North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

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 104 Numerous reports of Broad-winged Hawks also came in from the eastern Fraser Valley where one was over Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford, 5 Sep (RT); later in the season, another individual was found on 5 Oct (RT) Five Broad-wingeds were over Vedder Mountain in Chilliwack on 11 Sep with another over the city of Chilliwack on 9 Sep (RT). From trails on Cheam Mountain in Chilliwack, a Broad-winged Hawk was reported overhead 20 Oct (Ed Klassen, John Vooys), and at Vedder Mountain, another was seen 21 Oct (RT). Swainson's Hawk is a rare visitor to coastal areas of BC, thus a single bird at the Hope Air - port 18 Sep was noteworthy (LL, Isaac Nelson). A juvenile Swainson's Hawk was seen over Su - mas Mountain, 5 Oct (RT), and another was at Pedder Bay in Metchosin on Vancouver Island, 11 Sep (RSch). Ferruginous Hawks are always of note in BC, and an immature was photographed at a cattle pasture on the Holmes – Deakin Rd near Golden, 16 Aug (Douglas Leighton). An adult Ferruginous Hawk was photographed along Kootenay River Road in Creston, 20 Sep (Jim Lawrence). Pacific Golden-Plover is a noteworthy species anywhere in BC away from the coast, so a juve - nile seen at Christmas Island in Salmon Arm 22 Sep was a good find. The bird remained until at least 25 Sep (Don Cecile, m.obs). An Upland Sandpiper was also unexpected at Salmon Arm, where it was along the foreshore, 22 to 24 Aug (Allan and Reba Dupilka, m.obs). In the Fraser Valley a juvenile Upland Sandpiper was found along York Road in Abbotsford, 10 Oct (RT). A juvenile male Ruff was found at Boundary Bay at the foot of 96th St in Delta, 25 Sep (KL, m.obs). Another Ruff was at Boundary Bay, at the foot of 104th St, 30 & 31 Oct (KL, m.obs). While Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is rare but regular in coastal areas of the province, the spe - cies is still only a casual visitor in the interior, where a juvenile appeared at Pantage Lake NW of Quesnel, 14 Sep (RSarg). Coastal reports of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, all involving juvenile birds, included two at the Reifel Refuge in Lad - ner, 21 to 28 Sep (Yousif Attia, m.obs), with another single juvenile at the same location 5 Chris Charlesworth –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he cooling trend begun at the end of sum- mer season continued into August with unsettled weather being widespread. The first harbinger of the autumn gales to come ar - rived mid-month, as an organized low pressure system originating in the Pacific crossed the Re - gion. Its main effect was to instigate several days of brisk, post-frontal, northwesterly winds in its wake which, no doubt, aided birds winging their way south. Steadier precipitation on the coast arrived at the end of August, as did an un - seasonably strong, but small-scale, low pressure system that affected the Metro Vancouver area on the 29th bringing considerable high wind- damage. September saw Pacific fronts crossing the Region on a weekly basis, with some coastal sites accumulating plentiful rainfall. A weaker version of the summer high pressure ridge held sway through October with mild temperatures and less precipitation than the previous month. November saw inland regions gradually suc - cumb to winter as cold air from the north was sucked southward by strengthening low pres - sure systems off the coast. Many stations report- ed first snowfalls around mid-month. Coastal sites remained wet and windy. WATERFOWL THROUGH GULLS Rare waterfowl were sparse this period, but a male Tufted Duck seen on Saltspring Island in Outer Ganges Harbour, 15 Nov was certainly of note (John Sprauge). Rare in the interior of the province, a Red-throated Loon was found on Shuswap Lake at Salmon Arm Bay 27 Oct (TH). A Yellow-billed Loon was also on Shus - wap Lake at Salmon Arm Bay from 16 to 27 Oct (TH, m.obs). Though they breed in the south - ern interior of BC in small numbers, Clark's Grebes are rare visitors to coastal locations where one was found at the White Rock Pier from 2 to 28 Oct and was seen by many (Carlo Giovanella, m.obs). Another Clark's Grebe was noted at Esquimalt Lagoon near Victoria and the bird remained from 17 to 25 Oct (Daniel Donnecke, m.obs). Seen from shore at Amphi - trite Point near Ucluelet was a Manx Shearwa- ter, 18 Oct (GM). Brown Booby sightings continue to in - crease in British Columbia waters with an adult photographed at Knight Inlet, 28 Aug (Derek Kyiostia). A juvenile Brown Booby was seen floating on a log several kilometres south of Beechy Head on the southern tip of Vancou - ver Island, 11 Oct and was relocated on 12 Oct (Cathy Carlson, Jeremy Gatten). An adult fe - male Brown Booby was identified by observers aboard a NOAA research ship along the west coast of Vancouver Island near Bamfield, 20 Oct (Alicia Amerson, et al). Several Great Egrets appeared in southern British Columbia this fall, with one along River Drive near Fairmont Meadows at Fairmont Hot Springs, 10 to 16 Aug (David Gibson, m.obs). Another Great Egret was along the Kettle River near Grand Forks at the Atwood Bridge, 25 Sep (Mike Wisnicki). In the Fraser Valley a Great Egret was at Grant Narrows in Pitt Meadows, 16 Aug (Devin de Zwaan, Katelyn Crisp). Another was on the Tsawwassen First Nations Reserve; presumably the same bird appeared at a num - ber of nearby locations during its stay including Fuller Slough and the East Dyke at the Reifel Refuge. In the Victoria area, a Great Egret was at Esquimalt Lagoon, 4 Aug (Cathy Carlson). Fall reports of Cattle Egrets have significantly decreased across British Columbia in recent years, thus a report of one along Speers Road in Creston 17 to 23 Oct was of note (Marcia Long, m.obs). On Vancouver Island, a Cattle Egret was at Martindale Flats in Central Saanich, 4 Oct (AN, Mary Robichaud). Spring records of White-faced Ibis in British Columbia have dra - matically increased over the past decade or so, however fall records are still exceptionally un - usual. This season, a juvenile was photographed at the ponds near the airport in Revelstoke, 24 Sep (Dusty Veideman), while another juvenile appeared on the Lower Mainland at the Reifel Refuge, 10 Sep (Nathan Polak). The only White-tailed Kite reported dur- ing the period was of a single bird at the Iona Island Sewage Ponds in Richmond, 4 Aug (Pe - ter Candido). Reports of southbound migrant Broad-winged Hawks were numerous this fall in the southern portion of the province, where the species is considered rare. Perhaps the most as - tonishing count, was of 27 birds migrating south over a ridge, just to the south of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, 5 Sep (CC, Cindy Lawrence, et al). On the same day two were seen along lower Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country, 5 Sep (MF). British Columbia One of several Brown Boobies reported in British Columbia waters this fall, this bird was photographed at Knight Inlet, 28 August. Photo by © Derek Kyiostia.

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