At approximately 12:40pm today I received a phone call from Donna Monty informing me that an Eastern Phoebe was just reported down the road from our home in Parksville. I jumped in the car and was down there in minutes. I met with Jamie Fenneman who found the bird. We spent a few minutes looking for it but came up empty handed? Jamie was working and had to leave and just as he was going I re-spotted the bird at the back of a clear-cut, six feet up in a maple tree. I managed to get one record shot (above) as the bird was busy flying from one side of the clear-cut to the other, perching on snags and flycatching. This is the first I have seen on Vancouver Island, which is not surprising as there are only three other records! Nice find Jamie!
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 .