This is Nature
Vancouver's Bird Alert for Wednesday, March 5, 2014 sponsored by
Wild Birds Unlimited in Vancouver and North Vancouver.
If you wish to report a rare, unusual or interesting bird,
please phone the main number at 604-737-3074, press "2" for the
rare bird reporting line, and follow the instructions given
To post online go to
provide photos whenever possible.
Birds still around as of:
Wednesday, March 5, a Townsend's Solitaire
is still present in
Richmond, on the fence of the car park at Riverport Road and
Steveston Hwy also in the parking lot in front of the Old
Monday, March 3, the Tufted Duck
still present with LESSER SCAUP
at Iona outer pond.
Sunday, February 23 a Swamp Sparrow
was still present near the
observation tower at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Ladner.
Friday, February 21, the Townsend's Solitaire
was still present
at the Beatty Biodiversity Museum on the UBC campus.
Monday, March 3
A trio of swallow species were seen off Piper Spit at Burnaby
Lake; 2 Tree Swallow
, 7 Violet-green Swallow
, and a single
immature BARN SWALLOW
Sunday, March 2
25+ swallows were seen at the Iona ponds; mostly TREE SWALLOW
with at least 4 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW
Saturday, March 1
a Bullock's Oriole
was reported from North Vancouver at Greycott
Rd near the intersection of Lynn Valley and Mountain Hwy. The
bird only briefly visited a few townhouse gardens.
1 Glaucous Gull
, 2 California Gull
, 1 HERRING X GLAUCOUS-WINGED
GULL HYBRID and a Common Raven
were seen at Deer Lake in Burnaby
2 Tree Swallow
and 1 Brown-headed Cowbird
were seen at Piper
Spit at Burnaby Lake
Thursday, February 27
3 American Tree Sparrow
were found near the fenced-in electrical
area and 2 Snowy Owl
were seen roosting on the water tower of
the large green house farm on Boundary Bay dike, between 72nd
and 64th in Delta.
Wednesday, February 26
a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL was heard at Maplewood Conservation Area in
2 Tree Swallow
seen at Burnaby Lake
Monday, February 24
2 Common Redpoll
with a flock of Pine Siskin
were located on
Cypress Mountain along the Sidewinder Trail at the cross-country
Sunday, February 23
3 Horned Grebe
and several Common Loon
coming into breeding
plumage were seen off of Maplewood Conservation Area in North
Saturday, February 22
13 Black Oystercatcher
and a pair of Harlequin Duck
between Second and Third Beaches at Stanley Park.
30+ Common Goldeneye
, most on Lost Lagoon, some off seawall at
Third Beach in Stanley Park.
Friday, February 21
a YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER was seen at King Edward and MacDonald
Monday, February 17
was seen hunting in Surrey near 106 Ave and 148 St.
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check "British Columbia Bird Alert" at
A brief account of 31 of the best birding locations in the
can be found on the Nature Vancouver website at
If you have any questions about birds or birding in the
please call Wayne Weber at 604-597-7201, Larry Cowan at
Viveka Ohman at 604-531-3401.
This message was prepared and distributed by Julian Hudson
NOTE: The Vancouver RBA tape transcribes will be reposted here when they forwarded to Birding in BC. Thank you for your interest.