Today,at 1:30pm, at the corner of Sapper Way and Cheamview Cres. there was a White-breasted Nuthatch. I first heard and then saw this bird feeding 2m up on a Douglas Fir tree in an empty lot about 20m north of the cross streets on Sapper Way. This is in the Garrison Crossing are of Chilliwack. I did not have my binos but was able to approach the bird easily within 2-3m. I watched the bird feeding and seemingly indifferent to me for about 10mins. Gord, I tried to phone you but I had the wrong # in my phone; I will change that tonight. I later heard the bird again at 4:00pm. Though not a mega rarity it was nice to see it and it goes to show that as birders our ears and eyes are always open as I was not in high "birding mode" at all; I was simply having fun with two of my friends kids!
I stopped in to look for this guy yesterday morning. No luck on him but I did not stay too long as I didnt want to make the neighborhood nervous even though Im pretty sure it was obvious I was looking at birds. I went for a bit of a walk too and ran into a surprising amount of birds taking advantage of any greenspace they could find. A flock of Red Crossbills (14 of them) flew over and about six American Pipits soon after. There were several Red-breasted Nuthatches around but I did not find a white one among them. There was a feeder across the road from where Jason saw the bird and it will probably hang around!
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)