[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for September 30, 23010
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Sat Oct 2 23:54:03 PDT 2010
This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday,
September 30th, 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 phone the main number again
at (604) 737-3074, press "2" for the rare bird reporting line, and follow
the instructions given there.
NOTE: Our apologies for the long gap in RBA coverage. My e-mail stopped
working completely on September 6th, just as I was about to do an update.
This was compounded by other serious computer problems. After 5 visits by my
computer technician, I ended up buying a whole new computer system, which I
have only just gotten up and running smoothly. Sorry for the interruption!
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 LARK SPARROW, one of very few Vancouver records, which was present
from September 26 to 30 at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam.
Sightings for Friday, September 30th
The LARK SPARROW was present again at Colony Farm Park in Coquitlam, as was
the first NORTHERN SHRIKE of the fall.
Two late WESTERN TANAGERS were seen at Watershed Park in Delta.
Sightings for Thursday, September 29th
The LARK SPARROW was seen for the fourth consecutive day at Colony Farm
Regional Park, near the intersection of the Mundy Creek and Sheep Paddock
SNOW GEESE arrived en masse, with 1000 present at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary
in Delta. Also there were an astounding 4500 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW appeared at Cecil Green Park on the University of
BC campus, Vancouver.
At the foot of 96th Street in Delta were 27 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and
a very late N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW.
Sightings for Wednesday, September 28th
The LARK SPARROW was seen again and photographed at Colony Farm Regional
In the Tsawwassen area of Delta, 40 southbound SNOW GEESE were seen flying
Sightings for Tuesday, September 27th
The LARK SPARROW at Colony Farm Regional Park was seen again by several
At the University of BC in Vancouver, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, a very rare
transient, were seen near the Buchanan Building.
Sightings for Monday, September 26th
A LARK SPARROW, one of very few records for Vancouver, was discovered on the
Coquitlam side of Colony Farm Regional Park, near the junction of the Mundy
Creek and Sheep Paddock Trails.
A flock of 25 SANDHILL CRANES near Crescent Slough in Delta, and a flock of
23 seen later the same day near Brunswick Point, may or may not have been
the same birds.
Sightings for Saturday, September 25th
A LONG-EARED OWL and an INDIGO BUNTING were captured in nets at the Colony
Farm banding station. The bunting was a male which had previously been
captured and banded during the summer.
At Iona Island, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen along
the South Jetty.
Eight SANDHILL CRANES and more than 200 AMERICAN PIPITS were at Brunswick
Point in Delta.
Sightings for Friday, September 24th
An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Iona Island, Richmond.
Four PARASITIC JAEGERS were at Point Roberts, WA
Birds seen along the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta included a RUDDY
a SURFBIRD, and a WILLET.
At White Rock, 5 SNOW GEESE, the first of the fall, were seen on the beach.
Sightings for Wednesday, September 22nd
Four GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen at the foot
of 112th Street in Delta, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at the foot of 96th.
A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, rare in fall, was seen at Burnaby Mountain Park in
Sightings for Tuesday, September 21st
At Lighthouse Marine Park on Point Roberts, WA, birds noted included 2
HEERMANN'S GULLS, 5 PARASITIC JAEGERS, 60 COMMON TERNS, 2 RHINOCEROS
AUKLETS, 6 COMMON MURRES, and a HORNED LARK.
A ROCK WREN was seen along the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, about 100 metres
east of 112th Street; nearby, the first SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER of the fall
and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were both seen near the foot of 96th. Also in
Delta, 3 PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen at Brunswick Point, near the west
end of River Road.
A RED-EYED VIREO at the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver was
Sightings for Monday, September 20th
In Langley, 8 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE appeared at the ponds at Trinity
A LAZULI BUNTING and a CHIPPING SPARROW were reported from Terra Nova Park
northwest corner of Lulu Island in Richmond.
Sightings for Sunday, September 19th
At Point Roberts, WA, there were many birds off Lighthouse Marine Park,
including 6 PARASITIC JAEGERS and at least one POMARINE JAEGER, 4 HEERMANN'S
GULLS, 50 COMMON TERNS, 200 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and a MARBLED MURRELET.
The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in North Delta was seen again.
At and near the foot of 96th Street in Delta were 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS
(2 on the shoreline, one in a field with KILLDEER), a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, a
MARBLED GODWIT, and one each of AMERICAN and PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER.
Sightings for Saturday, September 18th
A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was seen and photographed at Colony Farm Park in
At Iona Island in Richmond, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, a CHIPPING SPARROW, 4
SURFBIRDS, and an early RED-THROATED LOON were reported on the South Jetty.
On Iona Island itself, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen on the beach, and an
EARED GREBE in the sewage ponds.
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE were seen in a yard in
Sightings for Friday, September 17th
A RED KNOT and 2 MARBLED GODWITS were seen near the foot of 112th Street in
Sightings for Thursday, September 16th
A RED KNOT was seen at Iona Island in Richmond, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was
photographed on the Iona South Jetty.
Sightings for Wednesday, September 15th
Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were still along the Boundary Bay shoreline
near 96th Street, as were 4 RED KNOTS and a MARBLED GODWIT. Also in Delta,
20 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were seen near the base of the Roberts Bank jetty.
At Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts, WA were 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS, 30
COMMON TERNS, 3 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, and the first RED-THROATED LOON of the
Sightings for Tuesday, September 14th
Ten BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were seen on the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta.
On the Boundary Bay shoreline between 104th and 96th Streets in Delta were 2
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, 5 RED
KNOTS, and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS.
Sightings for Monday, September 13th
The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was near the foot of 96th Street again.
At Iona Island in Richmond, a DUSKY FLYCATCHER (very rare migrant) was seen,
along with 2 late WILLOW FLYCATCHERS and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER which was
photographed in the sewage ponds.
Sightings for Sunday, September 12th
The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen again near the foot of 96th Street on
Boundary Bay in Delta, as were 7 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and a PARASITIC JAEGER.
Sightings for Saturday, September 11th
Another LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was reported, this one from the Maplewood
Conservation Area in North Vancouver. Also in North Vancouver, a NASHVILLE
WARBLER, a rare fall transient, was seen in the Lower Seymour Conservation
In Coquitlam, two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen at the south pond in
Minnekhada Regional Park.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 2 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, and 4 MARBLED GODWITS were at
Blackie Spit in Surrey.
Mike and Sharon Toochin had a 3-godwit day: the BAR-TAILED GODWIT at
Brunswick Point and the HUDSONIAN GODWIT at the Highway 17 pond ("the
scrape"), and a MAERBLED GODWIT at the foot of 104th Street, all in Delta.
Also of interest were a STILT SANDPIPER at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary and one
each of AMERICAN and PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER at Brunswick Point.
Sightings for Friday, September 10th
The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen again near the foot of 96th Street in
Delta. Also in this area were 3 RED KNOTS, a MARBLED GODWIT, a VESPER
SPARROW, a surprising flock of 35 HORNED LARKS, and 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
Two LONG-BILLED CURLEWS and a PARASITIC JAEGER were seen from Blackie Spit
in Surrey. At Point Roberts in Washington, two more PARASITIC JAEGERS and a
RHINOCEROS AUKLET were seen.
Sightings for Thursday, September 9th
A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was seen briefly in Vancouver near 21st Avenue and
A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, a very rare fall migrant, was caught and banded at
the Colony Farm banding station in Port Coquitlam.
The WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was still being seen in the 21900 block of the
Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.
A summering BRANT was seen on the Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta, as was a
WANDERING TATTLER. Also in Delta, the HUDSONIAN GODWIT was still at the
Highway 17 ponds; the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen again near the foot
of 96th Street, and 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a PAQCIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
were at Brunswick Point.
Sightings for Wednesday, September 8th
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen along the Boundary Bay shoreline near
96th Street in Delta, along with at least 200 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Also here
were a LAPLAND LONGSPUR and a PARASITIC JAEGER.
A WILLET was seen in White Rock, near the White Rock pier.
Two LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS were seen along the Sumas River east of Abbotsford.
A late GRAY CATBIRD was reported from De Boville Slough in Port Coquitlam.
A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIR at Mount Seymour in North Vancouver was a rare fall
Sightings for Tuesday, September 7th
A GREAT EGRET was seen at Eagle Point on Harrison Bay, off Highway 7 near
The HUDSONIAN GODWIT was still at the Highway 17 ponds, and a WANDERING
TATTLER was noted along the Iona Island South Jetty in Richmond. On Iona
Island itself, a DUSKY FLYCATCHER was seen in the wooded area, and a
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in the ponds.
Birds seen near the foot of 96th Street inn Delta included a MARBLED GODWIT,
a RED KNOT, a late SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, a PARASITIC JAEGER, a VESPER
SPARROW, a BANK SWALLOW, and unusually late single CLIFF SWALLOW and N.
Sightings for Monday, September 6th
A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER, a rare fall migrant, was seen along Highway 9 just
south of Harrison Hot Springs.
A PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER were seen near the
foot of 104th Street in Delta.
Sightings for Sunday, September 5th
Two FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS were seen and photographed from a ferry off
the Roberts Bank coal port in Delta-- the second report of this rare species
in just over a week.
The BAR-TAILED GODWIT was seen again roosting on the pilings at the west end
of River Road in Delta (near Brunswick Point), and the HUDSONIAHN GODWIT was
at the Highway 17 ponds again.
Two HORNED LARKS were seen on the Boundary Bay tideflats off Centennial
Beach in Delta.
Sightings for Saturday, September 4th
A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found at the Highway 17 pond ('the scrape") near the
Deltaport Way turnoff in Delta, and the BAR-TAILED GODWIT was seen again and
photographed at Brunswick Point.
A count of 31 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, the highest ever for Vancouver, was
made along 96th Street near Boundary Bay in Delta.
Four PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen along the Iona Island South Jetty in
Sightings for Friday, September 3rd
The BAR-TAILED GODWIT was seen again at Brunswick Point in Delta (west end
of River Road).
In Vancouver, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS, a rare migrant, were seen along the Top
Trail in Pacific Spirit Park.
Sightings for Thursday, September 2nd
A BAR-TAILED GODWIT was found on the south side of Brunswick Point in Delta.
40 early GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and an even earlier first-year HERRING
GULL were seen in the same area.
Sightings for Wednesday, September 1st
The resident WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was seen again in the 21900 block of the
Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.
A HOUSE WREN was seen along the Cora Brown Trail on Sea Island (Richmond),
as was the first FOX SPARROW of the fall.
An immature GREEN HERON was seen at Charleston Park on False Creek in
A SOLITARY SANDPIPER, a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and 2 BANK SWALLOWS were at
Iona Island, Richmond.
A SURFBIRD was seen at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal in Delta, and the
WILLET was near the base of the ferry jetty.
Three MARBLED GODWITS and a LONG-BILLED CURLEW were seen at Blackie Spit in
Huge numbers of shorebirds along the north shore of Boundary Bay in Delta
included 10 RED KNOTS, a MARBLED GODWIT, and 6 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. A
PARASITIC JAEGER was also reported near the foot of 112th Street.
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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