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Sunday, 6 September 2009

Nanamo bird alert, September 06, 2009

Bonaparte's Gull at Columbia Beach: 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@...
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 September 06, 2009:
The Sunday Bird Walk was rained out!

A Solitary Sandpiper was seen at the Beaver Ponds at Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary
in Nanaimo.

Saturday September 05:
Over thirty Black Swifts were seen flying over Parksville Beach in Parksville.

Friday September 04:
Three Baird's Sandpipers were seen along the sandbar at Pebble Beach in Columbia

A Cooper's Hawk was spotted in a backyard in the 700 block of Victoria Road in

Thursday September 03:
Twelve Red-necked Phalaropes were seen off shore from the breakwater at French
Creek. Further off shore, two Parasitic Jaegers were spotted chasing Gulls at
Columbia Beach.

An Anna's Hummingbird is visiting hanging fuchsias, and a Pileated Woodpecker
was seen feeding on blackberries in a backyard on Walkem Road in Ladysmith.

Tuesday September 01:
The Tuesday Bird Walk for the Oceanside area resumed this week and went to the
Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
Highlights of the morning included watching as two Black-throated Gray Warblers
and a Warbling Vireo dropped out of the sky onto a big Ash Tree. Several
American Goldfinch moved through the bushes and we watched White-crowned
Sparrows moving through bushes and along the ground. A flock of Red Crossbills
nosily flew overhead. A Spotted Sandpiper flew across the river and then bobbed
his tail as he probed along the shore for food. A Barred Owl, perched on a low
branch, gave us impressive looks until he flew into the forest. After a few
minutes he gave a few calls to let us know he was still there.
Thirteen birders heard and saw the following forty-two species of birds:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser, Great Blue Heron,
Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Killdeer, Spotted
Sandpiper, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon,
Barred Owl, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Downy
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper,
Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar
Waxwing, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song
Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch,
House Finch, Red Crossbill and American Goldfinch.

Wednesday September 02:
Bonaparte's Gulls, Common Loons, Red-necked Grebes, Surf Scoters, White-winged
Scoters and a Pigeon Guillemot were seen at Deep Bay.

Saturday August 29:
A Northern Pygmy Owl was heard and seen along Nanaimo Lakes Road in Nanaimo.

Wednesday August 26:
A Pacific Slope Flycatcher was seen near Parksville Bay in Parksville, landing
on a birdbath dripper and flying down into the middle of the dripper several

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@...
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 08, 2009 will be going to the Plummer 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 corner of Plummer Road and
Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on September 13 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at Bowen Park off
Bowen Road at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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