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Sunday, 6 June 2010

Nanaimo bird report, June 06, 2010

Warbling Vireo: 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 June 06, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to McGregor Marsh in Nanaimo
The morning was cloudy with light rain showers throughout the morning.
We heard and had great looks at a number of Black-headed Grosbeaks through out the morning. A Western Tanager perched high in a fir tree. We spotted a Warbling Vireo low in the bushes gleaning insects. A Merlin, hawking Dragonflies over the pond, kept us entertained at the end of the walk .
Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty-two species of birds.
Turkey Vulture, Mallard, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Merlin, California Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch, Red Crossbill.

Friday June 04:
A pair of Evening Grosbeaks are visiting feeders in the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.

Tuesday June 01:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and windy, but there was no rain and we did have a few sunny periods. We had great looks at Willow Flycatchers throughout the morning. A large flock of Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures soared high over Little Mountain. We watched families of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Bushtits and Red-breasted Nuthatches feeding their young. We heard a MacGillivray's Warbler singing close by and then got a good look at him. There was a Black-throated Gray Warbler gleaning insects high up in a Cedar tree.
Fourteen birders, including two visiting birders from Wales, saw and heard the following thirty-five species of birds:
Canada Goose, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Spotted Sandpiper, Black Swift, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.

A flock of Band-tailed pigeons was spotted flying and alighting in trees in the Sherwood Forest area just off Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo.

Monday May 31:
A pair of Lazuli Buntings were seen visiting feeders in the 2600 block of Kevan Drive on Gabriola Island.

Cedar Waxwings, a female Rufous Hummingbird picking fluff off cattails, a Western Tanager and two Red-breasted Sapsuckers hawking insects were seen at Westwood Lake in Nanaimo.

Four pairs of Band Tailed Pigeon's, Evening Grosbeak's, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrows, Pine Siskin's, Spotted Towhee's and Red-breasted Nuthatches were visiting a backyard behind the Red Gap Center at Nanoose Bay.

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 Naturalist meeting
Monday. June 28th –7:30 p.m.
Springwood Middle School,Parksville.
General Meeting
Speaker: Hans Boerger will share his knowledge on pond life.

The Nanoose Naturalists meetings will resume in September, 2010
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 June 08, 2010 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
We meet the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the Lions
playground at 9 A.M. or at the oceanside end of Shelly Road in Parksville at about 9:20 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on June 13, 2010 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo.
We will meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the end of Burma Road, off Lost Lake Road at about 9:20 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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