The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walks will be resuming on Tuesday September 5th and Sunday September 10th. Locations and more information in the most recent post.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Glaucous Gull 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, July 06, 2008:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Legacy Marsh in Upper Lantzville. Among the
highlights were the sightings of several Western Tanagers. We were entertained by two Black-headed Grosbeaks playing on small shrubs close to the trail. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher played hide and seek with us in the tall trees.
Twenty-four birders found the following forty-three species of birds:
Ringed-neck Pheasant, California Quail, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Osprey, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow,Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, Black-headed Grosbeak, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Warbling Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, Brown-headed Cowbird, Pine Siskin and House Finch.

Saturday, July 05:
Two Caspian Terns and Ringed-billed Gull were seen along the tide line at Columbia Beach.
Four Least Sandpipers, four Western Sandpipers and three Greater Yellowlegs were seen at French Creek.

A pair of Mourning Doves are visiting a garden in the 2300 block of Jinglepot
Numerous Rhinoceros Auklets, an adult Cassin's Auklet, Tufted Puffin, several Marbled Murrelets and many California Gulls were seen at Shirley on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Friday, July 04:
Three Western Sandpipers, one Greater Yellowlegs and a Glaucous Gull were
seen at French Creek this morning.
A Caspian Tern was seen at Columbia Beach.
Over Forty Red Crossbills landed in a large conifer tree in the 2500 block, Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.
A Great Horned Owl was calling from the hillside behind Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo.
Thursday July 03:
A Greater Yellowlegs was seen walking on the Lily Pads at Buttertubs Marsh in
An Osprey was seen flying over the 2500 block, Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.
Tuesday, July 01:
A Barred Owl was spotted at the Englishman River, Plummer Road side, in
A Barred Owl, Red-eyed, Cassin's and Warbling Vireos were seen at Springwood Park in Parksville.

Monday, June 30:
Seven Common Nighthawks, a Merlin and a juvenile Northern Goshawk were
seen in Upper Lantzville.
Two American Dippers were seen along Rodgers Creek outside of Port Alberni.
A white( partial albino) Common Raven was seen on the top of the water tower at the Qualicum Beach works yard along Jones Road and Rupert Road in Qualicum Beach.

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 July 10, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Annual Picnic--July 28, 2008.
Monthly Meeting,
Monday September 22, 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 Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store's weekly bird walk in the
Parksville/Qualicum Beach area on Wednesday mornings will not be held during the summer months. We will resume the Wednesday bird walks in the fall.
The Sunday Bird Walk on July 13, 2008, will be going to McGregor Marsh in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the top of Rutherford Road across from the Quilted Duck at about 9:10 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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