I met Dan Tyson at Hope Airport as well today with 3 keen younger birds. Nice to see you again Dan.
The Upland Sandpiper was again in the Northwest corner of the airport. It conveniently liked to hangout near the fence.
A nice bird that I have not seen in 8 years and a first for BC for me.
Of interest, we also have 14 Horned Larks in the middle of the airport runway dodging the odd glider and plane coming down! The sharp young eyes also picked out 1 Western Meadowlark in the tall weedy east end of the strip.
Dan, good report and thanks for sharing. I must have just missed you all Saturday morning. That morning got off to a good start for me with amazing views of a very cooperative Upland Sandpiper. It spent some time enjoying the sunshine and then prowling around hunting. I was very happy with the photos I got. Great bird and the first record for our checklist area. I believe this brings us to 343 species for our area. Pretty impressive!
The/A Clay-coloured Sparrow was near the northeast end of the airport. Beautiful bird.
Of the 30 species encountered, Lapland Longspur, Horned Lark, American Pipit, American Kestrel and Swainson's Thrush were my favourite finds.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)
Marion and I had a bit of time on Sunday, and we went up, and got there is time for the Terry Fox Run! They just set up the course around the Airport. And someone was chainsawing some brush along the fence. We dipped. Oh well...