[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for November 17, 2008

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Tue Nov 18 14:49:22 PST 2008


This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for
Monday, November 17th, 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 TROPICAL KINGBIRD seen from at least
October 30th through November 17th on 64th Street in Delta, near
the intersection with 28th Avenue.

Out-of-town RARE BIRD ALERT for a BLACK VULTURE at Kincolith in
northwestern BC, present there from about October 1st at least through
November 13th.


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.


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.

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.

Two BARRED OWLS were hooting up a storm in the 6500 block of Oakhill
Place, near Deer Lake in Burnaby.


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.


No sightings reported for Wednesday, November 12th


Sightings for Tuesday, November 11th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was still at 64th Street and 28th Avenue in Delta.

A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was seen in the 3400 block of East 43rd Avenue
in Vancouver, and 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Lost Lagoon in
Vancouver's Stanley Park.


Sightings for Monday, November 10th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was seen once more along 64th Street in Delta,
and a CATTLE EGRET, likely the one seen earlier at 88th Street and
Highway 10, was seen flying across Highway 99 near 72nd Street.

A SNOW BUNTING was seen at the Canadian Pacific railway yards in
Port Coquitlam.


Sightings for Sunday, November 9th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was still present at 64th Avenue and 28th
Street in Delta, and was photographed again. Nearby, the GYRFALCON
was seen again near the foot of 96th Street.

The GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH was seen again among the beach logs
at Lighthouse Marine Park on Point Roberts, WA.

Another MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was seen and photographed in the 15800
block of Alder Place in Surrey, near 16th Avenue and 160th Street.


Sightings for Saturday, November 8th

The CATTLE EGRET at 88th Street and Highway 10 in Delta was still
present in the late afternoon.

In Vancouver, a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was seen in a yard near 5th
Avenue and Semlin Drive, and had reportedly been there for 3 or 4 days.


Sightings for Friday, November 7th

A GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH was seen on the beach at Lighthouse
Marine Park in Point Roberts, WA.

At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, a HARRIS'S SPARROW was
seen near the viewing tower, and 4 very late CLIFF SWALLOWS
were seen flying over.

The adult GYRFALCON was seen again on the tower west of the
foot of 96th Street in Delta, and nearby 16 EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVES, a record high count for Vancouver, were seen
on telephone wires along Highway 10 west of 104th Street.
Along 104th south of Highway 99, 5 swallows were seen, of which
one was a TREE SWALLOW.


Sightings for Thursday, November 6th

The CATTLE EGRET was seen again with sheep at 88th Avenue and
Highway 10 in Delta.

At Surrey's Blackie Spit Park, a LONG-BILLED CURLEW and 7
MARBLED GODWITS were present again.


Sightings for Wednesday, November 5th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was still present along 64th Street in Delta.
Nearby, a CATTLE EGRET was seen with a flock of sheep at 88th
Street and Highway 10 in Delta, and the GYRFALCON was present
near the foot of 96th Street.

A late SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was seen with DUNLIN on the Iona
Island South Jetty in Richmond, and 4 SNOW BUNTINGS were also
seen along the jetty.

At the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver, a SPOTTED
SANDPIPER and 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were observed.


Sightings for Tuesday, November 4th

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was seen and photographed again by several
observers at 64th Street and 28th Avenue in Delta.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD and 10 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen in a
blackbird flock along 88th Street south of Highway 10 in Delta.


Sightings for Monday, November 3rd

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was seen again near 64th Street at 28th Avenue
in Delta.


Sightings for Sunday, November 2nd

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD found on October 30th was still present
along 64th Street in Delta.

Two CATTLE EGRETS, the first of the fall, were seen most of the
day in a farm field near 8068 188th Street in Surrey.

The GYRFALCON was observed again near the foot of 96th Street in Delta,
and a SNOW BUNTING was seen on the Roberts Bank coal port jetty.

Two BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS seen near Squamish were out of the usual
range for that species.

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW and 7 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Blackie Spit
Park in Surrey.


Sightings for Saturday, November 1st

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD in Delta was seen and photographed all day
by dozens of birders. It often stays low in the shrubbery for
extended periods of time, and has wandered as far as 300 metres
from the corner of 64th Street and 28th Avenue, but seems to like
the vicinity of that intersection.

Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were also seen along 64th Street.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in a large flock of blackbirds on
96th Street in Delta, and 4 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen in
probably the same flock along 88th Street.

Four BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were roosting along Fuller Slough
at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta.


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 or Viveka at 604-531-3401.


Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird Alert, and good birding.


Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
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