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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 24, 2014

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
 
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. The highlight of the morning was a Merlin who entertained us as it chased a flock of European Starlings and spooked the shorebirds.  We caught glimpses of a Lincoln’s Sparrow and two Orange-crowned Warblers just off the trail. There were Long-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Sandpipers and Semi-palmated Plovers feeding on the mud flats.  We spotted a Common Loon on the Strait of Georgia.
Eleven birders including a visiting birder from Calgary saw and heard the following forty-two species: 
Canada Geese, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Common Merganser, Pelagic Cormorant, Common Loon, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Turkey Vulture, Black Oystercatcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Plovers,  Bonaparte's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch and American Goldfinch.  
 Merlin: Ralph Hocken Photo.  
Saturday, August 23:
A Western Screech Owl was heard and seen along Morrell Circle in Nanaimo. 
Monday, August 18:
Four Common Murre, four Pigeon Guillemot's, two Common Loons, one Pacific Loon, ten Red-necked Grebes and a Marbled Murrelet were seen offshore from the viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach.
Red-necked Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 Sunday, August 17: 
Four Pileated Woodpeckers are feeding on suet feeders in the 5100 block of Broughton Place in Nanaimo. 
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings.  We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
 
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The Sunday bird walk on August 31, 2014 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs March on the Bowen Road side at about 9:20 a.m.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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Good birding
Neil Robins 
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
                                                         V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 17, 2014

 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
 
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm. Three Pileated Woodpeckers entertained us as they fed along of the trunk of a tree.  A female Western Tanager was perched high in a conifer tree. We caught a glimpse of a Wilson’s Warbler near the marsh.
Ten birders saw and heard the following twenty-one species: 
Mallard, Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Merlin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Wilson’s Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s Wren, Marsh Wren, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow and American Goldfinch.
Pileated Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Saturday, August 16:
A Northern Goshawk was seen in the 300 block of Seventh Street
in Nanaimo. 
Thursday, August 14: 
 A Black-Throated Gray Warbler was seen perched in a tree right in front of a 3rd floor balcony, behind the Fire Station in Parksville. 
Monday, August 11:
Two Caspian Terns and a pair of Bonaparte Gulls in breeding plumage were seen at Parksville Beach in Parksville.  
Canada Geese, Mallard, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, Pelagic Cormorant, Doubled-crested Cormorant, great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Black Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, California Gull, Bonaparte Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Eurasian-collared Dove Northern Flicker, Northwester Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brewer’s Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow and Song Sparrow were seen along the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
Bonaparte Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Sunday, August 10:
Two Common Nighthawks were seen and heard above Meridian Way in Parksville. 
Saturday, August 09:
A Sharp shinned hawk was seen in the 2500 block of Glenayr drive in Nanaimo.
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings.  We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014. 
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The Sunday bird walk on August 24, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:30 a.m.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
 Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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Good birding
Neil Robins 
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
 
 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 10, 2014

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca 
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, August 10, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm. We spotted a Cooper’s Hawk perched on a branch not far off the trail. A Dark-eyed Junco with a fledgling followed us along the path for a few minutes.  We had great views of an American Dipper  feeding in the slow moving Millstream River.
 

Dark-eyed Junco: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Four birders saw and heard the following twenty species:Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Great blue Heron, Cooper’ Hawk, Eurasian Collared Dove, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, American Dipper, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Bewick's Wren, Dark-eyed Junco, American Robin and Spotted Towhee.  
American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Wednesday, August 06:
A Eurasian Collared Dove stopped in along 5400 Altavista Drive for a bath in the afternoon sun. 
 Tuesday, August 5:
Eight Common Nighthawks were seen over the Rathtrevor Provincial Park car park in Parksville. 
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings.  We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014. 
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The Sunday bird walk on August 17, 2014 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road (off Lost Lake Road) at about 9:20 a.m.
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/ 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 
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Good birding
Neil Robins 
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 03, 2014

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
 
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, August 03, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in Lantzville. The morning was sunny and warm. Three Cedar Waxwings with their bright yellow tail tip, put on a show for us flying from the top of the trees. We saw a large flock of American Goldfinch with several fledglings on the top of several conifer trees.  We spotted, two Orange-crowned Warblers on a bush just off the road. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over head with a Barn Swallow in hot pursuit.
 
Pectoral Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Eighteen birders including birders from Kuwait, Scotland and Australia saw and heard the following thirty species:
Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Pied-billed Grebe, Band-tailed Pigeon, Anna’s Hummingbird,  Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker,  Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren, Bushtit,  American Robin,  Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch.  
 
Thursday, July 31:
Two Caspian Terns and a pair of Bonaparte Gulls in breeding plumage, were seen at Parksville Beach in Parksville.
Wednesday, July 30:
 Pictorial Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers Long-billed Dowitchers, Least and Western Sandpipers were seen at the mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
 
                                         American Goldfinch: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Tuesday, July 29:
Twenty Common Nighthawks were seen over Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo. 
 
Monday, July 28:
An Albino Raven has been seen in Errington.
 
Wednesday July 23:
Five Black Swifts were seen high above Lee Road and Highway 19a in French Creek.
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings.  We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
 
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The Sunday bird walk on August 10, 2014 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot near the Lawn bowling Green at about 9:20 a.m.
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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Good birding
Neil Robins
 
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, July 27, 2014

 
 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
" EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of
your sighting.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. A pair of Cedar Waxwings were fly-catching from a Conifer tree just off the road.  We watched a Willow Flycatcher catching insects and then going into a nest.  A fledgling American Goldfinch was being fed by it’s parent in a tree not far from us.
 
Cedar Waxwing: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Nine birders saw and heard the following twenty-seven species:
Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Willow Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,  Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin..
 
Saturday, July 26:
Eleven Common Nighthawks were spotted hawking insects over the community Park in the Rivers Edge area near Parksville
 
Friday, July 25:
  A flock of Common Nighthawks was seen high above the Ugly Dwarf Meadows along highway19 near Nanoose Bay.
 
A Steller’s Jay and a Black-headed Grosbeak were seen in a backyard along Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo.

Steller’s Jay: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
A flock of twenty to twenty-five Black Swifts and Common Nighthawks were seen at the south end of Ladysmith.
 
Saturday July 19:
Six Western Sandpipers, four Least Sandpipers and two Long-billed Dowitchers were seen at French Creek.
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Tuesday mornings.  We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
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The Sunday bird walk on August 03, 2014 will be going to the Legacy Marsh in Lantzville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or along Normarel Drive under the hydro lines in upper Lantzville at about 9:20 a.m.
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British Columbia rare bird alert link---
 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/  
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WildResearch link---
http://www.wildresearch.ca/
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/  
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669 
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: 
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com