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Sunday, 4 July 2010

Nanaimo bird report, July 04, 2010


Whimbrel at Columbia Beach: John Purves Photo.


NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
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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 July 04, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Legacy Marsh in Upper Lantzville.
The morning was partly cloudy with calm winds. We saw several Western Tanagers and Cedar Waxwings through out the morning. We had great looks at several Willow Flycatchers singing from perches low down in the trees. There were four Purple Martins and two Black Swifts hawking insects above the marsh.
Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species of birds:
Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Barred Owl, California Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Black Swift, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren,
Winter Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-headed Grosbeak, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Warbling Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Black Throated-grey Warbler, MacGillvray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Goldfinch and Red Crossbill.

Saturday July 03:
Two Semi-palmated Sandpipers among seventy Least Sandpipers and ten Western Sandpipers were seen on the Holden Creek side of the Nanaimo River Estuary.

Friday July 02:
An Eurasian Collared-dove was seen preening itself at the top of the snag on the dyke near where the fence crosses between the tower and the Third Street parking lot. It then flew off over the marsh and the houses on the Bird Sanctuary Drive at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

There is an Olive-sided flycatcher leading the dawn chorus each day at the top end of Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo.

Two Common Nighthawks were seen in Cedar.

Two Whimbrel were seen along the shore at Columbia Beach.

Tuesday June 29:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but cool in the forest. The Swainson's Thrush and Warbling Vireo were singing throughout the morning. We watched several Willow Flycatcher's singing their hearts out from different perches. A flock of Cedar Waxwings were perched in a tall snag. A MacGillivray's Warbler made a quick appearance.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Ring-necked Pheasant, California Quail, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Killdeer,
Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker,
Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow,
Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill. American Goldfinch.

A Flock of Red Crossbills was seen in the 1900 block of Harlequin Crescent in Nanoose Bay.

Saturday June 26:
A pair of Evening Grosbeaks were visiting feeders at the Nanoose Estuary in 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
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The Arrowsmith Naturalist meetings will resume in September, 2010
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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 Walks will resume on September 07, 2010.

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The Sunday Bird Walk on July 11, 2010 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.
We will meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay Road 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
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