North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

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 372 south of 100 Mile House, 22 May, providing a rare spring interior record of this species for the province (Jess Findlay). Though they do breed in small numbers in B.C., Horned Puffin is a species that is not commonly seen by birders in the province, therefore the sighting of one from a Grand Princess cruise ship 103 Km SSE of the south end of the Haida Gwaii archipelago 19 May is noteworthy (Paul Lehman). Two more Horned Puffins were noted along the west side of Anthony Island in the Haida Gwaii chain, 29 May (Ken Wright). Delighting birders for several months in the Vancouver area, was an adult Black-headed Gull that remained from the winter period to 2 Apr (Edward Nygren, m.obs). The gull was seen at a number of lo - cations around Vancouver during its lengthy stay including Trout Lake, Stanley Park, and the Spanish Banks. In B.C., Franklin's Gulls are regular only in the Peace River area, elsewhere in the province they are rare visitors. Two adult Franklin's Gulls, were at Peter Jannink Na - ture Park along the shore of Shuswap Lake in Salmon Arm, 2 May (Don Cecile). Three adult Franlklin's Gulls were along the Columbia River near Castledale, about 30 km south of Golden, 23 May (Douglas Leighton). A Forster's Tern at the mouth of Chapman Creek at Mission Point in Sechelt, 20 & 21 May, provided the first record of this species for the Sunshine Coast (John Hodges, m.obs). Though Lewis's Woodpeckers once bred on southern Vancouver Island, their range has significantly retracted in British Columbia, and they are now considered a rare migrant on the island, thus one at Lohbrunner Road in East Saa - nich, 3 May was noteworthy (Mike McGrenere). A Prairie Falcon was a nice sighting on Vancou - ver Island, where this species is quite rare, along Comox Road in the Comox Valley, 18 Apr (Dave Routledge). Gyrfalcon reports were few and far between this spring, with a flyover noted at downtown Vancouver's Yaletown, 27 Mar (Yousif Attia). Another Gyrfalcon, this one an immature, was at Bowen Island, 14 Apr (Ben Keen). In the interior, a Gyrfalcon was reported at the Lac du Bois Grasslands near Kamloops on 30 Mar and again on 10 Apr (Isaac Nelson). PASSERINES A Dusky Flycatcher along Eagle Lake Road on Cypress Mountain in North Vancouver 15 May, was noteworthy as this species is very scarce at coastal locations (Rob Lyske). On Vancouver Island, a Dusky Flycatcher was at Mount Tol - mie, Victoria, 11 May (Geoffrey Newell), and on the Sunshine Coast, a Dusky Flycatcher was at the Stillwater Bluffs near Powell River, 12 May (Pierre Geoffray). The Okanagan Val - ley's second record of Eastern Phoebe was pho- tographed at Otter Lake north of Vernon, 17 Chris Charlesworth –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A strong, moist westerly flow off the Pacif- ic dominated the Region through March, letting up during the last week. This re - sulted in copious rainfall for the west coast of Vancouver Island with more normal totals far - ther north and inland. High winds were wide- spread across the south coast the first half of the month. Temperatures were held above normal in all areas. The jet stream pushed gradually northward and weakened during April with south coastal rainfalls totalling about half of the previous month. The north coast, however, was wetter. Temperatures on the whole were mild other than a couple of cold snaps the first half of the month east of the Rockies. Only parts of the Northeast were still reporting lowland snow on the ground by month's end. May began mild and dry but gradually succumbed to unsettled, wetter conditions as a trough of low pressure deepened along the coast. Significant wet low pressure systems moved southward across the Region during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the month, colliding with the seasonally strong northward songbird migration. WATERFOWL THROUGH FALCONS At the Iona Sewage Ponds in Richmond, a male Tufted Duck remained from the winter period until 3 Mar (Paul Clapham, m.obs). Another male Tufted Duck made a brief appearance at the same location 19 & 20 May (Keith Taylor, m.obs). On the Sunshine Coast, a Yellow-billed Loon was a nice find at the Roberts Creek Jetty, 14 Apr (John Hodges). Seen from a cruise ship, a single Murphy's Petrel, a rare visitor to British Columbia waters, was noted 215 km SW of the Brooks Peninsula off Vancouver Island, 13 May (Paul Lehman). In Revelstoke, a Great Egret was present at wetlands near the local airport, 16 & 17 May (Corey Bird, m.obs). In the Kootenay region, two White-faced Ibis were noted at Reade Lake near Cranbrook, 14 May (Dean Nicholson, m.obs). On Vancouver Island, a group of 7 White-faced Ibis were seen in flight over the Lochside Trail at Lohbrunner Road in the Blenkinsop Valley near Victoria, 20 May (Geoffrey Newell). Broad- winged Hawk sightings came from a number of locations this spring in the Okanagan Val - ley, where the species is a rare migrant. An adult Broad-winged Hawk was photographed over Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country, 1 May (Logan Lalonde). Another adult, also photo - graphed was over the Okanagan River Channel in Penticton, 8 May (Darcie Arcan). Another single Broad-winged Hawk was reported along Shuttleworth Creek Road, near Okanagan Falls, 15 May (Doug Martin) and an adult light morph Broad-winged Hawk was seen near Kekuli Pro - vincial Park, south of Vernon, 23 May (Daniele Mitchell). A Swainson's Hawk was found at the Hope Airport in the Fraser Valley, where the species is a rare migrant, 29 Apr (Gord Gads - den). On Vancouver Island, a Swainson's Hawk was at Ladysmith, 1 May (Bruce Whittington). One of local birders most sought-after vagrants to B.C., a Ferruginous Hawk, was reported over Kailay Orchards in Osoyoos, along Hwy 3, 21 May (Doug Brown). Black-necked Stilts have almost become an annual breeding species in southern B.C. in recent years. A pair of Black-necked Stilts arrived at Alki Lake in Kelowna, 11 Apr and remained into the breeding period, raising at least one chick (Peter Candido, m.obs). Also in Kelowna, single Black-necked Stilts appeared at Thompson Brook Marsh, 23 Apr (James Mac - Gregor) and at the mouth of Mission Creek, 23 Apr (Logan Lalonde, et al). In the East Koote - nay, a Black-necked Stilt made an appearance at Reade Lake near Wycliffe, 24 to 26 Apr (Dean Nicholson). An adult American Golden-Plover was unexpected at Bush Harbour on Kinbasket Lake, north of Golden, 12 May (Douglas Leigh - ton). In Revelstoke, a Whimbrel was present at Cartier Point, 27 to 30 May, providing a rare southern interior record of this species. In the Cariboo, another Whimbrel was at Green Lake, south of 100 Mile House, 22 May (Jess Find - lay). A Sanderling, a rare migrant in the south- ern interior, was at the south end of Swan Lake in the Okanagan Valley, near Vernon, 23 May (Chris Siddle). At the Mouth of Mission Creek in Kelowna, a Dunlin was a nice find 23 Apr (Logan Lalonde, Matyas Gerloczy). Four Parasitic Jaegers were at Green Lake, British Columbia

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