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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Sunday bird walk, December 07, 2008

Glaucious-winged Gulls , Brandt's Cormorant and Double-crested Cormorant: 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 these 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, December 07, 2008:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary
in Parksville.
The highlights of the morning included seeing a Fox Sparrow and a Golden-crowned Kinglets as well as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet at the start of the walk. We saw a total of twenty Bald Eagles either perched or flying during the morning. Two Eurasian Wigeon were sifting through the mudflats and there were Brant Geese, Pacific Loons, Common Loon, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes and a large flock of Red-breasted Mergangers out on the Strait of Georgia.
Nineteen birders found the following fifty-one species of birds on a rainy to start but sunny end to the morning.
Canada Goose, Brandt's Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brant Cormorant, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, American Wigeon, Eurasian Wigeon, Bufflehead, Northern Pintail, Harlequin Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Black Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Downy Woodpecker, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco,Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, House Finch and Red-winged Blackbird.

Saturday December 06:
An Eurasian Wigeon was spotted on the tenth fairway at the Nanaimo Golf Course in Nanaimo.
Friday December 05:
About two Hundred Common Redpolls flew in and were feeding in the trees near Judges Row in Qualicum Beach.

A large flock of Common Redpolls landed in a fir tree in the area near the Eagles nest at Despard Avenue and
Meridian Way in Parksville.
Wednesday December 03:
Two minima race Cackling Geese with a small flock of other Cackling Geese and
a Peregrine Falcon was seen at Somenos Marsh in Duncan.
Tuesday December 02:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Rathtrevor Provincial Park. Eighteen birders
saw and heard thirty-five species of birds on a sunny December morning.
Highlights of the morning that caught our attention included a large flock of
Bushtits and Dark-eyed Juncos bobbing from bush to bush just after we started the walk. A large flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows was feeding on the ground. We spotted a Red-throated Loon through our spotting scopes riding the choppy seas off shore. During the morning there were several lines of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters and Pacific Loons flying low over the water. Four Black Oystercatchers, a Herring Gull and five Glaucous-winged Gulls were resting at the point on a gravel bar. Near the end of the walk we watched as two Fox Sparrows and two Spotted Towhees fed in the low bushes near the old farm house and we listened to a Downy Woodpecker call.
Eighteen birders found the following thirty-five species of birds.
Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Pacific
Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Black Oystercatcher, Mew Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and Pine Siskin.
Monday December 01:
A Townsend's Warbler is visiting suet feeders alone Madonna Drive in Nanoose Bay.
A huge flock of Pine Siskins were spotted over Meredith Road and Thunderbird Drive in Nanaimo.
Friday November 28:
Steller's Jays, Downy Woodpeckers, European Starling, Northern Flicker,
Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, House Finches, House Sparrows,
one female Anna's Hummingbird and Canada Geese were seen from a yard along
Pine Street 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
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday December 11, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday January 26, 2009@ 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 December 09 will be going to Columbia Beach.
Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking area in front of the playground area at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tyron Boulevard( turn at Columbia Drive off Highway19a go to the tee intersection and turn right onto Admiral Tyron Boulevard go about 100 meters and turn into the parking area.) at about 9:20A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on December 14, 2008 will be going to the Nanoose Estuary
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or the parking area at the beach behind the Church Camp off Arlington Road ( off highway 19a at Arlington Road) at about 9:15 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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