British Columbia, 7th to 20th September 2006

Species List (continued...)

The following abbreviations are used throughout:

VI = Vancouver Island
Van = Vancouver area (i.e. coastal region between Vancouver and Boundary Bay)
Int = Interior, i.e. anywhere inland of Vancouver

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GROUSE, QUAIL, DIVERS (LOONS), GREBES, CORMORANTS AND HERONS

 

Spruce Grouse / Franklin's Grouse Falcipennis (canadensis) franklinii

Int – 5 Emerald Lake 17th. I was confronted by a party of 4 on the path as I rounded the corner. Instead of running or flying away they walked right up to me! Later a different male flew to a perch high in a tree where it showed well for several minutes. One of the highlights of the holiday. There are two types of Spruce Grouse (which may represent different species) - these belonged to the Rockies form franklinii known as Franklin's Grouse.

Spruce Grouse, Emerald Lake, 17-Sep-06 Spruce Grouse, Emerald Lake, 17-Sep-06
Spruce Grouse, Emerald Lake, 17-Sep-06 Spruce Grouse, Emerald Lake, 17-Sep-06
Spruce Grouse, Emerald Lake, 17-Sep-06 Spruce Grouse, Emerald Lake, 17-Sep-06
Spruce Grouse, Emerald Lake, 17th September 2006

 

Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus

Int – 3 singles beside the road late one rainy afternoon: 2 Slocum and 1 New Denver 18th.

 

California Quail Callipepla californica

Int – several flocks totalling over 60 near Okanagan Falls 19th.

California Quail, Okanagan Falls, 19-Sep-06 California Quail, Okanagan Falls, 19-Sep-06
California Quail, Okanagan Falls, 19-Sep-06  
California Quail, Okanagan Falls area, 19th September 2006

 

Pacific Diver (Pacific Loon) Gavia pacifica

VI – 1 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th.

 

Great Northern Diver (Common Loon) Gavia immer

Van – 2 Boundary Bay 9th, 1 Tsawwassen 9th.

VI – 6 records, all coastal. Best counts 12 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th, 8 Island View Beach & Cordova Spit 13th.

Int – 1 Vaseux Lake 19th.

Great Northern Diver, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Great Northern Diver, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06
Great Northern Diver, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Great Northern Diver, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06

Great Northern Divers (Common Loons), Island View Beach, 10th September 2006

 

Great Northern Diver, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12-Sep-06 Great Northern Diver, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12-Sep-06

Great Northern Diver (Common Loons), Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12th September 2006. These dreadful photos are only posted to illustrate a point: when this diver came into view it appeared to show a stonking great all-pale bill, just like a White-billed Diver (Yellow-billed Loon) (left hand photo, only it looked more obvious in life). However the head pattern didn't look quite right for that species and I was very doubtful that it would prove to be anything so interesting. Indeed when it came a bit closer and in better light (right hand photo) it became clear that it did indeed have a dark culmen ruling out any hope that it might be the scarcer of the two species. Interestingly, not only did the bill appear to lack any dark markings at first, but initially it also gave the impression of having the bill shape of a White-billed Diver. I can well imagine how people can mistakenly claim White-billed Diver when faced with a view like this one started off.

 

Great Northern Diver, Campbell River, 12-Sep-06  

Great Northern Diver (Common Loon), Campbell River, 12th September 2006.

 

Great Northern Diver, Cordova Spit, 13-Sep-06 Great Northern Diver, Cordova Spit, 13-Sep-06
Great Northern Diver (Common Loon), Cordova Spit, 13th September 2006.

 

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

VI – 5 Swan Lake 13th.

Int – 12+ Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 17th, 5 Wasa Lake 18th, 1 Bobolink Meadows 19th.

 

Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegna

Van – 3 Boundary Bay 9th.

VI – 7 Esquimalt Lagoon 9th, 2 Rathrevor Park 11th, 20+ Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th, 2 Island View Beach 13th.

Red-necked Grebe, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06
Red-necked Grebe, Island View Beach, 13th September 2006

 

Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe) Podiceps auritus

Van – 25+ Boundary Bay 9th.

VI – 10+ Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th, 1 Island View Beach 13th.

Int – 1 Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 17th.

 

Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

VI – 3 Cordova Spit 10th, an impressive gathering of 525 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th.

 

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Van – 3 locations; max 19 Iona Beach 7th.

VI – Up to 5 at 3 locations.

Int – 1 Creston Valley 19th.

Double-crested & Pelagic Cormorants, Campbell River, 12-Sep-06
Double-crested (left) and Pelagic (right) Cormorants, Campbell River, 12th September 2006

 

Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus

VI – 1 Clover Point 9th, 15 Island View Beach & Cordova Spit 10th, 30 Campbell River 12th, 17 Swartz Bay 13th.

 

American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus

VI – 1 Swan Lake 12th.

 

(Black-crowned) Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Van – 1 adult Reifel 8th.

 

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Van – Common. Counts included at least 24 Boundary Bay 8th.

VI – Up to 5 seen at 8 sites.

Int – Up to 3 at 6 sites.

Great Blue Heron, MacDonald Road, 7-Sep-06 Great Blue Heron, Esquimalt Lagooon, 9-Sep-06

Great Blue Heron, MacDonald Road (Vancouver Airport), 7th September 2006

 

Great Blue Heron, Esquimalt Lagoon, 9th September 2006
Great Blue Heron, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12-Sep-06 Great Blue Heron, McIntyre Reservoir, 13-Sep-06
Great Blue Heron, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12th September 2006 Great Blue Heron, McIntyre Reservoir, 13th September 2006

 

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