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Sunday, 3 May 2009

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island-- bird alert, May 03, 2009

Purple Martins at Nanoose Bay: 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 this 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 May 03, 2009:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny windy. Fifteen birders saw and heard forty-five species of birds.
Highlights of the morning included the sighting of a Vaux's Swift, several Yellow Warblers and Marsh Wrens. Common Yellow-throats were singing throughout the morning. Fifteen birders heard and saw the following forty-five species of birds:
Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Rufous Hummingbird, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin, Vaux's Swift, Rock Pigeon, Bushtit, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren, Marsh Wren, Brown Creeper, California Quail, Great Blue Heron, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crown Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch and House Sparrow.

Friday May 01:
A Mourning Dove was feeding in a backyard in the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.

Ten Yellow-rumped Warblers, including a female with nesting material, were seen high-up in the big leaf maple trees at the corner straight down from Shelly Road at the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

A Townsend's Solitaire was seen in tall conifer trees on the left side of the trail, about halfway between Mills Road and the Viewing tower at the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

Thursday April 30:
Canada Geese Goslings were seen in Duncan and Cedar.

American Goldfinch were seen along Uplands Drive near Emerald Drive in Nanaimo.

Thirty Evening Grosbeaks were seen in Erminskin Park in Parksville.

House Wrens, an American Kestrel and Purple Martins were seen in the Rivers Edge subdivision along Kaye Road in Parksville.

Tuesday April 28:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny with a stiff wind coming off the water. The highlights included the sighting of four Pacific Loons in breeding plumage and several flocks of Brant Geese. A single Surf Scoter and a Black Scoter flew by heading up the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Glaucous Gull in strikingly white Spring plumage sitting on a far gravel bar. Over 100 Green-winged Teal, Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers and one Greater Yellowlegs were on the mud flats. Rufous Hummingbirds entertained us all
morning with their courting dives. Orange-crowned Warblers perched and sang their song. Spring has arrived!!
Twenty-four birders saw and heard the following forty-nine species of birds:
Canada Goose, Brant, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup,
Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Glaucous Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Winter Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, House Finch, Pine Siskin and House Sparrow.

A Swainson's Thrush and two Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen in 5300 block of Hammond Bay Road.

Purple Martins were seen at the Nanoose Bay Flats on the nest boxes on the pilings across from the Rest Area off highway 19.

Sunday April 26:
A Yellow Warbler was seen at Somenos Marsh. An Osprey was feeding on a fish at the Golf Driving Range near the marsh.

An Osprey was spotted on the Osprey nest platform at Buttertubs in Nanaimo.

Twenty Purple Martins were seen at the Marina at 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
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday May 14, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Guest speaker Tony Ransom will give a slide presentation of his recent trip
to the Galapagos Islands.
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday May 25, 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 May 05, 2009 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville
Meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park near the parking area at the Lion's
Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parksville at about 9:15 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on May 10, will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or under the hydro lines on Normarel Drive (off Highway 19 and Superior Road) at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia.

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