Subject: RBA Vancouver, BC -- May 31/03
Date: Jun 1 06:24:53 2003
From: Larry Cowan - lawrencecowan at shaw.ca


This is the Vancouver Natural History Society's Bird Alert for Saturday,
May 31st, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited, with stores in
Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The feature bird is LAZULI BUNTING.

Sightings for Saturday, May 31st

At Colony Farm was a singing male LAZULI BUNTING seen on a wire near the
community garden. This area is reached by turning right off of the Lougheed
Highway and following Colony Farm Road to the end parking lot.

In Pitt Meadows along Rannie Road there were 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 1 WESTERN
KINGBIRD, 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON carrying prey and 1 AMERICAN
BITTERN. Along the Grant Narrows Dyke Trail were 4 GRAY CATBIRDS, 8 EASTERN
KINGBIRDS, 1 GREEN HERON and 12 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS.

The HUDSONIAN GODWIT was again present in the West Field at Reifel on the
evening hightide.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from the area of 208th St and Yorkson Creek
in Langley.

South of the border and of interest to local birders was a report of a
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER seen in Skagit County in Washington State.
Take SR 20 to Rockport. Cross the Skagit River on the bridge at Rockport,
then take the first left. When you come to a ninety-degree bend in the road,
you are at a fish and game access. It is best to park there. Then continue
past the ninety-degree bend (going due south now) and look for a house on
the right (west side), number 11633. The bird was flying among various
perches on telephone wires, barbed wire, and sometimes a small tree next to
a little barn with a horse trailer.

Sightings for Friday, May 30th

In Pitt Meadows at the first bend of Rannie Road was a GRAY CATBIRD. Along
the Grant Narrows dyke trail were 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS and in Katzie Marsh
were a pair of SANDHILL CRANES.

At the foot of 112th Street a MARBLED GODWIT, 26 WHIMBREL, 1 LONG-BILLED
CURLEW and many small sandpipers were observed on the rising evening
hightide.

In a late report the HUDSONIAN GODWIT was again present in the West Field.
Also at the refuge were 9 SNOW GEESE, 2 WESTERN KINGBIRDS and 2 AMERICAN
BITTERNS.

At the Iona Island Sewage Ponds the following birds were reported: 6
WILSON'S PHALAROPES, 5 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 2 TURKEY VULTURES and 2 COMMON TERNS. A RED-THROATED
LOON was seen in the Outer Pond.

>From the West Tower at Serpentine Fenn were 2 SORAS.

If you have a query about Vancouver Birds or Birding, please call:

John at 737-1611 or Larry at 942-0931

Thank you for calling the Vancouver Bird Alert & good birding.

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For further information on birding in the Vancouver area log onto the
Vancouver Natural History Society's web site at www.naturalhistory.bc.ca

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From: Rick Toochin