Friday afternoon, April 28, between 2:00 and 2:30 a Black Phoebe was heard and then seen at the south end of the front pond on the campus of Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Rd. It was flycatching and moving around the shoreline, giving its ringing "weep" calls when it flew.
To reach this location, take the 232nd St exit (Hwy 10) toward Langley. After a couple of miles, at the T junction with Glover Rd, turn right and proceed perhaps 1 km to the campus entrance on your right. Just after crossing the Salmon River bridge at the campus entrance there is a trail down to the right, with Ecosystem Study Area signs, that follows a low dyke along the pond. Go to the far end where the pond widens and check the dead willow stubs and fallen willows.
If memory serves me correctly, this species has remained for a while at locations in the Pacific Northwest where it has occasionally strayed in recent years, so let's hope it will stick around.
Apparently the bird was not located this morning even though it was viewed up to 8:00 yesterday. I have not heard about any luck this afternoon. Surprising considering the poor weather. Usually birds sit tight during it.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)