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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lark Sparrow


A worth while twitch at The Englishman River Estuary today produced my first Lark Sparrow for Vancouver Island. Local birder Christopher Stevens located the bird yesterday while birding the Shelly Road side. He immediately posted this to the local VI Bird Group. He gave great directions and the bird was in the exact spot he had described. Thanks Chris!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lapland Longspur


This shot was taken at full zoom and though a poor photo, I am glad that this camera can at least get a record shot when needed. I found nine individuals feeding close to the shrubby verge along the main channel at Holden Creek, Nanaimo.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

American Golden-Plover

A trip to The Englishman River Estuary today produced another new Vancouver Island bird for me: American Golden-Plover. To be exact there were two, but it took some time to scrutinize one of them as it was, to me, looking more like a Pacific Golden-plover. After getting some other opinions from local birders it was confirmed as a American. The 2nd bird (bottom) did look much more golden but  the primary projection was too long for Pacific and there was, after much agonizing, four visible primaries past the tertials. No complaints from me, I stand corrected, it was great to observe and learn a little more about these birds.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Franklin's Gull

After a mornings' birding at Deep Bay I stopped at Nile Creek to see what was around. To my delight a juvenile Franklin's Gull was present. These gulls are annual but always a treat to find.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Ruddy Turnstone


I returned to Columbia Beach today, hoping to get another look at the Red Knot.  Three other birders were already there but had not seen the bird. I decided to just stay in one spot and hope for the best.  I continually looked through the Black-bellied Plovers but came up with the same result every time. They were Black-bellied Plovers. News that a Ruddy Turnstone had been seen kept me busy scanning through all the Black Turnstone. I was only there about 20 minutes before this attractive shorebird flew in. The other great bird that put on a show was a Parasitic Jaeger. It made several sorties on the local gulls before finally settling down further up the beach to preen. No knot but a wonderful morning.