[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for October 28, 2008
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Thu Oct 30 12:39:55 PDT 2008
This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for
Tuesday, October 28th, 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 reporting line, and follow the instructions given there.
Out-of-town RARE BIRD ALERT for a BLACK VULTURE at Kincolith in
northwestern BC, present there since about October 1st.
Sightings for Tuesday, October 28th
Out of town, the BLACK VULTURE at Kincolith in northwestern BC
was still present and was photographed again.
The adult GYRFALCON was seen again near the foot of 96th Street
Sightings for Monday, October 27th
Five MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Blackie Spit Park in Surrey.
A single SNOW BUNTING was photographed on the Iona Island
South jetty in Richmond.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at the Tall Timbers
Golf Course in Langley.
At Boundary Bay Regional Park in Delta, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, a
WESTERN MEADOWLARK, and 8 BRANT were seen.
Three RED KNOTS were seen among BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS perched on
top of pilings at the west end of River Road in Delta, near
Two late SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were seen along the shore of Burrard
Inlet in Port Moody.
Sightings for Sunday, October 26th
A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen with RED CROSSBILLS on top of
Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver.
Two SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from Boundary Bay Regional Park
Sightings for Saturday, October 25th
A flock of 65 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES were seen on Coliseum
Mountain in North Vancouver. This mountain is only accessible by a
long and strenuous hike from Lynn Creek.
Eleven BRANT were reported from Delta’s Boundary Bay Regional Park.
The BLACK VULTURE was still being seen at Kincolith in northwestern BC.
Sightings for Friday, October 24th
Three EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were seen with 9 MOURNING DOVES
along Highway 10 in Delta, west of 104th Street.
The GYRFALCON was seen perched on the communication tower west of
the foot of 96th Street in Delta.
No reports for Thursday, October 23rd
Sightings for Wednesday, October 22nd
The GYRFALCON was seen again near the foot of 96th Street in Delta.
Also in the area were at least 20,000 DUNLIN.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were seen at Colony
Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
Sightings for Tuesday, October 21st
A GYRFALCON, the first of the fall, was seen near the foot of
96th Street in Delta.
At Iona Island in Richmond, a SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was seen
with 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS in the sewage ponds.
A BARRED OWL was observed at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta.
At and near the foot of 64th Street on Boundary Bay in Delta were
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 30 AMERICAN PIPITS, a WESTERN MEADOWLARK,
2 late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, and 2 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS.
No reports for Monday, October 20th
Sightings for Sunday, October 19th
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW and 4 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Blackie Spit
Park in Surrey, as were a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, a NORTHERN SHRIKE,
A WESTERN MEADOWLARK and two late BARN SWALLOWS.
Four SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and 10 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, both
late migrants, were seen among other shorebirds near the foot of 96th
Street in Delta.
A flock of 60 AMERICAN PIPITS and 15 LAPLAND LONGSPURS was seen in a
field east of 104th Street in Delta
Sightings for Saturday, October 18th
In the small community of Kincolith, at the mouth of the Nass River
in northwestern BC, the BLACK VULTURE which has been present since
about October 1 was still present and was photographed again.
A SNOW BUNTING, the first of the fall, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR
were seen on the Iona Island south jetty in Richmond.
In the Washington Cascades south of Manning Provincial Park, at Harts
Pass, the NORTHERN HAWK-OWL present near the Meadows Campground since
September 27th was seen again.
On Westham Island in Delta, 18 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS and a SHORT-EARED
OWL were seen.
Sightings for Friday, October 17th
A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, a casual species in the Vancouver area
(not seen every year) was well seen in the Spanish Banks area of
Vancouver, in large Douglas firs across the road from 4550 NW
No reports for Thursday, October 16th
Sightings for Wednesday, October 15th
A late TURKEY VULTURE was seen near Blaney Creek in Maple Ridge,
and an out-of-place SNOW GOOSE was at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
Sightings for Tuesday, October 14th
Noteworthy shorebirds near the foot of 96th Street on Boundary Bay
Included 2 MARBLED GODWITS, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 PACIFIC
GOLDEN-PLOVERS, a SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, and a late BAIRD’S
SANDPIPER. DUNLIN arrived en masse, with 5000 at the same locality.
Up to 19 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Jericho Park in
Vancouver, feeding on the lawns.
Sightings for Monday, October 13th
Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were seen at Lost Lagoon in Vancouver’s
Sightings for Sunday, October 12th
The WILLET was seen in White Rock, a short distance east of the pier,
in the same area where it has been reported for the last 2 or 3 winters.
A very late male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen in the 4000 block of
West 35th Avenue in Vancouver.
Seventeen GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and a SNOW GOOSE were at Jericho
Park in Vancouver.
At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, birds of note included 130
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in at least 3 flocks, 7 SANDHILL CRANES and
a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, plus at least 10,000 SNOW GEESE feeding
in the fields.
A HORNED LARK was seen on the Roberts Bank container port jetty in
Delta. Near the base of the jetty, other birds of interest included
a NORTHERN SHRIKE, 3 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and a
flock of 54 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in flight.
A BARRED OWL and a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE were seen in the 2100 block of
Bowser in North Vancouver.
Sightings for Saturday, October 11th
A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen and photographed near the cabin at the
start of the West Ridge Trail on Mount Elphinstone near Gibsons on
the Sunshine Coast. However, it could not be found by other
observers the next day.
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was reported from Everett Crowley Park in Vancouver.
Two dark-phase SNOW GEESE (“BLUE GEESE”) were seen at Iona Island in
A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was seen near 122nd Avenue and 230th Street in Maple
A late BLUE-WINGED TEAL in female plumage and 3 ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRDS were
seen in and near Deer Lake Park in Burnaby.
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 or Viveka at 604-531-3401.
Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird Alert, and good birding.
Wayne C. Weber
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