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Victoria BC life list (1 Viewer)


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Well I decided to post the birds I have seen in the Victoria BC checklist area (includes Sooke and Duncan.) I am nearing 300 which is the major milestone and under 20 people I think have seen that many. But that might take a couple years. This idea came up when I got a new bird for Victoria today a Northern Mockingbird.
1. Red throated Loon Gavia stellata
2. Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
3. Common Loon Gavia immer
4. Yellow-billed Loon Gavia adamsii(rare but I've seen several including one at Ogden Point Breakwater last year)


5. Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
6. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
7. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis(uncommon but can get them at Island View Beach
8. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
9. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
10. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii (latest one at Whiffen Spit in Sooke 2011)

Albatross, Shearwaters, Petrels
11. Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis (uncommon but seen several on Coho ferry)
12. Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus (several on a trip on the Coho and once from clover point)
13. Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris (very rare but seen once on Coho)
14. Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

15. Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa (rare but seen on Coho and Vnacouver ferry)
16. Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma furcata (same as Leach's)

17. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis (rare seen at Clover Point, Ogden Point and sooke)

18. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
19. Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
20. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus

21. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
22. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
23. Green Heron Butorides virescens (rare seen a couple times at Swan Lake and bleikensop Lake)

24. Mute Swan Cygus olor
25. Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
26. Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
27. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
28. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
29. Brant Branta bernicla (uncommon)
30. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
31. snow Goose Chen caerulescens
32. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
33. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
34. Gadwall Anas strepera
35. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
36. American Wigeon Anas americana
37. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope (uncommon but regular)
38. northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
39. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
40. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
41. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
42. Canvasback Aythya valisineria
43. Redhead Aythya americana
44. Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula (extremely rare seen at Cedar Hill Golf Course 2009)
45. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
46. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
47. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
48. Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
49. Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
50. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
51. Black scoter Melanitta nigra
52. Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
53. Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica
54. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
55. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
56. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
57. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
58. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
59. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
60. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
61. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
62. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
63. Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis (uncommon seen several places)
64. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus (rare only place to see them in west Bc is East Sooke Park Hawkwatch and there is usually one or two per year)
65. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsonii (rare seen on hawk watch)
66. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
67. Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus (rare seen Martindale Flats, and near stelly's High School)
68. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
69. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
70. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
71. Merlin Falco columbarius
72. American Kestrel Falco sparverius (uncommon Central Saanich)
73. Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus (rare seen various places including Clover Point)
74. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Game birds
75. California Quail Callipepla californica
76. Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus (rare Hastings Flats)
77. Sooty Grouse Dendragapus fuliginosus (rare seen at Mt Wells and Jocelyn Hill)
78. Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus (very rare saw it once on MacDonald)

Cranes Rails and Coots
79. American Coot Fulica americana
80. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
81. Sora Porzana carolina (uncommon mostly at Swan Lake)
82. Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis

83. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
84. Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva (rare, seen at Island View Beach Martindale Flats and Sidney Spit)
85. American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica (uncommon same ar Pacific in places)
86. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmata
87. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
88. Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani
89. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
90. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
91. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria (very uncommon seen a few in various small ponds and also at Albert Head Lagoon)
92. Whimberel Numenius phaeopus (uncommon victoria golf course and Clover Point)
93. Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus (rare, saw one last year near Martindale Flats)
94. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa (uncommon same places as Whimberel)
95. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres (uncommon/rare, seen at various places along Victoria waterfront and Whiffen Spit)
96. Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala
97. Wandering Tattler Heterocles incanus (rare Ogden Point breakwater and Clover Point and Bowker creek)
98. Surfbird Aphriza virgata
99. Rock Sandpiper Calidris ptilocnemis (uncommon/rare, Oak Bay)
100. Red Knot Calidris canutus (uncommon, most common Oak Bay)
101. Sanderling Calidris alba
102. Dunlin Calidris alpina
103. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
104. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata (very rare, Witty's Lagoon)
105. Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii (uncommon)
106 Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
107. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
108. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
109. Ruff Philomachus pugnax (extremely rare, seen at Whiffen Spit in Sooke last year)
110. Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus (rare, seen a few times)
111. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
112. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
113. Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis (very rare, Sidney Spit a couple times)
114. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
115. Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor (rare/uncommon, Charlton Pond and Albert head Lagoon)
116. Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lubatus
117. Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria (fairly rare, Clover Point, Coho ferry)

Jaegers Gulls Terns
118. Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus (uncommon, Coho ferry)
119. Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus (rare, coho ferry)
120. Little Gull Larus minutus (Extremely rare bird, Pat Bay, first rare bird)
121. Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia
122. Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan (rare, ogden Point)
123. Mew Gull Larus canus
124. Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
125. California Gull Larus californicus
126. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
127. Thayer's Gull Larus thayeri
128. Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (vagrant, at Esquimalt Lagoon earlier this year)
129. Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus (uncommon, annual at Clover Point)
130. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
131. Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus (Very rare, Martindale Flats)
132. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
133. Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni
134. Sabine's gull Xema sabini (rare offshore)
135. Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla (uncommon offshore)
136. Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
137. Common Tern Sterna hirundo (uncommon mostly Sidney Spit)

138. Common Murre Uria aalge
139. Pigeon Guillemot Cepphus columba
140 Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus
141. Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus
142. Cassin's Auklet Pthychoramphus aleuticus
143. Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata
144. Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata (uncommon offshore)

145. Mourning Dove Zenaida maculata
146. Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelis decaocto (uncommon Sooke and Swan Lake)
147. Rock Pigeon Columba livia
148. Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata

149.Barn Owl Tyto alba (very uncommon Swan Lake and Hastings Flats)
150. Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus (uncommon Swan Lake Martindale)
151. Great horned Owl Bubo virginianus
152. Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca (rare Island View Beach)
153. Barred Owl Strix varia
154. Norhern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus (uncommos Swan Lake)
155. Western Screech-Owl Otus kennicotti (rare near extirpated Highlands)
156. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma (uncommon Highlands and Goldstream)

157. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor

158. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
159. Black Swift Cypseloides niger

160. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
161. Calliope Hummingbird Stellula calliope (very rare at Todd Inlet)
162. Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

163. Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon

164. Lewis's Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis (very rare, Langford)
165. Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber
166. Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
(rare Uni of victoria and Goldstream)
167.Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
168. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
169. American Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus (Rare seen at east sooke park)
170. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
171. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

Tyrant Flycatchers
172. Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
173. Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
174. Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis
175. Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
176. Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum (vagrant at Swan Lake)
177. Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
178. Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri (very rare one at Swan Lake)
179. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya (rare Mt Tolmie)
180. Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens (Very rare colquitz Park)
181. Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus (very rare Swan Lake)
182. Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus (vagrant Martindale Flats)
183. Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis (rare Swan Lake)

Shrike Vireos
184. Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
185. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
186. Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
187. Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus (vagrant Tower Point)
188. Hutton's vireo Vireo huttoni
189. Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassini

Jays and Crows
190. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
191. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata (rare someones feeder in C Saanich
192. Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis (uncommon Mt mcDonald)
193. Clark's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana (very rare, west of thetis Lake)
194. Common Raven Corvus corax
195. Northwestern Crow Corvus caurinus

196. Skylark Alauda arvensis (0nly place in north america for them)
197. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

198. Purple Martin Progne subis
199. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
200. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
201. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
202. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
203. Cliff Swallow Ptrochelidon pyrrhonota
204. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Chickadees and allies
205. Chestnut-backed Chckadee Poecile rufescens
206. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus

Nuthatches and Creepers/B]
207. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
208. Brown Creeper Certhia americana

209. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
210. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
211. Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus
212. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
213. Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus

Old World Warblers and allies
214. American Dipper Cinclus mexicanus
215. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
216. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
217. Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi (rare Mount Tolmie and Mill Hill)
218. Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides (rare Central saanich Mt Doug)
219. Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana (behind a school used to be a breeder and now extirpated but I got one)

220. Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
221. American robin Turdus migratorius
222. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
223. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus

224. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos (very rare finally got one on Sunday Hastings Flats)

Starlings and Mynas
225. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

226. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
227. Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus (vagrant last year at Martindale Flats)

228. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
229. Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus (very rare horrid twitch first time 80kph winds missed it then got it in sooke the 2nd try)

230. Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata
231. Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina (vagrant Swan Lake)
232. Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla (rare Swan Lake, Summit Park, Witty's Lagoon)
233. Yellow Warbler Vermivora petechia
234. Black-throated Blue warbler Dendroica caerulescens (vagrant East Sooke Park)
235. Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
236. Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
237. Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi
238. Palm Warbler Dendroica palmarum (rare Swan Lake
239. Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata (vagrant one at someone's house near swan Lake)
240. Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis (rare swan Lake)
241. MacGillavry's Warbler Oporornis tolmiei
242. Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusila
243. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Tanagers and allies
244. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
245. Black-headed Grosbeak Pheuticus melanocephalus
246. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheuticus ludovicianus (very rare Metchosin)
247. Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena (uncommon Mount Tolmie and Swan Lake)
248. Painted Bunting Passerina ciris (vagrant one in someone's yard in Central Saanich in 2006 only 2nd for Canada)

Sparrows and allies
249. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
250 American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea (uncommon Swan Lake)
251. Clay-coloured Sparrow Spizella pallida (vagrant Swan Lake)
252. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
253. Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum (vagrant someone's yard in Saanich)
254. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
255. vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus (rare Swan Lake)
256. Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus (Vagrant one at Whiffen Spit last year)
257. Harris's Sparrow Zonotrichia querula (very rare in Duncan)
258. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
259. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis (rare Swan Lake and other places)
260. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
261. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
262. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
263. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
264. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana (rare seen at Swan Lake and Viaduct Flats)
265. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
266. Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus
267. Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis (uncommon)

268. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
269. Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus (vagrant Martindale Flats)
270. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
271. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (rare Swan Lake, Bleikensop Lake and Martindale Flats)
272. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
273. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
274. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus (rare swan lake)
275. Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii

Finches Old World Sparrows
276.Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus
277. Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
278. Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Leucosticte tephrocotis (rare Clover Point)
279. Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus
280. House FinchCarpodacus mexicanus
281. Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
282. White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera (very rare Swan Lake)
283. Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea (very rare North Saanich also at esquimalt navy base)
284. Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus
285. American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis
286. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
There's the list only got 5 new one's last year
i'll finish it tomorrow
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287. Black-billed Magpie
In Metchosin today. A self found bird with a birding group. I found it at the same time as several others but I Ided it first. Only sixth record for the area and first in 10 years


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288 Magnolia Warbler
Only second record for the area and an extremely nice but difficult bird to see. Thankfully I was walking around Swan Lake when someone saw it.


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Crazy string of rare birds. I've seen almost as many new birds for Victoria in the last 8 days than last year. Here' s a new one I saw today at Island view Beach
291. Great Egret


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