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- positive, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn
- flexible schedule and able to work weekends
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Monday, 27 June 2011

Nanaimo bird report, June 26, 2011

Violet-green Swallow: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number
along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at

Sunday June 26: 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was mostly sunny and warm. We spotted Harlequin Ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots and Marbled Murrelets on the water. A Violet-green Swallow was perched high on a snag giving us great views.

Twenty-two birders, saw and heard the following forty-one species of birds:
Canada Geese, Harlequin Duck, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Great Blue Heron,
Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon
Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Belted Kingfisher, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous
Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, California Quail, European Starling, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin,
Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird,Song Sparrow, House Finch and American Goldfinch.

Wednesday June 22:
A Common Nighthawk was seen flying high above the Highlands subdivision off
Rutherford Road in north Nanaimo.

A Barn Owl was seen along Michael Road in Cedar.

Tuesday, June 21:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River
Estuary in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy with a strong breeze but
it turned warm and sunny as the morning went on. We watched a family of Common Mergansers swimming very quickly along the river. Another family of Common Mergansers walked very quickly along the gravel bar. Six Great Blue Herons, two Turkey Vulture and two Bald Eagles flew above the mouth of the river. We saw three different Willow Flycatchers perched and singing on the top of bushes along the trail. There were four Yellow Warblers singing from bushes along the meadow, giving us great views.

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty species of birds.
Canada Geese, Mallard, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pelagic
Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk,
Killdeer, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Black Swift, Rufous
Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher,
Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed
Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren,
Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing,
Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird,Purple Finch, House Finch and American Goldfinch.

Eight Red Crossbills were seen over Malaspina Road and Hammond Bay Road in

Saturday June 18:
An Osprey was seen flying over the upper lake at Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.

Friday June 10:
An Osprey was spotted perched on a stump near the upper lake at Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.

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Arrowsmith Naturalists Meeting, "Members Night: The Sequel"
Monday June 27, 2011
Springwood School, Parksville.
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Everyone is invited 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 28, 2011 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. We will meet at the Parksville Beach, Community Park at the parking area in front of the Lions Playground at 9 A.M. or at the parking area along Industrial Way near Tuan Road at about 9:10 A.M. This will be the last Tuesday Bird walk for the summer. The bird walks will resume on September 6, 2011. Have a great summer!
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The Sunday Bird Walk on July 03 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper
Lantzville. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or under the hydro Lines
along Normarel Drive at about 9:20 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on July 10 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs
Marsh off Bowen Road 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

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