[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for August 15, 2008

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Sat Aug 16 09:59:22 PDT 2008


This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Friday,
August 15th, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited, with stores in
Vancouver and North Vancouver. The RBA telephone number is (604) 737-3074.


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RARE BIRD ALERT for a LESSER GOLDFINCH seen regularly in Abbotsford
from June 11th to August 14th.


No sightings reported for Friday, August 15th


Sightings for Thursday, August 14th

The male LESSER GOLDFINCH at 2093 Topaz Street in Abbotsford, first
reported there on June 11th, is still coming daily to the seed feeders.


Sightings for Wednesday, August 13th

An immature HEERMANN'S GULL was reported from Wreck Beach near Point
Grey in Vancouver, an unusual location for this species.

An escaped BLUE AND YELLOW MACAW was reported in Vancouver along
Marine Drive near the University of BC campus.


Sightings for Tuesday, August 12th

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen along the Boundary Bay dyke trail
near Mud Bay Park in Surrey.

In the Pitt Meadows area, sightings included 3 GRAY CATBIRDS, 7 EASTERN
KINGBIRDS, and 7 TURKEY VULTURES.


Sightings for Monday, August 11th

The male LESSER GOLDFINCH is still being seen several times a day at
2093 Topaz Street in Abbotsford.

Two adult HEERMANN'S GULLS were seen at Lighthouse Marine Park on
Point Roberts, Washington.

Six WHIMBRELS, the long-staying WILLET, and an AMERICAN KESTREL
were seen along the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta.


Sightings for Sunday, August 10th

A high count of 156 BLACK TURNSTONES was made at the Tsawwassen
ferry terminal in Delta. Also there were 4 WHIMBRELS and 2 juvenile
BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS with adults.

At the Beach Grove Lagoon in Delta, at the east foot of 12th Avenue on
Boundary Bay, were many shorebirds including a STILT SANDPIPER
and 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.


Sightings for Saturday, August 9th

A local high count of 14 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES was seen near 4655
96th Street in Delta, and one more was in the 4100 block of River Road in
Delta.

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW and a MARBLED GODWIT were at Blackie
Spit Park in Surrey, at the mouth of the Nicomekl River on Mud Bay.

RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen at several locations, with
11 at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, 4 at the Highway 17 pond north of
Deltaport Way, and 7 along the Boundary Bay shoreline, all in Delta.

Two RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen on the Boundary Bay shoreline
between 96th and 104th Streets in Delta. Also in Delta, 100 BLACK
TURNSTONES, 4 WHIMBRELS, and 32 CASPIAN TERNS were seen
at and near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.

A SOOTY GROUSE seen in Burnaby Mountain Park in Burnaby was very
unusual away from the North Shore mountains.


Sightings for Friday, August 8th

The male LESSER GOLDFINCH at 2093 Topaz Street in Abbotsford is
still coming daily to the feeders, but is being seen most often in the
evenings.


No sightings reported for Thursday, August 7th


Sightings for Wednesday, August 6th

The LESSER GOLDFINCH is still being seen daily at 2093 Topaz Street
in Abbotsford.


Sightings for Tuesday, August 5th

A POMARINE JAEGER, very rare in the area, was seen at the foot of 96th
Street on Boundary Bay in Delta. Also in Delta, 2 RED-NECKED
PHALAROPES and 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen among other
shorebirds at the Beach Grove Lagoon at the east foot of 12th Avenue.

At Blackie Spit Park in Surrey, a MARBLED GODWIT, a LONG-BILLED
CURLEW and a WHIMBREL were seen at the mouth of the
Nicomekl River.

Twelve COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen in the evening near 79th
Avenue and 114A Street in North Delta.

Five SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over the Langley airport in
Langley.

A MAGNOLIA WARBLER was reported from Whistler, on Highway 99
north of Vancouver.

On a boat trip on Indian Arm north of Vancouver, an early COMMON
TERN was observed.


Sightings for Monday, August 4th

The LESSER GOLDFINCH was reported again at Abbotsford

Another juvenile EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was found, this one
at 4126 River Road in Delta, almost certainly from a different nest
than the ones seen on 96th Street.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen near the foot of 96th on Boundary
Bay in Delta.


Sightings for Sunday, August 3rd

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, a casual migrant in the area, was reported
from the Grant Narrows nature dyke at Pitt Meadows. Also here were 3
fledgling EASTERN KINGBIRDS.

An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from near 10th Avenue
and Blanca Street in Vancouver. If correctly identified, this would be a
very
early fall record. Nearby, an out-of-place immature YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD appeared on a playing field near 16th Avenue and Camosun
Street.

Shorebirds observed included a LONG-BILLED CURLEW on Boundary Bay,
presumably near the foot of 96th Street, another LONG-BILLED CURLEW
and a MARBLED GODWIT at Blackie Spit in Surrey, and 7WHIMBRELS
and the WILLET along the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta.


Sightings for Saturday, August 2nd

Ten BLACK TURNSTONES, a SANDERLING, and several WHIMBRELS were
seen at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal in Delta.

An early PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from the ferry near the Sandheads light
At the mouth of the Fraser River.

Two TURKEY VULTURES were seen along the Fraser Highway in Surrey, one
near 176th Street and one near 148th Street.



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.



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










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