Central BC, Haida Gwaii and North Coast

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Harris's Sparrow
Location: 1 immature bird at private home on 11th Ave - Williams Lake
Reported: Dec 30-Feb 11 (Phil Ranson)

Mountain Bluebird 
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Feb 3 (Carey Bergman)

Photo: Carey Bergman

Orange-crowned Warbler (1)
Location: Private home in Thornhill area - Terrace
Reported: Jan 28 (Diane Weismiller)

Photo: Diane Weismiller

Glaucous Gull (1, first winter)
Location: At Dave's Takeout at Skidegate - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 9-24 (Carey Bergman)

First winter Glaucous Gull in Haida Gwaii - Photo: Carey Bergman

Harris's Sparrows

Location: 1 imm. bird at feeder at the N side of the Nature Centre at Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Nov 18-Jan 27 (Kris Andrews, m.obs)

Location: 1 immature bird at private Home on Gair Avenue - Terrace
Reported: Dec 24-Jan 4 (Eleein Lefrancois, m.obs)

Harris's Sparrow in Terrace - Photo: Teresa Weismiller

Townsend's Solitaire (1)
Location: Private Home on Bay St - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 6 (Barbara Rowsell)

Blue Jay (1)
Location: Private home near Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Dec 22-Dec 29 (Jennifer Hemmings)

Blue Jay near Tatla Lake - Photo: David Hemmings

Harris's Sparrow
Location: 1 adult bird at private home feeder on Wood Rd - Williams Lake
Reported: Dec 29 (Phil Ranson, m.obs)

Imm. Harris's Sparrow on 11th Ave in Williams Lake - Photo: Phil Ranson

White-throated Sparrow 
Location: Private home on Relax Road - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Dec 18 (Vivian Pattison)

Chestnut-backed Chickadee (locally rare)
Location: 5 birds at Dragon Mountain - Quesnel
Reported: Dec 11 (Jerry McFetridge)
 
Chesnut-backed Chickadee in Quesnel - Photo: Jerry McFetridge
 
Grey-crowned Rosy-finch (2)
Location: On dyke beside ocean and soccer field beside MK Bay - Kitimat Village
Reported: Dec 2 (Walter Thorne)

Brant (1)
Location: Bouchie Lake - Quesnel
Reported: Oct 29 (Jerry McFetridge)

Brant (on left) at Bouchie Lake - Photo: Jerry McFetridge

Redheads

Location: 1 at 100 Mile Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary - 100 Mile House
Reported: Oct 29 (Michael Shepard)

Location: 1 at Eagle Lake - Tatla Lake
Reported: Oct 28-29 (Jim Sims)

Harris's Sparrow
Location: Private Home on Allen Ave - Prince George
Reported: Oct 28 (Cathy Antoniazzi)

Photo: Angie Joiner

Swamp Sparrow
Location: Walrath Marsh on Old Shelley Rd - Prince George
Reported: Oct 25 (Cathy Antoniazzie et al.)
Map to location HERE

Blue Jay
Location: Home feeder in the 800 block of Hornby Rd - Prince George
Reported: Oct 4-25 (Greg Drozda, m.obs)

Photo: Greg Drozda

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: City Landfill at - Quesnel
Reported: Oct 23 (Brian and Sheila Murland)

One of 2 Rusty Blackbirds - Photo: Brian Murland
 
Horned Lark (7)
Location: On Mitchell Rd by the livestock corral near the last 90-degree bend by Huble Homestead - Prince George
Reported: Oct 15 (Jeff Dyck)

Pacific Loon (6)
Location: On Bouchie Lake off Barker Rd - Bouchie Lake
Reported: Oct 12 (Jerry McFetridge)

Yellow-billed Loon (Juvenile)
Location: Tachick Lake - Vanderhoof
Reported: Oct 4 (Cathy Antoniazzi et al.)

Rusty Blackbirds (2)
Location: In mixed blackbird flock at "Flying U Ranch" on N Green Lake Rd - 70 Mile Housee
Reported: Sept 27- Oct 2 (David Fraser, m.obs)

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Location: 8 in mixed blackbird flock at "Flying U Ranch" on N Green Lake Rd - 70 Mile House
Reported: Sept 27-Oct 2 (David Fraser)

Location: 1 on power pole and behind grain silos at Beaver Valley Feeds on Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Oct 1 (Phil Ranson)


Harris's Sparrow
Location: With a large flock of White-crowned Sparrows near Otter Point Bridge at Scout Island - Williams Lake
Date: Oct 1 (Phil Ranson)

Lapland Longspur
Location: Tingley Rd, Cariboo County
Reported: Oct 1 (Michael Shepard)

RBA: RUFF (1 Juvenile)
Location: Port Clements; from the viewing tower at the sunset campground - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Sept 29 (Chris Siddle)

Swamp Sparrow
Location: In scrub willow in the riparian zone at  Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatlayoko Lake
Reported: Sept 27 (Sachi Snively)

Sabine's Gull
Location: Williston Lake Causeway - Mackenzie
Reported: Sept 22-24 (Jeff Dyck and Angie Joiner)

Redhead
Location: Bouchie Lake - Quesnel
Reported: Sept 23 (Jerry McFetridge)

Bay-breasted Warbler
Location: Banded at Mugaha Marsh - Mackenzie
Reported: Sept 22 (Angie Joinier et al., m.obs)

Willow Ptarmigan (6)
Location: Rainbow Range Trail at Tweedsmuir Park - 40 km west of Anahim Lake on Hwy 20
Reported: Sept 18 (Carolyn Shores and Shane White)

Harlequin Duck
Location: End of point at Eagle Lake - Chilcotin
Reported: Sept 16 (Jim Sims)

Rusty Blackbirds

Location: 1 on top of cottonwoods with Red-winged Blackbirds beside the Nature Centre at Scout Island - Williams Lake
Reported: Sept 15 (Phil Ranson)

Location: Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory - Tatlayoko Lake
Reported: Sept 14 (Thuong Tran Nguyen)


RBA: INDIGO BUNTING (See main page)
Location: 1 male banded at Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory
Reported: August 30 (Gwyn Case and Anna Tran)

RBA: HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Location: Hunter Island South of Bella Bella
Reported: Aug 26 (Larry Barnes)
Map to exact location HERE

Hudsonian Godwit on Hunter Island - Photo: Larry Barnes
 

Sabine's Gulls

Location: 1 bird at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: Aug 25 (Jeff Dyck)

Location: 1 bird flying North up Williston Lake - Mackenzie Lake
Reported: Aug 19 (Christopher Coxson)

Black-bellied Plover (1)
Location: On sandbar near train bridge at Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: Aug 24 (Emily Williams, m.obs)

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (4)
Location: At willow sap holes under electrical lines at 807 Norn Rd - Quesnel
Reported: June 28-Aug 23 (Dwaine Laxdal)

Ruddy Turnstones (3)
Location: On sandbar upstream of the CN bridge at the river confluence at Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: Aug 18 (Jeff Dyck)

Rock Wren (1)
Location: On the rocky slope between Harold Mann Park and the west end of Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: June 4-July 14 (Cathy Antoniazzi, m.obs)

Photo: Jeff Dyck

Pacific Golden-Plover (2)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 12 (Carey Bergman)

RBA: CURVE-BILLED THRASHER (see main page)
Location: In his yard near Burns Lake
Reported: July 7 (Keith Walker)

Horned Puffin (4)
Location:Flatrock Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 3 (Carey Bergman)

Black-billed Magpie
Location: Naikoon Park - Haida Gwaii
Reported: July 1 (Bernard Shroeder)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1)
Location: Anderson Flats Provincial Park - New Hazelton
Reported: June 19 (Larry Joseph, m.obs)

Clay-colored Sparrow (1)
Location: Anderson Flats Provincial Park - New Hazelton
Reported: June 19 (Larry Joseph, m.obs)

Eastern Phoebe (2)
Location: Nesting at Mugaha Banding Station - Mackenzie)
Reported: June 15-18 (Doug Thompson, m.obs)

Lark Sparrow
Location: Feeding around the compost at Haikai Institute - Calvert Island
Reported: June 14 (Brian Starzomski)

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
Location: By outhouses at Harold Mann Park near Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: June 13 (Ken Wright et al., m.obs)

Rusty Blackbird (2)
Location: 1 male and 1 female on a spruce tree on the islands at Moose Valley Provincial Park - Cariboo
Reported: June 11 (Cathy Koot)

Ovenbird
Location: Calling from the old-growth area near the 25 km marker (of Parsnip Forest Development Rd) just north of the turn-off to Heather Lake.
Reported: June 10 (Jeff Dyck)


Eurasian Collared Dove
Location:Fir Lake rec site off the 100 Road in the Chilcotin
Reported: Jun 9 (Suzie Ambrose)

Pacific Loon (15)
Location: Raft across Eaglet Lake just past Harold Mann Park - Willow River
Reported: June 9 (Jeff Dyck)

Le Conte's Sparrow (3)
Location: Calling in the field behind Giscome School - Giscome
Reported: June 9 (Jeff Dyck)

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
Location: Dunn Levy Ranch, 5845 Soda Creek, MaCalister Rd -  Mcleese Lake
Reported: June 8 (Finder wishes to remain anonymous, m.obs)

American Avocet (1)
Location: In field south of Lone Oak Ranch at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 29 (Jeff Dyck et al., m.obs)

Glaucous Gull (1 immature)
Location: Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary (off Trumpeter Dr.) - Masset
Reported: May 28 (Christoper di Corrado)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Rock Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek
Reported: May 28 (Phil Ranson)

RBA: ROSS'S GOOSE
Location: In field south of Lone Oak Ranch with Canada Geese at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 19-26 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)

Photo: Jeff Dyck

Baltimore Oriole (1 male)
Location: Private Residence in 3000 block of Dog Creek Rd - near Williams Lake
Reported: May 22 (Tobi Tucker, m.obs)
 
Photo: Tobi Tucker


RBA: CAPE MAY WARBLER (1 male)
Location: In plum tree at 19740 Upper Fraser Rd - Giscome
Reported: May 21 (Cathy Antoniazzi)

Photo: Cathy Antoniazzi

Lapland Longspur
Location: Roundup Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek
Access is by DND permit only which can be obtained at DND in Chilliwack
Reported: May 21 (Phil Ranson)

American Golden-Plover
Location: At edge of last field before Lone Oak Ranch at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 19 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)

Arctic Tern
Location: NE end of Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 19 (Jeff Dyck, m.obs)

Redhead
Location: 1 male in sewage lagoon - New Hazleton
Reported: May 18 (Larry Joseph)

RBA: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (4th record for the Cariboo Chilcotin Area)
Location: Roundup Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek (near Williams Lake)
Roundup Lake is within the Chilcotin Military Training Area and access is by permit only. Applications for a permit can be made through the DND in Chilliwack
Reported: May 14 (Phil Ranson et al.)
Phil found a White-rumped Sandpiper in the same location last year.

2nd Spring Record of a White-rumped Sandpiper for the Cariboo Chilcotin - Photo: Sandy Proulx

Eurasian Wigeon
Location: Roundup Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek (near Williams Lake)
Reported: May 14 (Phil Ranson et al.)

Prairie Falcons

Location: 1 perched on Dog Creek Cliffs - Dog Creek
Reported: May 14 (Doug Hill et al, m.obs)

Location: 1 in flight over Rock Lake at Becher's Prairie - Riske Creek
Reported: May 14 (Phil Ranson et al.)

Lewis's Woodpeckers (2)
Location: In field and perched on fence at Dog Creek Cliffs - Dog Creek
Reported: May 14 (Doug Hill et al.)

Rock Wren
Location: Singing from Boulder Slide at Dog Creek Cliffs - Dog Creek
Reported: May 14 (Doug Hill et al.)

WILLET
Location: At water's edge in the field before Lone Oak Ranch at Eaglet Lake - Willow River
Reported: May 11 (Sandra Kinsey and Laird Law, m.obs)

RBA: BLACK-TAILED GULL (See main page)
Location: Kincolith Waterfront off Waterfront St (map on main page) - Nass River Valley
Reported: May 4 (Jeremy Gatten)

Yellow-billed Loon (1 in breeding)
Location: Off the West Beach at Hakai Beach Institute - Calvert Island
Reported: April 30-May 4 (Blair Dudeck, m.obs)

Glaucous Gulls

Location: 1 bird on Cottonwood Island - Prince George
Reported: May 4 (Cathy Antonniazi)

Location: 1 bird on Kincolith Waterfront off Waterfront St - Nass River Valley
Reported: May 3 (Jeremy Gatten)

Cassin's Finch
Location: Grassland Rd NE Prince George
Reported: April 9 (Clive Keen)
Photo: Clive Keen
(Eurasian) Green-winged Teal
Location: Giscome
Reported: April 4 (Cathy Antoniazzi)

Eurasian Widgeon (3)
Location: Scout Island Lake
Reported: Mar 27 (Phil Ranson)

Yellow-billed Loon 
Location: Tatlayko Lake
Reported: Mar 24 (Jim Sims)

Harris's Sparrows

Location: Private home in Hagensborg
Reported: March 5-7 (Elizabeth Howard)

Location: Private home near N Boundary Rd and Chappel Rd - South Hazelton
Reported: Feb 3-Feb 22 (Riston Penny)

Western Meadowlark
Location: New Hazelton Wetlands
Reported: Jan 28 (Larry Joseph)

American Pipit (9)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 22 (Carey Bergman)

Pacific Golden-Plover (1)
Location: Sandspit Airport - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 22 (Carey Bergman)
 
Photo: Carey Bergman

Cassin's Finch (1 male)
Location: Private home on James Dr. - Prince George
Reported: Jan 21-22 (Heather Meier)

Photo: Heather Meier

California Gull
Location: Hot spring Island - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Jan 20 (Carey Bergman)

White-throated Sparrows (2)
Location: Private residence at Toynbee and Mountainview Ave - Thornhill
Reported: Dec 29-April 5 (Diane Weismiller, m.obs)

Canvasback (1 male)
Location: In bay with Scaup off Oceanview Dr. viewed from Premier Creek - Haida Gwaii
Reported: Dec 25-Jan 10 (Carey Bergman)


Canvasback (2)
Location: Sewage Pond - Kitimat
Reported: Jan 2, 2017 (Walter Thorne)