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BC Bird Listing - Update

Posted by Liron on Saturday, August 8, 2015
A while ago I posted that my goal for 2015 was to see 305 bird species in BC. Here is the latest update!

I have been doing pretty well getting local rarities around Vancouver, and had a successful trip to the Peace River Region! My current BC year list is at 275 species (I finished 2014 with 271).

I think I am on pace for 305- I still have birds that I will get in Vancouver, and a pelagic trip in September should add many. I need to add 30 species to reach this goal, which I should be able to do.

These are the species that I still need for my BC year list that I expect to find around Vancouver from now until the end of the year, colour coded by how likely I am to see them.

Green = pretty much for sure
Blue = probably
Red = possibly

Western Grebe
Northern Shrike
Short-eared Owl
Marbled Godwit
Common Tern
Stilt Sandpiper
American Dipper
Brandt's Cormorant
Lapland Longspur
Franklin's Gull
American Golden-Plover
Tundra Swan
American Tree Sparrow
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-eared Owl

Northern Goshawk
Wandering Tattler
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Ancient Murrelet (Point Roberts, which is included in the Vancouver checklist area)

In addition to these species, Ruffed Grouse should be "tickable" on a day trip from Vancouver, and if I am really lucky, perhaps even a Spruce Grouse. Also, there will hopefully be some rarities that show up that will be year list additions.

On the pelagic trip in September, I hope to add the following. I should get most of these, plus (perhaps) one or two more unexpected species.

Sooty Shearwater
Parasitic Jaeger
Cassin's Auklet
Ancient Murrelet
Tufted Puffin
Sabine's Gull
Pink-footed Shearwater
Red Phalarope
South Polar Skua
Buller's Shearwater
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Black-footed Albatross
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Pomarine Jaeger
Arctic Tern

To close, here is a chart showing my count progress in 2012, 2013, 2014, and this year (up until the end of July). As you can, see I have broken my previous personal records every year. 2013 only had a slightly higher total than 2012, however In 2012 I did some birding in the Okanagan whereas in 2013 I mostly birded in Vancouver, so the fact that I still saw more species than the previous year was impressive. In 2014, I did birding in the Okanagan and had multiple pelagic birding opportunities, which gave me a nice boost! This year, I have already had a trip to the Okanagan for birding and also one to the Fort St. John area, so I am already above last year's final total.

As you can see, the slope of the line is typically at it's highest in May. This is because it is a great month for migrating birds that have not yet been in the province that year. In this year and last year, it was also the month that I did birding in the Okanagan Valley. This year, the slope continues to be pretty high because in the last few days of June and first few days of July I was birding in the Peace River region, adding lots of birds.

A notably slow month is December. In every year shown I have spent 2 weeks outside of the province in December, contributing to this. Also, it is hard to add anything in December unless rare birds show up, since you typically don't have to wait until December to see winter birds!

BC bird listing data to end of July 2015

That's all for now! I just returned from a short trip to Toronto, so I'll post some pics from that soon! Be sure to follow my flickr page for frequent new photos:

Thanks for looking!




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