Sunday, 16 August 2009

Nanamo bird alert, August 16, 2009





Solitary Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo.


The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Alert

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

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

Post your sightings on this 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

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching with:
http://www.birdingpal.org/

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

Sunday August 16, 2009:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.The morning was windy but sunny and warm. Highlights included seeing three Lesser Yellowlegs, a Least Sandpiper and a Western Sandpiper feeding in the mud along the shoreline of the river. A female Northern Harrier was hunting over the estuary.
Eleven birders heard and saw the following twenty species of birds:
Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Common Mergangers, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Harrier, Glaucous-winged Gull, Barn Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Raven, European Starling, Brown-headed Cowbird, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch and American Goldfinch.

Saturday August 15:
A female Northern Harrier was spotted flying over Somenos Marsh in Duncan.

Three Common Nighthawks were seen over highway 19 and Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay.

Two Eurasian Collared Doves was heard and seen along Rushton Avenue in Parksville.

Common Nighthawks were seen over the Government Weigh Scale at Parksville.

Thursday August 13:
A large flock of Red Crossbills were seen on a tree along Cave Road at Horne Lake.

Tuesday August 11:
One Semipalmated Plover was seen at the Admiral Tryon pools at Columbia Beach.

Two Long-billed Dowitchers were seen at French Creek.

A Solitary Sandpiper was seen at Copley Park in Upper Lantzville.

Three Western Sandpipers were seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side.

Sunday August 09:
Two Heermann's Gulls were seen along the tide line at Columbia Beach.

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
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The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday September 10, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday September 28, 2009 @ 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
Tuesday 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 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 Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store's weekly bird walk in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area on Tuesday mornings will not be held during the summer months. We will resume the Tuesday bird walks on September 01, 2009.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on August 23 will be going to Neck Point in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.
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Good birding
Neil Robins
Nanaimo
British Columbia

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