Tuesday, 29 April 2008

WHIMBREL SIGHTING

A Whimbrel was seen this morning on the mud flats of Pipers Lagoon in north Nanaimo.
At Neck Point Park the Black-throated Gray and Orange-crowned Warblers were singing, along with American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Bewick's Wren, and a male Anna's Hummingbird providing great views perched up in the same tree for the last 3 bird walks near the water front.
Good birding!

Friday, 25 April 2008

RBA: EASTERN PHEOBE AND GOLDEN EAGLE

Hi Birders,

We received a report here at the bird store of an Eastern Pheobe seen at a pond at the end of Viking Way in Columbia Beach (just north of Parksville).

Also, a Golden Eagle was seen flying over Protection Island in Nanaimo Harbour. It was identified by the large white window in each wing and the shape of the head.

Both birds were seen on Tuesday, April 22nd.

Happy Birding!

From the folks at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo, BC

Thursday, 24 April 2008

WEDNESDAY BIRDWALK APRIL 23 2008

WEDNESDAY BIRD WALK APRIL 23, 2008

The Wednesday Bird Walk went to Top Bridge Trail, starting out from Craig Road in the industrial park. Sixteen birders found twenty-eight species with good looks at Chipping Sparrows, Orange-crowned Warblers, killdeer and Yellow-rumped Warblers, both Myrtle and Audubon species. The many Rufous Hummingbirds were busy putting on a show during the walk with great views of the males flashing some colour. Some other highlights of the walk were a Black-throated Gray Warbler singing at the top of a Cedar tree and a Killdeer in an open patch that allow us to observe moving through the grasses.

Black-throated Gray Warbler, photo by Ralph Hocken

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Stores weekly bird walk in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area meets on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am at the Parksville Visitors Centre at highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road. Snow, rain and /or heavy winds will deter us but we will plan a walk for every week. Everyone is welcome, bring your binoculars and join us foe a morning of birding.
For the weekly location of the bird walk call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store at 1-888-249-4145. Good birding!

Top Bridge Trail bird walk total list. 28 species seen by 16 birders.

Bald Eagle
Canada Goose
Mallard
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crown Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crown Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Myrtle
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon
Black-throated Gray Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Monday, 21 April 2008

NANAIMO BIRD ALERT APRIL 21, 2008

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Alert
April 21 2008

To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
call the Bird Alert at 250-390-3029
or www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on these site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

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

HIGHLIGHTS:
Brambling
Mountain Bluebird
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Sora

April 21, 2008 Monday

3 Mountain Bluebirds, I male 2 female, were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary perched atop the old fence posts in the middle of the estuary.

A flock of 100 plus Greater White-fronted Geese were seen flying over Hemer Park heading north.

Wilson’s Snipe was seen at Neck Point Park, in the pond next to the parking lot.

April 20, 2008 Sunday

A female Wilson’s Warbler and a Chipping Sparrow were seen in a backyard on the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive Nanaimo.

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Neck Point Park, where 16 birders saw and heard 45 species. Some of the highlights from the walk: Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Northern Pintail, Wilson’s Snipe, Rufous and Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red Crossbills.
The list: Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Surf Scoters, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Black Oystercatcher, Harlequin Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Glaucous-winged Gull, Wilson’s Snipe, Bald Eagle, California Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bushtit, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin.

2 Hermit Thrush are visiting a backyard on Western Acres road in south Nanaimo.

Black-throated Gray Warbler, photo by Ralph Hockens.


April 19 2008, Saturday

Cassin’s Vireo and Hermit Thrush were seen amongst the snow in the Foothills development in upper Lantzville.

Savannah Sparrow was hanging out in a backyard on Neyland Street in Nanaimo.

April 18, 2008 Friday

The Brambling is still frequenting the backyard on the Pacific Rim Highway in Ucluelet. It has been there for the past week.

Pair of Mouring Doves has been frequenting the area of Phantom road and Aulds road in Lantzville.

Sora was seen in the Morning Star Golf Course holding pond.













Sora, photo by Jack Lasure


April 17 2008, Thursday

An Osprey has been busy on the nest located next to the Island Highway near Collier Dam Park.

Northern Harrier was seen flying over Andrea Crescent and the Winchelsea View golf course in upper Lantzville.

Golden Eagle was sighted flying over Hamilton Marsh in Qualicum Beach.

At Union Bay Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe and 23 Western Grebes were seen along with a Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

April 16 2008, Wednesday

The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary where13 birders saw and heard 52 species. Some of the highlights: Northern Shoveler, Hermit Thrush, Anna’s Hummingbird, Red Crossbills. American Kestrel.
The list: Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Canada Goose, Brant, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Black Oystercatcher, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, American Kestrel, Band-tailed Pigeon, California Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Bewick’s Wren, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Golden-crown Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Red Crossbill, House Finch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin.


April 14 2008, Monday

A Barred Owl was seen at Morrell Lake in Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary, south 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
***********************************
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday May 8, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday April 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Wednesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Visitor Centre in Parksville at 9 A.M. Wednesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Wednesday Bird Walk for April 23, 2008 will be going to Top Bridge Trail meeting at the beginning of the trail on Craig road and Tuan road. Also meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on April 27, 2008, will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville, on Normarel drive. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the corner of the marsh by the power lines.
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Wednesday, 16 April 2008

WEDNESDAY BIRD WALK APRIL 16, 2008

WEDNESDAY BIRD WALK APRIL 16, 2008
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Thirteen birders found fifty-one species of birds and among the highlights of the morning were two Hermit Thrush, Orange-crowned Warblers, American Kestrel, Northern Shoveler, and Red Crossbills up close. The group was also able to observe a pair of Bushtits busily building their nest and had great views of the Rufous Hummingbirds that were busy throughout the park.




Male Rufous Hummingbird, photo by Ralph Hocken



Fifty-one species seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road, Parksville.

Common Loon
Canada Goose
Brant
Black Oystercatcher
Red-necked Grebe
Northern Shoveler
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
California Quail
Band-tailed Pigeon
American Kestrel
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bewick’s Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Red Crossbill
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Stores weekly bird walk in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area meets on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am at the Parksville Visitors Centre at highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road. Snow, rain and /or heavy winds will deter us but we will plan a walk for every week. Everyone is welcome, bring your binoculars and join us foe a morning of birding.
For the weekly location of the bird walk call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store at 1-888-249-4145. Good birding!

Monday, 14 April 2008

BRAMBLING SEEN IN UCLUELET

Just received a report, Monday April 14 2008, of a BRAMBLING visiting a backyard on the Pacific Rim highway in Ucluelet. The Brambling is an Eurasian species that makes occasional visits along the west coast down into the northern states. In the past there have been other sightings of Brambling on Vancouver Island, in Campbell River, Port Alberni, and Tofino.
For an update on this bird contact The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store.

a couple of other bird reports:
Monday April 14, a pair of Evening Grosbeaks are visiting a backyard feeder in the Thunderbird area of Nanaimo.
Sunday April 13, 6 Purple Martins were seen by the nest boxes on Newcastle Island.
Good birding, Colin.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Yellow-rumped Warbler: 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 birdstore blog.
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on these site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

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

Sunday April 13, 2008:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to McGregor Marsh in Nanaimo. Among the
highlights of the morning were the sightings of a pair of Bushtits working on their sock shaped nest and a pair of Brown Creepers building their nest under the bark of a tree. We two Townsend's Warblers gleaning insects from Arbutus Trees. We heard and saw several Orange-crowned Warblers singing from high perches. Two male Downy Woodpeckers spent a long time trying to get the attention of a female Downy Woodpecker. We got a quick glance of a Hermit Thrush on the low bushes.
Twenty-seven birders found the following forty-six species of birds:
Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck,
Bufflehead, American Wigeon, Bald Eagle, Merlin, California Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green
Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin.
A Vesper Sparrow was spotted on the fence along the Simpson Road at the south end of the Nanaimo Airport.
Saturday April 12:
A pair of Cinnamon Teal were seen at the mouth of French Creek.
A Wilson's Snipe was seen in a yard at Qualicum Beach.
Friday April 11:
Four male American Goldfinch were seen coming to feeders in the 200 block of
Dawkins Lane.

Two American Goldfinch were seen at feeders in the 100 block of Meridian Way
in Parksville.

Thursday April 10:
A pair of Cinnamon Teal were seen at the mouth of French Creek.

A male American Goldfinch was seen along Superior Road in Lantzville.
Wednesday April 09:
A Bullock's Oriole was seen in the 1700 block of Centenary Drive in Nanaimo.
A Common Yellowthroat was spotted at Somenos Marsh in Duncan.
Band-tailed Pigeons were seen along Westwood Ridge in Nanaimo.
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Springwood Park in Parksville. Fourteen birders found twenty-eight species of birds during the morning. Included in the highlights was the sighting of a Brown Creeper flying into it's nest under the bark of an Alder Tree. It flew out after a few minutes and then went back into the nest several times. It was definitely getting the nest ready for eggs. We found a round hole in a snag and then noticed a female Northern Flicker looking down at us! We also saw an Orange-crowned Warbler and heard a Cassin's Vireo, California Quail and a Ring-necked Pheasant during the walk. There was a continual course of songs through out the morning.
Fourteen birders found the following twenty-eight species of birds:
Ring-necked Pheasant, California Quail, Bald Eagle, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern
Flicker, Cassin's Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin,
European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, House Finch and Pine Siskin.
Tuesday April 08:
Two Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Stillin Drive in Ladysmith.

A juvenile Anna's Hummingbird was visiting flowering currant bushes in the 1000
block of Dunsmuir Crescent in Ladysmith.

A Say's Phoebe was seen in a backyard in the 4200 block of Discovery Drive in
Campbell River.
Monday April 07:
A Wilson's Snipe, a Ring-necked Pheasant and a Peregrine Falcon were seen at the
Cottonwood Golf Course in south Nanaimo.
A female Mountain Bluebird and a Savannah Sparrow were seen at the Nanaimo
River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
Sunday April 06:
A Western Kingbird was seen flycatching at the end of Sebastion Road in
Lantzville.
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
***********************************
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday April 17, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
**********************************
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday April 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
**************************************
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Wednesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Visitor Centre in Parksville at 9 A.M. Wednesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Wednesday Bird Walk on April 16, 2008 will be going to the Shelley Road
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 A.M. or at the Oceanside end of Shelley Road in Parksville at about 9:15 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on April 20, 2008, will be going to Neck Point Park in
Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:20 A. M.
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Good Birding!
Neil Robins
Nanaimo

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Wednesday bird walk, April 09, 2008

Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Springwood Park in Parksville. Fourteen birders found twenty-eight species of birds during the morning. Included in the highlights was the sighting of a Brown Creeper flying into it's nest under the bark of an Alder Tree. It flew out after a few minutes and then went back into the nest several times. It was definitely getting the nest ready for eggs. We found a round hole in a snag and then noticed a female Northern Flicker looking down at us! We also saw an Orange-crowned Warbler and heard a Cassin's Vireo, California Quail and a Ring-necked Pheasant during the walk. There was a continual course of songs through out the morning.

Fourteen birders found the following twenty-eight species of birds:
Ring-necked Pheasant
California Quail
Bald Eagle
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Cassin's Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Say's Pheobe

Say's Phoebe in Campbell River.

A Say's Phoebe was seen in a yard on Discovery Drive in Campbell River on Monday April 07.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Mountain Bluebird: 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 birdstore blog.
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on these site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html


International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

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

Sunday April 06, 2008:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. Among the
highlights of the morning were the sightings of a Short-eared Owl and seven Western Meadowlarks on the Estuary. On the way out of the Estuary several of us saw three Lesser Yellowlegs and a Yellow-rumped Warbler feeding on a gravel bar on the Nanaimo River. Four birders stopped at the south end of the Nanaimo Airport and found one female and three mal Mountain Bluebirds.

Thirteen birders found the following Forty species of birds:
Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Mallard, Common Mergansers, Northern Pintail, Buffhead, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Short-eared Owl,Turkey Vulture, Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Western Meadowlark, Violet-green Swallows, Bushtits, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Juncos, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and Pine Siskin.
A Three-toed Woodpecker was seen in a yard along Gulfview Drive in north Nanaimo.
A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen at suet feeders along Lakeshore Drive in Cinnabar Valley in south
Nanaimo.

Saturday April 05:
Six Mountain Bluebirds were spotted at the south end of the Nanaimo Airport along the fence on Simpson Road.

Friday April 04:
Fifty Canada Geese in a "V" formation were seen leading a flock of thirty Trumpeter Swans also in a "V" formation, the flocks were low and spectacular.

Thursday April 03:
A male and female Mountain Bluebirds were seen along Simpson Road at the south end of the Nanaimo Airport.
Wednesday April 02:
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Nine birders found forty-six species of birds. Among the highlights of the morning was the sighting of a three male Rufous Hummingbirds perched on a near by bush. Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Purple Finch, House Finch, White-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Spotted Towhees and California Quail serenaded us throughout the morning with courting songs--a true sign that spring is here! A female Red Crossbill landed on a hydro pole along the road and we watched as she ate insects from the hydro pole.
Nine birders found the following forty-six species:
Canada Goose, Brant, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, California Quail, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe,
Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee,
Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin and House Sparrow.

Tuesday April 01:
A Townsend's Solitaire was seen in a backyard in the 300 block of Clarkson Place in Parksville.

Monday March 31:
A Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Red-breasted Sapsucker and a Rufous Hummingbird are visiting feeders in the 4700 block of Shell Beach Road in Ladysmith.

Friday March 28:
Silver Pheasants were seen in a backyard along Bayshore Drive and at the south end of Waldbank Road 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
***********************************
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday April 17, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
**********************************
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday April 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
**************************************
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Wednesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Visitor Centre in Parksville at 9 A.M. Wednesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Wednesday Bird Walk on April 09, 2008 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. We will meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 A.M. or at the west end of Despard Road off Highway 4a in Parksville at about 9:15 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on April 13, 2008, will be going to McGregor Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the top of Rutherford Road across from the Quilted Duck at about 9:20 A. M.
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Good Birding!
Neil Robins
Nanaimo


Thursday, 3 April 2008

Wednesday bird walk, April 02, 2008

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo

The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Nine birders found forty-six species of birds. Among the highlights of the morning was the sighting of a three male Rufous Hummingbirds perched on a near by bush. Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Purple Finch, House Finch, White-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Spotted Towhees and California Quail serenaded us throughout the morning with courting songs--a true sign that spring is here! A female Red Crossbill landed on a hydro pole along the road and we watched as she ate insects from the pole.

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store's weekly bird walk in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area is on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. Participants meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road in Parksville at 9:00 A.M. Snow, rain and/or heavy winds will deter us--but we will plan a walk for every week. Everyone is welcome to bring their binoculars and join us for a morning of birding. For the weekly location of the birdwalk, please call Neil Robins at (250) 954-1928 or the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store at (250) 390-3669.
Nine birders found the following forty-six species:
Canada Goose
Brant
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
California Quail
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow