Birds observed along the Sikanni Chief River, north-eastern British Columbia 1992-1997

Tony Greenfield

Box 319, Sechelt, B.C. VON 3A0

Abstract: An annotated list is presented of 134 bird species observed along the remote Sikanni Chief River 1992-1997, along with a review of the sparse literature published previously on birds of that area. Direct breeding evidence (active nest or flightless young) was obtained for Canada Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, goldeneye sp., Red-tailed Hawk, Ruffed Grouse, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Gray Jay, American Robin, Chipping Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. A Ruffed Grouse nest had the largest clutch reported in B.C. to date. The published British Columbia ranges of Wood Duck and California Gull are extended to the northeast, those of Black-throated Green Warbler and Yellow-headed Blackbird to the north and that of Vesper Sparrow to the northwest. Hammond’s Flycatchers were fairly common in three years far to the east of their described range in B.C. Records are documented of several other species seldom reported in northeastern B.C. The earliest arrival date in British Columbia for Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is moved forward to 2 June.

Key words: Avifauna, northeastern British Columbia, Sikanni Chief River

PDFicon Greenfield, T. 1998. Birds observed along the Sikanni Chief River, north-eastern British Columbia. British Columbia Birds 8:3-18.


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