Subject: Okanagan Valley (BC) Rare Bird Alert - August 15th update
Date: Aug 15 19:37:28 2002
From: Chris Charlesworth - c_charlesworth23 at

This is the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Rare Bird Alert

Sightings for Thursday, August 15th - 7:30 PM update.

The featured birds include:


Other birds mentioned:

Hummingbird sp
Vaux's Swift
Bullock's Oriole
Western Tanager
Eastern Kingbird
Baird's Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon

Sightings for August 15th

Three juvenile STILT SANDPIPERS were found, with LESSER YELLOWLEGS, at
Robert Lake in Kelowna (CC,CoC). A high count of 18 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were
also there (CC).

The juvenile FRANKLIN'S GULL continues on the pond at the entrance to the
Kelowna Landfill on Glenmore Drive (BC).

Migrants in Kelowna's Sutherland Hills Park included 2 VAUX'S SWIFTS, 5

The large hummingbird, thought possibly to be a MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, was
again seen between 6:00 and 8:30 AM at 12504 Pinehurst Place in Osoyoos
(LH,GH). Confirmation is needed on this bird.

Sightings for August 14th

A possible MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD has been discovered at a feeder in
Osoyoos (LH,GH). The bird, a female, has been present since August 7th and
has been seen almost daily at 12504 Pinehurst Place, near the Osoyoos Golf
Course. The bird, described to be twice the size of other local hummers, is
more reliable in the morning. Contact Lee and Gaye Horn at (250) 495-6626
for more information and permission to view the bird. This would be a first
record for BC, so confirmation is highly requested.

On Tuesday, the 13th, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in flight over Huckleberry
Road, near Joe Rich, E. of Kelowna (JB,GW).

N. of Vaseux Lake, the imm. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was again seen flying
over the river channel from the banding station on Monday the 12th

Sightings for August 11th

In a late report for Aug 10th, a PRAIRIE FALCON was seen in flight over
Oswell Road in the Black Mountain area of Kelowna (TF).

The juv. FRANKLIN'S GULL, present since Aug 8th, was again seen on the pond
at the entrance to the Kelowna Landfill on Glenmore Drive (CC,RT).

Observers: CC - Chris Charlesworth; RT - Ryan Tomlinson; BC - Bill
Cutfield; GD - Gabe David; TF - Trevor Forder; LH -Lee Horn; GH - Gaye Horn;
LR - Laurie Rockwell; JB - Joanne Beaulieu; GW - Gwynneth Wilson; CoC -
Connor Charlesworth.

If you have any questions about Okanagan Valley birding, contact Chris
Charlesworth, in Kelowna at (250)-718-0335, Dick Cannings in Penticton at
(250) 496-4019, or Phil Gehlen in Vernon at (250) 542-8053.

This update has been sponsored by the TUMBLEWEED NATURE STORE at 67 Front
Street in Penticton.

Thanks for calling the bird alert and happy birding.

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