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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CORVIDS, STARLINGS, HOUSE SPARROW, VIREOS and FINCHES

 

Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia

Int – 22 seen at 7 sites, the majority in the central area. Best count 10 Kelowna 19th.

Black-billed Magpie, Marble Canyon Provincial Park, 14-Sep-06
Black-billed Magpie, Marble Canyon Provincial Park, 14th September 2006

 

Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis

Int – 3 Emerald Lake 16th, 2 Takakkaw Falls 17th, 5 Banff National Park (in Alberta) 17th.

Gray Jay, Emerald Lake, 16-Sep-06 Gray Jay, Takakkaw Falls, 17-Sep-06

Gray Jay, Emerald Lake, 16th September 2006

Gray Jay, Takakkaw Falls, 17th September 2006
Gray Jay, Banff NP, 17-Sep-06 Gray Jay, Banff NP, 17-Sep-06
Gray Jays, Banff National Park, 17th September 2006

 

Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

VI – Total of 17 about half of which were seen during my brief visit to the west of the island (Ucluelet/Tofino area) 11th.

Int – 3 near Revelstoke 15th, 3 Hemlock Grove 15th, singles at 5 sites 14th-17th.

Steller's Jay, Hemlock Grove, 15-Sep-06 Steller's Jay, Hemlock Grove, 15-Sep-06
Steller's Jay, Hemlock Grove, 15th September 2006

 

Clark's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana

Int – 1 near Marble Canyon Provincial Park 14th, 6+ between Lillooet and Lytton 14th, 1 Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden 16th, 1 between Princetown and Hope 19th. After a promising start in the Lytton area I expected to find lots of these in the Rockies, but this was unfortunately not to be. Although I was able to stop and look at the first, albeit with craned neck and rain-filled objectives, every one of these was seen from a moving vehicle (car or gondola!).

 

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Int – Common. Best counts 20 Golden 16th, 30 Bobolink Meadows 19th.

American Crow, Marble Canyon Provincial Park, 14-Sep-06
American Crow, Marble Canyon Provincial Park, 14th September 2006

 

Northwestern Crow Corvus caurinus

Van – Apparently the crows in this area belong to this species, although hybrids may occur. All were identified on range alone and I don't claim any special ability to separate American and Northwestern Crows on any other feature! Common. Best counts 40 Iona Beach 7th, 100 Boundary Bay 8th.

VI – Common. Best counts 30 Victoria 9th, 30 Rathrevor Park 11th.

Northwestern Crow, Iona Beach, 7-Sep-06 Northwestern Crow, Esquimalt Lagoon, 9-Sep-06
Northwestern Crow, Iona Beach, 7th September 2006

Northwestern Crow, Esquimalt Lagoon, 9th September 2006

 

Northwestern Crow, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06  
Northwestern Crow, Island View Beach, 10th September 2006  

 

(Common) Raven Corvus corax

Van – 1 Ladner Harbour Park 8th. This species seems so much more approachable in North America than in Europe (based on this trip and one previous trip to California).

VI – A total of 22 seen including 6 Cowichan Bay and 5 Somenos Marsh 10th.

Int – A total of 72 seen including 15 Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 18th.

 

(European) Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Van – One of the first species seen with 1 Vancouver Airport 7th. Common at Westham Island (hundreds) and Boundary Bay.

VI – Common.

Int – Hundreds at Ashcroft 14th.

 

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Van – 30 Westham Island 8th when also seen at Reifel.

VI – Seen at Clover Point, Victoria and Island View Beach.

 

Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus

Van – At least 1 MacDonald Road, Vancouver Airport 7th. One of the first passerines to be seen and it would have certainly received far more attention if I had realised it would be the only one all trip.

 

American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis

Van – 2 MacDonald Road, Vancouver Airport 7th, 10 Boundary Bay 9th.

VI – 4 Island View Beach 10th, 1 Cowichan Bay 10th, 5 Island View Beach 13th.

Int – 2 Vaseux Lake 19th, 6 Bobolink Meadows 19th.

American Goldfinch, Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06 American Goldfinch, Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06

American Goldfinches, Boundary Bay, 9th September 2006

 

American Goldfinch, Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06
American Goldfinch, Rathrevor Park, 11th September 2006

 

(Red) Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Int – At least 1 male Okanagon Falls area 19th.

 

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Leucosticte tephrocotis

Int – 4 Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden 16th. This was a species I had very much hoped to see although I didn't have any sites for them. I figured that the Gondola trip at Kicking Horse was the easiest way to get to high enough ground to stand much of a chance of finding them. Although it was technically successful, views were unsatisfactory, consisting of a silhouetted flock of 4 flying behind me while we were eating in the restuarant at the top of the Gondola. I'm not counting them, though I don't think there was anything else they could have been.

 

Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus

Van – 1 MacDonald Road, Vancouver Airport 7th, 4 Boundary Bay 8th.

VI – 50 Island View Beach 10th (consisting almost entirely of brown females/immatures, just one red male), 1 Rathrevor Park 11th, 2 Englishman River Estuary 11th, 30 Rathrevor Park 13th.

Interesting that virtually all the Purple Finches seen were brown female or immature birds whilst with House Finch there was a good proportion of red males.

Purple Finch, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Purple Finch, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06
Purple Finch, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Purple Finch, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06
Purple Finch, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 Purple Finch, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06

Purple Finches, Island View Beach, 10th September 2006

 

Purple Finch, Englishman River Estuary, 11-Sep-06  
Purple Finches, Englishman River Estuary, 11th September 2006

 

 

House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus

Van – 4 Reifel 8th, 30 Boundary Bay 9th.

VI – 1 Nanaimo 10th, 8 Island View Beach 13th.

House Finch, Reifel, 8-Sep-06
House Finch, Reifel, 8-Sep-06
House Finch, Reifel, 8-Sep-06
House Finches, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 8th September 2006
House Finch, Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06 House Finch, Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06 House Finch, Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06
House Finches, Boundary Bay, 9th September 2006

 

Pine Grosbeak Pinicolor enucleator

Int – 3 Emerald Lake 16th, 5+ Emerald Lake (but in a different place and probably involving different birds) 17th. Much more satisfying than the grotty escaped individual I saw in the UK in July.

Pine Grosbeak, Emerald Lake, 16-Sep-06
Pine Grosbeak, Emerald Lake, 16th September 2006

 

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