10 August 2016

Two New East Kootenay 200's

By Number of Species

Congratulations to our two new members of the Top 200 Club for the East Kootenays, Bob Livsey of Fernie and Alan Barnard of Wardner, for reaching 200 species on their 'county' life list!

Bob's 200th species was Least Flycatcher at Maiden Lake in Fernie and Alan's was American White Pelican at Wardner.

By Number of Checklists

The Top 2000 Club for number of complete checklists is another little 'motivator' for birders.  In the East Kootenay, the record is held posthumously by Mildred White, a local, long-time birder who passed away in 2001.  Her checklists on eBird inspire us all.

Check your 'County Life List'

To check your life list for the East Kootenay:
> click on the tab 'My eBird'
> click on the number under 'Life' to the right of 'East Kootenay, British Columbia,
- you will be taken to a new page showing a list of all the species you have recorded on eBird for the Regional District (County)

- you can sort by any of the columns: Alphabetic or Taxonomic species name, Location, 'S/P' county, or Date.

My 200th species was Northern Mockingbird at Reade Lake, 16 July 2008.  I remember that bird!  I can still see it in my minds eye as it floated down toward the little shed at the edge of the lake!  It perched for a bit to give us a fairly decent look, then flitted away, as those smaller birds always seem to do.

Since my 200th local species, I have added on average 6 or 7 species per year.

- you can download your lists in csv format (click on 'download (csv)' at the top right on the white area of the list).

Happy eBirding! and keep up the good work!  Thank you for your eBird observations!

What was YOUR 200th bird?  Leave a comment!

Dianne C.

26 June 2016

Skookumchuck IBA Lewis's Woodpeckers

Quick post: 26 Jun 2016

Well, that was fun yesterday - finding five Lewis's Woodpecker nests!  Well, actually, we found four and got impatient on the fifth - not waiting for the adult to show us which hole exactly.  Oh well.

Here is what their alarm calls sound like:  Do not approach nest sites yourself unless accompanied by an authorized and experienced biologist or surveyor such as myself. If you hear this type of call, back away immediately. Prolonged or frequent periods of agitation can have severe consequences on nest success.  Predators such as Common Ravens may be alerted by your presence. This video is for educational purposes.


After a bit, I realized I could point my phone at the birds rather than the ground.  I panned from one adult, then the nest, then the other adult.

And here are some pics of the nests and habitat:

Short snag

partially alive tree

small grove obviously marked and left standing around snag during enhancement

foreground of what was left after enhancement
closer view of one of the nest holes

The one that 'got away' - adult LEWO flying above right - we did not pinpoint this nest hole

Some habitat shots:

what is this flower?

very green right now since it has been raining a lot - but there aren't any mud puddles - the earth has soaked it all in
These pics are from Skookumchuck Prairie Important Bird Area, British Columbia, Canada.  The IBA is designated for Long-billed Curlew and Lewis's Woodpecker.

Also, yesterday, we found two LBCU chicks diligently attended by two adults.

06 April 2016

My Top 20 by numbers counted

It's dark out.
Just for the heck of it, I summed up some of my eBird data.

How many birds have I counted?

121,530 of 395 and some spuhs and slashes

Here are the top 20 species I have counted:

By number of checklists that species is on:

Common Name CountOfSubmission ID
American Robin 873
Common Raven 846
Northern Flicker 676
Mallard 531
Red-breasted Nuthatch 516
American Crow 486
Song Sparrow 479
Dark-eyed Junco 472
Canada Goose 465
Black-capped Chickadee 452
Chipping Sparrow 434
European Starling 409
Mountain Chickadee 408
Tree Swallow 404
Pine Siskin 395
Yellow-rumped Warbler 384
Red-tailed Hawk 360
House Finch 328
Red-winged Blackbird 327
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 309

And by number of individuals:

Common Name CountOfSubmission ID SumOfCount
Canada Goose 465 11951
Bohemian Waxwing 35 8112
Snow Goose 19 5126
Mallard 531 5122
European Starling 409 4922
American Wigeon 184 3460
Common Raven 846 3242
American Robin 873 3022
Tree Swallow 404 2663
American Coot 177 2487
Red-winged Blackbird 327 2167
Pine Siskin 395 1884
American Crow 486 1827
Chipping Sparrow 434 1724
Dark-eyed Junco 472 1702
Common Goldeneye 220 1649
Ruddy Duck 152 1639
Black-capped Chickadee 452 1496
Bufflehead 186 1449
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 148 1444

18 March 2016

Songs to Learn and When

Curious about which birds arrive when - to help guide you to what songs you should learn or brush up on first?

Check out these docs:

East Kootenay song chronology by bird family:

East Kootenay song chronology by month of arrival (or start of breeding season)