I'm envious! Three birds right there that would be new for my list! We cancelled our birding plans this morning because of rain, but we may try tomorrow. Were there lots & lots of people there (read, "over-populated with bird-watchers") or was it quiet and relaxing? Chippies used to be common in Vancouver in the spring; should be pretty easy to find if he's there. I wonder if there is only one; they like company.
-- Look for CHIPPING SPARROWS as though you were looking for YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, at least in their LOWER favourite haunts. The two species hang out together; like the same habitat. Chippies (and Yellow-rumped Warblers) are often seen in small conifer trees, say, only 10 feet tall or so, well separated from other such trees--as on a lawn or in a clearing.
I'm working on a few long bird lists I may print out. One is the Sibley-Monroe list of the birds of the world. Another is the most recent AOU list. Any reference is likely to have a fairly short lifespan, as information is changing fast. What do you prefer as your favourite sources? Do you rely more on the web or on books?
--I may also put out a new printing of CARSON'S EASY CHECKLIST for Vancouver (and B. C.) Birds. If so, it will take me another month. I've produced quite a number of them in the past. I use them myself, because I like having every single species on one side of one page when the list is spread out. Accidentals have to be added, but one whole side allows for notes, and I find that the list accommodates pretty well everything "normal" a person is likely to see. The same list works for BC on that basis. They're not as detailed as some other lists, but they cost less--I can sell them for "a loonie a list" and still pay for my laser printing and paper (not for the time it takes, but that's okay). So, I might have more to say about that in awhile....
Edit: I thought your BELTED KINGFISHER wuz unfair!
But, as luck would have it, we were walking uptown beside Coal Harbour about 3:15, when, silently, a nice blue kingfisher flew along the seawall beside us, toward Canada Place! Excellent! A gift from Cosmos, on a day when I wasn't birding at all! So: February, 103; and for the Year, 110! Oh boy!!