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Sunday, 13 June 2010

Nanaimo bird report, June 13, 2010


Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo.

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
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It is with great sadness that we want to let you know that Jack Lasure passed away on May 30, 2010. We will miss Jack on the Tuesday bird walks .
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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:
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 June 13, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Linley Valley in Nanaimo.
The morning was partly cloudy with a light breeze. At the start of the walk we heard an Olive-sided Flycatcher and we then spotted him high up in the top of a tall snag. We saw several Western Tanagers through out the morning.
Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species of birds:
Canada Geese, Hooded Merganser, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Common Yellow-throat, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, Red Crossbills and American Goldfinch.

"Evening Grosbeaks"
The birdstore has received several reports of Evening Grosbeaks in Nanaimo this week.

Saturday June 12:
Two Common Nighthawks were seen over Morrell Circle in Nanaimo.

A Black-headed Grosbeak is visiting feeders along Gainsburg Road in Deep Bay.

Thursday June 10:
A male Northern Harrier was seen circling low by the road between Rupert Road and Highway 19, along Highway 4 near Qualicum Beach.

A Black Headed Grosbeak was seen visiting feeders at the north end of Jingle Pot Road in Nanaimo.

Wednesday June 09:
A Common Nighthawk was seen over the Northfield Road and Highway 19 at the rest stop in Nanaimo.

Tuesday June 08:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
The morning was mostly sunny and the wind was calm. The forest was filled with the sounds of spring.
We saw and heard a large number of Chestnut-backed Chickadee families feeding their young throughout the morning. The Willow Flycatchers were perching and singing on the lower bushes near the meadows, giving us good views as they put their heart into their songs. We spotted Savannah Sparrows flycatching from the short snags in the meadows. There were Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing from high up in the Fir trees throughout the morning. We watched as a Barred Owl was flushed from it's perch by an American Robin.
Fourteen Birders saw and heard the following forty species of birds:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Glaucous-winged Gull, Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeon, Barred Owl, Black Swift, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird,Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, House Finch , Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.

An Evening Grosbeak was seen along Lakeview Crescent in Nanaimo.

Monday June 07:
A male Mountain Bluebird was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Two Caspian Terns were seen at the Cottonwood Golf Course in south Nanaimo.

A Marbled Murrelet was seen in Stuart Channel just outside of Ladysmith harbour.

Thursday June 03:
A Lazuli Bunting was seen again today in the 2600 block of Kevan Drive on Gabriolia Island.

Wednesday June 02:
A Steller's Jay was seen in the trees along Bay Street in Nanaimo.

A Pigeon Guillemot and several Black Oystercatchers were seen in Departure
Bay in Nanaimo.

Tuesday June 01:
A Barred Owl was seen in the 800 block of Harewood Mines Road in Nanaimo.

Monday May 31:
A Baird's Sandpiper was seen near the Surfside R.V. site at Parksville Bay.

Monday May 26:
An Eurasian Collared Dove was seen in the 100 block of Bird Sanctuary 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
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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.
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The Nanoose Naturalists meetings will resume in September, 2010
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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 June 15, 2010 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.
We meet the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the Lions
playground at 9 A.M. or at the end of Kinkade Road (the mountain side of Highway 19a) at about 9:25 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on June 20, 2010 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.
We will meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area about 100 feet past the fourway stop on Power Point Road in Nanoose Bay at about 9:20 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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