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Sunday, 9 August 2009

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, Bird alert, August 09, 2009




Cedar Waxwings: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Alert

SUSAN CRAYSTON
It is with great sadness that we want to let you know that Susan Crayston suddenly passed away on July 28, 2009. We will all remember her with fondness for her friendship and her willingness to share. We will miss you, Susan.

To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669f
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:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on this site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching with:
http://www.birdingpal.org/

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

Sunday August 09, 2009:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Beck Creek in south Nanaimo.
The morning was cloudy and very comfortable. Highlights of the morning included seeing Black-bellied Plovers on the estuary, twelve Band-tailed Pigeons perched on a snag across the creek and a Brown Creeper was feeding on a cedar tree not ten feet from us.
Twelve birders heard and saw the following forty species of birds.
Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Black-bellied Plovers, Glaucous-winged Gull, California Gull,Band-tailed Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, House Finch and Red Crossbill.

Saturday August 08:
A Great Horned Owl, a Bald Eagle and a Merlin were calling in the forest off Despard Avenue in Parksville.

A Great Horned Owl was seen at Neck Point.

Wednesday August 05:
A Eurasian Collared Dove was heard and seen along Pintail Avenue in Qualicum Beach.

Tuesday August 04:
Five Semipalmated Plovers were seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side on the mud flats.

Three Caspian Terns were seen at Columbia Beach.

Monday August 03:
A Least Sandpiper and a Spotted Sandpiper were seen at French Creek.

Saturday August 01:
A Virginia Rail was heard in the 5900 block of Waterton Drive 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
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
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The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday September 10, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday September 28, 2009 @ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
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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.
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The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store's weekly bird walk in the
Parksville/Qualicum Beach area on Tuesday mornings will not be held during the
summer months. We will resume the Tuesday bird walks on September 01, 2009.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on August 16 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.
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Good birding
Neil Robins
Nanaimo
British Columbia

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