[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for October 17, 2010
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Tue Oct 19 10:14:02 PDT 2010
This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Sunday,
October 17th, 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.
RARE BIRD ALERT for a WOOD SANDPIPER which was photographed at the Reifel
Bird Sanctuary on October 12th (possibly also on the 10th) and October 16th,
but could not be found on other dates, and for a TROPICAL KINGBIRD at
Brunswick Point in Delta from October 8th to 12th. A WESTERN SCRUB-JAY
present for more than a year in Maple Ridge is probably still present, and
another one was reported on October 14th near 8th Avenue and 160th Street in
Sightings for Sunday, October 17th
Two SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS, 12 SANDHILL CRANES, and a BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON were seen at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta. However, the
elusive WOOD SANDPIPER could not be found by the more than 100 birders who
combed the area all day.
A SWAMP SPARROW was found near the parking area at Blackie Spit in Surrey.
Also there were a MUTE SWAN, a LONG-BILLED CURLEW, and 5 MARBLED GODWITS.
In the Squamish area north of Vancouver, a female CASSIN'S FINCH and a
PARASITIC JAEGER were both reported during the monthly Squamish Estuary bird
Sightings for Saturday, October 16th
The WOOD SANDPIPER was present in the "West Field" at the Reifel Bird
Sanctuary from about 2:30 to 5:00 PM, and was seen and photographed by about
Sightings for Friday, October 15th
A SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and 2 blue-phase SNOW GEESE
were seen at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.
At Mud Bay Park in Surrey was a large flock of 22 MOURNING DOVES.
Sightings for Thursday, October 14th
A WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was well described from a residence near 160th Street
and 8th Avenue in Surrey. In addition to the long-staying bird in Maple
Ridge, this is the third sighting in a month in the Vancouver area.
Sightings for Wednesday, October 13th
A SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER and 20 SANDHILL CRANES were at the Reifel Bird
Sanctuary in Delta, but the WOOD SANDPIPER could not be found. Nearby, 4
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were on wires along Westham Island Road.
Sightings for Tuesday, October 12th
A WOOD SANDPIPER was photographed at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta by
two birders who were initially unable to identify it. This is the first
record for the Vancouver area and only the second for British Columbia.
The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Brunswick Point in Delta was last seen on this
date. Also there was a BARN OWL.
Sightings for Monday, October 11th
The TROPICAL KINGBIRDS was seen and photographed by many birders at
Brunswick Point in Delta, and 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen nearby.
At Blackie Spit in Surrey were a late STILT SANDPIPER with about 40 each of
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 8 rather late LESSER
YELLOWLEGS. Also there were a LONG-BILLED CURLEW and 6 MARBLED GODWITS.
Nearby at Elgin Heritage Park was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
Sightings for Sunday, October 10th
The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was still present at Brunswick Point in Delta, and was
seen by many observers. Nearby, a SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, 2 NORTHERN
SHRIKES, and 20 SANDHILL CRANES were at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Five
TRUMPETER SWANS seen flying down Canoe Pass in Delta were the first of the
At Blackie Spit in Surrey were a STILT SANDPIPER, a LONG-BILLED CURLEW, and
6 MARBLED GODWITS.
In Vancouver's Stanley Park, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a SANDHILL
CRANE were seen at Lost Lagoon.
Sightings for Saturday, October 9th
Three PARASTIC JAEGERS were seen with many BONAPARTE'S GULLS near the tip of
the Iona Island South Jetty in Richmond.
Sightings for Friday, October 8th
The TROPICAL KINGBIRD, originally found at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in
Delta, was rediscovered a short distance to the south at Brunswick Point
(west end of River Road).
An early NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Boundary Bay Regional Park in Delta.
There were no sightings reported for Thursday, October 7th
Sightings for Wednesday, October 6th
In North Vancouver, 6 CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS and 10 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES
were reportedly seen on Coliseum and Burwell Mountains.
Birds seen on Westham Island in Delta, near the Reifel Bird Sanctuary,
included 23 SANDHILL CRANES, 2 MUTE SWANS, and 2 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES.
A late CASSIN'S VIREO was at the Maplewood Conservation Area in North
Three RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were off Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts,
A late SWAINSON'S THRUSH was in the Walnut Grove area of Langley.
Sightings for Tuesday, October 5th
A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was seen and photographed by several observers along the
centre dike at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta. Also there were 2
juvenile SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS and about 2500 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS in
the West Field, and 19 SANDHILL CRANES nearby.
Sightings for Monday, October 4th
A SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER appeared again at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in
Delta, with a flock of 1400 LONG-BILLED and 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
The long-staying WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was seen again in the 21900 block of the
Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW and 3 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Blackie Spit in
A CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW was noted at the Iona Island sewage ponds in
Sightings for Sunday, October 3rd
A SWAMP SPARROW seen along the pouter dyke at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in
Delta was the first of the fall. 28 SANDHILL CRANES were seen nearby.
Twelve EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were seen near the railway bridge on Lynn
Creek in North Vancouver. Although reported as Ringed Turtle-Doves, they are
much more likely to have been Collared-Doves.
Sightings for Saturday, October 2nd
A SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was seen with dowitchers in the West Field at the
Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta. Elsewhere in Delta, near the foot of 96th
Street on Boundary Bay, noteworthy shorebirds included 3 AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 4 RED KNOTS, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, and a MARBLED GODWIT.
Sightings for Friday, October 1st
The LARK SPARROW at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam was last reported
on this date.
The long-staying WESTERN SCRUB-JAY in the 21900 block of the Lougheed
Highway in Maple Ridge was reported again. Another WESTERN SCRUB-JAY
appeared at Cecil Green Park on the University of BC campus in Vancouver, as
did a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a late YELLOW WARBLER.
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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