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Sunday, 17 August 2008

Nanaimo bird alert

Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Alert

To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
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
Birdwatching contacts and information
find a local birder to go birdwatching with.

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

Sunday, August 17:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach, at French Creek. Highlights included the sighting of eight Heermann's Gulls, California Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls, a Ring-billed Gull and eleven Black Oystercatchers.
Sixteen birders found the following thirty-four species of birds:
Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Mallard, Harlequin Duck,
White-winged Scoter, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, California Quail, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Killdeer, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Pigeon Guillemot, Heermann's Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Rock Pigeon, Northern Flicker, European Starling , Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch.

Saturday August 16:
*****Rare Bird Alert--Manx Shearwater*****
A Manx Shearwater was spotted offshore at Botanical Beach, near Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Shearwater came from inside the Juan de Fuca Strait and stayed close to shore before heading back out and up the Coastline.
Manx Shearwaters are usually found on the east coast of Canada, but is a rare but regular visitor to the west coast of British Columbia.
Two Black Throated Gray Warblers, a Western Tanager, a Black Headed Grosbeak, Warbling Vireos, and a Yellow Warbler were seen at Springwood Park in Parksville.
Friday August 15:
A Barred Owl and Steller's Jays were seen in a yard along Benson View Road above the Jingle Pot area of Nanaimo.
Steller's Jays are visiting feeders along Cloke Road in Ladysmith.
Thursday August 14:
Two female Harlequin Ducks were seen at Clark Bay on Gabriola Island.

Two Purple Martins were spotted at Buckley Bay near the Ferry Terminal.
Wednesday August 13:
Three Heermanns' Gulls and a Ring-billed Gull were seen in with the California and
Glaucous-winged Gulls at Columbia Beach.
A small flock of Purple Martins were singing and dancing in the sky above the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.
Tuesday August 12:
Five Least Sandpipers, eight Western Sandpipers, one Lesser Yellowlegs and four
Greater Yellowlegs were seen at French Creek.
Two Black Oystercatchers, several California Gulls and many Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen on a gravel bar at Columbia Beach.
Monday August 11:
Sixteen Common Nighthawks were seen flying southwest over Sooke at sunset.
Four Wilson's Warblers were spotted frolicking about on lily pads on a pond along Lancewood Avenue in Lantzville.

Sunday August 10:
Two adult and two Collared-Doves were seen in a yard in Sooke.

Six Spotted Sandpipers, two Belted Kingfishers, a Great Blue Heron were seen at Sunset Beach in Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.
Three Great Horned Owls were seen at Neck Point 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
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday September 11, 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 morning Birdwalk in Parksville will resume in the fall.
The Sunday Bird Walk on August 24, 2008 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. .
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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