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Monday, 25 January 2010

Nanaimo Bird Alert, January 24, 2010

Black Oystercatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.


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:

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 January 24, 2010:
The Sunday bird walk went to Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary. It was a windy, dull morning, but pleasant enough for birding. The highlights included seeing a Merlin perched in a tall Alder Tree at the start of the walk. A Red-tailed Hawk was perched all morning overlooking the estuary. We watched as a Peregrine Falcon flew in and circled to land in it's usual perch. We noticed another Peregrine Falcon circling above the first perching Falcon.

Twelve birders found the following thirty-seven species of birds:
Canada Goose, Brant, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Surf Scoter, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Saturday January 23:
"Rare bird alert- Tricolored Blackbirds"
Seven Tricolored Blackbirds were seen by a well experienced birder at and around a bird feeder in Quathaski Cove on Quadra Island.

Friday January 22:
A Varied Thrush was seen in a backyard in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.

Thursday January 21:
A Merlin was spotted in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.

Wednesday January 20:
A Cooper's Hawk was seen in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.

Tuesday January 19:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with a stiff wind off the Strait of Georgia, but the rain held off until near the end of the morning.
Among the highlights were the sighting of six Common Murres and several flocks of Pacific Loons heading down the Strait of Georgia. We saw a flock of Dunlin and Black Turnstones and one Greater Yellowlegs along French Creek .
Eight birders saw and heard the following forty-one species of birds:
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser , Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Black Oystercatcher,
Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,
American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch,
Pine Siskin and House Sparrow.

Sunday January 17:
The Sunday bird walk went to El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The day started chilly but sunny. sweater weather, but by noon it was very warm, shirt sleeve weather. I saw various wonderous birds.
One birder found the following forty seven species of birds:
Cactus wren, Curved Bill Thrasher, Brown Towhee, Scott's Oriole, Clay Coloured Sparrow, Broad Billed Hummingbird, Inca Dove, Cassins Kingbird. Caracaras (many), Great Kiskadee, Long Tailed Gracle, House Sparrow, Vermillion Flycatcher (very common), Turkey Vulture, Cattle egret, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Rock Pigeon, Raven, Loggerhead Shrike, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Lesser Gold Finch, Killdeer, House Finch, Ruddy Duck, Green Winged Teal, Gadwall, Northern Shoveller, Mexican Duck, Ring Necked Duck, American Widgeon, Lesser Scaup, White Faced Ibis, Black Necked Stilt, American
Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, American Coot, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, White Collared Seed Eater, Yellow Rumped Warbler, Western Sandpiper, Long Billed Dowitcher, American Kestrel, and White Tipped Dove.
Happy Birding!
John Coulson

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
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday January 25, 2010 @ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday February 11, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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 26, 2010 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.
We meet the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the Lions playground at 9 A.M. or at the Viewing Platform at Highway 19A and Garrett Road in Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on January 31, 2010, will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs (Bowen Road entrance) at 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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