The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walks will be resuming on Tuesday September 5th and Sunday September 10th. Locations and more information in the most recent post.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Nanamo bird alert, August 30, 2009

Pectoral Sandpiper: 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 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 August 30, 2009:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach
The morning was sunny and very comfortable. Highlights included seeing an Osprey hovering over the water looking for fish. We watched two Belted Kingfisher fishing and then perching to eat the fish. Two Greater Yellowlegs entertained us. We watched two White-crowned Sparrows flycatching from a perch. We observed Red Crossbills, through the scope as they perched at the top of tall Fir Trees.
Twenty-four birders heard and saw the following thirty-seven species of birds.
Common Loon, Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Turkey Vulture, Merlin, Osprey, California Quail, Semipalmated Plover, Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Murre, Rhinoceros Auklet, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Mew Gull, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Finch, Red Crossbill, House Finch.

Saturday August 29:
Two Semipalmated Plovers, one Western Sandpiper and two Spotted Sandpipers were seen at Wall Beach in Nanoose Bay.

Thursday August 27:
Two Bonaparte's Gulls were seen at the Little Qualicum River Estuary north of Qualicum Beach.

Wednesday August 26:
A Great-horned Owl was seen at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Tuesday August 25:
Twelve White-crowned Sparrows were visiting feeders in a backyard in the 5700 block of Broadway Road in Nanaimo.

Monday August 24:
Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, a Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Peregrine Falcon were seen at Holden Creek (Nanaimo River Estuary) in south Nanaimo.

Three Red-necked Grebes, in breeding plumage and two Common Loons, in worn breeding plumage, were seen at San Pariel (Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville).

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
Guest Speaker, Richard Crowley of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve.
Thursday September 10, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday September 28, 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 September 01, 2009 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
Meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park near the parking area at the Lion's Playground at 9:00 A.M. or the parking area at the end of Shelly Road off the oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on September 06 will be going to Biggs Road and Doumont Road in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at the corner of Biggs Road and Doumont Road at about 9:20 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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