Jason, and I did some last minute planning on the weekend, and took the plunge on Thanksgiving Monday to head North of Parksville in search of the Northern Wheatear. Luckily, he had friends on the Island to pick us up, so we could go as foot passengers. We caught the 5:15 a.m. sailing to Duke Point, and were on site at French Creek by 8:15. Within seconds Jason spotted the bird on the high tide line foraging in and around the seaweed. We had great looks at this B.C. rarity. We lingered for almost an hour also scoping the shoreline, and the off shore where there were Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, Black Oystercatchers, and a Pacific Loon. Guy Monty has posted very good directions to the site, but if anyone is contemplating the trip, and needs directions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Who knows how long this bird will stick, but with today's weather, it might decide to head off. Best to check some of the other list serves, particularly towards the end of the day to see if it has been spotted.