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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Nanaimo Bird Report, April 03, 2010

Snow Goose: Ralph Hocken Photo.


To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
call the Bird Report 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

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date, name and location of your sighting.

Saturday April 03, 2010:
Three Band-tailed Pigeons were seen visiting feeders along Meridian Way in

Thursday April 01:
A Mountain Bluebird was seen again today on a small tree near the middle of
the Nanaimo River Estuary by the row of old fence posts that run toward the
sawmill at Duke Point.

Male and female American Goldfinch, California Quail, Chestnut-backed
Chickadees, White-crowned Sparrows, Northern Flickers and male and female
Rufous Hummingbirds are visiting feeders in the 2500 block of Lyburn
Crescent in Nanaimo.

Wednesday March 31:
A Mountain Bluebird was seen today at the Nanaimo River Estuary, in south

Tuesday March 30:
A female Rufous Hummingbird was spotted a feeders in the 4100 block of
Gulfview Drive in Nanaimo.

Fifteen Black Turnstones were seen at Neck Point in Nanaimo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy but the wind was calm. The big
highlight of the morning was the sighting of a Eurasian Teal (also known as
a Common Teal) in with Green-winged Teal in the San Pariel mud flats off
Mariner Way. The Eurasian Teal is a Northern European duck that winters in
Britain, Holland and France. It is a regular visitor to Western Alaska and
is a rare, but regular visitor along the Pacific Coast.
Other highlights included seen a Merlin being chased by one feisty Rufous
Hummingbird at the start of the walk. We saw a Snow Goose and a Greater
White-fronted Goose in with the Canada Geese from the viewing platform.
Offshore from Mariner Way there was a mixed flock of an estimated
fifty-thousand seabirds including Brant Geese, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup,
Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks,
Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Mergansers,
Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loon, Common Loon and Pelagic Cormorants.
Eight birders saw and heard the following fifty-eight species of birds:
Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Brant, Trumpeter
Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Eurasian
Teal, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter,
White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common
Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser,
Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle,
Merlin, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California
Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Rufous
Hummingbird, Ringed-necked Pheasant, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker,
Northern Shrike, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler,
Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco,
Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine

Thursday March 25:
A female Common Yellowthroat was seen bouncing round the bushes near the
feeders along 2000 Sanders Drive in Nanoose Bay. This is early in the
season to have a sighting of a Common Yellowthroat.

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
Guest Speaker: Bill Turner--"The role of The Land Conservancy".
Thursday April 08, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday April 26, 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 April 05, 2010 will be going to Springwood Park in
We meet the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the
playground at 9 A.M. or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 9:15 A.M.
There will be no Sunday Bird Walk on Easter Sunday, April 04, 2010.

The Sunday Bird Walk on April 11, 2010 will be going to the Morrell
Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.
We meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at parking lot near the
entrance to Morrell off the Nanaimo Lakes Road at about 9:20A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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