Sunday, 24 August 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 24, 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 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. 
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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 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.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
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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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