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Smith Island Tufted Puffins Trip!

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MY 400th BC BIRD!

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My 400th BC Bird was a Red-necked Stint found by Kevin Louth on July 22nd at Boundary Bay in Delta, BC. I saw the bird the following morning. Ilya had got up super early and was out on the mudfltas with Kevin Louth and Daniele Mithchell when they relocated the bird. They called me and I dashed with my skirt and flip flops to 72nd ST at Boundary Bay.  When I got there I ran into Mike and Sharon Toochin and we walked together down to 80th avenue where the guys were on the mudflats. The guys were wayyyy out and I didn't even bother to attempt to walk int he mud in my flip flops. I walked through the gross stinky seaweed and logs and then got to the mud. Here I left my flip flops and hoped they would still be here and not carried away with the tide when I got back. I ran as fast as I can through the sticky mud and got to Kevin and the guys. Kevin was making some jokes as he always does. He is absolutely hilarious and at that moment in time they had lost the bird as the flock of Weste…

White-faced Ibis in the Lower Mainland?

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Wayne Diakow found this solitary White-faced Ibis in the SW pond at Reifel in Ladner. This is a rare Vancouver bird for us all in the Lower Mainland.I have never seen one in the city. It is a provincial rarity that seems to be getting more and more common in the province yearly. I have seen them several other places in BC including in the Quilchena area at Separation Lake and Beaver Ranch Flats. I have also seen it of course in other parts of Canada and the US but to have one in your backyard, so to speak, is pretty special. This is the second record of the bird at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. The bird is in worn breeding plumage but is still so stunning when the light hits its feathers.Thanks to Kathleen Fry for keeping the sanctuary open late so many could see this bird after work. You can read more about this sighting at my other blog the BC RBA HERE

Laughing Gull (BC's FIRST!) twitch in Sidney!

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This is the first photo documented record of this species in BC, thereby making it the first official record for the Province. The bird was first found yesterday by Kerry Finley. This bird is a second cycle bird. It was found at Roberts Bay at the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Sidney, BC. The last Laughing Gull I saw was in January in San Diego, CA so was super cool to see this rare bird close to home! WA state got a Laughing Gull as well but it was deemed a different bird than ours.You can read more about this sighting at my other blog the BC RBA HERE