Saturday, October 19, 2013

Article on the Hermit Warbler in BC Now Available

A detailed article on the status and occurrence of the Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) in British Columbia, by Rick Toochin, is now available.  Rick writes that the Hermit Warbler is a "secretive species of warbler that breeds in coniferous forests from western Washington State (the Olympic Peninsula), east of the Olympic Mountains, rarely at the southern end of Puget Sound, south through the Cascades into western Oregon south through the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and in the coast ranges of Marin Count".  He adds:  "In British Columbia, this species occurs as a casual vagrant and there have been 30 records of Hermit Warbler recorded with all records coming from coastal areas of the Province."  Read more about the Hermit Warbler here.

Friday, October 18, 2013

New Bird Articles Now Available: Pine Warbler, Eurasian Crane, Lesser Goldfinch and Black-Throated Spararow

Thanks to the on-going efforts of Rick Toochin and fellow birders Peter Hamel, Margo Hearne, and Martin Williams, we have now posted four new bird articles on E-Fauna BC (in the Notes and Articles section). These cover the Black-Throated Sparrow, Eurasian Crane, Lesser Goldfinch and Pine Warbler in BC and provide comprehensive reviews of the species occurrence(s) in the province as well as detailed information on identification.  Check back for more articles from BC birders.