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Sunday, 1 August 2010

Nanaimo bird report, August 01, 2010


Semi-palmated Plover: Ralph Hocken 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

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

Identify backyard birds:
National Geographic Bird Identifier Site
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/backyard-bird-identifier/

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, the species and location of your sighting.

Sunday August 01, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
The morning was cloudy at the beginning of the walk, but turned sunny as the morning progressed and the wind was calm. The highlights included seeing a Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers and a Greater Yellowlegs as well as over forty Killdeer on the mudflats. The Shorebird migration has begun! California Gulls, Bonaparte Gulls, a Ring-billed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gulls and Mew Gulls were on the sandbar on the Strait of Georgia, just off shore and three Common Loons were diving and swimming a little further off shore.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty species of birds:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Killdeer,Semi-palmated Sandpiper Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, California Gull, Bonaparte Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Mew Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Bewick's Wren, Willow Flycatcher, Western Tanager,Barn Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Swainson's Thrush, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, and American Goldfinch.

Thursday July 29:
Twenty-four Bushtits, three Chestnut-backed Chickadee families, one male and two female Anna's and one female Rufous Hummingbirds, one Berwick Wren, one Red-breasted Nuthatch, one House Finch family, one White-crowned Sparrow, one Common Nighthawk and one American Robin have been visiting a backyard along Lancashire Avenue in Nanaimo.

Wednesday July 28:
A family of three Barred Owls was spotted at the old school in Saltair.

A flock of Red Crossbills was seen at Nanoose Bay.

Friday July 23:
A pair of Merlin were seen along Bay Shore Drive in Nanaimo.

Monday July 19:
Cedar Waxwings are feeding in a Mulberry Tree, along Benson View Road, opposite Witchcraft Lake 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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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 August 08, 2010 will be going to the Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.
We will meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or under the Hydro lines along Normarel Drive 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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