[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for March 8, 2006

Wayne C. Weber contopus at telus.net
Thu Mar 9 23:30:32 PST 2006

This is the Vancouver Natural History Society's Rare Bird Alert for
Wednesday, March 8th, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited,
with stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver.  This message was
updated at 9:30 pm on March 8th. The RBA telephone number is
(604) 737-3074.

No sightings for Wednesday, March 8th.

Sightings for Tuesday, March 7th:

At the Iona Island south jetty in Richmond, the long-staying ROCK WREN
continues between the two shelters.

In Delta south of Ladner, a grey-phase GYRFALCON was present on
a dirt pile between 34th Ave and Delta Port Way.

At the Tsawwassen jetty in Delta, 3 or 4 SNOW BUNTINGS were
observed briefly before flying away.

Sightings for Monday, March 6th:

In Delta at the base of the Roberts Bank Coal Port jetty, the adult
grey phase GYRFALCON was perched on a bale of hay in a field
just east of the coal port overpass. Nearby at Brunswick Point, 7
SNOWY OWLS were seen.

Also in Delta, another GYRFALCON was sighted along 112th St.  Nearby
between 72nd St. and 64th St were 16 SNOWY OWLS and 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS.

At Colony Farm in Coquitlam, 3 TREE SWALLOWS were seen.  Nearby in
Coquitlam were 2 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS.

Sightings for Sunday, March 5th:

In a south Surrey garden, a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, the first
reported this year, was seen coming to a feeder.

Sightings for Saturday, March 4th:

In Delta, at the base of the Roberts Bank Coal Port jetty, a GYRFALCON and
AMERICAN KESTREL were present.  Nearby in a stubble field at Brunswick
Point, were 100 AMERICAN PIPITS and 3 SNOWY OWLS along the foreshore.

Sightings for Friday, March 3rd:

At Boundary Bay east of the foot of 72nd St, 14 SNOWY OWLS were
close to the dyke.  One more was seen on the golf course.  Also in

In South Surrey at the mouth of the Serpentine River, the AMERICAN AVOCET
continues.  Access is from Mud Bay Park.

In a North Delta garden near 116th St and 96th Ave, a TOWNSEND'S
WARBLER was seen for a second day.

Sightings for Thursday, March 2nd:

In a North Delta garden near 116 St and 96 Ave, a TOWNSEND'S
WARBLER was seen.

No reports for Wednesday, March 1st.

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

For further information about birding in the Vancouver area, log onto the
Vancouver Natural History Society's website at

This message was recorded and transcribed by Kevin Louth, and
forwarded by Wayne Weber

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

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