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- positive, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn
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Sunday, 7 October 2007

Nanaimo bird alert

American Pipit at Columbia Beach, French Creek area: 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 October 07:

The Sunday Bird Walk to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road in
Parksville was cancelled due to heavy rains and strong winds.

Friday October 05:
Four Sandhill Cranes and fifteen Turkey Vultures were seen soaring over Bowser.

Wednesday October 03:
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal,
Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Hooded Merganser, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Black Turnstone, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird and House Finch were seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side in Parksville.

Red Crossbill, Steller's Jay, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Varied Thrush were seen at the top of Little Mountain just west and south of Parksville.

Tuesday October 02:
An Ancient Murrelet and a Rhinoceros Auklet,
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Red-breasted Merganser, California Quail, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black Oystercatcher, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Marbled Murrelet, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Bushtit, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Song Sparrow were seen at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.
Western Gull, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Lincoln's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and House Finch were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo.

Monday October 01:
Black Turnstones, California Quail, Black Oystercatcher, Western Sandpiper, American Pipit, Savannah Sparrow, Greater Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitcher were seen along Columbia Beach and French Creek.

Over sixty Sandhill Cranes were spotted above Whiskey Creek.

Friday September 28:
Canada Goose, American Widgeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Hooded Merganser,
Great Blue Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker,
Northwest Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow,
Golden-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill, American
Goldfinch, House Sparrow were seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side in Parksville.

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 October 11, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Topic: "Stickleback Study Update"
Guest Speaker: A. Heiden will speak on " Birding & Wildlife in Sinaloa Mountains of Mexico"
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday, October 22, 2007@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Wednesday Bird Walks in Parksville will resume on October 17, 2007
Everyone is welcome to bring their binoculars and join us for a morning of birding. We will leave the Visitor Centre in Parksville on Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and go to a different area in and around Parksville/Qualicum Beach each week.
The Sunday Bird Walk on October 14, 2007, will be going to the Englishman River
Estuary, Shelly Road side in Parksville.Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 am or at the parking area at the end of Shelly Road
(off the ocean side of Highway 19a) at about 9:30 a.m..
Good Birding!
Neil Robins

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