Sunday, 27 January 2008


THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD AND NATURE STORE'S
WINTER SEED SALE
STARTS SATURDAY JANUARY 19 UNTIL FEBRUARY 16

IT IS TIME TO STOCK UP ON BIRD SEED

FOR THAT BUSY WINTER BIRD FEEDING!

SAVE 15 % ON MINIMUM $100.00 PURCHASE

ON JUGS, 20LB and 40LB BAGS OF BIRD SEED.

Free Seed Storage Program
Fresh Seed at 15 % OFF
We take Phone Orders!

Our seed sale only happens twice a year so come in and save on your birdseed!

Purchase the birdseed you will use in the next few months at the sale price.
Don’t worry about storage---just come by and pick up the seed you purchased as you need it, without the hassle of storing it!

Red Crossbill: Ralph Hocken Photo

To report your sightings
please phone the Store at 390-3669
or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
or call the Bird Alert at 390-3029

Check out the Audubon site for the Christmas Bird Count results.
http://www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/hr/

Post your sightings on these sites:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages


Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date and location of your sighting.

Sunday January 27:
Over fifty Trumpeter Swans were seen at the Ugly Dwarf Meadows in Nanoose Bay.

Saturday January 26:
An Anna's Hummingbird was coming to feeders in the 100 block of Walkem Road in Ladysmith.
A female and two male Townsend's Warbler's are coming to suet feeders in the 1100 block of Stymie Close, Qualicum Beach.
A Townsend's Warbler and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet were visiting feeders along Shoreline Drive in Nanaimo.

Thursday January 24:
A Red-tailed Hawk was spotted in a tall Fir Tree just off Corfield Street in Parksville.
Seven Cedar Waxwings and American Robins were feeding on Holly berries and as well, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, thirty Pine Siskins, European Starlings and Bushtits were feeding at bird feeders along Beaconsfield Road in Nanaimo . Dark-eyed Juncos were feeding on the ground and a Bewick's Wren was spotted on a Plum Tree.

Wednesday January 23:
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary.
Among the highlights was the sighting of a Bonaparte's Gull near the shoreline. The Black Scoters as well as the Pine Siskins were singing. Several Great Blue Herons were in roosting in their usual spot on the estuary.
Seven birders found the following forty-one species:
Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail,Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon,
Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Tuesday January 22:
Canada Goose, Brant, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon,
Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant , Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron,Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstone, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Marbled Murrelet, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskins were seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side.
Monday January 21:
A Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched high in a tree on the east side of Highway One a little north of the Cedar Exit in south Nanaimo.
A Townsend's Warbler was seen in the 1900 block of Bay Street in Nanaimo.

Friday January 18:
A Black Oystercatcher was spotted in Ladysmith Harbour between Transfer Beach and the Maritime Society Wharf in Ladysmith.

Tuesday January 15:
An Indigo Bunting was seen in the early morning and again late in the afternoon in Ucluelet.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ (250) 390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
***********************************
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday January 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
**********************************
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
**********************************
The Wednesday Bird Walk on January 30, 2008 will be going to the Englishman River Estuary Shelly Road side. We will meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 AM or at the Oceanside end of Shelly Road at about 9:10 A.M.
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Everyone is welcome to join us on the Sunday Bird Walks. We leave from the Store at 9 am most Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo for a 2-3 hour bird walk.

The Sunday Bird Walk on February 03, 2008 will be going to Nanaimo River Estuary.
We will meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.
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Good Birding!
Neil Robins
Nanaimo

Sunday bird walks 2007

Scoters at Lantzville:Ralph Hocken Photo

Sunday Bird Walks in 2007--
The Sunday Morning Birdwalks went to Morden Colliery Provincial Park, Hemer Provincial Park, Beck Creek Estuary, Chase
River Estuary, Nanaimo River Estuary, Linley Valley, Pipers Lagoon, Neck Point Park, Buttertubs Marsh, Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary, McGregor Marsh, Legacy Marsh, Nanoose Bay, Beaver Dams in Nanoose Bay, Top Bridge Trail--Parksville, Englishman River Estuary-Shelly Road side and Plummer Road side--Parksville, Springwood Park Forest--Parksville, Columbia Beach, Qualicum Beach Viewing Tower and the Little Qualicum River Estuary--Qualicum Beach, in 2007.
We saw and heard the following 156 different species:
Canada Goose
Brant

Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan

Mallard
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
lesser Scaup
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser

Yellow-billed Loon
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe

Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

American Bittern
Great Blue Heron

Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern saw-whet Owl

Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon

American Coot

Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Dunlin
Greater Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Spotted Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Sanderling
Killdeer

Sooty Grouse
Ring-necked Pheasant
California Quail

Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

Parasitic Jaeger

Rhinoceros Auklet
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot

Black Swift
Vaux's Swift

Belted Kingfisher

Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

Northern Shrike

Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker

Band-tailed Pigeon
Rock Pigeon

Steller's Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven

Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Purple Martin

Cassin's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
MacGillivray's Warbler

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren

Bushtit

Brown Creeper

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Cedar Waxwing

American Pipit

Hermit Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Varied Thrush
American Robin

European Starling

Western Tanager

Bullock's Oriole
Western Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Red Crossbill

Evening Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Dickcissel
Brown-headed Cowbird

American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
House Finch

House Sparrow
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Everyone is welcome to join us on the Sunday Bird Walks. We leave from the Store at 9 am every Sunday Morning and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo for a 2-3 hour bird walk.
The Sunday Bird Walk on February 03, 2008 will be going to Nanaimo River Estuary.
We will meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.
***************************************
Good birding
Neil Robins
Nanaimo.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Nanaimo bird alert

Glaucous Gull at Qualicum Beach: Ralph Hocken Photo.

To report your sightings
please phone the Store at 390-3669
or e-mail us at
thebackyard@shaw.ca
or call the Bird Alert at 390-3029
Post your sightings on these sites:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages
Check out the Audubon site for the Christmas Bird Counts.
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date and location of your sighting.

Sunday January 20:

A Merlin was seen chasing a large flock of Pine Siskins in the 2500 block of Glenayr Crescent in Nanaimo.

Over fifty Trumpeter Swans were seen at the Ugly Dwarf Meadows in Nanoose Bay.

Saturday January 19:
Two Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen at suet feeders in the Harwood area of Nanaimo.
A lone Steller's Jay was spotted along Hamilton Avenue and Sixth Street in the Harewood Area of Nanaimo.

Friday January 18:
A Varied Thrush was spotted at a ground feeder along Nanaimo Lakes Road backing onto the Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.

Thursday January 17:
About 100 Pine Siskins, twenty Cedar Waxwings, Common Mergansers and four Ring Necked Ducks were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Chestnut-backed Chickadees, a Downy Woodpecker and several Northern Flickers are visiting feeders in the 3000 block of Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay.

Wednesday January 16:
The Wednesday birdwalk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side. Among the highlights were the sighting of a Red-Throated Loon in winter plumage feeding on a fish and twenty-three Brant Geese in one flock and six in another flock on the Strait of Georgia. Two Eurasian Widgeon's and twenty-four Brant Geese were seen on the gravel bar from the viewing tower on the estuary. One lone Cackling Goose ( a possible Richardson's sub-species) was calling continually while swimming away from us at the mudflats.
Four birders found the following fifty-nine species:
Canada Goose, Cackling Goose, Brant, Trumpeter Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser,
California Quail, Red-throated Loon, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren,Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee,Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin and House Sparrow.
A Golden Eagle was seen sitting on a post right beside the road on the Inland Island Highway about one kilometer north of exit 101 at the Buckley Bay Road.

Tuesday January 15:
A Northern Pygmy Owl was calling near Beban Park in Nanaimo.
A Northern Shrike was seen at French Creek.
Six Bufflehead were seen at Long Lake near Highway 19a in Nanaimo.

Monday January 14:
Twenty Bushtits were spotted at a suet feeder near Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Sunday January 13:
Four Short-eared Owls, a Northern Shrike, a juvenile Chipping Sparrow, twelve Golden-crowned Sparrows, a Sharp-shinned Hawk and several Western Meadowlarks were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
One hundred Pine Siskins, Anna's Hummingbirds and fifteen Purple Finches are coming to feeders along Remora Place in Nanoose Bay.
Fourteen Trumpeter Swans, two Glaucous Gulls, one Red-necked Grebe and a Wilson's Snipe were seen at the Nanoose Bay Estuary.
There was a sighting of a possible Rough-legged Hawk at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ (250) 390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
***********************************
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday January 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
**********************************
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
**********************************
The Wednesday Bird Walk on January 23, 2008 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary. We will meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 AM or at the Viewing Tower in Qualicum Beach near Highway19a and Garrett Road about 9:20 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walks will resume February 03, 2008
**************************************
Good Birding!
Neil Robins

Thursday, 17 January 2008


THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD AND NATURE STORE'S
WINTER SEED SALE
STARTS SATURDAY JANUARY 19 UNTIL FEBRUARY 16

IT IS TIME TO STOCK UP ON BIRD SEED

FOR THAT BUSY WINTER BIRD FEEDING!

SAVE 15 % ON MINIMUM $100.00 PURCHASE

ON JUGS, 20LB and 40LB BAGS OF BIRD SEED.

Free Seed Storage Program
Fresh Seed at 15 % OFF
We take Phone Orders!

Our seed sale only happens twice a year so come in and save on your birdseed!

Purchase the birdseed you will use in the next few months at the sale price.
Don’t worry about storage---just come by and pick up the seed you purchased as you need it, without the hassle of storing it!

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Wednesday birdwalk January 16,2008

















Merlin; Ralph Hocken photo.

Hi Birders,
The Wednesday birdwalk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side. Among the highlights was the sighting of a Red-Throated Loon in winter plumage feeding on a fish. Twenty-three Brant Geese in one flock and six Brant Geese in another flock on the Strait of Georgia. Two Eurasian Widgeon's and twenty-four Brant Geese were seen on the gravel bar from the viewing tower on the estuary. One lone Cackling Goose ( a possible Richardson's sub-species) calling continually swimming away from us at the mudflats.
Four birders found the following fifty-seven species:
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Brant
Trumpeter Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
California Quail
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Hutton's Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Good birding!
Neil Robins
Parksville

INDIGO BUNTING - POSSIBLE

Late yesterday January 15 we received a call from Ucluelet, which is on the west coast, of a bird that was a patchy light blue and beige colour with a finch type bill feeding at their backyard feeder. It has been identified as a Indigo Bunting but we still need to confirm that. The bird was first seen in the early morning and then again late in the afternoon at the feeder. We are waiting to here if the bird is seen again today and will forward any information that we get.
Happy birding Colin.

Sunday, 13 January 2008















Mountain Bluebirds at Nanoose Bay: Ralph Hocken Photo.

To report your sightings
please phone the Store at 390-3669
or e-mail us at
thebackyard@shaw.ca
or call the Bird Alert at 390-3029
Post your sightings on these sites:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date and location of your sighting.

Sunday January 13:
The Parksville, Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count counted 112 species and over 26,000 birds.
Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets are visiting feeders along Boundary Crescent in Nanaimo
Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Bald Eagles, Common Golden-eye, Barrow's Golden-eye, Buffhead, Red-breasted Mergansers, Mew Gulls, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Thayer's Gull, Green-winged Teal, Horned Grebes, Double Crested Cormorant, Northern Pintail and American Wigeon were seen at the Nanoose Bay Estuary.
Three California Quail were seen at feeders in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.

Saturday January 12:
A Great Horned Owl was seen along Colbourne Crescent in North Nanaimo.
Two Silver Pheasants were seen along Athena Place in North Nanaimo.
Two Cackling Geese were seen in with a flock of Canada Geese at the Ugly Dwarf meadows in Nanoose Bay.

Friday January 11:
Two Mountain Bluebirds were spotted at the Nanoose Edibles in the berry
orchard along Stewart Avenue in Nanoose Bay.

Thursday January 10:
Canada Goose, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern
Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Mew Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher,American Crow, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brewer's Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin were seen along the Englishman River Estuary Shelly Road side in Parksville.

Wednesday January 09:
A large flock of Trumpeter Swans were seen in a farmer's field near Hill Road and
Cedar Road in Cedar.

An American Kestrel was seen perched high in a tree at the Ugly Dwarf
Meadows in Nanoose Bay.
A male Common Merganser and a Hooded Merganser were seen at Buttertubs
Marsh in Nanaimo.
A female Sharp-shinned Hawk was spotted in the tall fir trees behind the Government Weigh Scales in Parksville.

Tuesday January 08:
An Anna's Hummingbird was spotted at feeders in the 2500 block of Glenayr
Drive in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.

Over 3000 Pine Siskins were seen swarming in trees along River Bend Road near t
he Nanaimo River in Cassidy.

Monday January 07:
A large flock of American Robins were turning over leaves in the forest at the
top of Corfield Street in Parksville. They were soon joined on the ground by Northern Flickers, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Dark-eyed Junco and Purple Finch. A flock of sixty Pine Siskin's were gleaning from the buds on the Alder Trees.
A Peregrine Falcon flew high over the trees.

A female Long-tailed Duck, a Buffhead and a Horned Grebe were seen feedingtogether at the Deep Bay Spit.


Sunday January 05:
A Common Murre was spotted about ten feet from shore at Piper's Lagoon in Nanaimo.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ (250) 390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
***********************************
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday January 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
**********************************
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
**********************************
The Wednesday Bird Walk on January 16, 2008 will be going to the Englishman River Plummer Road side. We will meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 AM or at the Corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walks will resume February 03, 2008
**************************************
Good Birding!
Neil Robins
Nanaimo

Sunday, 6 January 2008















Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken

To report your sightings
please phone the Store at 390-3669
or e-mail us at
thebackyard@shaw.ca

or call the Bird Alert at 390-3029
Post your sightings on these sites:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date and location of your sighting.
Sunday January 06:
A Cackling Goose was seen in with a flock of Canada Geese at the Parksville Community Park in Parksville.
A Peregrine Falcon was seen at the Englishman River Estuary in south Parksville.
An American Kestrel was seen perched on hydro lines at the Ugly Dwarf Meadows in Nanoose Bay.
Saturday January 05:
Three Anna's Hummingbirds are coming to feeders along Cosgrove Crescent in
Nanaimo.
Friday January 04:
Several different flocks of Golden-crown and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen
on the trail around Lost Lake in Nanaimo.

Thursday January 03:
A Great-horned Owl was calling at Colliery Dam Park near Glengarry Crescent in
Nanaimo.
Wednesday January 02:
Two pair of Anna's Hummingbirds are coming to feeders along Cortez Place in
Nanaimo.
Tuesday January 01:
Three Mountain Bluebirds were seen at Nanoose Edibles on Stewart Avenue off Northwest Bay road in Nanoose Bay.
A female Rufous Hummingbird, along with three Anna's Hummingbirds, are visiting feeders along Bayshore Drive in Nanaimo.
Sunday December 30:
Highlights of the Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count:
A Harris's Sparrow was seen in Cinnabar Valley.
A Townsend's Solitaire was seen at the Tamagawa Gardens at Malaspina
University-College in Nanaimo.
A Townsend's Warbler was seen on Protection Island.
60 Ancient Murrelets seen from a boat on the Strait of Georgia.
A White-Throated Sparrow was seen along Departure Bay in Nanaimo.
A Northern Shrike was seen on Newcastle Island and at the Nanaimo Golf
Course.
An Evening Grosbeak was spotted on Newcastle Island.
A Ruddy Duck was seen on Holden Lake.
Three Short-eared Owls and two Western Meadowlarks were seen at the
Nanaimo River Estuary.
Two Great-horned Owls were seen at Colliery Dam, at Nanaimo River Road and
at Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.
A total of 120 species were counted during the Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count.

Four Tundra Swans, a large flock of Northern Pintails and several Northern Shovellers were seen at Nanoose Bay.
Saturday December 29:
A Band-tailed Pigeon was visiting feeders in the 1000 block of Dunsmuir
Crescent in Ladysmith.
For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ (250) 390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
***********************************
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday January 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
**********************************
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
**********************************
The Wednesday Bird Walks in Parksville will resume on January 16, 2008
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The Sunday Bird Walks in Nanaimo will resume February 03, 2008
**************************************
Good Birding!
Neil Robins
Nanaimo