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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Nanaimo bird alert, February 21, 2010


Red Crossbill: 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 February 21, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Nanoose Bay.
The morning started off sunny and cool but soon became sunny and warm with calm winds and seas.
Eight Red Crossbills came down to low bushes near us to give us close looks. A large raft of Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead were on the far side of the bay. A Gadwall and an Eurasian Wigeon were in with a large raft of Northern Pintails and American Widgeon on the estuary. We were able to make a good comparison as a California Gull roosted in with a flock of Mew Gulls.

Sixteen birders found the following forty-three species of birds:
Canada Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, American Widgeon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Surf Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Northern Shrike, Belted Kingfisher, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Bewick's Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskins.

Saturday February 20: A single Tree Swallow was spotted over the Dock Road at Cowichan Bay.

Tuesday February 16:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
The morning was bright and sunny and the winds over the Strait of Georgia were calm.
We heard Red Crossbills singing all morning. A Western Meadowlark was singing when we first arrived at the estuary. We heard a Townsend's Warbler and a Hutton's Vireo and saw a Warbling Vireo. Spring was in the air with the morning filled with song. The Peregrine Falcon was in it's usual perch on a snag. Brant Geese, Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were heading up the Strait of Georgia. A large raft of Mew, California, Thayer's and Glaucous-winged Gulls were just off the point. We saw eight Snow Geese, high above us, heading south. A Turkey Vulture, our first sighting of the year, was drifting above us at the end of the walk.
Twenty-five birders saw and heard the following fifty-six species of birds:
Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Brant, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Killdeer, Dunlin, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Townsend's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.

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 March 11, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday March 22, 2010 @ 7:30 pm.
Guest Speaker-Colin Bartlett
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 February 23, 2010 will be going to Columbia Beach.
We meet the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the Lions playground at 9 A.M. or at the parking area off Admiral Tyron Blvd. at about 9:15 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on February 28, 2010, will be going to the little Qualicum River Estuary.
Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the viewing platform near highway 19A and Garrett Road at about 9: 30 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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