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Sunday, 4 October 2009

Nanaimo bird alert, October 04, 2009



Prairie Warbler: Guy Monty 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:
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 October 04, 2009:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
The morning was sunny and very comfortable. The big surprise of the morning was the sighting of four Pectoral Sandpipers and a Wilson's Snipe on top of the vegetation in the marsh near the Millstone river. A Red-tailed Hawk circled over us looking for thermos. We saw several Yellow-rumped Warblers throughout the morning.
Twenty-three birders, including two birders, Terry and Gary, visiting from Tennessee, heard and saw the following Thirty-seven species of birds:
Canada Goose, Mallard, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeon, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Common Raven, Steller's Jay, Red-winged Blackbird, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Marsh Wren, Bewick's Wren, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, House Finch and House Sparrows.

Thursday October 01:
"Rare bird alert"--Prairie Warbler" A Prairie Warbler has been seen in a backyard in Tofino since September 28 and was seen again today. The Prairie Warbler is usually found in the eastern and southeastern United States and winters in the West Indies.

A Western Grebe was spotted off shore from Shorewood Drive in Parksville.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen near Dolphin Lake off Rockhamption Road in Nanoose Bay.

A raft of Surf Scoters and a Common Loon were seen on the Strait of Georgia off Madrona Point.

Mew Gulls and two Pacific Loons were seen on the Strait of Georgia off Brickyard Community Park in Nanoose Bay.

Wednesday September 30:
An Orange-crowned Warbler was seen at Neck Point in Nanaimo.

Dark-eyed Juncos have been seen at Columbia Beach and in a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville.

Two Long-billed Dowitchers were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Tuesday September 29:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with rain causing the bird walk to be cut short. However, we did managed to find twenty-three species of birds during the short time that we were out. We saw Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Black Oystercatchers, a Song Sparrow and Savannah Sparrows at the viewing tower off Highway 19A. At the Estuary we saw a large numbers of Gulls and American Wigeon before the rain began pelting down.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following twenty-three species.
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Black Oystercatcher, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red Crossbill

Monday September 28:
Twenty-five Sandhill Cranes were seen and heard flying over Woodgrove Mall in Nanaimo.

Three Lincoln's Sparrows, European Starlings and a Pileated Woodpecker were seen in a garden in the San Pareil area of Parksville.

Monday September 07:
A white Common Raven was spotted along Highway 19 between Qualicum Beach and the Horne Lake turnoff.

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
Guest Speaker Geologist Dr. John Gunton
will review various earth events that have
affected this area over the ages.
Thursday October 08, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday October 26, 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 Tuesday Bird Walk on October 06, 2009 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.
Meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park near the parking area at the Lion's Playground at 9:00 A.M. or the viewing tower at highway 19a and Garrett Road in Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on October 11 will be going to the Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area at Neck Point Park at about 9:20 A.M.
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD
Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.3669
250.390.1633 fax
thebackyard@shaw.ca
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG---> www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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