An Acorn Woodpecker visited a peanut feeder in a backyard in Sunshine Valley today. I'm not sure if there will be any viewing opportunities so for now a fun sighting to hear about. Thanks to Brian Carson for the sighting and to his daughter Cindy who tracked me down to pass it along. Brian takes pretty nice photos and Im sure he'll send one along soon.
This is the third sighting for our checklist area (Abbotsford, Manning Park and now Sunshine Valley) and I believe the fifth or sixth documented for all of B.C. Many sightings have been recent which collaborate some theories the species is moving around due to acorn shortages to the south. Time will tell.
Talked to Brian this morning and the bird, a female, was back at his feeders. Brian offered the chance for interested parties to come for a look. For now, message me or send me an email (email@example.com) and I will help set it up.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)
Brian sent me some fantastic pictures of his bird. No update at the moment if it's still around. Brian, thanks for the pictures and congrats again on a great yard bird. (I moved photo credit in one photo to accommodate the forum's photo sizes needs. Hope it didnt ruin the shot)