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Sunday, 4 November 2007

Nanaimo bird alert

Horned Grebe: Photo by Ralph Hocken

To report your sightings
please phone the Store at 390-3669
or e-mail us at
Bird Alert --390-3029---
Post your sightings on this site--

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

Sunday November 04, 2007:
A Hooded Warbler was seen behind the John Hart Generating Station on the Canyon View Trail in Campbell River at ~10:30 AM Sunday November 4, 2007.
Bird Description: Male bright yellow face surrounded by continuous black throat bib, neck ring and cap on top of head and nape. Underparts bright yellow, back olive greenish brown. White in tail visible when it moves. Listen for sharp chips.
Location and Access: Park in BC Hydro Parking lot and walk west (toward the generating station) on the paved part of the Canyon View trail, across the front of the generating station and up the stairs and trail on the north side no further than the look-out over the penstocks. The bird was vocalizing and flitting around in a large patch of blackberry that is growing on the chain-link fence that separates the penstock/generating station yard from the treed area to the north.
A Tropical Kingbird was seen on Martindale Flats in Victoria. The bird was flycatching from a dead snag near the new big mansion towards Mallard Drive on the north side of Martindale Road. The Tropical Kingbird is a Central American bird that is a rare, but regular visitor during fall and winter along the west coast of British Columbia.

The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary. Twenty-two birders
found the following forty-four species: Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Buffhead, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Dunlin, Spotted Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull Glaucous-winged Gull, American Robin, Belted Kingfisher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Brewer's Blackbird,Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Juncos, Spotted Towhee, House Finch and American Goldfinch.

Saturday November 03:
A Barred Owl was seen hunting near the Cat Stream off Beaconsfield Road in
A Trumpeter Swan was seen on a marsh near Cedar Road and Macmillan Road in Cedar.
Friday November 02:
A Yellow-billed Loon was seen at Otter Point, off the West Coast Road near Sooke. The Yellow-billed Loon breeds on tundra lakes and rivers in the high Arctic. They migrate for the winter down the west coast of Canada.
Thursday November 01:
A Great Horned Owl was calling at the Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.
A Barred Owl was seen along Owen Road in Lantzville.
Wednesday October 31:
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road
side in Parksville. Among the highlights were eight Trumpeter Swans flying past the Art Gallery, one Eurasian Wigeon and first of the season's sighting of Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead.
Eleven birders found the following forty-eight species: Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Horned Grebe, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brewer's Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.
Anna's Hummingbirds were seen in the 6900 block of Rosalyn Avenue in Lantzville.
Two Anna's Hummingbirds are visiting feeders in the 100 block of Southview Road in Powell River.
A White-throated Sparrow was seen feeding with Dark-eyed Juncos in a backyard on Andrea Crescent in Lantzville.
Tuesday October 30:
A Barred Owl landed on a deck railing and had his photo taken in the 5500 block
of Avro Way near Brannen Lake in Nanaimo.
Monday October 29:
A White-throated Sparrow (white striped form) was visiting a ground feeding area in the
5300 block of Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo.
Anna's Hummingbirds were seen visiting feeders in the 4900 block of Bella Vista in Nanaimo.
Sunday October 28:
A juvenile Northern Shrike was photographed at the Nanoose Bay Estuary in
Nanoose Bay.
Saturday October 27:
An American Bittern was seen flying above Buttertubs east and west Marshes in

Thursday October 25:
A Yellow-headed Blackbird was seen in a pond at the Craig Bay area in Parksville.

or 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 November 08, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Speaker: Morgan Black, Topic: "Bats"
Nanoose Bay
Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2007
Contact-Rhys Harrison at

Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday November 26, 2007@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville--Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count
December 16, 2007
Contact- Sandra gray at
The Wednesday Bird Walk on November 07, 2007 will be going to Columbia
Meet at the Visitor Centre in Parksville on Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road at 9 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Boulevard at about
9:20am. (Turn off highway 19a at Columbia Drive across from Windsor Plywood Store & follow Columbia Drive to the "T" intersection. Turn right to the parking area on the left off of Admiral Tryon Bld.)
The Sunday Bird Walk on November 11, 2007, will be going to the Nanoose
Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 am or at the parking area behind the Church Camp
(turn unto Arlington Road off Highway 19) about 9:20 a.m.
Good Birding!
Neil Robins

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