North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO2 2018

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 8 ) • N U M B E R 2 221 British Columbia Kelowna 17 Dec and at the nearby Kelowna Landfill 18 Dec (Chris Charlesworth, m.ob.). Unusual owl sightings were nearly non-existent this period, with just one Northern Hawk Owl reported: along 50 th St N.E. in the village of Ca- noe near Salmon Arm 5 Feb (Ted Hillary). In the Okanagan, a Red-breasted Sapsucker was a great find along Lakeshore Rd. near the Ce - dar Creek Winery, Kelowna 26-27 Dec (Peter & Micheal Kerr, m.ob.). In Princeton, another Red-breasted Sapsucker, a species normally con - fined to coastal forests in s. BC, visited a pri- vate residence 4-7 Jan (Amanda Lahaie et al.). Several Gyrfalcons were reported throughout the winter months in the Fraser Valley and in - cluded an imm. at Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford 14 Dec (Rick Toochin). Another Gyrfalcon car - ried over from fall at the Sumas Prairie in Ab- botsford and remained to at least 1 Feb (John Gordon, m.ob.). Two imm. Gyrfalcons were seen in East Chilliwack 21 Dec (Gord Gadsden). In the interior, an imm. Gyrfalcon was at Polson Park in Vernon 2 Dec, and what was most likely the same bird appeared 3-4 Dec at nearby Otter Lake (Chris Siddle et al.). Another Gyrfalcon fre - quented open agricultural habitat and oxbows along the Okanagan R. north of Road 22 and near Osoyoos 6-14 Feb (Doug Brown, m.ob.). There are very few records of this species in the South Okanagan Valley. Chris Charlesworth –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he mean longwave ridge of high pres- sure positioned itself over the British Columbia coast early in the period and remained quasi-stationary. Indeed, by Febru - ary it was at prodigious summertime strength. The end result was that for much of the Re - gion, this was "the winter that never was," with above-normal temperatures and below-normal snowfalls. Only the northeast corner of the Re - gion experienced what could be described as a normal winter. However, coastal rainfall was near to above normal early on, diminishing with time. Winds along the outer coast were frequently at or above hurricane strength, espe - cially earlier in the season. This helped mix out the horizontally stratified waters of the North - eastern Pacific "Warm Blob," the condition which contributed to the die-off and shoreline storm wrecks of unprecedented numbers of seabirds earlier in autumn. WATERFOWL THROUGH FALCONS A rarity anywhere in BC during the winter months, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 3 females and a male, were found in a water-filled roadside ditch along Colebrook Rd. at Surrey 9 Jan; they remained to the end of the period (Victor Vandereyk, m.ob.). A male Eurasian Green-winged Teal was noted at the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty 7 Feb+ (Pirmin Ni - etlisbach, m.ob). A male Tufted Duck delighted birders at the Iona Sewage Ponds in Richmond 11 Jan+ (Paul Clapham, m.ob.). In the interior, where Long-tailed Ducks are rare winter visitors, a female was noted with Common Goldeneye on Kootenay Lake at Lardeau 8-23 Feb (Marlene Johnston). A male and female Long-tailed Duck resided on the Osoyoos Sewage Ponds 30 Jan+ (Doug Brown, m.ob.). Discovered during the Lake Country C.B.C. was a Red-throated Loon at Okanagan Lake 14 Dec (Don Cecile, Richard Kobayashi et al). Single Clark's Grebes were not- ed at Locarno Beach in Vancouver 20 Dec (Neill Vanhinsberg) and at Columbia Beach in Parks - ville 13 Jan (Guy Monty et al.). A tardy Semi- palmated Plover remained at Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen 9-24 Dec (Hui Sim, m.ob.). An ad. Hudsonian Godwit at Roberts Bank Jetty in Delta 15 Dec (Mike Tabak) represents a rare winter record for the species in Canada. Much to the delight of Lower Mainland birders, an ad. Black-headed Gull in basic plumage frequented Trout Lake in Vancouver 25-31 Jan (Edward Nygren, m.ob.). The same individual was seen numerous times through the remainder of the winter at various locations around Vancouver, remaining well into the spring period. Any gull in BC's Peace River Region during winter is quite unusual, so the appearance of a Glaucous Gull at Alwin Holland Park in Hudson's Hope 4 Feb (Evan Pye) was noteworthy. Sightings of Kum - lien's Iceland Gulls in s. BC continue to increase, with greater observer effort a probable cause for this uptick. An ad. described as most likely a Kumlien's was at Duncan Sewage Ponds, Van - couver I. 1 Jan (Daniel Donnecke). A first-winter Kumlien's Iceland Gull was then at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria 2-3 Jan (Liam Singh et al.), and another first-winter was at the Cedar Hill Mid - dle School playing fields in Victoria 14-27 Feb (Jeremy Gatten, m.ob.). In the Vancouver area, a second-winter was at the 72 nd St. turf farms in Ladner 21 Feb+ (Kevin Louth, m.ob.); a first-winter Kumlien's Iceland Gull was found at the same location 27 Feb (Ilya Povalyaev, Yousif Attia, m.ob.). In the Okanagan Valley, a second-winter Iceland Gull, most likely Kumlien's, was at the Maude Roxby Bird Sanctuary in Kelowna 9 Jan (Logan Lalonde), while a first-winter was seen by numerous ob - servers at the mouth of Vernon Creek, Okanagan Landing near Vernon 24-30 Jan (Chris Charlesworth, m.ob.). Per - haps the most intriguing Iceland Gull of the period, however, was an apparent ad. of the nominate subspecies glaucoides, first discovered at the mouth of Vernon Creek, Okanagan Landing near Vernon 22 Jan (Chris Siddle et al). The bird re - mained at that location until at least 24 Jan and, after a brief disappearance, was found about 100 kilometers away at the south end of Okanagan Lake in Penticton 30 Jan; it remained until 12 Feb (Conrad Boucher, m.ob.). An ad. Lesser Black- backed Gull appeared at fields along Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley 9 Dec (Rick Toochin). The spe - cies has become almost annual in recent years. In the Okanagan, an ad. Lesser Black-backed Gull was at Robert Lake, This very cooperative, adult Black-headed Gull was enjoyed by many birders during its stay (here 26 January) at Trout Lake in Vancouver. Photo by © Ilya Povalyaev. This apparent glaucoides Iceland Gull was spotted up and down Okanagan Lake between Vernon and Penticton (here 24 January). Photo by © Chris Charlesworth.

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