Sunday, 3 August 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

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