[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for October 29, 2010

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Sun Oct 31 23:50:34 PDT 2010


This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Friday,
October 29th, 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 probable drake SMEW off the west side of Keats Island
in Howe Sound on October 24. The WOOD SANDPIPER at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary
has not been seen since October 16th. A WESTERN SCRUB-JAY present for more
than a year in Maple Ridge is probably still present, and another one was
reported on October 28th near Strathcona Park in Vancouver.





Sightings for Friday, October 29th



An immature FRANKLIN'S GULL, probably the same one seen earlier in October,
was feeding on the lawn with RING-BILLED GULLS at Garry Point Park in the
Steveston area of Richmond. Nearby, an immature GOLDEN EAGLE was seen along
the Lulu Island west dyke. Also in Richmond, 3 SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND
LONGSPUR were seen near the tip of the Iona Island south jetty.



At Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver were a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a
SHORT-EARED OWL.





Sightings for Thursday, October 28th



Another WESTERN SCRUB-JAY put in a brief appearance-- this one in Vancouver
near Strathcona Park.



Six WESTERN MEADOWLARKS and a high count of 24 WILSON'S SNIPE were found at
Boundary Bay Regional Park in Delta.





Sightings for Wednesday, October 27th



A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and the first SNOW BUNTING of the fall were seen on the
Iona Island south jetty in Richmond.



A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, a rare fall transient, was noted at the foot of 34th
Street in Delta, where it meets the Roberts Bank dyke. Nearby, in the
Brunswick Point area, were a NORTHERN SHRIKE, a MOURNING DOVE, and 6 early
TRUMPETER SWANS.



Six BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were at Stanley Park in Vancouver, as was an
AMERICAN DIPPER at the beluga pool in the Vancouver Aquarium.



A loose flock of 25 WILSON'S SNIPE was seen at the pond along Edwards Drive
on Point Roberts, WA.





Sightings for Tuesday, October 26th



In Delta, a flock of about 600 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS along 27B Avenue east
of 41B Street included one each of AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and PACIFIC
GOLDEN-PLOVER.



An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Iona Island in Richmond.





There were no sightings reported for Monday, October 25th





Sightings for Sunday, October 24th



A bird believed to be a drake SMEW was reported by a kayaker off the west
side of Keats Island in Howe Sound near Gibsons, BC. However, it could not
be relocated on later dates.



At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, 5 blue-phase SNOW GEESE, 15 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and several CACKLING GEESE were seen among large flocks
of SNOW GEESE. A CHUKAR, undoubtedly released from captivity, roosted for
much of the day in a tree along the entrance road to the sanctuary.



An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Iona Island in Richmond.





Sightings for Saturday, October 23rd



Birds seen at Stanley Park in Vancouver included 20 early BARROW'S
GOLDENEYES, an AMERICAN DIPPER at the Vancouver Aquarium, and 2 out-of-place
SNOW GEESE at Lost Lagoon. Another AMERUICAN DIPPER was seen at the ponds in
Vancouver's Hastings Park.





There were no sightings reported for October 21st or 22nd





Sightings for Wednesday, October 20th



A very late WESTERN TANAGER was at Camosun Bog in Pacific Spirit Park,
Vancouver.



A single SNOW GOOSE and at least 100 CACKLING GEESE were with CANADA GEESE
at Serpentine Fen in Surrey.





Sightings for Tuesday, October 19th



At Serpentine Fen Wildlife Area in Surrey were 20 MOURNING DOVES, an
AMERICAN KESTREL, and many CACKLING GEESE.





There were no sightings reported for Monday, October 18th





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
count.





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
30 observers.





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.







A brief account of 31 of the best birding locations in the Vancouver area
can be found on the Nature Vancouver website at
http://www.naturevancouver.ca/Birding_Birding_Sites





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
604-465-1402.



Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird Alert, and good birding.





Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

contopus at telus.net





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