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Rare Bird Alert

To summon birders to confirm the sighting of a rare bird, please call Rick Schortinghuis at 250-885-2454 or Ann Nightingale at 250-514-6450.

If you have seen a rare or unusual bird in the Victoria Checklist area, or a bird outside of its normal date range, please submit a report online (see below) or by using this printable form to have your sighting reviewed for inclusion in the Annual Bird Report and the Checklist of Birds for Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island.

For immediate access to rare bird reports, birders may want to consider joining the online community at This group has several hundred members and is used by many local birders to report rarities.

Birders are also encouraged to post their common and uncommon sightings to eBird.

Recent rare birds in the Capital Regional District reported on eBird

Recent rare birds in the Cowichan Valley Regional District reported on eBird

Here is a short video on how to use eBird to look for alerts.

Rare Bird Report Form

Reports of birds seen in Southeastern Vancouver Island that area shown as accidental or rarer, or that are not listed in the current Victoria & Southeastern Vancouver Island Checklist of Birds, or that occur outside of the date ranges shown in the checklist, may be made by submitting this electronic form. Printed forms are available for those who prefer to use them. Submissions will be reviewed by the Bird Records Committee for inclusion in the Annual Bird Report and Checklist of Birds for Victoria and the Southeastern Vancouver Island region.

If you wish to share your sighting with other birders, please call the Rare Bird Alert phone line at 250-704-2555 and leave a message.

Please include sufficient details that an independent observer, on reading your report, would likely come to the same conclusion as you have regarding species. In other words, what were the features and/or behaviour that determined the identification for you? Only include details that you actually observed, not that you “assume” based on reference guides or your personal knowledge of the species.