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
Click on the photos to see a larger (and sometimes less heavily cropped) version.
RAPTORS, CRANES and COOTS
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
VI – 19 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th. Up to 3 at 10 other sites.
Int – 10 Malakwa 15th, 10 (including at least 5 moving south) Bobolink Meadows 19th. Also 1-2 at 2 other sites.
Turkey Vulture, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12th September 2006
|Turkey Vulture, Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 17th September 2006|
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Van – 2 adults Reifel 8th.
VI – 1 adult Campbell River 12th.
Int – 1 adult Wilmer Bird Sanctuary17th, 2 adults Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 18th.
|Bald Eagle, Campbell River, 12th September 2006|
Northern Harrier Circus (cyaneus) hudsonius
Van – Total of 5 between Vancouver Airport, Reifel and Boundary Bay 7th-9th, up to 2 Boundary Bay 19th-20th.
VI – 1 male Cowichan Bay 10th.
Int – 2 Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 17th, singles Creston Valley, Okanagon Falls and Bobolink Meadows 18th-19th.
|Northern Harrier, Boundary Bay, 9th September 2006|
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
VI – 1 Victoria 9th.
Int – 1-2 near Revelstoke 15th, 1 Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (Golden) 16th, 1 Vaseux Lake 19th, 3 moving south Bobolink Meadows 19th.
|Sharp-shinned Hawk, near Revelstoke, 15th September 2006.|
Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Van – 1 Iona Beach 7th. At least 2 other unidentified Accipiter hawks were seen in the Vancouver area.
VI – 1 adult Swan Lake 13th.
Int – 1 Bobolink Meadows 19th (although many raptors and cranes were moving through this appeared to be a local bird)
|Cooper's Hawk, Swan Lake (Victoria), 13th September 2006.||Accipiter sp., Boundary Bay, 9th September 2006. Anyone dare to put a name to it? I suspect Cooper's based on size (in field), but I'm not confident. Contact me if you think you can be positive...|
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Int – An adult was seen well with Sandhill Cranes moving south at Bobolink Meadows on 19th. Apparently a scarce migrant in most of British Columbia although I understand that most records are from mid September.
Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
Int – An individual belonging to what I thought was this species moved south during an impressive movement of cranes and raptors at Bobolink Meadows on 19th. An experienced North American birder has looked at the photo below and said that it looks more like a Red-tailed Hawk to him. In the field it appeared consistently longer-tailed than Red-tailed Hawk to my eyes and the wing shape appeared different, longer and narrower, particularly at the base and tip. The trailing edge of the wings lacked the rounded-bulge look that I associate with Red-tailed, being more like two wedges back to back. Any further comments from anyone else would be appreciated, but I should probably go along with the North American birder as I've not got nearly as much experience with Red-tailed and none with Swainson's!
Swainson's or Red-tailed Hawk?, Bobolink Meadows, 19th September 2006. Comments welcome!
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Van – 1 Boundary Bay 8th.
Int – 1-2 seen at 6 locations (total 8 birds). Other unidentified Buteo hawks were seen whilst driving and were almost certainly this species. The species appeared commoner towards the west with none seen close to the Rockies.
|Red-tailed Hawk, near Revelstoke, 15th September 2006.|
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
VI – 1 Esquimalt Lagoon 9th, 1 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th.
Int – At least 5 between Lytton and Kamloops (including 1 at a nest) 14th, 1-2 adults seen and young audible in nest (out of sight) Emerald Lake 16th and 17th, 1 Fairmount 18th, 1 Bobolink Meadows 19th, 2 between Osoyoos and Princetown 19th. Several nests were seen but most appeared to be already vacated.
|Osprey, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12th September 2006|
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Int – Total of 8 between Lillooet, Lytton and Kamloops 14th, 1 Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 17th, 3 Skookumchuck 18th, 2 Okanagon Falls 19th, 1 Bobolink Meadows 19th, 1 between Osoyoos and Princetown 19th.
Merlin Falco columbarius
VI – 1 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th, 1 Swan Lake 12th.
Int – 1 Marble Canyon Provincial Park 14th, 1 between Lillooet and Lytton 14th, 1 Okanagon Falls 19th.
|Merlin, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12th September 2006|
Peregrine Falco peregrinus
Van – 1 juvenile Reifel 8th, 1 Boundary Bay 8th.
VI – 1 Campbell River 12th.
American Coot Fulica americana
Van – 3 Reifel 8th.
Int – Several locations including 470 Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 17th, 100+ Cranbrook 18th, 600+ Vaseux Lake 19th.
|American Coot, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 8th September 2006|
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis
Van – 4 Reifel 8th. These individuals are resident and semi-tame, although probably of wild origin. The next ones were far more satisfying, if not so close...
Int – An exciting movement at Bobolink Meadows (between Oliver and Osoyoos) consisted of about 480 moving south (flocks of 3, >220, 5, 60, 17, 110 & 64) during just over an hour early afternoon of 19th. Although rather high, the calls made these birds easy to pick up as they circled overhead gradually moving south. Several raptors were also moving through with the following seen in 1.5 hours: Osprey, Northern Harrier, at least 10 Turkey Vultures, 3 Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk and Broad-winged Hawk. One of the most memorable moments of the holiday.
Sandhill Cranes, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 8th September 2006
|Sandhill Cranes, Bobolink Meadows, 19th September 2006|
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- 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