Colony Farm, Coquitlam, BC, Canada (25 May 2013)

  • Baltimore Oriole (First-time)
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • American Goldfinch
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow (First-time)
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Mallard
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Song Sparrow

Missed: Lazuli Bunting


Another first! Spotted at Colony Farm on 28 July 2012

A Blackburnian Warbler was spotted in the forest trail north of Sears at 2820 Underhill Ave, Burnaby, BC V5A 0A2 on Sunday, 12 June 2011 at around 8.45am. It was an adult male in bright orange breeding plumage. The Blackburnian Warbler is common in eastern Canada but very rarely makes it as far west as British Columbia.

10-13 March 2011. I had the wonderful opportunity of birding with a local expert and a high-profile international birder. These are all firsts:

  • Black-crested tufted Titmouse (Mexican)
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Wild Turkey (they perch on treetops and sound like wild dogs)
  • Carolina Wren (boy do they sing)
  • Western Scrub Jay (they fly in the same manner as British Columbia’s Stellar’s Jay)

Also saw these:

  • American Coot
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Tree Swallow

Could not sight the elusive Canyon Wren but heard it (or a similar sounding bird).

Some notes on birding in dessert terrain. Often the birds only become active when sunlight touches the treetops. This does not apply to Wild Turkeys who dominate the treetops at dawn.

Managed to identify the Ladder-backed Woodpecker because although it was similar in size to the Downy Woodpecker, it just did not seem (or feel) right. The black stripe behind the eye curved like a C downwards to the neck instead of stretch straight to the back of the head (for the Downy). Got a good look at the head but not at the tell tale back. There was one other possible woodpecker but its habitat was pine trees. So on the basis on habitat, the woodpecker sighted was the Ladder-backed.

Spotted in September 2010:

  1. House Crow
  2. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  3. Rock Pigeon
  4. Common Myna
  5. Crested Myna
  6. Yellow-Vented Bulbul
  7. Oriental Magpie Robin
  8. Black-Naped Oriole
  9. Asian Glossy Starling
  10. White-Throated Kingfisher
  11. Orange-breasted Green Pigeon
  12. Peaceful Dove
  13. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher
  14. Little Green Pigeon
  15. Coppersmith Barbet
  16. Blackthroat

Spotted at a PLUS highway rest stop near Tapah:

  • Blue Rock Thrush