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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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, 12-Sep-06

Turkey Vulture, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12th September 2006

Turkey Vulture, Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 17-Sep-06 Turkey Vulture, Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 17-Sep-06
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, 12-Sep-06
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, 9-Sep-06
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, Revelstoke, 15-Sep-06 Sharp-shinned Hawk, Revelstoke, 15-Sep-06
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, 13-Sep-06 Accipiter sp., Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06
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 Hawk, Bobolink Meadows, 19-Sep-06

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, Revelstoke, 15-Sep-06
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, 12-Sep-06
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, 12-Sep-06
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, 8-Sep-06
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, 8-Sep-06
Sandhill Cranes, Reifel, 8-Sep-06
Sandhill Crane, Reifel, 8-Sep-06

Sandhill Cranes, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 8th September 2006

Sandhill Cranes, Bobolink Meadows, 19-Sep-06
Sandhill Cranes, Bobolink Meadows, 19th September 2006

 

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