 30 BLACK TURNSTONES.

Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were on the Iona I. South jetty.


Sightings for Tuesday, September 6

An extremely early ROCK SANDPIPER was seen on the Tsawwassen
ferry jetty among 125 BLACK TURNSTONES. Elsewhere on the jetty were
4 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.

At Iona Island in Richmond, 30 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen in the
sewage ponds, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was on the south jetty.
The CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW was still present at the sewage
ponds, along the south side of the southeast pond.

At White Rock, the two WILLETS, first reported on August 28, were still
present on the beach near the White Rock pier.


Sightings for Monday, September 5

A VESPER SPARROW and a CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW were both
seen at the Iona Island sewage ponds in Richmond, on the fence along
the south side of the ponds.

At the tip of the Iona south jetty, a WHIMBREL and a SURFBIRD were
seen. The LAPLAND LONGSPUR was still present along the jetty,
and 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS and at least 200 COMMON TERNS
were seen off the jetty.

Along the Boundary Bay dyke in Delta, a RUDDY TURNSTONE and
6 RED KNOTS were seen between the foot of 112th Street and the
foot of 104th.


Sightings for Sunday, September 4

The first LAPLAND LONGSPUR of the fall was seen on the Iona Island
west jetty in Richmond, and at least 200 COMMON TERNS were offshore.

At Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, many migrant landbirds were seen,
including 10 WESTERN TANAGERS, a late RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, a
HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER and 2 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, plus
3 species of vireos and 5 species of warblers.

Four GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at the foot of 112th
Street in Delta.


Sightings for Saturday, September 3

At and near the foot of 96th Street on Boundary Bay in Delta, birds seen
included 2 BAR-TAILED GODWITS and a MARBLED GODWIT, an
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, a WILLET, and a PARASITIC JAEGER.

At Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts, Washington, a HEERMANN'S
GULL, 75 COMMON MURRES, 6 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, and a
WHIMBREL were seen.

At the Tsawwassen  ferry jetty in Delta, a WHIMBREL and a MARBLED GODWIT
were at the "compensation lagoon" on the north side, and a WILLET was in its
usual location along the south side near the base.

At the pond on the west side of Highway 17 in Delta, just north of Deltaport
Way,were a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, a STILT SANDPIPER, 3
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 30 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE.

On 94A Avenue in North Delta were a COMMON NIGHTHAWK and 3 BLACK SWIFTS.

At Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver were an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD and 2
RED-EYED VIREOS.

Two WHIMBRELS were at the end of the Iona south jetty in Richmond.


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 birding in the Vancouver area, log onto
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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