This fantastic rare Black-throated Blue Warbler stuck around at a feeder in Nanoose long enough for me to see it! Not only a Vancouver Island bird, this was my lifer! I could have got a better photo had i'd been able to stop shaking. What a beauty. This is the 6th record, to my knowledge, of a Black-throated Blue Warbler in British Columbia.
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .