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Monday, 12 January 2009

Nanaimo bird alert, January 11, 2009

Mew Gull: 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, January 11, 2009:
Common Loon, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Horned Grebe, Mew Gull, Northern Pintail, Thayer's Gull, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Bald Eagle, Merlin, American Wigeon, Green-wing Teal, Mallards and Northwestern Crows were seen at Nanoose Bay.

A Sharp-shinned Hawk is visiting a yard in the 6000 block of Sunset Road in Nanaimo.

A flock of American Goldfinch have been visiting feeders all winter in the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville. The males are beginning to show their breeding colors--spring is coming!

Saturday January 10:
Fox Sparrows are visiting feeders in the 3000 block of Gilfillian Road in Nanaimo.

Thursday January 08:
Three Common Redpolls were seen visiting feeders in the 1300 block of Birchwood in Ladysmith.
Pine Siskins, Steller's Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Flickers, European Starlings, Spotted Towhees, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Anna's Hummingbirds, Varied Thrush and American Robins are visiting feeders in the 6000 block of Sunset Road in Nanaimo.

Tuesday January 06:
Four Trumpeter Swans and seven Bald Eagles were seen on the Englishman River down Plummer Road in the San Pareil area of Parksville.

Nine Varied Thrush, five Golden-crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, House Finch, Spotted Towhees, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Fox Sparrow, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jays, Pileated Woodpecker and Anna's Hummingbird are visiting feeders in the 1900 block of Harlequin Crescent in Nanaimo.

A Varied Thrush is visiting feeders in the Aerie Estates area of French Creek.

Monday January 05:
Four Varied Thrush were seen at suet feeders in Qualicum Beach.
Six Band-tailed Pigeons are visiting feeders on Gabriola Island.

Sunday January 04:
Band-tailed Pigeons are visiting feeders in the 3300 block of Barrington Road in Nanaimo.

Saturday January 03:
Over 100 Double-crested Cormorants were spotted at the point over looking Parksville Bay at French Creek.

Friday January 02:
A Peregrine Falcon was spotted sitting on a fence in French Creek.

Sunday December 28:
A deceased Barn Owl was found at the bottom of Rosehill Street and Townsite Road 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
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday January 26, 2009@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday February 12, 2009, 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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 January 13, 2009 will meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park near the parking area at the Lion's Playground at 9:00 A.M. We will see what the weather is like and decide where we will go for the morning then.
The Sunday Bird Walks will resume on February 01, 2009.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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