Subject: [Tweeters] Vancouver, BC RBA for July 3, 2009
Date: Jul 4 15:04:41 2009
From: Wayne Weber - contopus at telus.net


This is Wayne Weber with Nature Vancouver's Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July
3rd, sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited, with stores in Vancouver and
North Vancouver. The RBA telephone number is (604) 737-3074.

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RARE BIRD ALERT for a BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Beach Grove Park in Delta on June
29th. Unfortunately, the bird could not be found on later dates.


Sightings for Friday, July 3rd

At least 500 WESTERN SANDPIPERS were seen near Brunswick Point, at the west
end of River Road in Delta.


There were no reports for Thursday, July 2nd


Sightings for Wednesday, July 1st

Many BLACK SWIFTS were seen near 16th Avenue and 160th Street in Surrey, and
at least
4 were over Trout Lake in Vancouver.


Sightings for Tuesday, June 30th

An AMERICAN REDSTART and a LEAST FLYCATCHER were both singing in cottonwoods
along the Grant Narrows nature dyke at the south end of Pitt Lake. Also here
was a pair of EASTERN KINGBIRDS. Nearby, near the bend on Rannie Road, were
another AMERICAN REDSTART, 3 GRAY CATBIRDS, and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

At nearby Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam were a CHIPPING SPARROW and
a LAZULI BUNTING, both uncommon to rare in summer.


Sightings for Monday, June 29th

A singing BLACKPOLL WARBLER, very rare in the Vancouver area, was present
for about 30 minutes in cottonwoods at Beach Grove Park in Delta, but could
not be found later by others.

A pair of EURASIAN WIGEON, very unusual in summer, were seen near 112th
Street in Delta, north of Boundary Bay. Nearby, near the railway crossing on
80th Street, an AMERICAN BITTERN was in the ditch beside the road.

About 32 km west of Merritt in the southern BC interior, a male INDIGO
BUNTING, first found on June 17th, was still present and singing along the
Dot Ranch Cutoff Road.


There were no sightings reported for Sunday, June 28th


Sightings for Saturday, June 27th

A high count of 311 CASPIAN TERNS was made at Iona Island in Richmond.


Sightings for Friday, June 26th

An AMERICAN KESTREL, very rare in summer, was seen near the base of the
Roberts Bank coal port jetty in Delta.


Sightings for Thursday, June 25th

A GREEN HERON was seen at the Jericho Park ponds in Vancouver.

At Blackie Spit in Surrey, the first returning shorebirds were seen. These
Included 80 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 59 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 7 WHIMBRELS, a
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and an out-of-season DUNLIN.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in flight near 54th Avenue and Victoria Drive in
Vancouver.


Sightings for Wednesday, June 24th

In North Burnaby, 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and 15 VAUX'S SWIFTS were reported
overhead.


Sightings for Tuesday, June 23rd

Two AMERICAN REDSTARTS were seen along the Grant Narrows nature dyke at Pitt
Meadows, possibly the same two that were seen nearby a couple of days ago
less than
1 km away along Rannie Road.


Sightings for Monday, June 22nd

A RHINOCEROS AUKLET and 17 out-of-season BRANT were seen at Point Roberts,
WA, And a high count of 183 CASPIAN TERNS were at the Roberts Bank jetty in
Delta.


Sightings for Sunday, June 21st

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, very rare in the area, was seen but not caught
at the Colony Farm banding station in Port Coquitlam.

The two AMERICAN REDSTARTS were seen again near Grant Narrows in Pitt
Meadows.

A GREEN HERON and an OSPREY were seen at Jericho Park in Vancouver.


Sightings for Saturday, June 20th

A WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was seen briefly in a backyard in Maple Ridge, but has
not been seen since.

A pair of AMERICAN REDSTARTS was seen along Rannie Road in Pitt Meadows just
SW of the Grant Narrows boat launch.

At Point Roberts, Washington, 6 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS and 11 ORCAS were seen
from Lighthouse Marine Park.

Another YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was heard singing but not seen at Terra Nova
Park in Richmond.


No sightings reported for Friday, June 19th


Sightings for Thursday, June 18th

In the Pitt Meadows area, a LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen on the Grant Narrows
Nature dyke, and two GRAY CATBIRDS and a GREEN HERON were seen nearby along
Neaves Road.


Sightings for Wednesday, June 17th

The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was last reported from Boundary Bay Regional
Park in Delta on this date.

In North Burnaby, 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and 3 VAUX'S SWIFTS were seen.

A FRANKLIN'S GULL was reported from the White Rock pier in White Rock.


Sightings for Tuesday, June 16th

A BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was reported in the Pemberton Meadows
area north of Vancouver, and a bird believed to be a male MOURNING WARBLER
was singing from one of the ski runs near Blackcomb Mountain at Whistler.


Sightings for Monday, June 15th

The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was still present in Boundary Bay Regional Park.


Sightings for Sunday, June 14th

The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was still present in Boundary Bay Regional Park.

Birds seen at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta included 9 SANDHILL CRANES,
an
AMERICAN BITTERN, and a TURKEY VULTURE.

In the Squamish Estuary area, notable birds seen included 3 EURASIAN
COLLARED-
DOVES, an AMERICAN REDSTART, and 6 CASPIAN TERNS.


Sightings for Saturday, June 13th

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, a bird seen less than once a year in the Vancouver
area, was heard singing and was finally seen and photographed at Boundary
Bay
Regional Park, south of the Beach Grove Lagoon in Delta.

A GREEN HERON was noted at Hastings Park in Vancouver.

Two WILSON'S PHALAROPES were seen at the pond on Highway 17 in Delta
just north of the Deltaport Way turnoff.


Sightings for Friday, June 12th

Nine BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS and 4 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, as well as a very
unusual HUMPBACK WHALE, were seen from Lighthouse Marine Park in
Point Roberts, Washington.


Sightings for Thursday, June 11th

At Colony Farm Regional Park, birds of note included 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 2
OSPREYS, a TURKEY VULTURE, 16 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS, and 4 LAZULI
BUNTINGS. All these were on the east side in Port Coquitlam, except for the
buntings which were on the west side in Coquitlam.

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen in the Pemberton Heights area of
North Vancouver.

25 summering BRANT were seen at Point Roberts, Washington.



A brief account of 31 of the best birding locations in the
Vancouver area can be found on the Nature Vancouver website at
http://www.naturevancouver.ca/Birding_Birding_Sites



If you have any questions about birds or birding in the Vancouver
area, please call Wayne at 604-597-7201, Viveka at 604-531-3401, or
Larry at 604-465-1402.

Thank you for calling the Vancouver Rare Bird Alert, and good birding.


Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
contopus at telus.net