Things were going along as usual and then January came. First a Redwing showed up in Victoria and then a Siberian Accentor in Surrey. It was mega rarity time.
|It took two ferry trips for the Redwing but we found it on January 1.|
|This may be the second record for BC. It was found by Nathan Hentze on the Christmas bird count.|
|There are multiple records of vagrants from the north-east coast of North America, as well as three recent previous sightings on the north-west coast (one in Washington in 2005, and one in Seward, Alaska in November 2011, and ironically, one from almost the exact same location in Victoria in December 2013. This may be the same bird). Information contained here is what I have gleaned from the internet and may or may not be accurate.|
|A Yellow-breasted Chat was an added bonus on our Redwing trip. Usually seen in the Okanagan in summer it is a rare visitor anywhere in winter in Canada, preferring Central America.|
|This Coyote was encountered on our Christmas bird count on Matsqui Prairie. A bare spot on the rump may be mange.|
|American Kestrel on our Christmas Bird Count.|
|The next mega rarity was a Siberian Accentor. This bird was closer to home in Surrey. The first photo was a little disappointing as the aesthetics were something to be desired.|
|A later visit provided a better shot but through a chain link fence.|
|Finally after 7 visits the Accentor posed in a more favourable location. This bird was found by George Clulow on the Christmas Bird Count. Since found, it has been seen by birders from many states and provinces.|
|My last view of the Accentor Jan. 20 2016|
|But then if I compare it to this Pacific Wren taken in Chilliwack the differences are not as obvious.|
|This Dark-eyed Junco with some leucistic traits entertained some of the birders while they waited for the Accentor to make an appearance.|
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