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Sunday, 9 September 2007

Nanaimo bird alert

A Great Blue Heron has catching a really big fish at Columbia Beach: Photo by Ralph Hocken

To report your sightings
please phone the Store at 390-3669
or e-mail us at

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

Sunday September 09:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach. Seventeen birders found the following twenty-five species: Common Loon, Yellow-billed Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Surf Scoter, Mallard, Cooper's Hawk, Black-bellied Plover,
Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Marbled Murrelet, Parasitic Jaeger, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Ringed-billed Gull,Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, House Finch, American Pipit and American Goldfinch.

Thursday September 06:
Dozens of American Goldfinch were seen at feeders in the 2700 block of
Goldfinch Crescent in Nanaimo.
Anna's Hummingbird, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, House Finch were at the backyard feeders in the 2100 block of Lancashire Avenue in Nanaimo. A Chestnut-backed Chickadee was seen chasing a Sharp-shinned Hawk around the same yard on Lancashire Avenue.

Wednesday September 05:

A Barn Owl was seen at R#1, Cameron Road in Ladysmith on the late evening.

A Silver Pheasant was seen between Laguna Way and Dewar Road in Nanaimo.

A female Black-headed Grosbeak was seen along Overlook Drive in Nanaimo.

Tuesday September 04:
Five Vesper Sparrows were seen in a yard at Whiskey Creek.

Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers, a Stilt Sandpiper, two Long-billed Dowichers, two Short-billed Dowichers, Canada Geese and a Northern Harrier were seen at the Holden Creek side of the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo

Saturday September 01:
Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Thayer's Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Common Murre, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, American Robin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, European Starling, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird and Bullock's Oriole were seen at Salmon Point and along the shoreline and forest from Oyster River Park to Oyster Bay.
A female Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted in the 1000 block of Morell Circle in Nanaimo.
Three Osprey were seen over Morell Lake in Nanaimo.
A barred Owl, a Great Horned Owl and Common Nighthawks were seen over the 1100 block of Morell Circle in Nanaimo.
Cedar Waxwings, a pair of Western Tanagers, Red Crossbills, a Downy and a Pileated Woodpeckers were seen near MacGregor Marsh at Garnet Place in Nanaimo.

Friday August 31:
A Silver Pheasant was seen in the 5100 block of Lost Lake Road near Linley
Valley in Nanaimo.

Wednesday August 29:
Twenty-four Red Crossbills were seen in the 11000 block of Pilon Road in

Sunday August 26:
A Varied Thrush was spotted in the 3500 block of Hewstone Road in Cedar.

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
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday September 13, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Speaker: Duane Barker, Professor of Fish Health/Marine Ecology
Topic: "Salmon Farming"
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday, September 24, 2007@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Wednesday Bird Walks in Parksville will resume on October
The Sunday Bird Walk on September 16, 2007. will be going to Nanoose Bay.
Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 am or at the parking area behind the church camp at about 9:15 am. (Off highway 19 and Arlington Road)
Good Birding!
Neil Robins

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