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Sunday, 20 May 2007

Nanaimo Bird Alert May 20, 2007



Sunday May 20, 2007:
A possible LEWIS WOODPECKER was seen along Northwest Bay Road near the Logging Road in Nanoose Bay.
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Beaver Ponds at Nanoose Bay. Six birders birders found the following thirty-seven species:
MUTE SWAN , WOOD DUCK, MALLARD, BALD EAGLE, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD,
HAIRY WOODPECKER , NORTHERN FLICKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, HUTTON'S VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, CASSIN'S VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, EUROPEAN STARLING, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER(" POSSIBLE"), BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, COMMON YELLOW-THROAT, WILSON'S WARBLER, WESTERN TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, SPOTTED TOWHEE, MARSH WREN, BEWICK'S WREN,
SONG SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN.


Marsh Wren at Buttertubs Marsh: Photo by Ralph Hocken

Saturday May 19:
PINE GROSBEAKS were seen along Heath Avenue in Parksville.

Friday May 18:
A pair of CALIFORNIA QUAIL are visiting a yard in the Lynburn area of Nanaimo.


Thursday May 17:
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along Northwest Bay Road near Wall Beach Road in Nanoose Bay.
A MOURNING DOVE was spotted in the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.
A LARK SPARROW was seen in the 2600 block of Lungren Road in the Divers Lake area of Nanaimo.

Wednesday May 16:
A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen along Andover Road in Nanoose Bay.
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side. The highlights included watching NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS going into their nest along the River Bank. We saw a PACIFIC LOON and a PIGEON GUILLEMOT in breeding plumage off shore. In the mud flats we saw three DUNLIN and six WESTERN SANDPIPERS, in breeding plumage, feed in the mud flats. Three SPOTTED SANDPIPERS in breeding plumage moved along the River giving us great sightings.
Eleven birders found the following fifty species. CANADA GOOSE, BRANT, MALLARD, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SURF SCOTER, COMMON MERGANSER, CALIFORNIA QUAIL, PACIFIC LOON, GREAT BLUE HERON, TURKEY VULTURE, OSPREY, BALD EAGLE, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, MEW GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN FLICKER, NORTHWESTERN CROW, COMMON RAVEN, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BEWICK'S WREN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, EUROPEAN STARLING, CEDAR WAXWINGS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, PURPLE FINCH, HOUSE FINCH, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and HOUSE SPARROW.


Whimbrel at the High School grounds in Cedar : Photo by Robin Bodnaruk

Monday May 14:
A BROWN PELICAN was spotted at the French Creek marina area in French Creek.
Two MOURNING DOVES were seen along Maxey Road in south Nanaimo.
A BLACK-HEADED GROSEBEAK was seen along Birchwood Road in Ladysmith.
A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, YELLOW WARBLERS and MARSH WRENS were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Sunday May 13:
WESTERN TANAGERS, RUFOUS and ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS were seen in the 4100 block of Gulfview Drive 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
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday, May 28, 2007@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
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The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday June 14, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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The Wednesday Bird Walk on May 16, 2007 will be going to Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. We will meet at the east parking lot of The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at Jensen Avenue and McCarter Street at

9:00 a.m. in Parksville or at the parking lot next to Industrial Way near Tuan Road in Parksville at about 9:10 am
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The Sunday Bird Walk on May 27, 2007 will be going to the Morden Collery Provincial Park off Highway One and Morden Road in south Nanaimo, weather permitting--winds, torrential rains will deter us!
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at Morden Collery Provincial Park at about 9:30 a.m.

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Good Birding!
Neil Robins
Nanaimo

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