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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 222 B R I T I S H C O LU M B I A Nashville Warbler along the Matsqui Dyke, Abbotsford, Fraser Valley 4 Dec (Rick Toochin); a Palm Warbler on Haida Gwaii at Queen Charlotte City that continued from fall to 28 Dec (Carey Bergman); a late Wilson's Warbler photographed at Terra Nova Park, Richmond 22 Dec (Jady Chiu); and a Yellow-breasted Chat that win - tered successfully at Cadboro Bay in Victoria, continuing from fall and re - maining into spring (Arnold Adlkirch- ner, m.ob.). A Chipping Sparrow was a nice find along 160 th St in Surrey 11- 12 Jan (Ryan Merrill, Charlie Wright, m.ob.). In the Okanagan, an imm. Chipping Sparrow visited a feeder at a private residence along Silver Star Rd. in Vernon 17-20 Jan (Chris Siddle). Single Lincoln's Sparrows, rare in the interior of the province during winter, were noted at Scenic Canyon in Kelowna 19-21 Dec (Chris Charles - worth, Don Cecile, m.ob.) and along Road 15 in Cawston 13 Feb (Tanya Stockand). Harris's Sparrows in the Okanagan Valley included sin - gle imms. at Thomson Brook Marsh during the Kelowna C.B.C 19 Dec (Chris Charlesworth, Cindylee Lawrence); at a private residence on Sarsons Rd. in Coldstream 11-12 Jan (Emma Clayton); and at feeders in the Desert Cove neighbourhood over Vernon 9-10 Jan (Pam La - ing, m.ob.). A female Black-headed Grosbeak successfully wintered at feeders in the Vancou - ver suburb of Burnaby, continuing from fall to 27 Feb (Pat Stephens). An imm. male Indigo Bunting patronized feeders at a Port Coquitlam garden 21-25 Dec, providing the first winter re - cord for this species in British Columbia (John comes rare in winter. A single was at the corner of Vineyard Way and Pinot Noir Drive in West Kelowna 12-13 Dec (Emile Brokx). BC's first Redwing was discovered on Vancouver I. dur - ing the Victoria C.B.C. 19 Dec (Nathan Hen- tze, Mike Davis, m.ob.). This individual, which frequented a suburban neighbourhood along South Valley Drive, thrilled hundreds of bird - ers during a lengthy stay that lasted into spring. Two separate Gray Catbirds were found this winter in the West Kootenay region: one at the south end of Kootenay Lake in Creston, 2 Jan (fide Linda Van Damme) and another along 7 th Ave in New Denver, found at an undetermined date in Dec and remaining to at least 15 Feb (Linda Norman). A Northern Mockingbird was found at a private residence along 28 th Ave in Aldergrove 1 Dec (Robin Lam). Another North - ern Mockingbird remained in Ladner along 36 th Ave from fall to at least 24 Jan (Darrel Smith, m.ob.). Brown Thrasher is a rar - ity anywhere in BC; one at a private resi- dence along Cottonwood Street in Revel- stoke delighted many birders 28 Dec+. A Sage Thrasher was a one-day wonder at East 30 th Ave and John Street in Vancou- ver 30 Dec (Else Mikkelsen). BC's seventh Siberian Accentor was discovered in a blueberry field along 160 th Street, Sur- rey during the White Rock C.B.C. 3 Jan and remained to 20 Jan (George Clulow, Mandy Lu, m.ob.). Unseasonable and out of range warblers included a Black-and- white Warbler photographed at the Uni - versity of British Columbia in Vancouver's Nitobe Garden 18 Dec (Lindsay Marsh); a first-winter Tennessee Warbler on Haida Gwaii at Queen Charlotte City 1-5 Dec (Carey Bergman, Ian Cruickshank); an Orange-crowned Warbler at the Espla - nade Trails in Penticton, Okanagan Valley 16 Jan (Chris Charlesworth et al.); a tardy PASSERINES While Blue Jay is rare but annual in BC's south- ern interior, this winter yielded few reports. One was embedded with a flock of Steller's Jays at a feeder along Hawk Rd. in the Joe Rich area, east of Kelowna 28 Dec+ (Terry Penner, m.ob.). The influx of California Scrub-Jays into the province continues, but is still limited to the Lower Mainland area where up to 3 continued from fall and frequented the neighbourhood of 119 th Ave. and 220 th St. in Maple Ridge to at least 30 Jan (Michael Sather, m.ob.). Another California Scrub-Jay was noted at residential Tsawwassen, at the corner of 55A and 4A av - enues, also continuing from fall to 3 Jan (Lori Bailey, m.ob.). Additional solo California Scrub- Jays were at the Brittania Shipyards in Rich - mond 21 Dec–8 Feb (Steffany Walker, m.ob.) and at Robertson School in Chilliwack 18 Feb+ (fide Melissa Hafting). Rare in the Fraser Valley, a Mountain Chickadee was a great find at Mar - ion Rd. and No. 4 Road in Abbotsford 14 Dec (Rick Toochin). A first for the Squamish area, a White-breasted Nuthatch visited feeders along Eagle Run Drive in Brackendale, continuing from fall to 14 Dec (Thor Halvorson, m.ob.). A Pygmy Nuthatch at feeders along Pighin Rd. near Cranbrook in the East Kootenay 5 Dec (Dean Nicholson) was well east of the species' normal range in the province. There have been very few records of Winter Wren in s. British Columbia since the split of Pacific and Win - ter wrens; one was discovered at a boggy area along Dyke Rd. in Abbotsford 19-30 Dec (Rick Toochin, m.ob.). The first confirmed Winter Wren in the Okanagan Valley was at a Scenic Canyon spring in Kelowna 17-24 Dec (Chris Charlesworth, m.ob.). Rock Wren is rare on the Sunshine Coast; one was along the shore in front of Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt 14 Dec (Marie Revoy). Rock Wren is a fairly common summer resident in the Okanagan, but be - This Brown Thrasher spent the winter attending a feeder in the moun- tain town of Revelstoke (here 8 January). Photo by © Brian Stech. British Columbia's first Redwing, found on Vancouver Island during the Victoria Christmas Bird 19 December (here 21 December), remained into the spring period and was seen by hundreds of birders. Photo by © Daniel Donnecke. British Columbia's seventh Siberian Accentor was found during the White Rock Christmas Bird Count on 3 January (here 15). The first "chaseable" ac- centor in decades, this individual thrilled birders during its 17-day stay at the edge of a blueberry field in Surrey. Photo by © Raymond Ng. An immature male Indigo Bunting, representing British Columbia's first winter record of the species, appeared at a feeder in Port Coquitlam near Van- couver from 21 (here) to 25 December. Photo by © John Findlay.

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