[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for August 22, 2010
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Tue Aug 24 18:48:04 PDT 2010
This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Sunday,
August 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
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RARE BIRD ALERT for a WESTERN SCRUB-JAY in the 21900 block of the Lougheed
Highway in Maple Ridge, which has been present now for more than a year, and
for a bird believed to be a LONG-TAILED JAEGER on the Boundary Bay shoreline
near 104th Street on August 22nd.
Sightings for Sunday, August 22nd
An unconfirmed report was received of a LONG-TAILED JAEGER, an extremely
rare migrant, along the Boundary Bay shoreline near 104th Street in Delta. A
RUDDY TURNSTONE and 9 RED KNOTS were seen in the same area.
Sightings for Friday, August 20th
A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, a very rare transient, was caught and banded at the
banding station in Colony Farm Regional Park, Port Coquitlam.
Sightings for Thursday, August 19th
Shorebirds of interest included 7 RED KNOTS with a huge flock of
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS near the foot of 96th Street on Boundary Bay; 50
BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS in the same area, along with 50 more at Brunswick Point
in Delta; 4 STILT SANDPIPERS at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary; 14 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS at Iona Island; and the RUDDY TURNSTONE still at Boundary Bay
Sightings for Wednesday, August 18th
Two LONG-BILLED CURLEWS were seen at Blackie Spit in Surrey, and 15 BAIRD'S
SANDPIPERS were at the Iona Island sewage ponds in Richmond.
Sightings for Tuesday, August 17th
A STILT SANDPIPER was at the Iona Island sewage ponds in Richmond, and the
RUDDY TURNSTONE at Boundary Bay Regional Park in Delta, first found on
August 7th, was still there.
Sightings for Monday, August 16th
The WESTERN SCRUB-JAY in Maple Ridge is being seen quite infrequently now,
but made an appearance for the first time in 12 days in the 21900 block of
the Lougheed Highway.
Sightings for Sunday, August 15th
Two STILT SANDPIPERS were near the foot of 96th Street on Boundary Bay in
Sightings for Saturday, August 14th
A HOUSE WREN seen by two observers on the west side of the Sea Island
Conservation Area in Richmond was only the second report of the species this
Sightings for Friday, August 13th
Two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES near Crown and Oswell in North Vancouver were
among very few records of this species for Vancouver's North Shore.
Sightings for Thursday, August 12th
A GREEN HERON along lower McKay Creek in North Vancouver; a SOLITARY
SANDPIPER at Beaver Lake in Vancouver's Stanley Park; and a WANDERING
TATTLER on the Iona Island south jetty in Richmond were also somewhat
unusual, especially the tattler (averaging 2-3 records per year).
Sightings for Wednesday, August 11th
A RUDDY TURNSTONE was still at Boundary Bay Regional Park in Delta, and a
WILLET and a WHIMBREL along the Tsawwassen ferry jetty.
Sightings for Tuesday, August 10th
Four MUTE SWANS, a CHIPPING SPARROW, and 5 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at
Brunswick Point in Delta. In the Boundary Bay area of Delta, the PACIFIC
GOLDEN-PLOVER was still at 96th Street, 7 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were east of
112th Street, and 5 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were along 96th Street south of
Highway 10, the usual "hot spot" for this species. Two SURFBIRDS were seen
at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.
Sightings for Monday, August 9th
Six EASTERN KINGBIRDS at Colony Farm Park in Port Coquitlam were noteworthy.
Sightings for Sunday, August 8th
The RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen again at Boundary Bay Regional Park, as was a
SURFBIRD near the foot of 96th Street-a very unusual locality. At the Reifel
Bird Sanctuary, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS were present, as were 11 SANDHILL CRANES
(including a partly-grown young with its parents, and 8 additional adults.)
Sightings for Saturday, August 7th
Another RUDDY TURNSTONE showed up on the beach at Boundary Bay Regional
Park, near Beach Grove in Delta.
Sightings for Friday, August 6th
A GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH was seen near the summit of Mount Seymour in North
Vancouver. Also in North Vancouver, a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, a BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER, and 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were at the Maplewood Conservation
The SOLITARY SANDPIPER was at Deltaport Way and 41B Street in Delta again.
At the nearby Reifel Bird Sanctuary were another SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 2 STILT
SANDPIPERS, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE.
Sightings for Thursday, August 5th
Notable sightings in Delta included a SOLITARY SANDPIPER in the ditch at
Deltaport Way and 41B Street; 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 25
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and an early BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the Reifel
Bird Sanctuary; and 4 unseasonable BRANT and a RUDDY TURNSTONE at Brunswick
Sightings for Wednesday, August 4th
A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and a TURKEY VULTURE were all
reported from the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at close range at Brunswick Point, near the end
of River Road in Delta.
Sightings for Monday, August 2nd
A flock of 16 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES, rarely reported in the Vancouver
area, were seen on Coliseum Mountain in North Vancouver.
On the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta, the WILLET, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, 4
WHIMBRELS, and 13 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were seen. A PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
was still near the foot of 96th Street in Delta, and a LONG-BILLED CURLEW
and 3 PURPLE MARTINS were at Blackie Spit in Surrey.
Sightings for Saturday, July 31st
The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD in the Dunbar area of Vancouver was last reported on
At Boundary Bay in Delta, a RUDDY TURNSTONE and high counts of 75
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and 100 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS near the foot of 96th
Street were notable. The long-staying WILLET was seen along the Tsawwassen
Sightings for Friday, July 30th
Four BRANT at North Vancouver's Maplewood Conservation Area were unusual for
both the date and the locality.
Sightings for Thursday, July 29th
Noteworthy shorebirds seen included 2 PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVERS, a RUDDY
TURNSTONE, and 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES along the Boundary Bay shoreline near
96th Street in Delta; four WHIMBRELS and a RUDDY TURNSTONE along the
Tsawwassen Jetty, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary,
also in Delta. Also, a FRANKLIN'S GULL was seen at the Maplewood
Conservation Area in North Vancouver.
Sightings for Wednesday, July 28th
In North Vancouver, a GREEN HERON was seen at the Maplewood Conservation
Area, as was an out-of-season male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE.
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, Viveka at 604-531-3401, or Larry at
Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird Alert, and good birding.
Wayne C. Weber
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