[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for November 22, 2008
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Sun Nov 23 14:06:16 PST 2008
This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for
Saturday, November 22nd, 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 22nd 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 at Comox on the 22nd. This bird seems to be highly
mobile, and finding it could be a problem. For updates, check
messages on the BCVIBIRDS E-mail group.
Out-of-town RARE BIRD ALERTS for a PRAIRIE WARBLER along Tranquille
Road west of Kamloops from at least November 16 to 19, and a
COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD at Wynndel, just north of Creston, from at least
November 17 through 19.
Out-of-town RARE BIRD ALERT for a BLACK VULTURE at Kincolith in
northwestern BC, present there from about October 1st at least through
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
A brief account of 31 of the best birding locations in the
Vancouver area can be found on the Nature Vancouver website at
If you have any questions about birds or birding in the Vancouver
area, please call Wayne at 604-597-7201, Larry at 465-1402, or Viveka
Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird Alert, and good birding.
Wayne C. Weber
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