North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 142 B R I T I S H C O LU M B I A are regular but rare fall migrants on the coast, their appearance in the interior of the province is always cause for excitement. Pantage Lake, near Quesnel, has produced multiple records of the species, and on 25 Oct, up to 7 juv. Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were seen there (Rod Sargent, Adrian Leather). A frst-cycle Iceland Gull was found on Okanagan Lake in Penticton 9 Nov and re - mained through much of the winter period (Russell Cannings, m.ob.). The Okanagan Val - ley continues to be the provincial hotbed for Lesser Black-backed Gull sightings, with a third-cycle bird seen along the beach in Pent - icton 10-28 Oct (Dick Cannings, m.ob.). An ad. Lesser Black-backed Gull found in felds along Whatcom Rd. in the Sumas Prairie area near Abbotsford 5 Nov remained until 9 Nov (Rick Toochin, m.ob.). A White-winged Dove was photographed at Vancouver Island's Pacifc Rim N.P. at Wickaninnish Beach 14 Aug (Tom Johnson). Another was photographed at Shir - ley, Vancouver Island 20 Sep (Cathy Carlson). In the Okanagan, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was reported along River Rd. near Oliver 14 Aug (Mel Thorne). Acorn Woodpecker sightings continue to increase in the province, with 2 noted during the fall period, the frst at a pri - vate residence in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast 8 Nov (Pierre Geoffray), the other at the Cedar Hill G.C., Victoria 8-26 Nov (Klaus Emmaneel, m.ob). PASSERINES An annual rarity, an Ash- throated Flycatcher was at Boundary Bay in Delta near the foot of 104th Street 13 Sep–26 Oct (Nick Balacha - noff, m.ob.). A Tropical King- bird was photographed on Balaklava Island, approximately 20 km nw. of Port Hardy, Vancouver Island 7 Oct (Ivan Dubinsky). In the Kootenays, a Loggerhead Shrike was photographed at Wycliffe near Cranbrook 23 Aug (Carlene Irmen). In the Peace River area, a Brown Thrasher was not - ed at Chetwynd during a snowstorm 26 Oct (Evan Pye, Glenda Pye). The interior of British Columbia's frst White Wagtail was photographed on the mudfats at Salmon Arm, along with large focks of Ameri - can Pipits 21 Sep (Don Cecile). Another was in a corn stubble feld se. of the intersection of 34th Street and 33A Avenue in Delta 4-6 Nov (Mark Wynja, m.ob). An Eastern Yellow Wag - tail was described and photographed at Queen Charlotte City on Haida Gwaii 29 Sep (James Bradley). Lucky observers found an ad. Red- throated Pipit with American Pipits at Martin - dale Flats in Saanich, Vancouver Island 13-14 Oct (Dave Fraser et al.). Unusual warblers included an imm. male Cape May Warbler photographed in the town of Clearwater n. of Kamloops 23 Nov (Jacob Rudhe, Dennis Leon - ard) and an imm. female Black-throated Blue Warbler at the Pedder Bay site of the Rocky Point B.O. near Victoria 12 Oct (b. Emma Reader-Lee et al.). Single Blackburnian War - blers were found at three locations: at Island 22 in Chilliwack 8 Aug (Gord Gadsden), Bea - con Hill Park in Victoria 1-3 Nov (Ian Cruick- shank, m.ob), and Revelstoke 30 Oct–3 Nov (Darlene Cancelliere). A Dickcissel was photo - graphed at Francois Lake near Burns Lake 10 Oct (Keith Walker). A Lark Bunting was a nice fnd at the n. end of Vancouver Island at the Port Hardy Airport 30 Aug (Russell Cannings). Two female-type Bramblings were noted in the province this fall, one feeding alongside juncos at Mount Tolmie in Victoria 25-29 Sep (Keith Taylor, m.ob), the other at Haida Gwaii near Sandspit 30 Sep (James Bradley, Peter Hamel, Margo Hearne). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Chris Charlesworth, #106-571 Yates Road, Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 2V5 ( This female Brown Booby was photographed near Vancou- ver at the mouth of the Fraser River 14 September 2014. Photograph by Tom Forge. This Acorn Woodpecker, a frst for Vancouver Island, thrilled birders at the Cedar Hill Golf Course near Victoria, British Columbia during its two-week stay (here 9 November 2014). Photograph by Klaus Emmaneel. Rare in British Columbia, this female Black-throated Blue War - bler was banded at Rocky Point Bird Observatory near Victoria, 12 October 2014. Photograph by Emma Reader-Lee. Rare but regular on the coast of British Columbia, this Ruf was at Reifel Bird Sanctuary 28 August 2014. Photograph by Liron Gerstman. The Victoria area's frst Little Stint, a juvenile, thrilled birders at Sidney, British Columbia for six days, photographed here 3 September 2014. Photograph by James Bradley.

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