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Monday, 8 June 2009

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, bird alert, June 07, 2009

Common Yellowthroat: 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 June 07, 2009:
A pair of Ring-necked Turtle Doves were seen at feeders in a backyard in the 1600 block of Casper's Way in Nanaimo.

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Morden Colliery Historic Park in south Nanaimo.
The morning was sunny and warm. Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species of birds.
Canada Geese, Common Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Anna's Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellow-throat, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch and House Finch.

Saturday June 06:
A Green Heron was seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Friday June 05:
A pair of Evening Grosbeaks were seen visiting feeders in the 400 block of Dawkins Lane in Nanaimo.

Wednesday June 03:
A Red-eyed Vireo was seen and heard just over the Railway Tracks at Springwood Park in Parksville.

A Golden Eagle was seen at Witchcroft Lake off Benson View Road in Nanaimo.

Tuesday June 02:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Lot Ten along the Little Qualicum River in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and calm. A Warbling Vireo was singing as we started the walk and we continued to hear them sing for most of the morning. We saw Orange-crowned Warblers and a Black-throated Gray Warbler high up in the trees. A Townsend's Warbler and a Hammond's Flycatcher were singing. We saw two Spotted Sandpipers several times during the morning flying just above the water on the Little Qualicum River. We watched as two Brown Creepers took insects into a nest under the bark of a snag. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was gleaning insects just above us giving us great close-up looks. We watched a Pacific-slope Flycatcher hawking insects as it flew from it's perch several times.
Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty species of birds.
Canada Goose, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Spotted Sandpiper,
Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher,
Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow,
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Swainson's Thrush,
American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak and Brown-headed Cowbird.

Sunday May 31:
Caspian's Terns were spotted at the Cowichan River Estuary in Cowichan Bay.

Friday May 29:
A pair of Black-headed Grosbeaks were seen along Harlequin Crescent in Nanoose 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 June 11, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday June 22, 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 June 09, 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 at about 9:20 a.m.
The Sunday Bird Walk on June 14 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville.
Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about
9:30 a.m.( From Highway 19 turn into Parksville at the Highway 4A exit, cross the Railway tracks and turn left at the first set of lights at Despard Avenue. Go to the end of Despard Avenue and park)
Good birding
Neil Robins

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