[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for March 2, 2011

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Thu Mar 3 15:30:12 PST 2011

This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday,
March 2nd, 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.

Sightings reported this week were the fewest in months, a sign of the usual
February and early March doldrums. Things should improve later this month
when the spring migration gets underway in earnest.

RARE BIRD ALERT for a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on Westham Island in Delta, present
daily since December 2nd; a WESTERN SCRUB-JAY at Strathcona Park in
Vancouver, present for 4 months, plus another one in Maple Ridge on Cliff
Avenue, present for 19 months; and 4 or 5 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES at the
gravelled boat launch parking lot in Harrison Hot Springs, at the east end
of town, where they have been seen intermittently for several weeks.

The ACORN WOODPECKER on Fore Road in Matsqui was last reported on February
5th, and the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD on River Road east of Ladner on February
2nd, but both of them could easily still be present at those localities.

Sightings for Tuesday, March 2nd

A SAVANNAH SPARROW, rare in winter, was on a dyke inside the Iona Island
sewage ponds in Richmond, and a drake RING-NECKED DUCK was on the outer

fields in the 5500 block of 44th Avenue, just south of Ladner townsite in

Sightings for Saturday, February 26th

The long-staying NORTHERN HAWK OWL was easily seen as usual near the
right-angle bend on Westham Island Road in Delta. The owl had good hunting
success as usual, and was seen to capture 7 field mice during the afternoon.

Sightings for Friday, February 25th

Another male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen off the Tsawwassen ferry
jetty in Delta, and the immature HARRIS'S SPARROW was seen again in the 5400
block of 96th Street, north of Highway 99, also in Delta.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen and 3 VIRGINIA RAILS were heard at and near the
north outer pond (outside the sewage plant) at Iona Beach Regional Park in

Sightings for Wednesday, February 23rd

The male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen again at the Beach Grove
lagoon, at the east foot of 12th Avenue on Boundary Bay in Delta.

Sightings for Monday, February 21st

An adult GYRFALCON was seen well and photographed in Pitt Meadows, on
Connecting Road (between Sharpe and McKechnie Roads).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the Centennial Beach area of Boundary Bay
Regional Park in Delta.

Sightings for Sunday, February 20th

The SNOW BUNTING and 5 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES were seen in the usual
places along the lakeshore in Harrison Hot Springs.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen near the intersection of 30th Avenue and
Fraser Street in Vancouver, away from the usual concentrations in Delta.

The immature HARRIS'S SPARROW was noted again in the 5400 block of 96th
Street in Delta, north of Highway 10. Also in Delta, 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE were seen with 350 TRUMPETER SWANS in fields in the 5500 block of 44th
Avenue, just south of Ladner.

Noteworthy birds at Iona Island in Richmond included two wintering (MYRTLE)

Sightings for Saturday, February 19th

Three MARBLED GODWITS were still present at Blackie Spit in Surrey.

At Harrison Hot Springs, a SNOW BUNTING was seen along the sandy dyke that
separates the beach lagoon from Harrison Lake, and 5 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY
FINCHES were seen and photographed nearby by several observers.

Sightings for Friday, February 18th

Four RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Campbell River in Campbell Valley
Regional Park, Langley.

Sightings for Thursday, February 17th

Four GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES were still being seen at the boat launch
parking lot in Harrison Hot Springs; late morning seems to be the best time
for them. Not far away, a RUFFED GROUSE, rare in the Lower Fraser Valley,
was seen in the Deer Lake campground at Sasquatch Provincial Park.

In Vancouver, a WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was still present at the allotment gardens
on the west side of Strathcona Park (on Hawks Street), where one or two have
been seen regularly since last October.

Sightings for Tuesday, February 15th

The NORTHERN HAWK-OWL was still being seen along Westham Island Road in
Delta, and 2 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS were at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.

Sightings for Sunday, February 13th

Three GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES were noted at the main boat launch parking
lot in Harrison Hot Springs, at the east end of town, where they have been
seen periodically for several weeks.

An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen and photographed at the Maplewood
Conservation Area in North Vancouver.

In Delta, noteworthy sightings included an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on the
Boundary Bay dyke west of 64th Street, and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL and
at least 58 EURASIAN WIGEON nearby in the Beach Grove area.

Sightings for Saturday, February 12th

A first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 adult WESTERN GULLS were seen in a large
gull flock in the 48300 block of Prairie Central Road, east of Chilliwack.

Sightings for Friday, February 11th

A GYRFALCON was seen briefly at Boundary Bay Regional Park in Delta.

Eight EARED GREBES along the waterfront in White Rock was a higher number
than usual for this rare species.

Sightings for Thursday, February 10th

The long-staying NORTHERN HAWK OWL was still easily seen and photographed
near the right-angle turn on Westham Island Road, on the way to the Reifel
Bird Sanctuary in Delta. Birds noted at the Reifel Sanctuary included 2
CRANES, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and 3 MUTE SWANS were close to the Westham
Island swing bridge.

Fifty COMMON MURRES and a MARBLED MURRELET (now rare in the local area) were
seen off Lighthouse Marine Park at Point Roberts, Washington.

Sightings for Tuesday, February 8th

A WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was well seen at the community gardens just west of
Strathcona Park in Vancouver, where one or two have been seen since October.

The elusive GYRFALCON was rediscovered, this time on a fence post on the
turf farm just west of 72nd Street in Delta.

Two MARBLED MURRELETS and 60 COMMON MURRES were seen from Lighthouse Marine
Park in Point Roberts, WA.

Sightings for Saturday, February 5th

The ACORN WOODPECKER was seen again by two observers at the filbert orchard
on Fore Road in Matsqui, just west of Highway 11.

Four BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were noted again at the Maplewood Conservation Area
in North Vancouver.

In Surrey, a surprising flock of 25 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, along with one
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, were seen at a manure pile along 140th Street just
north of 40th Avenue.

A "big bike day" in Delta produced 101 species, including a BARN SWALLOW
along 96th Street; the immature HARRIS'S SPARROW in the 5200 block of 96th
PIGEONS along Enderby Avenue in the Beach Grove area; 3 EARED GREBES and a
SNOW BUNTING along the Tsawwassen Jetty; the NORTHERN HAWK-OWL on Westham
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, and an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK at the Alaksen
National Wildlife Area.

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, Larry at 604-465-1402, or Viveka at

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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