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Sunday, 4 May 2008

Nanaimo bird alert, May 04, 2008

Wilson's Warbler: John Purves Photo'

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Alert
To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at
call the Bird Alert at 250-390-3029
Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:

Post your sightings on these site:

Birds of British Columbia:

International Birdwatching Guides

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

May 04, 2008 Sunday
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Among the highlights was the sighting of several flycatching Yellow-rumped Warblers. Two male Wilson's Warbler put in a quick appearance and disappeared into the low bushes. Two Northern Rough-wing Swallows flew by and the songs of Black-throated Gray Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers and Townsend's Warblers kept us looking high up in the trees.
Twenty-three birders saw and heard forty-six species of birds:
Surf Scoters, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, Brant Geese, Mallard, Greater
Scaup, Green-winged Teal, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Barred Owl, California Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow,
Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-wing Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Band-tailed Pigeon, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's
Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, European Starling, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Saturday, May 03:
Several Evening Grosbeaks were seen in the area of Morden Colliery Provincial Park
parking lot.
Two Townsend's Solitaires were seen at Wallbeach in Nanoose Bay.
Six Wilson's Snipe, several Peeps and one Killdeer were seen at the Kay Road drainage Ponds in Parksville.

Friday, May 02
A Lincoln's Sparrow was seen along Andrea Crescent in Upper Lantzville.
An American Goldfinch was seen in the 3700 block of Jingle Pot Road in

Thursday, May 01:
Three Hermit Thrush were foraging and chasing each other. Six
Golden-crowned Sparrows, and a Lincoln Sparrow were seen in a yard in the 5300 Block of Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo.

An Osprey flew over Upper Lantzville.

Wednesday, April 30 2008,
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. Ten birders saw
and heard the following twenty-nine species of birds:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Belted Kingfisher, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle,
Glaucous-winged Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, American Dipper, Violet-green Swallow, American Robin,
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper,Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Cassin's Vireo, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Spotted Towhee, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.
Greater White-fronted Geese were seen in a field near Holden Corso and White Road in Cedar.

Tuesday, April 29:
A single Whimbrel was seen from the spit this morning at Piper's Lagoon Park on
the inside mud flats.

Monday April 28:
Three American Goldfinch were seen in the 2000 block of Cedar Road in Cedar.
A male Golden-crowned Kinglet was seen feeding in a yard in French Creek.

Saturday April 26:
A flock of Evening Grosbeaks were seen in the 3900 block of Valewood Drive in
Deerwood Park 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
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday May 8, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday May 26, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Wednesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Visitor Centre in Parksville at 9 A.M. Wednesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
The Wednesday Bird Walk for May 07, 2008 will be going to Plummer Road side
of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 A.M. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:05 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on May 11, 2008, will be going to Morrell Wildlife
Sanctuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary off Nanaimo Lakes Road at about 9:20 A.M.
Good Birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

1 comment:

Backyard Fancy said...

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