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Sunday, 12 October 2008

Nanaimo bird alert













Northern Harrier: 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:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on these site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching
with:
http://www.birdingpal.org/

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

Sunday, October 12, 2008:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Nanoose Bay.
Among the highlights were the sightings of a Northern Shrike, two Merlin, a
Red-tailed Hawk, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, and a Ring-necked Pheasant.
Seventeen birders found the following thirty-six species of birds:
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoter, Black
Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brant's Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Northern Shrike, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Belted Kingfisher, American Robin, Northern Flicker, Belted Kingfisher, European Starling, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Song Sparrow,
Golden-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and Purple Finch.
A Northern Harrier, Northern Shrike, a Western Meadowlark and two Lincoln's Sparrows were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.


Friday October 10:
A hugh flock of Northwestern Crows, thirty birds wide and streaming past for
fifteen minutes heading towards Nanoose Bay, was seen from the top Groveland Drive and Dickson Road in north Nanaimo, at about 6:00 P.M.
Over fifty Greater White-fronted Geese were seen on a newly plowed and seeded field on the Brannen Lake side of Doumont Road in north Nanaimo.
A Snow Goose was seen in with the Canada Geese on the grass at Parksville Beach Community Park.


Thursday October 09:
A Townsend's Warbler was spotted in the 200 block of Dawkins Lane in
Nanaimo.
A Greater White-fronted Goose in with a flock of Canada Geese at the Parksville Bay Community Park.


Wednesday October 08:
A flock of fourteen Greater White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese, fifteen
Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Greater Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull's and Glaucous-winged Gull's were seen at Cowichan Bay near the Estuary.
A flock of over fifty Greater White-fronted Geese were seen over Columbia Beach.
A Sandhill Crane was spotted at the Nanaimo Dump from Cedar Road in south Nanaimo.


Monday October 06:
A Northern Harrier and a flock of Greater White-fronted Geese were seen flying
over the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side.
A Great Horned Owl and a Fox Sparrow were seen alone Morrell Circle in Nanaimo.


Sunday October 05:
An Anna's Hummingbird is visiting feeders in the 700 block of Doehle Avenue in
Parksville.


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
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday October 27, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
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The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday November 13, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Tuesday 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 Beach Community Park at 9 A.M. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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PLEASE NOTE: ***The Wednesday Morning Birdwalks are now the Tuesday Bird
Walks.***
The Tuesday Bird Walks will resume on October 21. Meet at the Parksville Beach
Community Park at 9 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on October 19, 2008 will be going to Neck Point Park in
Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the Parking area at Neck Point Park off
Hammond Bay Road at about 9:20 A.M.
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on Tuesday October 21 will be going to The Englishman
River Estuary, Shelly Road in Parksville.
Meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park, please park near the Concession Building
at 9 A.M. or at the end of Shelly Road off the Oceanside of Highway 19A at about 9:15 A M.
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Good birding
Neil Robins
Nanaimo

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