[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for July 4, 2007
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Thu Jul 5 08:38:26 PDT 2007
This is Wayne Weber with the Vancouver Natural History Society's Rare
Bird Alert for Wednesday, July 4th, sponsored in part by Wild Birds
Unlimited, with stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver. This update
was recorded at 8 AM on July 5th.
The RBA telephone number is (604) 737-3074.
RARE BIRD ALERT continues for INDIGO BUNTING and ALDER FLYCATCHER.
Sightings for Wednesday, July 4th
At the Tsawwassen ferry terminal in Delta, birds seen included a MARBLED
GODWIT, a female BLACK SCOTER, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 16 SURF SCOTERS, and
11 HARLEQUIN DUCKS.
Sightings for Tuesday, July 3rd
At Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam, the territorial male INDIGO
BUNTING was still present and singing frequently. To find this bird, turn
off Highway 7 (the Lougheed Highway) in Coquitlam) onto Colony Farm Road,
and park in the small parking lot on your left just past the railroad
crossing. The bunting was about 200 metres along the trail (Mundy Creek
Trail) which leads NE from this parking area.
At least 3 male LAZULI BUNTINGS were also present nearby.
In Surrey, the singing ALDER FLYCATCHER found on June 28 was still present
at Surrey Lake Park on the east side of 152nd Street. From the parking area,
walk east over a bridge and along the north side of the lake to the third
bench, past the end of the lake, which overlooks a cattail marsh. The
flycatcher was singing from a group of willows and alders in the middle of
At Iona Island, Richmond, 10 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen in the sewage
ponds along with 200 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and 7 LEAST SANDPIPERS. 9 PURPLE
MARTINS were also seen around the nearby nest boxes.
Three WHIMBRELS were seen along the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta. Also in
Delta, at the Beach Grove lagoon, 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were seen along
with about 100 each of WESTERN SANDPIPERS and LEAST SANDPIPERS.
Sightings for Monday, July 2nd
The INDIGO BUNTING was seen again at Colony Farm Park.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen along the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta, and
another (or perhaps the same one?) was in the "West Field" at the Reifel
A high count of 271 CASPIAN TERNS was made near the Roberts Bank container
terminal in Delta.
Sightings for Sunday, July 1st
The INDIGO BUNTING was seen again by many observers on the Mundy Creek trail
at Colony Farm Park in Coquitlam.
At Surrey Lake Park in Surrey, the ALDER FLYCATCHER was still singing in the
marsh just beyond the lake, and two GREEN HERONS were also seen.
Noteworthy sightings in North Delta, near the intersection of 96th Avenue
and 112th Street, included 2 BLACK SWIFTS, a TURKEY VULTURE, and 2 RED
A MARBLED GODWIT and a MERLIN were seen at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in
Sightings for Saturday, June 30th:
At Colony Farm in Coquitlam, the INDIGO BUNTING was present for the second
day. Turn onto Colony Farm Road off Lougheed Hwy. Shortly after crossing the
railway tracks, park on the left and then follow the marked trail for about
150 metres. The bird can be found singing from the bushes in the general
area. Also in this area were 2 LAZULI BUNTINGS.
At Surrey Lake Park in Surrey, an ALDER FLYCATCHER was heard singing. From
the parking lot off 152nd St, follow the trail around the lake passing the
dam which is bordered by a chain link fence. Just after the dam there is a
bench that overlooks the marsh area of the lake. The bird was calling from
across the lake. Nearby were 2 GREEN HERONS.
In New Westminster, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen near 3rd Avenue and 8th
Sightings for Friday, June 29th:
At Colony Farm Park in Coquitlam, an INDIGO BUNTING was found at 7:45 pm.
At Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts, WA, 130 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were
At the Roberts Bank coal port in Delta, 130 CASPIAN TERNS were seen.
At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta were 4 RED CROSSBILLS, 4 SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS, and a MARBLED GODWIT.
Sightings for Thursday, June 28th:
At Iona Island in Richmond, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES were present on the
northeast sewage pond.
In the Ladner area of Delta, a pair of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were seen at
a feeder along 42A Street, present for the last two days.
At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, a WILLET and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen.
Sightings for Wednesday, June 27th:
At Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts, WA, 10 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were
At the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver, an EASTERN KINGBIRD
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
For further information about birding in the Vancouver area, log onto the
Vancouver Natural History Society's website at http://naturevancouver.ca .
Wayne C. Weber
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