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Sunday, 16 May 2010

Nanaimo bird report, May 16, 2010

Virginia Rail: Chris Stevens 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

**********************VESPER SPARROWS ********************************
On Wednesday, May 19, the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust and the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team will be leading a walk to view (and hear) the Coastal Vesper Sparrow, one of Canada’s most endangered bird species. The walk will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Park and Ride on Cedar Road, just east of Island Highway, south of the Nanaimo airport. From there they will double and triple up to drive to the site, which has only limited roadside parking. Please phone (250) 714-1990 or email norm@nalt.bc.ca to let us know if you plan to join us.

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 May 16, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Morden Colliery Park in south Nanaimo
The morning was sunny and calm.
Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty four species of birds:
Canada Geese, Wood Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Rufous Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Black Swift, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, European Starling, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.

A Wilson's Warbler, Anna's Hummingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Chipping Sparrow, Chickadee, Berwick's Wren, Northern Flicker, Red Crossbill and a Northern Rough -winged Swallow were seen from a backyard in the 2100 of Lancashire Avenue in Nanaimo.

Saturday May 15:
Three Mourning Doves were seen in a yard in the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.

A pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting in a wooded area near Hammond Bay and Brickyard Roads in Nanaimo.

Friday May 14:
A Virginia Rail, Black-headed Grosbeak, Common Yellowthroat, American Goldfinch, a Ring-necked Pheasant, a Red-winged Blackbird, a Great-blue Heron and a Bald Eagle were seen off of Hirst Avenue and Renz Road, near the edge of the marsh in the mudflat area, in Parksville.

Four American Pipits were seen from the deck area at Neck Point in Nanaimo.

Two Ospreys were seen on top of the nesting post at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo

Monday May 10:
American Goldfinch were singing from a Holly Tree at Sea Otter in Nanoose Bay.

Sunday May 09:
A Western Tanager, sixteen Band-tailed Pigeons, Pine Siskins, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Spotted Towhees, Downy Woodpeckers and Rufous Hummingbirds are visiting a backyard along Fairview Way in Duncan.

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--Joe Crichton will lead us, via his wonderful photos, on a bird-watching journey to the Tropics.
Monday May 31, 2010 @ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday June 10, 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 Sunday Bird Walk on May 23, 2010 will be going to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo
We meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area at Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary off Nanaimo Lakes Road at about 9:20 A.M.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 18, 2010 will be going to the Springwood Park in Parksville.
We meet the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the Lions
playground at 9 A.M. or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 9:15 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.1633 fax
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG---> www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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