[Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for May 14, 2013
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Wed May 15 13:40:35 PDT 2013
This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, May
14th. 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 SAGE THRASHER, one of fewer than 10 records for
Vancouver, at Iona Island on May 11th. This bird has not been found again
Sightings for Tuesday, May 14th
A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was seen briefly at the Maplewood Conservation Area in
A CHIPPING SPARROW appeared at Burnaby Mountain Park in Burnaby.
Six late GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen near Connecting Road at
Sharpe Road in Pitt Meadows.
Ten CEDAR WAXWINGS at the Trinity Western University campus in Langley were
Sightings for Monday, May 13th
At least 218 WHIMBRELS were feeding in a grass field on the NW corner of 8th
Avenue and 176th Street (Highway 15) in Surrey. Similar numbers have been
using this and nearby fields for more than a week.
Migrants reported from the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver
included an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and 4 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES.
Sightings for Sunday, May 12th
A fallout of migrants at the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver
included 6 WESTERN TANAGERS and 28 WILSON'S WARBLERS.
Sightings for Saturday, May 11th
A SAGE THRASHER, one of fewer than 10 records for the Vancouver area, was
seen by 2 observers at Iona Island in Richmond, along the sewage pond fence
near the gated entrance to Iona Island Regional Park.
A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, the third sighting this spring, was reported from
the Iona Island sewage ponds.
Sightings for Friday, May 10th
Two LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were seen with other
shorebirds in ponds along 176th Street north of the Fraser Highway in
Two LAZULI BUNTINGS at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam were the FOY
Sightings for Thursday, May 9th
At Burnaby Mountain Park, a SOOTY GROUSE was hooting, and 8 WARBLING VIREOS
were seen among other migrants.
At Blackie Spit in Surrey were 200 COMMON TERNS and 20 WHIMBRELS.
At Iona Island in Richmond were a WESTERN KINGBIRD, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES in
the sewage ponds, and 200 COMMON TERNS and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS near the tip
of the West Jetty.
Sightings for Wednesday, May 8th
Birds noted at Iona Island in Richmond included 6 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a
remarkable 30 CINNAMON TEAL, and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER inside the sewage
ponds, and 4 late GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 10 PURPLE MARTINS along
the North Arm of the Fraser River. Out the Iona West Jetty were 400 COMMON
TERNS and the FOY PARASITIC JAEGER.
Two female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS at Burnaby Mountain Park in Burnaby were
Sightings for Tuesday, May 7th
The FOY OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER appeared at Camosun Bog in Pacific Spirit
At Iona Island, 200 COMMON TERNS and 80 CASPIAN TERNS were seen west of the
Sea/Iona causeway on a falling tide, and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were in the
A sizable fallout of migrants was seen along the Grant Narrows nature dyke
at Pitt Lake, including 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, and
the FOY BULLOCK'S ORIOLE.
Sightings for Monday, May 6th
Five AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen off the northern part of the Lulu Island
west dyke in Richmond.
Sightings for Sunday, May 5th
The FOY MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER was singing near the Grouse Mountain Skyride
parking area in North Vancouver, and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were nearby on Lake
Capilano, an odd location for that species.
A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER at Serpentine Fen in Surrey was a rare spring
Flocks of SURF SCOTERS totalling about 4500 birds were present between
Lighthouse Park and Passage Island in West Vancouver.
Sightings for Saturday, May 4th
Several flocks of SURF SCOTERS totalling over 3000 birds were seen off
Kloochman Park in West Vancouver. Also here were a late LONG-TAILED DUCK and
8 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.
Sightings for Friday, May 3rd
A late ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen over the 3100 block of West 28th in
Vancouver, and a WESTERN TANAGER appeared with other migrants at Cecil Green
Park on the University of BC campus.
Sightings for Thursday, May 2nd
Two BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a HOUSE WREN, both FOY sightings, were at the
Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta. Meanwhile, 10 BLACK TURNSTONES on the
Tsawwassen ferry jetty in Delta were getting close to the late spring
departure date for that species.
The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was still being seen in the nursery area at the
Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver.
A VESPER SPARROW, a very rare spring migrant, was reported from the Boundary
Bay dyke near the foot of 72nd Street in Delta.
Sightings for Wednesday, May 1st
A flock of 21 WHIMBRELS were feeding on the "Hazelmere polo field" on 8th
Avenue just east of 176th Street (Highway 15) in Surrey, which had been
freshly plowed but still seemed attractive to the birds.
Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen near the base of the Grant Narrows
"nature dyke" at the south end of Pitt Lake.
The FOY WARBLING VIREO was seen in trees in John Hendry Park in Vancouver.
For a summary of extremely rare bird sightings throughout British Columbia,
check "British Columbia Bird Alert" at <http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.com>
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 Weber at 604-597-7201, Larry Cowan at 604-465-1402, or
Viveka Ohman at 604-531-3401.
Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird Alert, and good birding.
Wayne C. Weber
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