[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for December 2, 2008

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Wed Dec 3 15:26:49 PST 2008


This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for
Tuesday, December 2nd, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited,
with stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The RBA telephone number is (604) 737-3074.

If you wish to leave a rare bird report, please press the star button
at the end of this message to go back to the menu, press "2" for the
rare bird reporting line, and follow the instructions given there.


RARE BIRD ALERT for a TROPICAL KINGBIRD seen from at least
October 30th through November 26th on 64th Street in Delta, near
the intersection with 28th Avenue.

Out-of-town RARE BIRD ALERT for an adult BLACK-TAILED GULL on Vancouver
Island, seen in Courtenay on November 18th, in Parksville on the 19th
and 20th, and back in the Comox and Courtenay area from November 22nd
through December 1st. For updates, check messages on the BCVIBIRDS
E-mail group.


Sightings for Tuesday, December 2nd

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen in Delta along the Boundary Bay dyke
east of 64th Street, and may have been there for a week or more.

A GYRFALCON was seen in flight from Highway 99 near Mud Bay in
Surrey, perhaps a different bird from the one being seen in Delta.


Sightings for Monday, December 1st

Out of town, the BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen again near the Courtenay
Airpark on Vancouver Island, after having been missed on the weekend.


Sightings for Sunday, November 30th

Five SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the Iona Island south jetty in Richmond.


Sightings for Saturday, November 29th

A very late male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen at Hadden Park in Vancouver,
about 80 metres west of the Maritime Museum.


There were no sightings reported for Friday, November 28th


Sightings for Thursday, November 27th

A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was reported from a bird feeder in the 5300 block
of Aspen Way in Delta.

The BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen again in Courtenay.

A NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL was seen at the Maplewood Conservation Area in
North Vancouver, and a TOWNSEND’S WARBLER in the 2100 block of Bowser
Avenue.


Sightings for Wednesday, November 26th

The adult BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen again at Courtenay on Vancouver
Island.

A NORTHERN HAWK-OWL was reportedly seen and photographed on the
Ledgeview Trail, near the Ledgeview Golf Course in Abbotsford, but
was not reported until about a week later. It may still be in the area.

This was the most recent report of the TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the
intersection of 64th Street and 28th Avenue in Delta, present there since
October 30th.

The GYRFALCON was seen again near the foot of 96th Street in Delta.
Fifteen late WESTERN SANDPIPERS were seen with a large flock of DUNLIN
nearby.

Also in Delta, 15 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES and 14 MOURNING DOVES
were seen on wires along Highway 10 near 104th Street. Thirty LEAST
SANDPIPERS were seen near the TROPICAL KINGBIRD location on 64th Street,
and an AMERICAN KESTREL was on 112th Street south of Highway 99.

Along 40th Avenue near Mud Bay in Surrey were 100 CACKLING GEESE and
50 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.

The HARRIS’S SPARROW was still present for the 5th consecutive day
on 230th Street in Maple Ridge.


Sightings for Tuesday, November 25th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was still on 64th Street in Delta.

A BARRED OWL was reported from Bond Street in North Vancouver.


Sightings for Monday, November 24th

The BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen by numerous observers at Courtenay.

A bird believed to be possibly an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen
along the South Alouette River in Maple Ridge, but could not be positively
identified.


Sightings for Sunday, November 23rd

The adult BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen and photographed by numerous birders
near the Courtenay Airpark on Vancouver Island.

Closer to home, two very late CLIFF SWALLOWS were seen near the foot of
72nd Street in Delta, and the GYRFALCON was seen again on the
communications tower west of the foot of 96th.

Four SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the Iona Island south jetty in Richmond.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and a SHORT-EARED OWL were seen at the
Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver, and 3 more SHORT-EARED
OWLS along the Richmond west dyke near Francis Road.


Sightings for Saturday, November 22nd

On Vancouver Island, the adult BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen again,
this time from Windslow Road at Kye Bay, near Comox.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was seen again in Delta by about 10
birders, this time a bit farther north at 2920 64th Street.

A HARRIS’S SPARROW was reported from 230th Street in Maple Ridge.

A NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL and a SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO were seen in the 2100
block of Bowser in North Vancouver.

At Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts, Washington, many marine
birds were present offshore, including at least 6 MARBLED MURRELETS
and 5 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS.


No sightings reported for Friday, November 21st


Sightings for Thursday, November 20th

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, the first one reported this fall, was seen
at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta.


Sightings for Wednesday, November 19th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was seen again at its usual hangout near
the intersection of 64th Street and 28th Avenue in Delta.
Sightings for Tuesday, November 18th

A ROCK SANDPIPER was reported from the tip of the Iona Island
south jetty in Richmond.

Out of town, the PRAIRIE WARBLER near Kamloops was seen again by several
birders, and photographed by one of them.


Sightings for Monday, November 17th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was still present at the intersection of 64th
Street and 28th Avenue in Delta, where it has been since October 30th.

At least 4000 BRANT were seen between the Roberts Bank jetty and the
Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta. Nearby, two SURFBIRDS were seen
at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, and the resident WILLET was seen
again near the base of the ferry jetty.

A LONG-EARED OWL and a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER were seen in Langley’s
Campbell Valley Park.


Sightings for Sunday, November 16th

The resident TROPICAL KINGBIRD was at 64th Street and 28th Avenue in Delta.
Also here was a late YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Also in Delta, the GYRFALCON
was seen again on the communications tower west of the foot of 96th Street.

A male ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD was at the University of BC Botanical Gardens.

A NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL was seen at the Maplewood Conservation Area in
North Vancouver.

Out of town, a PRAIRIE WARBLER, only about the 5th record for BC,
was found in a hedgerow along Tranquille Road west of Kamloops.


Sightings for Saturday, November 15th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was still on 64th Street in Delta.

At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a
BARRED OWL were seen.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported from Queen Elizabeth Park
in Vancouver.


Sightings for Friday, November 14th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was present again at 64th Street in Delta.

Three BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, the first of the fall, were seen near the
intersection of 106th Avenue and 148th Street in Surrey.

A NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL was seen near the Wild Birds Unlimited store
on Marine Drive in North Vancouver.

In Delta, a BARRED OWL repeatedly dive-bombed an observer in Delta
Watershed Park.


Sightings for Thursday, November 13th

The BLACK VULTURE at Kincolith in northwestern BC, present since about
October 1st, was still present and was seen and photographed by
at least 7 observers.

The MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE present near 5th Avenue and Semlin Drive in
Vancouver since about November 5th is still coming regularly to a feeder.

At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, birds seen included four
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, a REDHEAD, and two SANDHILL CRANES.

A SHORT-EARED OWL at the foot of Piper Road on Burnaby Lake was in
an unusual location.

Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were on the lawn at Ambleside Park in
West Vancouver.


A brief account of 31 of the best birding locations in the
Vancouver area can be found on the Nature Vancouver website at
http://www.naturevancouver.ca/Birding_Birding_Sites


If you have any questions about birds or birding in the Vancouver
area, please call Wayne at 604-597-7201, Larry at 604-465-1402, or Viveka
at 604-531-3401.


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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