Sunday, 24 August 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 24, 2014

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Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
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. 
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.
The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
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.
Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
British Columbia rare bird alert link---
WildResearch link---
West coast environment link—
What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
Good birding
Neil Robins 
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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