I had a close encounter with a Barred Owl while trail running on Promontory this evening. It was perched on fence post right beside the trail and I almost ran into it! It stayed there just feet in front of me for a good ten seconds before casually flying off. What a cool experience!
Sorry for a slow update. Some good additions everyone thanks. Good find on that Sooty Grouse. Wow, they're hooting already? Our chickadees were doing their "Cheese-Burger" song this morning and I'm seeing singles of robins here and there as opposed to the usual flocks that most robins remain in when wintering in our area.
I've rounded out the blackbirds with some Red-winged Blackbirds at Cheam Lake on the weekend in a small group up in a tree. Maybe not surprisingly, one of the males was down low and singing near some good nesting habitat.
We're up to a very respectable 114 species for the month.
Tundra Swan needs to be found; should be relatively easy!
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)
Thanks, Janice! That's a good find. (plus your screech owl!)
I've updated and also added the link to the Google Sheet which is at the top of the list of species in this thread. There's not a lot missing really. We got some ones we don't usually see in January (Ptarmigan, Bluebird, Waxwing). John Vooys might had an Orange-crowned Warbler mid-month which is also a good January find. We're up to 97 species for the month unless we find something in our notes that we overlooked.