British Columbia, 7th to 20th September 2006Species 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, 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 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.
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, 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 (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 (Vancouver Airport), 7th September 2006
|Great Blue Heron, Esquimalt Lagoon, 9th September 2006|
|Great Blue Heron, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12th September 2006||Great Blue Heron, McIntyre Reservoir, 13th September 2006|
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- Grouse, Quail, Divers (Loons), Grebes, Cormorants & Herons
- Raptors, Cranes & Coots
- Waders (Shorebirds)
- Skuas (Jaegers), Gulls & Terns
- Auks, Doves, Owls, Swifts, Kingfishers & Woodpeckers
- Flycatchers, Larks, Swallows, Pipits, Waxwing, Dipper, Wrens & Catbird
- Bluebirds, Solitaires, Thrushes, Kinglets, Chickadees, Nuthatches & Creepers
- Corvids, Starlings, House Sparrow, Vireos & Finches
- New World Warblers, Sparrows & Blackbirds
- Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians & Insects