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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Nanaimo Bird Alert, January 10, 2010


Downy Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

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 January 10, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Neck Point in Nanaimo. The wind was strong at the first of the morning but calmed considerably as the morning progressed.
The highlights of the walk included seeing an male Anna's Hummingbird perched in a tree not far from us. Several flocks of Pacific Loons were spotted heading down the Strait of Georgia. A Fox Sparrow caught our attention as it sang from a perch on the low shrubs. A large flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets were feeding on shrubs close to the ground. A large flock of Pine Siskins were feeding in the Alder Trees near the parking lot.
Nineteen birders found the following forty species of birds:
Canada Geese, Mallard, Bufflehead, Harlequin Duck, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Black Oystercatcher, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brandt's Cormorant, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, California Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bushtits, Winter Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Pine Siskin and Red Crossbill.

Two American Tree Sparrows were seen in with a large flock of Dark-eyed Juncos along the long Hedgerow at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Saturday January 09:
A White-throated Sparrow was spotted in with over a dozen Golden-crowned Sparrows
in the area between the large Oak Tree and the River at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

A Northern Pygmy Owl was heard calling near a backyard in the 2100 block of Lancashire Avenue in Nanaimo.

Friday January 08:
A Northern Saw-Whet Owl was seen perched in a tree in a yard on Riverbend Road along the Nanaimo River in Cassidy.

Thursday January 07:
Two pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were doing courtship displays on Sunset Beach and two immature Bald Eagles, a Pileated Woodpecker, two Harlequin Ducks, two Common Goldeneye, two Pacific Loons and a Winter Wren were all seen at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

A Great Horned Owl was seen in the 3400 block of Stevenson Point Road in Nanaimo.

Tuesday January 05:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with fog over the water. The highlights included being greeted at the start of the walk by a large number of Bushtits, Dark-eyed Juncos and Golden-crowned Sparrows moving through the small bushes near the parking lot. Two Western Grebes, a very large raft of Surf Scoters and over two hundred Common Murres were observed offshore. Several small flocks of Pacific Loons were seen heading down the Strait of Georgia. There were several Seals and Sea-lions resting not far from the shoreline
Fourteen Birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species of birds.
Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and Red Crossbill.

A Merlin was seen visiting a backyard in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.

A Townsend's Warbler was seen visiting a suet feeder in a backyard in the 6200 block of Rose Place in Nanaimo.

Tuesday December 29, 2009:
A Pine Grosbeak was seen visiting feeders along Scarsdale Road 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 January 14, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday January 25, 2010 @ 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 January 12, 2010 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
We meet the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the Lions playground at 9 A.M. or at the end of Shelly Road at about 9:10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on January 17, 2010 will be going to Nanoose Bay.
Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at behind the Church Camp off Highway 19 and Arlington Road 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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