Gord: Wow, great close-ups of this rare bird. What is its status in the Fraser Valley, other than the fact that it is rare? I think the last one I saw was down at Brunswick Pt. in Delta 3 or 4 years ago. I think that Greendale is a migrant trap of some description. This is also where I saw my lifer Brambling at Tony's backyard feeder a few years ago. Interesting to ponder what is unique about this location, especially when you consider that there are not a ton of birders living out there. Cheers, Thor
I agree..that is a nice bird to find and a nice photo to document it. Where is Greendale? (I am getting to know these areas eventually : > ) Thor, that one at Brunswick was 5 years ago (seems like yesterday) and then Stan had one at south Langley this spring too.
Len, Greendale is pretty much everything west of Lickman Rd, north of the Vedder River but south of the Highway. Pretty much the last bit of Chilliwack before Abbotsford unless you're in Yarrow (south of the Vedder River)
Murray and Thor, this is the first time Ive ever seen an adult or one close to being such. All of the other's Ive seen have been in the winter and juveniles at that (5 individuals!). Thor, these guys are 'rated' as accidental. I have a writeup on them on the website that has more information. You'll see several reports from Greendale! Ive seen more Harris's Sparrows (3) than White-throated Sparrows (2) at my feeders! (That Brambling is a great record) There's also a cool late June record from Brent of a full breeding plumage adult!
Also, the seasonal checklist (I think it was launched when you were away in Mexico) is something I consider to be a fairly good representation of our local birds status in our checklist area. The link to that is on the main page.