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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Nanaimo bird report, August 15, 2010


Greater Yellowlegs: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

Birding in Central and South America:
www.wildbirdtours.ca

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 15, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. There was a Smoky haze in the air and the winds were calm.
We had some quick glances of singing Purple Martins at the start of the walk. There were Bushtits gleaning insects from a Cedar tree and a Hairy Woodpecker preening itself at the top a tall snag.
Eight birders saw and heard the following twenty-two species of birds:
Mallard, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Purple Martin, Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow and Pine Siskin.

There was a large flock of mixed Western and Least Sandpipers, three Semipalmated Plovers and several Killdeer on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman Estuary in Parksville.

A Heermann's Gull was spotted at French Creek.

A pair of Purple Martins were seen flying back and forth from MacGregor Marsh to Brookwood Marsh over Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo.

Wednesday August 11:
A Northern Harrier, a Merlin, four Lesser Yellowlegs, a Greater Yellowlegs, forty Western and a Least Sandpiper were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Forty Common Nighthawks were seen feeding high over Cedar.

Monday August 09:
Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Cooper's Hawk and a Merlin, Barn Swallows, Violet-green Swallows and a Cliff Swallow were seen along the Holden Creek side of the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Over one hundred Killdeer, Western Sandpipers, and Least Sandpipers and a Semipalmated Plover were seen along the mudflats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

Bonaparte's Gulls, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Pigeon Guillemot and a Marbled Murrelet were seen on the Strait of Georgia from the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

Saturday August 07:
Twelve Common Nighthawks were seen hawking insects over Despared Avenue and Corfield Road in Parksville.

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 22, 2010 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
We will meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen 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
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG---> www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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