This afternoon at Cheam Lake Wetlands I saw something flying like a crow but was a little smaller. I guessed Lewis's Woodpecker and was lucky to confirm that guess as it landed in a tree nearby. I think this was the same tree as the one Bill saw his first Pileated Woodpecker last week. I was able to get a few photos until an Eastern Kingbird with a larger than usual chip on its shoulder came in a harassed the woodpecker until it flew off towards the north.
This is the second Lewis's Woodpecker sighting I have locally. Both these records are from Cheam Lake too. This was also an excellent example of not only being in the right place at the right time, but looking in the right direction at the right time. The bird was not there more than a minute and a half before flying off to not be seen again. Plenty of time for someone to be busy looking at something else while a rarity sits in a tree behind you briefly. Enough to make anyone crazy as they worry about what's just around the corner or even just flying by while your back is turned. That's why I dont worry! ;D ;D ;D
Also of note at the park was a nesting Hooded Merganser in one of the boxes. This will be the second breeding record I know of for our area. John Vooys saw a female with young at Cheam several years ago. They usually breed in the Interior and to the north.
In the late 90's on a telephone pole in the back yard of my rental house in Harrison Hot Springs on Spruce Street a Lewis's Woodpecker appeared one summer evening to peck for grubs. My sister was visiting that day and came in to say to me, "Is that a woodpecker on your telephone pole?" I was amazed to see a Lewis as I had previously only seen them in the Nicola or Okanagan Valleys. In the early 2000's a nest recrd was submitted to the BC Nest Record Scheme by someone in HHS for a Lewis Woodpecker. It was reported in the magazine that the the nest record issues each year. I would have to search for the exact dates of theses sightings. I was not familiar with the name of the person who reported the bird to the nesting record.