1st winter Citrine Wagtail in Comox (Courtenay River Estuary). Initially seen on November 14th, 2012; continued to January 9th, 2013. Sighted again February 15 to February 19, latest sightings March 6 to 24th.

Directions to specific location: From Courtenay,  cross the 17th St bridge (Courtenay River) east toward Comox. Turn right onto Comox Road (Dyke Rd)  until approximately 500m to the second dirt track (For Sale sign) on the left. Park on the shoulder of Comox Rd. on the right hand side and walk up the track towards the steel chain blocking vehicle access (100m). The wagtail has been observed to the left of the steel chain. Please be aware, this is private property , but birders have been given permission to walk down the dirt track but NOT to enter the property on the left side of the road. UPDATE: there is now a gate installed therefore no more access past the hedgerow due to upcoming farm work.

This is the first Canadian record and second North American record!

Other naturalists’ photos here  and blog posts with photos  at Naturalest Naturalist, Island Nature, Vancouver Island Nature, Fur and Feathers and Nature Student.

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