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Sunday, 3 January 2010

Nanaimo Bird Alert, January 03, 2010

Cedar Waxwing: Ralph Hocken.


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:

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Number, along with the date, name and location of your sighting.

Sunday January 03, 2010:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy but the winds were calm and that made for a very comfortable birding morning. The highlights included seeing two small flocks of Trumpeter Swans, two large flocks of Bushtits and three Anna's Hummingbirds. A Red-tailed Hawk was perched in a tall Fir Tree at the start of the walk. A Cooper's Hawk was perched in the same Fir Tree at the end of the walk.
Twenty-one birders found the following thirty-nine species of birds:
Trumpeter Swans, Mallard, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Hooded Mergansers, Common Merganser, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Blue Heron, California Quail, Rock Pigeon, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtits, Winter Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch and House Sparrow.

Saturday January 02:
A Mute Swan, twelve Trumpeter Swans and a Pileated Woodpecker was seen at the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.

Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergangers, Common Goldeneye and Ring-necked Ducks were seen on Divers Lake in Nanaimo.

An Anna's Hummingbird was seen visiting feeders in the 70 block of Beach Street in Comox.

Four Long-tailed Ducks were spotted off the point at Deep Bay.

Wednesday December 30:
Twelve Evening Grosbeaks and Anna's Hummingbirds are visiting feeders in the 500 block of Temple Street in Parksville.

Tuesday December 29:
We visited the following sites on the Tuesday Bird Walks in 2009:
Beaver Ponds at Nanoose Bay
Top Bridge Trail
Rathtrevor Provincial Park
Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary
Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary
Parksville Bay
Springwood Park
Columbia Beach
Lot Ten
Little Qualicum River Estuary
Nile Creek
Deep Bay
The number of participants varied from four to thirty birders, with an average of twelve birders per walk. We saw and heard the following one hundred and sixty-two species of birds:
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
California Quail
Wilson's Snipe
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Parasitic Jaeger
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Rhinoceros Auklet
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Black Swift
Vaux's Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northern Shrike
Cassin's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Steller's Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Tree swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
American Dipper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Townsend's Solitaire
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Sunday December 27, 2009
The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, December 27th, 2009 under cold foggy/cloudy conditions but clearing in the afternoon. In total, 86 people participated in the count this year as field observers and about 15-20 more counted birds at their feeders tallying a grand total of 120 species and 21 633 individuals.

Wednesday December 23:
A Parasitic Jaeger was seen from the Duke Point Ferry for about five minutes from 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
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday January 14, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday January 25, 2010 @ 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 January 05, 2010 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville..
We leave the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the Lions playground at 9 A.M. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Provincial Park at about 9:10 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on January 10, 2010, will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo..
Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at Neck Point Park at about 9:20 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins

Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.1633 fax
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