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Sunday, 9 November 2008

Nanaimo bird alert, November 09, 2008

Trumpeter Swans: 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
call the Bird Alert at 250-390-3029

Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:

Post your sightings on this site:

Birds of British Columbia:

International Birdwatching Guides

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching

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

Sunday, November 09, 2008:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Nanoose Bay Estuary.
Among the highlights were the sightings of nine Trumpeter Swans flying in single file over the Bay heading south east. A Northern Shrike was spotted in the low bushes. We saw two Red-tailed Hawks--one was perched in the perching snag tree at the north end of the estuary. A Sharp-shinned Hawk posed in a bush for us to examine him closely
and then moved onto a fence post for even a better view.
The fog co-operated for most of the morning and stayed at tree level well above the Bay and fifteen birders found the following forty-one species of birds: Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Trumpeter Swans, Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Shrike, Dunlin, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, European Starling, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch and Dark-eyed Junco.

Saturday November 08:
Twenty-five Trumpeter Swans were spotted flying over Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Friday November 07:
Spotted Towhee, Anna’s Hummingbirds, Northern Flickers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Purple Finch, Pine Siskins,
American Robin, Downy Woodpecker and Steller’s Jays are visiting feeders in a backyard in French Creek.

Wednesday November 05:
A Eurasian Wigeon was seen at the French Creek Estuary.
Twenty Trumpeter Swans were seen at Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
Fifteen Evening Grosbeak's were observed at feeders near Boat Harbour in Cedar.
A Northern Shrike was spotted near the golf driving range in Duncan.

Tuesday November 04:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side in Parksville.
Sixteen birders saw and heard forty species of birds during a blustery fall morning.
The highlight of the morning was the Sea Lions, who stole the show from the birds. A pair of Sea Lions came to the surface with Chum Salmon in their mouths, thrashing about and eventually swallowing the salmon. Not far from shore, several immature Gulls, a large flock of Common Mergansers and a few Harlequin Ducks were competing for the scraps of Salmon that were left behind from the huge Sea Lions.
The tide was up and heavy waves pounded the shore. Between the waves we saw eight Black Turnstones and one Dunlin racing towards the estuary. Further out on the Strait,there were several Pacific Loons flying just above the water. A Common Loon, a Horned Grebe and a Western Grebe gave us quick glances between waves.
Along the boardwalk, we saw a large flock of Bushtits and Golden-crowned Kinglets fly quickly in the bushes and then disappear. A pair of Bald Eagles were perched high in a Fir Tree off the trail.
A Ring-necked Duck and six Hooded Mergangers were seen at the French Creek pond.

Sunday November 02:
A Peregrine Falcon and a Merlin were seen in a yard in the 200 block of Ravere Place in Nanaimo.
Ten Black Oystercatchers were seen on the South-east shore of Protection Island.
Four Greater White-fronted Geese have spent the last month on a farm in the 6900 block of Eyelash Drive near Brannen Lake in Nanaimo.

Saturday November 01:
Twenty American Wigeons were spotted on the south-east shore of Protection Island.

Friday October 31:
A female Ring-necked Pheasant was spotted in a Herb Garden in Deep Bay.

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
Ross Peterson will present an update on the Enos Lake Project.
Thursday November 13, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday November 24, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
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.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on Tuesday November 11 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.
Meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park, in the parking area in front of the p
layground at 9 A.M. or at the Brant Geese, Viewing Tower at Highway 19A and Garrett Road in Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 A.M..
The Sunday Bird Walk on November 16, 2008 will be going to the Buttertubs Marsh.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or the parking area on the Bowen Road side of Buttertubs Marsh. at about 9:15 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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