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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FLYCATCHERS, LARKS, SWALLOWS, PIPITS, WAXWING, DIPPER, WRENS & CATBIRD

 

Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii

VI – 1 Rathrevor Park 11th.

Willow Flycatcher, Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06 Willow Flycatcher, Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06
Willow Flycatcher, Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06 Willow Flycatcher, Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06
Willow Flycatcher, Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06 Willow Flycatcher, Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06
Willow Flycatcher, Rathrevor Park, 11th September 2006

 

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

VI – 4 Cordova Spit 13th.

Horned Lark, Cordova Spit, 13-Sep-06 Horned Lark, Cordova Spit, 13-Sep-06
Horned Lark, Cordova Spit, 13-Sep-06 Horned Lark, Cordova Spit, 13-Sep-06
Horned Larks, Cordova Spit, 13th September 2006

 

Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

Int – At least 40 Bobolink Meadows 19th. The true figure may have been much higher as it was difficult to be sure if I was seeing the same flock several times or if they were different birds moving through. There was a strong possibility that the flock(s) may have contained some Violet-green Swallows but none of these were seen well enough to be certain.

 

(Barn) Swallow Hirundo rustica

Van – Best counts 60 Westham Island 8th, 80 Boundary Bay 20th.

VI – 15 Somenos Marsh 10th with smaller numbers at several sites.

Int – 1 Okanagon Falls 19th, 1 Bobolink Meadows 19th.

 

American Pipit Anthus rubescens

Van – 12 Boundary Bay 9th, 200 Boundary Bay 20th.

VI – Best count 18 Island View Beach & Cordova Spit 13th. Otherwise 1-6 at 5 sites.

Int – 10 Lytton 14th, 15+ near Revelstoke 15th.

American Pipit, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06 American Pipit, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06
American Pipits, Island View Beach, 10th September 2006

 

Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

Van – 3 MacDonald Road, Vancouver Airport 7th, 2 Reifel 8th, 50 Boundary Bay 9th.

VI – 16 Island View Beach 10th & 13th, 5 Cowichan Bay 10th, 2 Englishman River Estuary 11th, up to 20 Swan Lake, Victoria 12th & 13th.

Cedar Waxwing, Cowichan Bay, 10-Sep-06 Cedar Waxwing, Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06
Cedar Waxwing, Cowichan Bay, 10th September 2006 Cedar Waxwing, Boundary Bay, 9th September 2006

 

American Dipper Cinclus mexicanus

VI – 1 Kennedy River 11th.

Int – 1 Natural Bridge, Field 16th.

American Dipper, Natural Bridge, 16-Sep-06 American Dipper, Natural Bridge, 16-Sep-06
American Dipper, Natural Bridge (Field), 16th September 2006 - doing what Dippers do!

 

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Van – 1 Boundary Bay 9th.

VI – 4 Island View Beach 10th, 1 Rathrevor Park 11th, 5 Island View Beach 13th.

Bewick's Wren, Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06
Bewick's Wren, Island View Beach, 10th September 2006

 

(Winter) Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

VI – 1 heard calling Centennial Park 10th.

Int – Probably heard calling at 1-2 sites including Emerald Lake.

 

Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

Van – 1 young juvenile Iona Beach 7th, 1 Boundary Bay 9th.

Int – 1+ Creston Valley 18th.

Marsh Wren, Boundary Bay, 9-Sep-06
Marsh Wren, Boundary Bay, 9th September 2006

 

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

Int – 1 Creston Valley 18th. One of the highlights of the trip as I hadn't been expecting to see one (although it is within range so I'm not sure why not!). Although seen and identified before it began to call, the cat-like meow that gives it its name was very distinctive.

 

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