At 7:30pm on July 14-2019, Ilya Povalyaev, Melissa Hafting, Mike Toochin, Sharon Toochin and Richard Swanston found an adult female Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage at Beach Grove lagoon at Boundary Bay Regional Park.
The bird flew in on the mudflats at high tide and joined a small flock of Western Sandpipers. The bird was present for 30 minutes at a distance of 20m. The bird was photographed and then flew off and was not relocated before dark.
At 11:40am on July 9-2019, Hank Tseng found and photographed an immature Black Phoebe at Colony Farm. The bird was west of the duck pond by the intersection of the Wilson Farm Dyke Trail and Pumphouse trail.
Two new species have been added to the list of breeding birds in BC this year!
Finally a long overdue and suspected species was confirmed - The Lesser Goldinch!
On July 5-2019, David Bell (the original finder of the species at this location), photographed an adult female Lesser Goldfinch feeding a barely fledged fledgling. The young bird still couldn’t fly. No nest has ever been found but this is enough to confirm breeding. The birds were 100m from the Kruger Mountain/Old Richter Pass Rd intersection in Osoyoos.
You can see the photo below (better quality photos to come):
Fledgling Lesser Goldfinch in Osoyoos - Photo: David Bell
You can read more about these Lesser Goldfinches HERE
Since breeding is now confirmed I will no longer be featuring them on the main page of the bird alert as a provincial rarity.
The other new BC breeding species this year was Whimbrel. On June 20-2019, Syd Cannings and Jean-François Jetté discovered and photographed a nest with 4 eggs at the Haines Summit, near the Yukon border. They were found in Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park while looking for Hudsonian Godwits during a bird survey.
You can see the photos below:
Whimbrel nest with 4 eggs in Haines Summit, BC - Photo: Jean-François Jetté
Whimbrel in Haines Summit, BC - Photo: Syd Cannings
This is definitely exciting news for British Columbia.
At 4 pm on July 4-2019, Robert Fraser found a female Acorn Woodpecker at Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. He watched the bird for 30 mins as it foraged in some Garry Oaks where the path forks about 150 m north of the north end of Rainbow St. The bird was still present when he left.
On the evening of June 29-2019, Charles Francis found a male Northern Parula. He first identified the bird by song but didn't see or photograph it. The bird was singing and located along the Estuary Trail 200m from the estuary outlook/bridge at the mouth of the Quatsesee River. At 9:20 am on July 1-2019, he returned to the same location and relocated the bird and was able to photograph it.
Map to visualize where the estuary outlook bridge is located is HERE
More details to come. This is the 21st record for the province of BC.
At 3:30pm on June 24-2019, Chris Charlesworth found a male Lesser Goldfinch singing at Rose Valley Regional Park. The bird was along Mcdougal Road, which is a trail at the end of Rosewood Rd. He was 200 meters along the trail from the end of Rosewood Rd. in West Kelowna.
Map to location of bird HERE This is the 27th record for the province of BC
At 11pm on June 16-2019, Ilya Povalyaev found a singing Sedge Wren near Watson Slough. Watson Slough is about 30 minutes from Fort St. John on Highway 29 towards Hudson's Hope. The bird is singing from the north side of Watson Rd right at the intersection with Hwy 29. It is behind a fence on private land so viewing the bird could be difficult. Please do not trespass.
On June 14th-2019, Kevin Jones photographed a male Lesser Goldfinch at a sock feeder at his private home in Agassiz. He believes the bird has been present for a week but was only able to photograph the bird today. He has caught glimpses of a female goldfinch but so far has not been able to confirm if it is indeed a Lesser. There are still Lesser Goldfinches present in Osoyoos as well; who may possibly be breeding there.
A photo taken by Kevin Jones of the bird in his yard can be found HERE
On June 14-2019, Connor Charchuk found a male Lark Bunting while doing a point count. The bird was singing and he had good views of it but did not have his camera. The observer is extremely experienced with this species. He will return tomorrow to try and obtain a photo or recording.