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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Nanaimo bird report, April 18, 2010

Red Crossbill: 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 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 April 18, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Legacy Marsh in Upper Lantzville.
The morning was cloudy with calm winds--a very pleasant morning for birdwatching. We heard a Hammond's Flycatcher and Common Yellowthroats singing near the start of the walk. There were Orange-crowned Warblers, Black-throated Grey Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Townsend's Warblers through out the morning. We saw and heard a Cassin's Vireo singing in an Arbutus Tree.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
Mallard, Ringed-neck Duck, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Violet-green Swallow, Belted Kingfisher, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Hammond's Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Grey Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbill, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.

Saturday April 17:
Six Purple Martin, one Cliff Swallow, one Northern Harrier and one Northern Shrike were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

A Cinnamon Teal was spotted at Quennel lake in Cedar.

Friday April 16:
A Townsend's Solitaire was seen at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

One male Orange-crowned Warbler was spotted eating insects from a small shrub in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.

Wednesday April 14:
Two Caspian Terns, one Yellow-billed Loon, one Common Murre and lots of Bonaparte's Gulls were seen at Columbia Beach.

Two Mountain Bluebirds were seen near the new walkway at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Tuesday April 13:
A Vesper Sparrow was seen at the south end of the Nanaimo Airport near the gravel road and the truck parking area.

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.
The morning was mostly cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.
The tide was low and Brant Geese lined most of the shoreline in single file. A Pigeon Guillemot, a Marbled Murrelet and two Cassin's Auklet flew low over the water heading up the straight of Georgia. Many flocks of about forty Bonaparte's Gulls in each flock flew up the Strait. Rafts of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Greater Scaup, a Red-throated Loon, a Common Loon, Barrow's and Common Goldeneye were just offshore. Further offshore was a large raft of Pacific Loons with three Western Grebes in front of it. We heard a Common Yellowthroat and saw and heard a Orange-crowned Warbler singing from the top of a Alder Bush near the marsh. Near the end of the walk we heard and saw a Ruby-crowned Kinglet sing his deep and very rich courtship song.

Nine birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species of birds:
Brant, American Wigeon, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Barrows Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Black Oystercatcher, Dunlin,
Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren,
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush,
European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.

Monday April 12:
Two Red-breasted Nuthatch are nesting in a snag right off a sundeck along Szasz 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
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Guest speaker: Karen Barry of Bird Studies Canada will present information about several of the current surveys in which volunteers can participate.
Monday April 26, 2010 @ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday May 13, 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 April 20, 2010 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.
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 Industrial Way near Tuan Road at about 9:15 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on April 25, 2010 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo.
We meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the main parking area at Bowen Park off Bowen Road at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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