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Sunday, 11 May 2008


Semipalmated Plover at French Creek: 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.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo Among the
highlights were the sightings of over ten different Wilson's Warblers. A Barred Owl sat in plain view giving us great views as he looked down on us. Black-throated Gray Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers and Townsend's Warblers songs kept us looking high up into the trees.
Eighteen birders saw and heard the following forty-four species of birds: Mallard, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red-tailed
Hawk,Turkey Vulture, Barred Owl, California Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Band-tailed Pigeon, Cassin's Vireo, Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Brown-headed Cowbird, European Starling, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red Crossbill, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.
Six Semiplalmated Plovers, a Western and a Least Sandpipers were seen at French Creek.

Saturday, May 10:

A Caspian Tern was seen near the tide line at Columbia Beach.
A Townsend's Solitaire, Lincoln's Sparrow, Savanah Sparrow, Hermit Thrush and a Orange-crowned Warbler were seen in a yard in Parksville.
Friday, May 09
A male Bullock's Oriole, Virginia Rail, Purple Martin and Yellow Warblers were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
An Osprey landed on the nesting platform at Buttertubs Marsh and sat there for at least 20 minutes. Also seen at Buttertubs Marsh were a Great Blue Heron, Wood Ducks, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, a Bewick's Wren, a Northern Flicker, Red-winged Blackbirds, Violet-green Swallows and European Starlings.
Thursday, May 08:
A Townsend's Solitaire was seen at the Biological Station in Nanaimo. It was moving between a small tree in a planter and a puddle on the main patio.
A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen at Chase River in south Nanaimo.
Wednesday, May 07:
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Seven birders found fifty-four species of birds during the morning. Included in the highlights were the sightings of a Wilson's Warbler and several Rough-winged Swallows. Two Merlins flew right over us as we watched from the boardwalk on the mud flats. At the ocean we saw Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Pigeon Guillemot, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Mew Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull and two flocks of Brant Geese.
Seven birders found the following fifty-four species of birds: Canada Goose, Brant, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Harlequin Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Least Sandpiper, Mew Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker,
Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin and House Sparrow.
An Evening Grosbeak was seen at Chase River in south Nanaimo.
Two Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Gulfview and Tiki Way in Nanaimo.
Tuesday, May 06:
Two Caspian Terns and a Purple Martin were seen flying over Cowichan Bay.
Sunday May 04:
Three American Goldfinch were seen at feeders along Overlook 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
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday May 26, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday June 12, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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 14, 2008 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 A.M. or the parking area off Powder Point Road about 100 yards past the four way stop at Anchor Drive and Powder Point Road at about 9:20 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on May 18, 2008, will be going to Beck Creek in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area on Maki Road (near the Southgate Shopping Centre off Highway One) near Living Forest Campground about 9:25 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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