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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WADERS (SHOREBIRDS)

 

Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

VI – 2 Clover Point 9th, 1 from the ferry between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen 13th. All 3 were only seen in flight.

 

Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus

VI – 6 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th.

 

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Van – Total of 94 including 64 Westham Island 8th.

VI – 1-2 seen (or heard) at 5 sites.

 

Grey Plover (Black-bellied Plover) Pluvialis squatarola

Van – 4 Boundary Bay 8th.

VI – 80+ Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th, 68 Amber Way Biofiltration Wetland 12th.

 

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

Van – 4 Iona Beach 7th.

VI – 5 Island View Beach 10th and 13th, 43 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th.

Western Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Western Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06
Western Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10th September 2006 Western Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13th September 2006

 

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Van – 40 Iona Beach 7th.

VI – 1 Island View Beach 10th, 2 McIntyre Reservoir 10th, 4 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th, 11 Island View Beach 13th.

Least Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Least Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06

Least Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10th September 2006

 

Least Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13th September 2006

 

Least Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06 Least Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06
Least Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13th September 2006

 

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

VI – 1-2 Island View Beach 10th. 1 seen on the way up with 1 Least and 2 Western Sandpipers, 1 seen on the way down with 3 Western Sandpipers - perhaps the same bird but 2 were apparently present so quite possibly different. A scarce bird on Vancouver Island which had attracted some interest from local birders.

Baird's Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Baird's Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06
Baird's Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Baird's Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06
Baird's Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 10th September 2006

 

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

Van – An impressive flock of 24 Boundary Bay 20th in soaking rain. I didn't think identifying a vagrant Sharp-tailed Sandpiper would be too problematic but I did wonder for a while when I noticed two or three birds showing much more extensive warm colour and streaking along the fore-flanks, as well as particularly bright rufous crowns, compared to all the other Pec Sands I've seen. Unfortunately though, these were no Sharpies, just Pecs at the brighter end of their spectrum which I hadn't previously encountered.

VI – 1 McIntyre Reservoir 13th.

Int – 4 Kicking Horse Drive, Golden 16th. One of these four was confusingly tiny – I almost put it down as a Least Sandpiper it was so much smaller than the others. However it showed all the normal plumage, structural and behavioural features of a juvenile Pec. Very odd.

Pectoral Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06 Pectoral Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06
Pectoral Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06 Pectoral Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06
Pectoral Sandpiper(s), Golden, 16th September 2006

 

Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus

Int – 1 juvenile Kicking Horse Drive, Golden 16th. This is apparently a scarce migrant in most of British Columbia. It was associating with Long-billed Dowitchers and appeared to have a slightly injured leg.

Stilt Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06 Stilt Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06
Stilt Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06 Stilt Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06
Stilt Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06 Stilt Sandpiper, Golden, 16-Sep-06
Stilt Sandpiper, Golden, 16th September 2006

 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis

Van – Another scarce bird locally: 1 Boundary Bay 20th.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Boundary Bay, 20-Sep-06 Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Boundary Bay, 20-Sep-06
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Boundary Bay, 20th September 2006

 

Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata

Van – 1 Reifel 8th.

 

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus

Van – 4 Reifel 8th, 70 Boundary Bay 20th.

VI – 3 McIntyre Reservoir 10th, 1 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th, 13 Campbell River 12th.

Int – 45 Kicking Horse Drive, Golden 16th. Also 33+ Dowitcher sp. Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 17th were probably this species. The vast majority were juveniles (e.g. just one adult in the flock of 45 at Golden).

Long-billed Dowitcher, Golden, 16-Sep-06 Long-billed Dowitcher, Golden, 16-Sep-06
Long-billed Dowitcher, Golden, 16-Sep-06  
Long-billed Dowitchers, Golden, 16th September 2006

 

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Van – 2 Reifel 8th, 2 Boundary Bay 8th, 4 Boundary Bay 9th.

VI – 1 Cordova Spit 13th, 1 McIntyre Reservoir 13th.

Greater Yellowlegs, Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06 Greater Yellowlegs, McIntyre Reservoir, 13-Sep-06
Greater Yellowlegs, Boundary Bay, 9th September 2006 Greater Yellowlegs, McIntyre Reservoir, 13th September 2006

 

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia

VI – 1 McIntyre Reservoir 10th, 2 Island View Beach 13th.

Spotted Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06 Spotted Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06
Spotted Sandpiper, Island View Beach, 13th September 2006

 

Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala

VI – 20 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th, 45 Campbell River 12th, 1 Amber Bay Biofiltration Wetland 12th.

 

Surfbird Aphriza virgata

VI – 1 Amber Bay Biofiltration Wetland 12th.

Surfbird, Amber Way, 12-Sep-06
Surfbird with Grey (Black-bellied) Plovers, Amber Way Biofiltration Wetland, 12th September 2006

 

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus

VI – c50 Oyster Bay Shoreline Park 12th.

 

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