Thanks for the information Brent and great sighting! As soon as I saw the sighting I went out there to locate the bird. As soon as I got there I saw Gord there as well. We couldn't locate the bird. However, we didn't check for very long and it could have been behind some rocks along the shoreline.
I doubt this bird has moved on so there is definately a chance to see him.
Brent, good find! The kids and I were looking for something to do while the turkey was in the oven, so we thought we'd go for a walk before the rain came. Good to search with you, Chris. I agree, it probably has not gone far and I wont be surprised if some more sightings pop up in the next few weeks.
Nice to see Janne's White-winged Scoter and the first Buffleheads Ive seen this fall as well.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)
Hi, This is my first posting on this site, as my son Isaac and I are new to this site. But we are avid birders! especially my son, who is 9. We just wanted to add that we were out to Harrison today, and were looking for the snow bunting. We got lucky and saw two! They were on the far side of the lagoon, on the sandy side of the path. (the lagoon side). I might as well add our other recent sitings, which were: a crow with white wing feathers in Hope, which Isaac told me is called "luestic"(sp?) Also a luestic junco with an all-white tail in our yard in Agassiz.
Hey Darryl & Isaac, nice to have you on the site and nice to see some more Agassiz folks out there keeping there eyes open. Nice find on the second Bunting, I'll have to try a look on Monday.
Good call Isaac! A lot of folks think "albino" and forget about it. Leucistic birds show patches of white or even all-white feathers, but they have normal coloured body parts (eyes, bill, feet). We had a white-tailed junco at our place 2 years ago.
I didn't learn about this stuff or start a life list until I was 40! At this rate, you'll be an expert before you get out of highschool, man.
Great to have young birders. Welcome Isaac and Daryl. Everyone except me has seen the Snow Bunting it seems. Today when I ran into Wetlander around 1 PM he told me he had just seen it about half way round the lagoon. I spent over an hour out there and was joined by another friend for at least half that time to see no Bunting. I think it hides if it sees me. Here are the two dickeys I did see:
A Song Sparrow and this:
A Savannah Sparrow. Out on the lake, amongst other things, were a pair of Surf Scoters, a White-winged Scoter male in wonderful plumage, a large loon which I will take as common, but it certainly had a light bill but not upturned enough I don't think to make it a Yellow-billed. I was too lazy to take my scope. Too bad. The loon was off the float plane dock area but when we walked out to the end of the dock, it swam further away with each dive.
There were also some Cackling Geese among the ~150 Canada type geese in the lagoon, a pair of Ruddy Ducks, about 9 Hooded Mergansers, some Common Goldeneye, a few Lesser Scaup and the other usual dabblers.