[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for October 23, 2011
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Mon Oct 24 11:53:54 PDT 2011
This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Sunday,
October 23rd, 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 PALM WARBLER at Iona Island on October 22nd and a
CLARK'S GREBE at the White Rock pier on October 14th. Neither of these birds
has been seen again since the original sighting.
We apologize for the interruption in service, which resulted from a glitch
in our voicemail service, which made it impossible to retrieve bird reports
or update the taped message for several weeks. This service is now working
again, and we encourage all birders to resume phoning in unusual sightings.
Sightings for Sunday, October 23rd
Noteworthy sightings at Iona Island in Richmond included 3 WESTERN
MEADOWLARKS, 26 RING-NECKED DUCKS (high count) and an AMERICAN BITTERN in
the outer pond, and an EARED GREBE in the SE sewage pond. The PALM WARBLER
seen yesterday could not be relocated.
Boundary Bay Regional Park in Delta featured a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
which appeared injured, 135 CACKLING GEESE, and a single BRANT off
Centennial Beach. Also in Delta, a WILLET and 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were
seen along the Tsawwassen ferry jetty.
Sightings for Saturday, October 22nd
A PALM WARBLER was well seen by 2 observers along the western edge of the
Iona Island sewage ponds in Richmond, and a PARASITIC JAEGER was seen along
the Iona south jetty.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS from the foot of 96th
Street in Delta.
There were no sightings of note reported on October 19th, 20th, or 21st.
Sightings for Tuesday, October 18th
A late WILSON'S WARBLER was seen in Camosun Bog on the eastern edge of
Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver.
Sightings for Monday, October 17th
The GREEN HERON was seen again from the Millennium Bridge at Colony Farm
Regional Park in Coquitlam.
Sightings for Sunday, October 16th
A SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was seen at high tide along the Boundary Bay dyke
near the pilings between 96th and 104th Streets in Delta.
Birds seen from Klootchman Park in West Vancouver included 4 MARBLED
MURRELETS (now rare locally), an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, and 4 BLACK
A GREEN HERON was seen from the Millennium Bridge in Colony Farm Regional
Many waterbirds were seen in feeding flocks off Lighthouse Marine Park at
Point Roberts, WA including a HEERMANN'S GULL, 20 BRANDT'S CORMORANTS, and
almost 300 COMMON MURRES.
Birds of note at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta included an immature
male REDHEAD, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 9 SANDHILL CRANES, 2 late LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, and an early NORTHERN SHRIKE.
Sightings for Saturday, October 15th
At the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, 5000 SNOW GEESE had already arrived. Also
there were a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 9 SANDHILL CRANES, and 4 HERMIT
Sightings for Friday, October 14th
A late SORA and an early NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen at Colony Farm Regional
Park in Coquitlam.
A CLARK'S GREBE was photographed from the White Rock pier in White Rock.
Sightings for Thursday, October 13th
Three HORNED LARKS and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen along the Iona Island
south jetty in Richmond.
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was observed at Terra Nova Park on Lulu Island in
Richmond, as well as 2 more at Camosun Bog in Vancouver.
A large feeding flock off Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts, WA
included 200 COMMON MURRES, 150 PACIFIC LOONS, 2 HEERMANN'S GULLS, and 60
Sightings for Wednesday, October 12th
A WILLET was seen and photographed in White Rock near the White Rock pier.
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 or Viveka at 604-531-3401.
Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird Alert, and good birding.
Wayne C. Weber
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