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21 Aug More Vancouver birding [Chris Charlesworth ]
20 Aug Vancouver birding (Aug 20) [Chris Charlesworth ]
21 Feb Bill Kinkaid [Bill Kinkaid ]
5 Mar new journal [Len Jellicoe ]
27 Feb Bird pix [Len Jellicoe ]
11 Feb Fraser Valley journal [Len Jellicoe ]
11 Feb Fraser Valley journal [Len Jellicoe ]
11 Feb Fraser Valley journal [Len Jellicoe ]
11 Feb Fraser Valley journal [Len Jellicoe ]
4 Feb Fraser Valley Journal [Len Jellicoe ]
4 Feb Fraser Valley Journal [Len Jellicoe ]
4 Feb Fraser Valley Journal [Len Jellicoe ]
4 Feb Fraser Valley Journal [Len Jellicoe ]
25 Jan Fraser Valley bird update [leonard jellicoe ]
25 Jan Fraser Valley bird sightings journal [Len Jellicoe ]
25 Jan Fraser Valley bird sightings journal [Len Jellicoe ]
25 Jan Fraser Valley bird sightings journal [Len Jellicoe ]
23 Jan BC Bird Alert Update [Russell Cannings ]
6 Jan a week of birds in the lower mainland [Len Jellicoe ]
6 Jan a week of birds in the lower mainland [Len Jellicoe ]
6 Jan a week of birds in the lower mainland [Len Jellicoe ]
05 Jan Final Big Year Blog Update [Russell Cannings ]
05 Dec BC Bird Alert UPDATE [Russell Cannings ]
22 Nov BC Bird Alert updated and now on TWITTER! [Russell Cannings ]
14 Nov Re: [BCVIBIRDS] New Province-wide Bird alert / tracker [Randy Findlay ]
14 Nov New Province-wide Bird alert / tracker [Russell Cannings ]
14 Nov Blog updated after Haida Gwaii trip and rarity bonanza! [Russell Cannings ]
23 Oct Fwd: [bcintbird] Re: Burrowing Owl Reintroduction Programme Threatened. [Len Jellicoe ]
23 Oct YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO in Creston-- got it! [Russell Cannings ]
11 Oct Tropical Kingbird Images [Randy Findlay ]
9 Oct Bird article in Vancouver Sun [Tammy Proctor ]
05 Oct NEW BC BIG YEAR RECORD! [Russell Cannings ]
30 Sep Clarification on Great Shearwater status in BC [Russell Cannings ]
30 Sep FORK-TAILED SWIFT in the Yukon! [Russell Cannings ]
16 Sep Another blog update! [Russell Cannings ]
7 Sep Weird subject lines from David Robinson [David Robinson ]
06 Sep Finally the BLOG is updated! [Russell Cannings ]
05 Sep tripod head advice [H Douglas Cooper ]
29 Aug Common Nighthawks [Tammy Proctor ]
19 Aug Black Bond Books [Roy Priest ]
11 Jul Re: Blog updated after epic northern trip! [Jack Bowling ]
10 Jul Blog updated after epic northern trip! [Russell Cannings ]
25 Jun Does anyone want to go for a road trip? [Russell Cannings ]
15 Jun Rockies and Okanagan birding (blog update) [Russell Cannings ]
02 Jun Blog updated with Peace River trip + bicycle big day [Russell Cannings ]
20 May New BC Big Day Record: 197! [Russell Cannings ]
16 May Possible Red-naped Sapsucker at Cumberland [David Robinson ]
14 May Blog updated again [Russell Cannings ]
06 May Trip to Port Renfrew BLOG update [Russell Cannings ]
22 Apr Blog Updated (sorta) [Russell Cannings ]
8 Apr Meet Spectacled Flowerpecker, the world's newest bird species - NatGeo News Watch [Randy Findlay ]
5 Apr YouTube - Peter & Peeps -- Rescued Baby Hummingbird Fed in Hand by Mother [Randy Findlay ]
2 Apr YouTube - Hummingbird Building a Nest.mp4 ...Victoria, B.C. [Randy Findlay ]
2 Apr Live Owl Nest Box Cam [Randy Findlay ]
20 Mar YouTube - NATURE | Behind the Scenes of "Hummingbirds" | PBS [Randy Findlay ]
12 Dec Texas agency sued over Canadian whooping crane deaths [Randy Findlay ]
12 Oct Canada Goose Hybrid [Randy Findlay ]
11 Oct McCown's Longspur etc. [Randy Findlay ]
31 Aug Hudsonian Godwit and Western Sandpiper [Randy Findlay ]
03 Aug Maple Ridge BC Scrub-Jay: More Images. [Roger ]
31 Jan Northern Goshawk ( RANDY S. FINDLAY PHOTOGRAPHY ) [Randy Findlay ]
20 Jan Out of town, ( except for Interior ) birding loop [Thor Manson ]
27 Dec break in the weather birding [Tammy Proctor ]
24 Dec American Goldfinch [Tammy Proctor ]
21 Dec Price of seed versus snow [Tammy Proctor ]
16 Dec bird listing services [Thor Manson ]
11 Dec Our Cooper's Hawk [Tammy Proctor ]
11 Dec Cooper's Hawk [Tammy Proctor ]
4 Dec N. Hawk Owl Abbotsford-error [Thor Manson ]
3 Dec N. Hawk Owl- Abbotsford. Yes. [Thor Manson ]
3 Dec N. Hawk Owl; Abbotsford; no. [Thor Manson ]
2 Dec N. Hawk Owl; Abbotsford. [Thor Manson ]
29 Nov Northern Shrike [Tammy Proctor ]
24 Nov hunting Cooper's Hawk [Tammy Proctor ]
22 Nov gull mobility [Thor Manson ]
21 Nov Black-tailed Gull [Thor Manson ]

Subject: More Vancouver birding
From: Chris Charlesworth <c_charlesworth23 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:48:35 -0700
Birders,

Today was day 2 of Avocet Tours 'Southern BC' tour. We started off at 
Tsawwassen Jetty where despite a good lot of trying I couldn't find any Black 
Turnstones. We did get great views of BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS, as well as a few 
small groups of WESTERN SANDPIPERS. Out on the ocen were numerous WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS, along with COMMON LOONS, RED-NECKED GREBES and HORNED GREBE. An early 
adult MEW GULL was picked out from the RING-BILLED and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS. 
Our first good looks at an adult BALD EAGLE were appreciated by those who had 
never been to North America before. Both DOUBLE-CRESTED and PELAGIC CORMORANTS 
were easily seen, as were several CASPIAN TERNS flying about. 


Next stop was at Reifel Refuge. As soon as we arrived we added a few new 
species to our trip list on the pond behind the gift shop. There were LESSER 
and GREATER YELLOWLEGS side by side, along with several nice adult LONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS here. As we walked along we checked numerous ponds for ducks finding 
WOOD DUCK, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, MALLARD, GREEN-WINGED 
TEAL, CINNAMON TEAL, HOODED MERGANSER and a PIED-BILLED GREBE. The brambles and 
birch trees were alive with birds too. BEWICK'S WRENS chattered away and 
occasionally popped into view. SPOTTED TOWHEE hopped about on the path 
alongside SONG SPARROWS. BALD EAGLES flew overhead repeatedly, as did a 
PEREGRINE FALCON and an immature COOPER'S HAWK. The group were impressed with 2 
female NORTHERN HARRIERS that chased each other right above us. We found a 
group of 4 SANDHILL CRANES out by the viewing platform. As usual they were 
uber-approachable. Numerous BARN SWALLOWS sailed over the marsh, but the only 
other swallow sp here was a single NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. As we had our 
lunch we watched a hummingbird feeder where a female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD came in 
to feed several times. In the marshy areas COMMON YELLOWTHROATS and MARSH WRENS 
chattered away, while molting RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were our first for the 
tour. Good numbers of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were about with many on the 
feeders at Reifel. 


After a short siesta at the hotel we headed back out to the Iona Sewage Ponds. 
There weren't loads of birds here, but at least a few species kept us occupied 
during this evenings' high tide. Most numerous were LEAST SANDPIPERS as they 
foraged in the vegetation around the ponds. A few WESTERN SANDPIPERS were 
peppered in as well. We had our first KILLDEER here, as well as second looks at 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Overhead was a BANK SWALLOW. Brushy 
areas around the ponds were alive with SAVANNAH, SONG and WHITE-CROWNED 
SPARROWS, MARSH WRENS and COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. 


It was a good day indeed with over 60 species tallied. 

Chris Charlesworth
Avocet Tours
Kelowna, BC


 		 	   		  

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Subject: Vancouver birding (Aug 20)
From: Chris Charlesworth <c_charlesworth23 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:39:38 -0700
Birders,

Day 1 of Avocet Tours 'Southern BC' tour. We started off at Lighthouse Park in 
West Vancouver. It was a lovely day with sunshine and warm temperatures. The 
breeze kept things from getting too warm though. The woods of Lighthouse Park 
were quite birdy for a sunny August morning. There were half a dozen female 
type BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS flitting about, most often in the arbutus 
trees. With them was one female type TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, a YELLOW WARBLER and 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. We had stunning views of HUTTON'S VIREOS as they foraged 
in the trees near the path. CASSIN'S VIREO and WARBLING VIREO were also 
present. HAMMOND'S, PACIFIC-SLOPE and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were all 
accounted for, as were several SPOTTED TOWHEES, a SWAINSON'S THRUSH and an 
approachable group of both BLACK-CAPPED and CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES were 
spied. We enjoyed lengthy views of a PACIFIC WREN as it sang away from the top 
of a stump. Once we made it down to the lighthouse the area was 'abuzz' with 
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS, at least 6 of them. One RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was also picked 
out. Over the waters of English Bay were several PELAGIC CORMORANTS, while on 
the rocks near the foot of the lighthouse were 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS noisily 
chattering away. On our way back up to the parking lot we were interrupted by 
two bold and brash PILEATED WOODPECKERS. One was a fledgling type and the other 
an adult male. Nothing to excite a bunch of mostly foreign birders more than 
Pileated Woodpeckers. 


At Ambleside Pk in West Vancouver we had good looks at 7 HARLEQUIN DUCKS 
swimming about and loafing on shore. In with the numerous GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS 
were a few CALIFORNIA GULLS. Out in the bay were PELAGIC and DOUBLE-CRESTED 
CORMORANTS. I couldn't spot any Pigeon Guillemots. An OSPREY surprised us 
hovering overhead, then plunging into the water nearby. It emerged with some 
sort of 'flat-fish' and carried it off. Just to top things off a male BELTED 
KINGFISHER called and landed in a tree close by allowing great views. 


After the long-haul over to Delta and Boundary Bay, we stopped at the foot of 
104th St and walked west towards 96th. There were several other birders out 
there, but we all commented on how poor the shorebird showing was. We had seen 
nothing but a few small groups of mostly WESTERN SANDPIPERS flying past. I 
could hear the 'preep' calls of LEAST SANDPIPERS, the 'chrrrt' calls of BAIRD'S 
SANDPIPERS and the plaintive call of SEMIPALMATED PLOVER but none of them we 
ever did see. Just as the high tide was nearly fully in, and we were about to 
call it quits, a small group of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS arrived and landed on 
some grassy hummocks offshore. I was delighted to turn one of them into an 
adult RUDDY TURNSTONE, and two more of them into juv. SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. 
Even though there weren't many shorebirds, we still got to watch some very cool 
young PEREGRINE FALCONS chase each other about in the sky. Other raptors we 
picked up included RED-TAILED HAWK and a very brief NORTHERN HARRIER (thanks to 
Lou Davidson). A few migrant type birds called from the blackberries including 
WESTERN TANAGER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. Overall, it 
was a pretty quiet evening at Boundary Bay. 



Chris Charlesworth
Avocet Tours
Kelowna, BC

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Bill Kinkaid
From: Bill Kinkaid <quickthreebeer AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:27:53 -0800 (PST)
fqxhttp://www.marburg-saints.com/osyvs/87szxntv89h24ozh.j5?92z thujl 
.flsuysfrkomqpvpgalhzksxvleodtoza new journal [Len Jellicoe ] 
--> Subject: new journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 07:27:12 -0800
Hi
My latest journal is ready.  Featured birds are the GCR Finches (of  
course) and a cooperative Northern Harrier.  Also of interest is a  
sinking Pied-billed Grebe.  If you click on the forward button fast,  
it will put it in motion.
Hope you enjoy them.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113





See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/


Subject: Bird pix
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 06:36:17 -0800
Hi
I have a journal ready of a few pictures that I took last week at the  
following link;

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113

Featured is a dark phase Red-tail.  The Merlin was at Boundary Bay  
and the rest of the birds in the Fraser Valley.  There was some  
discussion whether the Merlin was light enough to be the Prairie  
subspecies or Pacific.  I personally think somewhere in between??


See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/


Subject: Fraser Valley journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:40:16 -0800
Hi
I have a new journal for Feb 5-Feb 11 ready for viewing.  Featured birds are
Annas Hummingbird and midair battle between 2 eagles.  The sun was present
for most of the week which offered more photo ops.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113
-- 
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


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Subject: Fraser Valley journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:40:16 -0800
Hi
I have a new journal for Feb 5-Feb 11 ready for viewing.  Featured birds are
Annas Hummingbird and midair battle between 2 eagles.  The sun was present
for most of the week which offered more photo ops.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113
-- 
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


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Subject: Fraser Valley journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:40:16 -0800
Hi
I have a new journal for Feb 5-Feb 11 ready for viewing.  Featured birds are
Annas Hummingbird and midair battle between 2 eagles.  The sun was present
for most of the week which offered more photo ops.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113
-- 
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


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Subject: Fraser Valley journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:40:16 -0800
Hi
I have a new journal for Feb 5-Feb 11 ready for viewing.  Featured birds are
Annas Hummingbird and midair battle between 2 eagles.  The sun was present
for most of the week which offered more photo ops.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113
-- 
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada
Subject: Fraser Valley Journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 19:13:57 -0800
I have some pictures ready, taken during the last week.  Featured bird is
the Western Scrub Jay.  This is a bird that we don't see here very often but
there have been 4 reported in the lower mainland lately.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113
-- 
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


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Subject: Fraser Valley Journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 19:13:57 -0800
I have some pictures ready, taken during the last week.  Featured bird is
the Western Scrub Jay.  This is a bird that we don't see here very often but
there have been 4 reported in the lower mainland lately.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113
-- 
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


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Subject: Fraser Valley Journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 19:13:57 -0800
I have some pictures ready, taken during the last week.  Featured bird is
the Western Scrub Jay.  This is a bird that we don't see here very often but
there have been 4 reported in the lower mainland lately.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113
-- 
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


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Subject: Fraser Valley Journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 19:13:57 -0800
I have some pictures ready, taken during the last week.  Featured bird is
the Western Scrub Jay.  This is a bird that we don't see here very often but
there have been 4 reported in the lower mainland lately.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113
-- 
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada
Subject: Fraser Valley bird update
From: leonard jellicoe <jellicoes AT shaw.ca>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:47:24 -0800
The last week has produced a few birds worthy of a picture north of the US 
border. Bohemian Waxwings and Harris's Sparrow are rare or uncommon birds in 
the Fraser Valley. I also found a Red-tailed Hawk with long-billed syndrome. To 
see pictures of these and a few other birds click on the link. Please feel free 
to comment on the gull. I am never positive with these id's. 

Thanks to everyone who checked out last weeks journal.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113

Here's hoping we get some sun.
																						 								See you in the field,
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC Canada
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Subject: Fraser Valley bird sightings journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:32:14 -0800
The last week has produced a few birds worthy of a picture north of the US
border.  Bohemian Waxwings and Harris's Sparrows are rare or uncommon here
in the Fraser Valley.  I also found a Red-tailed hawk with long-billed
syndrome.  To see pictures of these and a few other birds click on the link.
 Please feel free to comment on the gull.
I am never positive with these id's.  Thanks to everyone who checked out
last weeks journal.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113

See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


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Subject: Fraser Valley bird sightings journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:32:14 -0800
The last week has produced a few birds worthy of a picture north of the US
border.  Bohemian Waxwings and Harris's Sparrows are rare or uncommon here
in the Fraser Valley.  I also found a Red-tailed hawk with long-billed
syndrome.  To see pictures of these and a few other birds click on the link.
 Please feel free to comment on the gull.
I am never positive with these id's.  Thanks to everyone who checked out
last weeks journal.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113

See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada
Subject: Fraser Valley bird sightings journal
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:32:14 -0800
The last week has produced a few birds worthy of a picture north of the US
border.  Bohemian Waxwings and Harris's Sparrows are rare or uncommon here
in the Fraser Valley.  I also found a Red-tailed hawk with long-billed
syndrome.  To see pictures of these and a few other birds click on the link.
 Please feel free to comment on the gull.
I am never positive with these id's.  Thanks to everyone who checked out
last weeks journal.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113

See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada


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Subject: BC Bird Alert Update
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 10:47:52 -0800
Hi all,

The ALERT welcomed Sigal Blay and Jeremy Kimm into the fold this week.  Sigal 
will be coordinating the Vancouver and Fraser Valley zones while Jeremy will be 
handing Vancouver Island.  Their efforts are very much appreciated.  Therefore, 
please send your bird documentation their way when appropriate. 

[http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.com/]
It's been an interesting winter for birds all across the province.  Even after 
the disappearance of November's mega-birds (e.g. Little Blue Heron, Northern 
Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler), more eye-poppers 
continued to be discovered into the new year. 


A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was certainly a pleasant surprise on Westham Island in 
Decemeber, and the nearby NORTHERN HAWK-OWL continues to please crowds 
(although the landowner might have other thoughts on the matter!).  Another 
eye-brow raiser has been the long-staying COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD which continues 
to grace some private residences in the Dunbar neighborhood of Vancouver. 


Christmas Counts turned up several goodies as usual, the highlights being a 
KITTLITZ'S MURRELET on the Sechelt count, an ACORN WOODPECKER on the Abbotsford 
count (continuing), and a PALM WARBLER was re-discovered on the Nelson CBC. 


In terms of bird-trends, the southern interior was NOT invaded by redpolls as 
many had hoped.  It appears they stayed in the high-mountain passes of the 
central and northern portions of the province.  Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills 
have been noticeably absent as well from most of southern BC, while Varied 
Thrushes were noted in record numbers throughout the Kootenays and high numbers 
on the coast as well.  Hermit Thrushes were also found in good numbers on the 
coast in December, and 1 was even found on the Penticton, CBC.  Once again, it 
has been a poor year for Snowy Owls in BC with only a handful being 
reported--the only ones that stayed around for a bit were in Prince George and 
Kamloops (possibly still present). 


For all the details and highlights for the different regions:
http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.com/

A full list of winter highlights (For each regional zone) will be issued in 
early March. 


Take care and enjoy the rest of the winter!  It's sunny here in Penticton, time 
to head outside! 


Russ Cannings
Penticton, BC
250-488-3200


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Subject: a week of birds in the lower mainland
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 08:43:44 -0800
I just started my own website and was wondering if any of you might  
be interested in what we are seeing in the lower mainland in the past  
week.  The pictures aren't the greatest but I think some may be of  
interest.  If I get any positive feedback I may continue these  
periodic journals.  Featured bird is the Acorn Woodpecker.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113


See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/


Subject: a week of birds in the lower mainland
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 08:43:44 -0800
I just started my own website and was wondering if any of you might  
be interested in what we are seeing in the lower mainland in the past  
week.  The pictures aren't the greatest but I think some may be of  
interest.  If I get any positive feedback I may continue these  
periodic journals.  Featured bird is the Acorn Woodpecker.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113


See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/


Subject: a week of birds in the lower mainland
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 08:43:44 -0800
I just started my own website and was wondering if any of you might  
be interested in what we are seeing in the lower mainland in the past  
week.  The pictures aren't the greatest but I think some may be of  
interest.  If I get any positive feedback I may continue these  
periodic journals.  Featured bird is the Acorn Woodpecker.

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/f944800113


See you in the field
Len Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada

http://lenjellicoe.zenfolio.com/


Subject: Final Big Year Blog Update
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:56:36 -0800
Hi Everyone,

If you haven't noticed it's 2011!  My big year is done, and the rest of my life 
has begun.  I have updated the blog with a few posts breaking down the year and 
so on... 


Check it out: http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Thanks again to everyone for following along!

Russ Cannings
Penticton, BC

p.s. With all the goodies popping up on the coast, perhaps this would be a good 
year to take a crack at the record!  Hmm? 



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Subject: BC Bird Alert UPDATE
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 12:16:35 -0800
Hello BC bird enthusiasts!

Please check out the BC bird blog at: http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.com/ for all 
the latest bird sightings from around the province.  Also be sure to get a 
TWITTER account so that you can receive instant "tweets" whenever a rare bird 
is reported anywhere in the province.  This kind of communication is the way of 
the future people! 


Bird of note in this week's update:

*Late report of an adult male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (mid Nov-Sandspit, 
QCI) 


-Yellow-breasted Chat and Northern Hawk-Owl wowing crowds in Ladner, BC

-Western Scrub-Jays continuing to pop up around Vancouver

-Gyrfalcons all over the Lower Mainland and even a few in the Okanagan

-The first SNOWY OWL of the Fall has turned up near Prince George, hopefully 
more are coming! 


Take care!

Russell Cannings
Penticton, BC
http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.com/


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Subject: BC Bird Alert updated and now on TWITTER!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:42:35 -0800
Hi all,

I have updated the BC Bird Alert for the week, and you can now follow it on 
Twitter ("BCBirdAlert") for quicker alerts... "tweeting about birds," how 
appropriate. 


http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.com/

Feature birds include: Little Blue Heron (last seen Nov 20), Northern Parula 
(Nov 21), and Lesser Black-backed Gull (Nov 21). 


Hope everyone is enjoying the kick-start of winter!  Rosyfinches galore!  Let's 
hope for something else funky like a Ross's Gull!  (there's one in Colorado 
after all) 


Cheers,

Russ Cannings
http://www.bcbigyear.blogspot.com/


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Subject: Re: [BCVIBIRDS] New Province-wide Bird alert / tracker
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 15:20:46 -0800
Great idea Russell!  Looks like it's set up really well...good on  
ya' !   Cheers,  Randy Findlay,  Burnaby, B.C.
On 14-Nov-10, at 2:58 PM, Russell Cannings wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> For those interested, I have started up a "BC Bird Alert" with the  
> intention of creating 1 site where birders can visit to check-up on  
> the rare birds and interesting bird-related trends happening all  
> over the province.  I hope that both visitors and residents will  
> find it useful or at least "educational."  Obviously I will be  
> relying on others to provide information and photographs to keep  
> the site running.  If you would like to suggest topics or send  
> media, please do so by contacting me directly by email  
> (russellcannings AT shaw.ca).
>
> As you will see, there is a bit of information up there already;  
> for those who are mentioned or who have records on the site and  
> would rather keep them off, please let me know.
>
> http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.com/
>
> Ideally I would like to give full credit to those locating each  
> bird etc. so please contact me if you can fill in the gaps or can  
> provide more information on a given headline.
>
> It's in its infancy of course, so feel free to send me feedback on  
> how I can make it better.  Also, please take the time to explore  
> the site and read the disclaimer before sending your comments.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Russell Cannings
> Penticton, BC
> http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/
>
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>
> 



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Subject: New Province-wide Bird alert / tracker
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 14:58:14 -0800
Hi all,

For those interested, I have started up a "BC Bird Alert" with the intention of 
creating 1 site where birders can visit to check-up on the rare birds and 
interesting bird-related trends happening all over the province.  I hope that 
both visitors and residents will find it useful or at least "educational." 
 Obviously I will be relying on others to provide information and photographs 
to keep the site running.  If you would like to suggest topics or send media, 
please do so by contacting me directly by email (russellcannings AT shaw.ca).   


As you will see, there is a bit of information up there already; for those who 
are mentioned or who have records on the site and would rather keep them off, 
please let me know. 


http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.com/

Ideally I would like to give full credit to those locating each bird etc. so 
please contact me if you can fill in the gaps or can provide more information 
on a given headline. 


It's in its infancy of course, so feel free to send me feedback on how I can 
make it better.  Also, please take the time to explore the site and read the 
disclaimer before sending your comments. 


Cheers,

Russell Cannings
Penticton, BC
http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/









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Subject: Blog updated after Haida Gwaii trip and rarity bonanza!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 11:43:15 -0800
Hi all,

Sorry for the wait.  I just got back from a week or so on Haida Gwaii to find 
that southern BC is filled with rarities!  Check out the blog to see how I (and 
we) made out!  Big THANK YOU to Jess Findlay, Jukka Jantunen, and Cameron 
Eckert for the great company and also for contributing some great photos for 
the blog effort. 


http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Also coming soon, Jess's "documentary" on our crazy trip north and south...

Russ Cannings
Penticton, BC


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Subject: Fwd: [bcintbird] Re: Burrowing Owl Reintroduction Programme Threatened.
From: Len Jellicoe <jellicoes AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 08:37:32 -0700



Begin forwarded message:

> From: Rick Howie 
> Date: October 22, 2010 10:37:56 PM PDT (CA)
> To: bcintbird AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: RE: [bcintbird] Re:  Burrowing Owl Reintroduction  
> Programme Threatened.
> Reply-To: bcintbird AT yahoogroups.com
>
>
> Hello everyone: as a follow-up to these thread, I spoke to one of  
> the key
> personnel in the owl release program around Kamloops. She is a very
> well-grounded person and exudes common sense and understanding of  
> people's
> interest in the owls as well as Sharp-tailed Grouse monitoring  
> which she has
> been involved with for a long time. You won't find a better  
> spokesperson for
> the birds, their biology and with an enthusiasm for public support and
> awareness. For many years, she has been the face of Burrowing Owls  
> in our
> area.
>
> Although quite calm about it, she confirmed the nature of the  
> problem that I
> raised but indicated that as always, it is perhaps even more  
> complex than we
> think. Add to the groups of people that I mentioned, the following  
> folks who
> unwittingly are adding to the disturbances: dog walkers, general  
> outdoor
> explorers, professional photographers, ranch staff in the case of  
> private
> release sites and even members of the rehabilitation society  
> themselves who
> are not all cognizant of the kinds of impacts that they may have.  
> Human
> traffic in some of these release sites is more than initially  
> anticipated or
> may be increasing for a variety of reasons. She relayed one  
> incident where a
> group of photographers were set up on a private ranch some 20m from  
> a nest
> burrow complete with lawn chairs just waiting for the birds to  
> emerge and
> act natural. And the incidents are spread out at more release sites  
> than I
> had alluded to.
>
> All of this in addition to the concept that such groups would like  
> to have
> greater support and awareness amongst the general public and you  
> have the
> brewing of a true conundrum. Increase awareness and you increase  
> the need
> for people management. So birders need not feel singled out here. My
> initiative was aimed at a group that I have a connection with but  
> whom we
> can't say should bear a known percentage of the problem. We may be  
> able to
> reduce part of the pressure but we are only part of the picture.  
> Perhaps we
> are a smaller part then we know.
>
> To this end, the rehabilitation society has a real interest in  
> knowing how
> they could contribute to resolving problems and making things  
> better for
> owls and people as well. I won't offer any glib answers bit along  
> the lines
> that Thor suggested, any ideas are worthy of consideration.
>
> I would be happy to see this forwarded on to other groups as well.
>
> Thanks for your help.
>
> Rick Howie
>
> Kamloops
>
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>
Subject: YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO in Creston-- got it!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 08:02:26 -0700
I sent this out yesterday but as usual, yahoo seems to have lost it somewhere.

Anyways, just nailed another great bird... this time in Creston!

http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

All the best,

Russ C

p.s. Hoping the Wood Sand is still lurking around somewhere close!




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Subject: Tropical Kingbird Images
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:38:00 -0700
        I've added a few images from yesterday evening of the  
Tropical Kingbird at Brunswick Point...although taken just before  
dark and some backlit.   You may like to check them out,  if you were  
too busy filling your face with turkey and stuffing, to get out  
there. A couple shots from Reifel yesterday too. Open Image Galleries  
at the top of my homepage, and select the last gallery.  Happy  
Thanksgiving,  Randy Findlay,  Burnaby
http://randysfindlay.zenfolio.com/



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Subject: Bird article in Vancouver Sun
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2010 13:10:46 -0700 (PDT)
There was an interesting article in the Vancouver Sun this morning comparing 
the Passenger Pigeon with the Band-Tailed Pigeon. 


Tammy
Ashcroft




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Subject: NEW BC BIG YEAR RECORD!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2010 21:34:25 -0700
Well I finally did it--- Thanks to a Tropical Kingbird and a couple 
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at Reifel! Turns out 364 was the official total to beat 
so now at 366 I'm sitting pretty. Can't stop now! 


Check out the story at:

http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Russell Cannings
South Surrey, BC

p.s. Details from a recent trip to Tofino coming soon as well.


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Subject: Clarification on Great Shearwater status in BC
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:08:21 -0700
Hi all,

Rick Toochin just sent me the documentation on the first report of this species 
in BC (from June 2000 off Cape Beale). The write-up is solid and is 
corroberated by 3 skilled birders who were doing seabird surveys at the time. 


So I guess this makes the Tofino bird(s) the "second" record (*if the photos 
are accepted). Here's hoping for a third! 


Russ Cannings
Vancouver, BC


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Subject: FORK-TAILED SWIFT in the Yukon!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:33:57 -0700
Hi all,
I just heard from Jukka Jantunen that he watched a FORK-TAILED SWIFT (first for 
Canada and mainland North America) for 3 minutes today at the Teslin Bird 
Observatory in southern Yukon Territory. Time to start looking out for some 
more wacky birds blowing in from the storms in Alaska! 

Russell Cannings
Vancouver, BC


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Subject: Another blog update!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 11:08:03 -0700
Hi all,

After another epic week of birding, here are a few stories and pics... only 1 
away now from tying! 


http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Featured birds include:

Great Egret
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
White-tailed Ptarmigan
Laysan Albatross
Forster's Tern (yes, finally!)

Regards,

Russell Cannings
Penticton, BC


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Subject: Weird subject lines from David Robinson
From: David Robinson <robinsond52 AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 13:25:49 -0700 (PDT)
It looks like my account has been hijacked, please ignore spams supposedly from 

me.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

David Robinson
Comox



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Subject: Finally the BLOG is updated!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2010 15:39:25 -0700
Sorry for the long delay folks, but things have been crazy of late.

Included in this recent blog update:

>9-day coastguard cruise around Triangle Island and the Hecate Strait

>3 days on Haida Gwaii

>Tofino pelagic

>rarity binge Bar-tailed and Hudsonian Godwits, ORCHARD ORIOLE

http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Feel free to pass on the link to other groups etc.

Time for another ptarmigan hike... maybe this time Needle Peak near Hope. 
 Anyone interested in coming along?  Give me a call at 250-488-3200.  The more 
eyes the better.  Will probably attempt it Tue-Wed-Thu depending on which day 
has the best weather. 


All the best,

Russell Cannings
Penticton, BC

Count update: 359





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Subject: tripod head advice
From: H Douglas Cooper <hdcooper AT interchange.ubc.ca>
Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2010 07:27:41 -0700
I have recently purchased a DSLR and telephoto lens (100-400mm zoom)  
and am eager to improve my bird photo.  I tried the camera and lens  
out last night using my current tripod head but realized I need  
something that will move in more than just two planes.  I was hoping  
for some advice as to the best tripod head to get.  I was thinking of  
a pistol-grip type with a ball head such as a Manfrotto 327RC2.  Any  
other suggestions?

Thanks,

Doug Cooper
Vancouver
Subject: Common Nighthawks
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010 21:06:29 -0700 (PDT)
Tonight I had the most awesome experience in birding. It was around 8 pm and we 

were watching tv and all of a sudden a Common Nighthawk flew within 2 feet of 
our patio door. This went on for a few minutes and I then went to the back 
corner of the house and just stood there watching. I was there for at least 10 
minutes and about 4 or 5 Common Nighthawks flew through the yard catching bugs. 

They were going in between our house and our neighbour's no more than 2 or 3 
feet above my head. I was mesmerized, then one flew about 2 feet straight at my 

face. I just couldn't believe it. I didn't want to move. At the last moment it 
realized I was there and "backpedalled" and flew off.

It was one of the most entertaining nights I have had in a long time. I could 
have stayed there longer, but the clouds looked dark and stormy.  We have had 
lots of Common Nighthawks flying around so I wasn't surprised that they decided 

to try at a lower elevation. My husband really enjoyed the experience and the 
fact that I got so excited. I recently introduced him to the world of birding 
and he is enjoying it a lot. I'm still excited and just may go out and have 
another look. This is what birding is all about. The little unexpected things.

Tammy
Ashcroft



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Subject: Black Bond Books
From: Roy Priest <rop AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 21:52:08 -0700
I was at Black Bond Books today and picked up a copy of The Birder's Guide to 
British Columbia by Keith Taylor for $2.00.  Looks like a good book to me but 
I'm wondering how outdated it is.  I would really like to get photos of 
Bobolinks and it mentions Road 22.  Is that still true? 



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Subject: Re: Blog updated after epic northern trip!
From: Jack Bowling <jbinpg AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:18:27 -0700
Russell - In answer to your query on your blog about why there are no
Bay-breasted Warblers and Philadelphia Vireos singing around NE BC this
year, here are some possible answers:

1) Sweet spot for warblers singing in NE BC is June 8-June 22 in a
normal year. This was not a normal spring in the NE. In fact, May 2010
was one of the sunniest/driest on record at FN, just the opposite of
southern BC (which often happens, BTW). So it is possible that the prime
singing window shifted forward on the calendar this year.
2) We had a Philly Vireo carrying food in Beatton Park in FSJ on June
30th so they are around. They were singing that day as well. 
3) Normal "switch off" time for male songbirds in the NE is around July
7th. Again, it could have been a bit earlier this year.

To sum up, yes, it sounds like you were a bit late this year. Since both
the "spruce" warblers are known to be cyclical, perhaps you also hit a
valley in their temporal distribution. 

Jack Bowling
PG   


\\On Sat, 2010-07-10 at 23:32 -0700, Russell Cannings wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> 
> I have just returned from a long 6000+ road trip to the Haines
> Triangle and back. Ian Cruickshank of Victoria and Christopher Coxson
> of Prince George joined me for the voyage which carried us to the
> northern most corners of the province and through much of southern
> Yukon.  Although there was a lot of frustrating weather, we managed to
> find a lot of great birds as well as other things! It was one of those
> trips that happen once or twice in a lifetime and we managed to enjoy
> the hell out of it!
> 
> 
> If you have time between going to the beach and sipping iced tea,
> check out the full story at:
> 
> 
> bcbigyear.blogspot.com/
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Take care,
> 
> 
> Russell Cannings
> Currently taking a break from it all in the South Okanagan

Subject: Blog updated after epic northern trip!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 23:32:36 -0700
Hi all,

I have just returned from a long 6000+ road trip to the Haines Triangle and 
back. Ian Cruickshank of Victoria and Christopher Coxson of Prince George 
joined me for the voyage which carried us to the northern most corners of the 
province and through much of southern Yukon.  Although there was a lot of 
frustrating weather, we managed to find a lot of great birds as well as other 
things! It was one of those trips that happen once or twice in a lifetime and 
we managed to enjoy the hell out of it! 


If you have time between going to the beach and sipping iced tea, check out the 
full story at: 


bcbigyear.blogspot.com/


Take care,

Russell Cannings
Currently taking a break from it all in the South Okanagan


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Subject: Does anyone want to go for a road trip?
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:49:40 -0700
Hi all,

As some of you may know I've been planning a trip up north to the Haines 
Triangle via the Peace River area to chase down some nice birds for the Big 
Year.  Unfortunately my friend who was going to come along can't make it so I 
thought I would put out an invitation to anyone who wants to come along.  Chris 
Coxson from Prince George will be joining me for the Peace stretch so if we 
take my vehicle I can probably only take 1 extra person.  If someone has a 
reliable 4x4 vehicle and more room that would be a great bonus and perhaps we 
could bring along another passenger.  My car is great on gas but doesn't have 
very good clearance for those ptarmigan roads! 


So what would we be doing?

The plan is to leave the south on the 29th of June (this coming Tuesday) and 
head straight up to the Chetwynd area.  We will bird the Peace River area for a 
couple days then head north to Pink Mountain where we'll look for Rock 
Ptarmigan.  From there we'll continue up to Fort Nelson and spend a day around 
there.  Heading west along the Alaska Highway we'll start to run into a few 
Yukon-like birds like Gray-cheeked Thrush and Timberline Sparrow.  Passing 
through Whitehorse we'll drop down into the Haines Triangle and try for Smith's 
Longspur, Arctic Tern, Hudsonian Godwit, all 3 ptarmigan, etc. etc. 


In addition to a lot of great birds, we should also see some great scenery and 
an abundance of large mammals (E.g. Grizzley, wood bison, stone sheep etc) 
among other things. 


*You don't need to consider yourself an expert birder to come along!  I'm just 
hoping to find someone who doesn't mind long-drives, camping, good birds, and 
sharing gas expenses.  We'll return back to the south around the 13th of July 
(so roughly 2 weeks out and about).  If you haven't been up to the Peace before 
and are hoping to see some birds that I've already encountered this year, I 
won't mind taking a few side-trips to run down some good birds that you haven't 
seen. 


*This offer is first-come first serve of course, but if someone has a good 
vehicle with more space obviously we can add a passenger! 


Let me know ASAP if you would like to come along and can make it for the 
allotted time.  You can contact me either by email or by my cell: 250-488-3200. 


For those interested, here are the principle bird targets of the trip:

-White-tailed/Willow/Rock Ptarmigans
-Hudsonian Godwit
-Arctic Tern
-Ruby-throated Hummingbird
-Eastern Winter Wren
-Philadelphia Vireo
-Gray-cheeked Thrush
-Cape May Warbler
-Bay-breasted Warbler
-Brewer's (Timberline) Sparrow
-Smith's Longspur

Also we may try for some recent rarities that have been seen up there including 
BROWN THRASHER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. 


Take care,

Russ Cannings
Revelstoke, BC






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Subject: Rockies and Okanagan birding (blog update)
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:20:34 -0700
Hi all,

I've been spending the last little while in along the Bush River north of 
Golden.  It's been a very scenic and birdy spot to work and I've even managed 
to squeeze some atlassing in between work time.  I had a day off so I'm back in 
the Okanagan getting some summer clothes and gearing up for another stint out 
there.  Yesterday I tried for thrashers, the mocker, and the BT sparrow with no 
luck but I did see a singing male GRASSHOPPER SPARROW along the first stretch 
of the Nighthawk Road west of Osoyoos. 


Highlights from the mountains include YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and LECONTE'S 
SPARROWS.  Read all about it on the blog: 


http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Just a few more weeks and then I'll have money again!  Woweee, then it's time 
for a long drive up north! 


Regards,

Russ Cannings
Briefly in Penticton, BC

Count update: 320


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Subject: Blog updated with Peace River trip + bicycle big day
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2010 21:15:37 -0700
Hi all,

Finally I've been able to stay in one place for long enough to hammer out more 
on the blog.  I'm currently doing some fieldwork in rainy but always fun 
Revelstoke.  In terms of birds, we're still getting some migrant action 
including White-crowned Sparrows and American Pipits who are probably just 
waiting for the snow to leave the nearby alpine.  There have been some rare 
birds around too: the MARBLED GODWIT first found by the BCFO fieldtrip is still 
at Airport Marsh, and on May 30th a Black-and-White Warbler was seen and 
photographed in Cartier Bay (south of the airport).  Birds I've seen personally 
include a couple BLACK TERNS and a singing MAGNOLIA WARBLER (my first spring 
record here although they must breed somewhere nearby), but really I'm just 
enjoying watching the hundreds of VAUX'S SWIFTS and this year there are several 
pairs of SHORT-EARED OWLS working the valley-bottom. 


I've updated the blog with my exciting and crazy trip to the Peace River area 
in the NE with Sam Brett and Gabe David.  In a few days I'll post some more 
photos and stories from May but I think there's enough to look at right now.  
Time to relax! 


http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Thanks to everyone for their tremendous support over the year thus far.  It 
really has been a pleasure to make new friends and see so many new places all 
over this gigantic slab of geography.  Once I regroup and make some coin, I 
hope to head out again and continue to learn more about our birds and the 
places they inhabit. 


Have a great summer!

Russ Cannings
Revelstoke, BC

http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/
Subject: New BC Big Day Record: 197!
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 18:36:16 -0700
Hi all,

Yesterday Chris Charlesworth, Avery Bartels, Ilya Povalyaev, and myself set a 
new 24-hour record for BC, snatching 197 species in 1 day.  The full story is 
on my blog: 


http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Considering the poor weather we experienced on the coast, 200+ is definitely 
possible in the future! 


Cheers,

Russ Cannings
Penticton, BC


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Subject: Possible Red-naped Sapsucker at Cumberland
From: David Robinson <robinsond52 AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 13:59:21 -0700 (PDT)
The Comox Valley Naturalists Birders Group had a field trip to Cumberland Marsh 
this morning, the highlight of which was what appeared to be a female Red-naped 
Sapsucker.  The bird had red on top of the head and on the throat, with a small 
white spot under the chin (barely visible in the last photo).  The nape appears 
in the photos to be white.  It was investigating old cavity holes in a couple 
of snags out in the swamp.  All members got scope views of the bird, and Bill 
Stewart took several digi-photos (see Photos section, Cumberland Marsh 
folder).  


Could this be a hybrid, or a not quite mature bird??  Red-naped or 
Yellow-bellied?  Any advice would be appreciated. 


Dave Robinson
Comox



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Subject: Blog updated again
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 22:29:48 -0700
Hi all,

Once again I've been up for too long.. time for bed!  Anyways, the blog has 
been sorta updated-- outlining the great pipit twitch and other adventures. 
 Today I had a great day of Okanagan birding with a Miami visitor and added 
McG's Warbler, Laz Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, and Flammulated Owl... more 
details on today later but I need to drive to Sooke and look for albatrosses 
first...  ahhh!   If it aint tirin' than it aint fun. 


http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Russ Cannings
Penticton, BC


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Subject: Trip to Port Renfrew BLOG update
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 13:46:43 -0700
Hi all,

After some wild days on the coast I'm back here in the Okanagan trying to 
figure out what to do next.  Check out my blog update at: 


http://bcbigyear.blogspot.com/

Highlights from the last trip include large flocks of Greater White-fronted 
Geese migrating across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and a pair of Wandering 
Tattlers at Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew. 


Species Count now: 247!

All the best,

Russell Cannings
Penticton, BC

p.s. If anyone is interested in taking part in a pelagic on May 16th out of 
Sooke, please email me ASAP as there is only 1 seat left. 



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Subject: Blog Updated (sorta)
From: Russell Cannings <russellcannings AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:47:16 -0700
Hi all,

I just returned from a 12 day trip to Texas.  I've posted the summary and a few 
pics on my blog.  With some new Okanagan birds today like American 
White-Pelican, Hammond's Flycatcher, House Wren, Nashville Warbler, Vesper 
Sparrow, and Brewer's Sparrow I'm now up to 216 for the year.  I haven't yet 
updated the official list yet but I will do that soon.  If only Texas was in 
BC...... 


Good birding,

Russ Cannings
Penticton, BC


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Subject: Meet Spectacled Flowerpecker, the world's newest bird species - NatGeo News Watch
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 11:50:13 -0700
     ...an interesting link, thanks for the heads up Jeremy.   
Regards,  Randy Findlay,  Burnaby
http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/01/ 
spectacled-flowerpecker-bird-species-discovered.html



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Subject: YouTube - Peter & Peeps -- Rescued Baby Hummingbird Fed in Hand by Mother
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 10:04:51 -0700
    Some pretty interesting Hummingbird video...neat story, and I  
think worth watching thru'...Cheers,  Randy Findlay,  Burnaby.   
(other various links on right side)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7xBLvMIBZU



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Subject: YouTube - Hummingbird Building a Nest.mp4 ...Victoria, B.C.
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 21:59:51 -0700
    Hi All,  Here' s an interesting link to a well made video  
sequence of an Anna's Hummingbird nest building ...ten days build  
time, but the video is a tad shorter...; >)  Cheers,  Randy Findlay,   
Burnaby.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aupSOndl7W0



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Subject: Live Owl Nest Box Cam
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 10:14:52 -0700
     Hi All,  Not sure if this has been posted yet or not, but it's a  
pretty interesting nest cam of a Barn Owl,  in San Marcos,  
California. One egg I believe left to hatch...pretty clear view and  
some interesting Barn Owl behaviour...enjoy. If there is some  
commentary going on, and you get an echo, just mute the small window  
below the main screen.  Or if you want no commentary at all,  ; >) ,  
just mute them both.     Cheers,  Randy Findlay,  Burnaby, B.C.
http://www.sportsmansparadiseonline.com/Live_Owl_Nest_Box_Cam.html



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Subject: YouTube - NATURE | Behind the Scenes of "Hummingbirds" | PBS
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 08:51:53 -0700
  Hi All, Here's an interesting link to filming  
Hummingbirds...thought some may find it interesting...Cheers,  Randy  
Findlay, Burnaby
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjnc1kHMDDo



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Subject: Texas agency sued over Canadian whooping crane deaths
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 08:06:34 -0800
     ...a very interesting article that first appeared on BCVIBIRDS,  
and was used with permission of the original poster...  Randy  
Findlay,  Burnaby, B.C.
http://www.timescolonist.com/travel/Texas+agency+sued+over+Canadian 
+whooping+crane+deaths/2325467/story.html



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Subject: Canada Goose Hybrid
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:04:57 -0700
    Hi All, This Canada Goose hybrid, link below, was located in a  
pond across from Coal harbour yesterday, while we were down there to  
check out the McCown's Longspur. The photo before it shows a full  
view , and the one after a Cackling Goose that was in the same pond.  
Anyone have any ideas as to the hybridization it would likely be, and  
also which specific race of Cackling Goose?  It looks like, by the  
lack of postings, that the McCown's Longspur and Lark Bunting may  
have moved on.   Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving, Randy Findlay,   
Burnaby, B.C.
http://randysfindlay.zenfolio.com/p817243942/h117074b8#h1e6a067f



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Subject: McCown's Longspur etc.
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 16:07:50 -0700
    Hi All,  Really enjoyed checking out the McCown's Longspur , with  
my wife and one son,  along the Stanley Park Seawall this morning,  
along with a good no. of other local birders. Amazing how tolerant it  
was with the many walkers, tourists, rollerbladers and others in the  
area.  We left at about 1:30 and at this point the bird had flown  
across Coal Harbour to the little pond and park on the south side  
along Georgia Street.  Seed had been scattered along the area where  
the bird has been hanging out, so bets are that it will return.  I  
have posted a link below to one of my photo's of the bird.     
Yesterday at Reifel Refuge in Ladner was one Great Horned Owl east  
of  the tower, about 10,000 Lesser Snow Geese and one blue phase  
(many Lessers just arriving from pretty high up), a Wandering Tattler  
which I didn't see but was told about , and hundreds of Mallards and  
Pintail in the slough along the entrance road. Wonderful to see 20  
Sandhill Cranes together in the West Marsh area...my high for the  
sanctuary, and good no's of other shorebirds.  Funny how they drop in  
to the 5 lingerers while migrating southwards. Good no's of Snow  
Geese along the Richmond West Dyke foreshore north of Steveston  as  
well. Nice to see and chat with many of the local birders along the  
seawall today.   Cheers,  Randy Findlay, Burnaby, B.C.
http://randysfindlay.zenfolio.com/p755197053/h7462648#h7462648



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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit and Western Sandpiper
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:51:15 -0700
     Hi All,  I've included a link to a photo of the Hudsonian Godwit  
I took today at Reifel Sanctuary,  in Ladner, B.C.  The next photo in  
the same album shows the Western Sandpiper located nearby with some  
form of ailment on it's leg. If anyone knows what this may be, please  
reply to this post.  Regards,  Randy Findlay, Burnaby, B.C.
http://randysfindlay.zenfolio.com/p940426699/h3924a9e3#h200d0eff



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Subject: Maple Ridge BC Scrub-Jay: More Images.
From: Roger <r_craik AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 2009 20:54:07 -0700
This bird continues to be frustratingly unpredictable.. I watched it for 
25' this evening. Sometimes it doesn't appear and others if you blink 
you miss it. I have viewed it most often between 600 PM and 800 PM.

100% crops

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rog45/3786926085/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rog45/3786923641/

I would still appreciate any input on the plumage phase. My first 
sightng was on June 20 but I think the bird was here earlier. I haven't 
been able to catch it at eye level with my camera but the field marks 
are generally more visible when viewing from level or above.

Roger Craik
Maple Ridge BC
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Subject: Northern Goshawk ( RANDY S. FINDLAY PHOTOGRAPHY )
From: Randy Findlay <hawkowl AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 21:51:18 -0800
    Hi All,  I had the good fortune of observing the adult Northern  
Goshawk this morning at the Jericho Park ponds in Vancouver.  I  
arrived at about 8:00am , the adult Goshawk arrived shortly after and  
made a run at the waterfowl flock in the east pond.  A miss landed it  
in the water for a short stay, but before long a hapless American  
Widgeon drake flew off to the West alone, and it was to be it's last  
flight. I've loaded a few photo's to my website's Raptors album,  
( some a little graphic ) .   I'll include also a direct link to the  
first of the Northern Goshawk photo's.  Good to be out in the  
sunshine and see some other birder / photographers there today as  
well. The juvenile Gos made an appearance later in the morning but  
was unsuccessful in it's hunting while I was there. Apparently there  
have been some scraps between the two birds lately.   Cheers,  Randy  
Findlay,  Burnaby, B.C.
http://randysfindlay.zenfolio.com/
http://randysfindlay.zenfolio.com/p650032643/hd33d1f0#hd33d1f0

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Subject: Out of town, ( except for Interior ) birding loop
From: Thor Manson <thormanson AT telus.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 21:18:38 -0800
Hi all:  Today, Brian Stech from Vancouver, and I took advantage of the 
great sunny weather, and dry roads, and did a road trip into the near 
Interior.  We actually visited Manning Park, including the Gibsons Pass 
Ski Resort road, Princeton, Merritt, and highway 5A up to Kamloops.  We 
finally ran into the omnipresent fog that has  been around through many 
parts of B.C., south of Kamloops.
Highlights of the trip were a Northern Hawk Owk by Courtenay Lake on 
highway 97C, between Merritt, and the turnoff for Princeton on highway 
5A; the leucistic Red tailed Hawk that has been periodically reported 
on highway 5 in Merritt between the turnoff for Kelowna, and the one 
for highway 5A to Kamloops; a Rough-legged Hawk on highway 5A near 
Merritt; 3 flocks of Bohemian Waxwings, a Townsend's Solitaire, and two 
Sharp-tailed Grouse on highway 5A to Kamloops; two Northern Shrikes at 
either end of Stump Lake, and a Great Horned Owl in the gathering 
darkness near Merritt, also on highway 5A.
The roads are presently in great shape on these routes, and, except for 
the area near Kamloops, there is, ( was ),  no fog. For a more detailed 
report, with pictures, birders can check the Fraser Valley Website 
Discussion Forum at http://www.bcbirding.proboards3.com.  Look under 
Out of Town Birding Reports.    Cheers,  Thor

Thor Manson
Hope, B.C. 
Subject: break in the weather birding
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 19:46:58 -0800 (PST)
Took a nice walk in balmy (-3C) weather in Ashcroft. There were 4 Chukars, 1 
Northern Shrike, 1 Robin, 2 Magpies and a Northern Flicker that looked like its 
bill was crossed. 

 
Today there were more house sparrows in the backyard than any other bird. The 
type of birds seem to change day to day. A couple of days ago there were at 
least 20 American Goldfinch. Tomorrow may be the Juncos turn. 

 
Nice to get out and enjoy the nice weather. 
 
Tammy
Ashcroft


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Subject: American Goldfinch
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:29:51 -0800 (PST)
I had approximately 20 American Goldfinch in my backyard. Yesterday there were 
about 12 having feeding disputes with the Juncos, House Sparrows and House 
Finch. Stocked up on more feed. Never can tell when the snow is going to come 
back. 

 
Merry Christmas everyone.
 
 
Tammy Harrison
Ashcroft
 


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Subject: Price of seed versus snow
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:30:57 -0800 (PST)
I noticed at our local grocery store the price of bird seed went up as the snow 
fell down. How scroogie is that? I'll just have to make do with what I have 
until I can get to the store. 

 
 
Tammy
Ashcroft


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Subject: bird listing services
From: Thor Manson <thormanson AT telus.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 19:08:28 -0800
Hi birders:  As we approach the end of the calendar year, and reflect 
on birds that we have seen in the various areas in which we travel, I 
thought it would be timely to initiate a discussion on the way(s) we 
record these observations- i.e.; our lists.
It seems there are an increasing number of services available that we 
can post our lists to, both, in print, and on-line.
I have done a little bit of research on the topic as the result of a 
discussion that I initiated on the Discussion Forum of the Fraser 
Valley Birding listserve.
 From what I have been able to find out, B.C. birders use a variety of 
these listing services.  Popular choices include the Lister's Corner of 
the BCFO Journal, e-bird, the ABA Birding Journal, Surfbirds, and 
Neily's Canadian Listing Corner.
The print versions- BCFO, ABA Journal, and Neily's all seem to involve 
an annual fee, ranging from $6.00 for Neily's to $55.00 for the ABA.  
Outside of Neily's, this fee includes annual membership in the 
organization which has other privileges.   I can't seem to find out 
what the status is of the BCFO Journal's Listers' Corner, arguably, the 
service that more B.C. birders post their lists to.  As far as I know, 
birders' lists were not published for 2007, and I have not seen a 
reporting form, yet, for 2008.
At least two electronic listing services- e-bird, and a new one called 
bubo allow birders to create their lists electronically,  bird by bird, 
and then tally, and, subsequently,  publish the lists by region, and 
time.  Another electronic service- Surfbirds, allows you to highlight 
various bird sightings next to your totals; this is the electronic 
service I like the most.
Having said that,  I find it interesting that a number of B.C. birders 
choose not to publish their lists anywhere.  Obviously, this is their 
perogative. I just find it interesting that I see many experienced, 
very accomplished birders, out and about, on various twitches, and, 
yet, don't see their lists published. To me, the two activities are so 
compatible.  I guess this, seeming contradiction, is the main reason I 
am initiating this post/inquiry.
I list a number of websites.  that should direct birders to a variety 
of listing services,  for informational purposes.  I think a few of 
them may have advertising attached to them, so, hopefully, it is still 
okay to post their websites as a service to birders.   Cheers,  Thor

Thor Manson
Hope, B.C.

1)  British Columbia Field Ornithologists-  www.bcfo.ca
2)  Neily's Canadian Listing Corner- www.neilyworld.ca
3)  American Birding Assocaiation- www.americanbirding.org
4)  Surfbirds-  www.surfbirds.com/rankings.html
5)  Bubo- http://www.bubo.org/listing/
6) E-bird-  www.ebird.org
7)  Birdpost- www.birdpost.com
8)  Birding Central- www.birdingcentral.com
Subject: Our Cooper's Hawk
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 12:54:02 -0800 (PST)
It's been over 2 hours and our Cooper's Hawk is still sitting in our cherry 
tree. The little birds got tired of waiting for it to leave so they "flocked 
off". I guess our hawk had a full tummy. I must feed the birds pretty good. 

 
Tammy
Ashcroft
 


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Subject: Cooper's Hawk
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:29:14 -0800 (PST)
Our Cooper's Hawk came back this morning for breakfast. He sat in the peach 
tree and ate a small bird. There are lots of Juncos so I am assuming it was one 
of them. After he finished he flew into our cherry tree and there were about 12 
Juncos in our neighbour's bush watching him. He was facing them so it was like 
a stand-off at the OK Ashcroft. So he is now resting and they probably know 
he's too full to eat them.  It was strange watching the hawk eating the leg. 

 
So that makes three strikes in our backyard. But this time we saw him eat the 
whole thing. 

 
 
Tammy
Ashcroft
 


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Subject: N. Hawk Owl Abbotsford-error
From: Thor Manson <thormanson AT telus.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 16:20:28 -0800
Hi birders:  Yesterday, I reported that, despite trying, but not  
personally, seeing the N. Hawk Owl yesterday, and, that was originally 
seen, and photographed in Abbotsford on November 26th, that it had been 
seen by other birders on Tuesday, December 2nd.  This had been reported 
to me by a third party.  I have just learned that this report to me was 
erroneous, although not intentional.   I apologize for misleading 
birders yesterday, and hope no one tried for the bird today, based on 
this report.  Thor

Thor Manson
Hope, B.C. 
Subject: N. Hawk Owl- Abbotsford. Yes.
From: Thor Manson <thormanson AT telus.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:06:16 -0800
Hi all:  I have just been informed; ( 4:00 p.m. ) that the Hawk Owl was 
seen yesterday.  Keep checking  out Fraser Valley Birding, Discussion 
Forum, for further details if you are interested in chasing this bird.  
Cheers.  Thor

Thor Manson
Hope, B.C. 
Subject: N. Hawk Owl; Abbotsford; no.
From: Thor Manson <thormanson AT telus.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 15:49:11 -0800
Hi all:  Checked out the Northern Hawk Owl site in Abbotsford today, as 
reported in the Discussion Forum of Fraser Valley Birding.  Looked 
between noon and 1:00 p.m. with no luck.  There was a couple there the 
previous hour, and they also did not relocate the bird.
Good, if restricted, habitat for a Hawk Owl.
Stan's directions are good in the Fraser Valley Site, and there is no 
problem parking by the side of the road.  Good luck to anyone else who 
tries.  Cheers.  Thor

Thor Manson
Hope, B.C. 
Subject: N. Hawk Owl; Abbotsford.
From: Thor Manson <thormanson AT telus.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2008 16:09:12 -0800
Hi birders:  A Fraser Valley birder found a Northern Hawk Owl up a hill 
opposite Ledgeview Golf Course in Abbotsford on November 26th.  She 
posted this information on the Discussion Forum of the Fraser Valley 
Birding website, ( Rare Bird Alert ),  today.  There is a picture of 
the bird, and directions to the site where the bird was seen as 
described above.  As the posting is new, I don't think anyone has had a 
chance, yet, to relocate the bird. Cheers,  Thor

Thor Manson
Hope, B.C. 
Subject: Northern Shrike
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 10:38:16 -0800 (PST)
I had a Northern Shrike in our backyard this morning hunting all the birds at 
our feeder. It got quite excited. It first was out in the farmer's field up in 
a tree then flew into our cherry tree. I was watching from the window and it 
took one look at me and headed over to the peach tree scaring all the birds and 
then chased them all out of the yard. We've had about 4 inches of snow 
yesterday, so there is a lot of sunflower seeds spilled from the feeder.  So I 
think the hunting will be good for both the Cooper's Hawk and the Shrike. 

 
Bon appetite!
 
 
 
Tammy
Ashcroft, BC
 


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Subject: hunting Cooper's Hawk
From: Tammy Proctor <birdsonly4me AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 20:25:48 -0800 (PST)
It's been an interesting couple of days in our backyard. The Cooper's Hawk has 
come back and is stalking/hunting the birds coming to the feeder. At one point 
the hawk came within about 10 feet of the house and perched on the post that I 
put the hummingbird feeder on. I expect he should have some fine dining in the 
next few days. There are lots of House Sparrow and Juncos around. He seems to 
enjoy sitting on the fence and just watch some of the birds that think they are 
in the protection of some shrubbery. Little do they know. 

 
Tammy
Ashcroft
 


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Subject: gull mobility
From: Thor Manson <thormanson AT telus.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 19:02:50 -0800
Rick/Guy:  Slight correction on my and Cat's sighting of the 
Black-tailed Gull in Parksville.  We saw it on the morning of Nov 20 ( 
Thursday ).  As I didn't get back to Hope until midnight, my yahoo 
posts were probably dated the 21st.
Reminds me of last year, looking for the Lesser Black backed Gull in 
the Okanagan, when it was reported from Vernon and Kelowna on the same 
day.  Don Cecile, and Russell Cannings would probably remember that 
one.  Thor

Thor Manson
Hope, B.C. 
Subject: Black-tailed Gull
From: Thor Manson <thormanson AT telus.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 00:18:28 -0800
Hi all:  Following up on Cat's report, I saw the Black-tailed Gull this 
morning from the club house area of the Surf Side RV Resort .  The club 
house is very close to the beach in about the middle of the resort.  
The bird was with other gulls on an exposed gravel bar directly in 
front of the resort.  The bar is covered at high tide.
The resort is private property, and access should be gained by 
requesting a pass from the office.
The gull left the gravel bar with the incoming tide, and was seen 
flying back towards the Shelley/Plummer Road area where Cat saw it 
from.  Unfortunately, further searching of the area by a number of 
birders did not produce the gull.  As the tide receded, four of us 
reentered the resort area, but we did not see the bird again.  We left 
around 4:15 p.m.  The area around the community park was also searched 
extensively.
Hopefully, the bird is still in the area for those who plan to look.
Sorry for the late report, but I just back to Hope; ( midnight ).  Thor

Thor Manson
Hope, B.C.