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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Nanaimo bird report, July 24, 2011

Yellow Warbler: 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 July 24, 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina in Ladysmith.
The morning was sunny and hot. We saw over sixty Purple Martin nests and over
three hundred Purple Martins flying and perched along the marina. We got good
views of a Orange-crowned Warbler feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird and good looks
at a Yellow Warbler.

Six birders saw and heard the following twenty-one species of birds:
Great Blue Heron, Black Oystercatcher, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon
Guillemot, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Northwestern Crow, Yellow Warbler,
Orange-crowned Warbler, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow,
Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, Brown-headed
Cowbird, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee and American

Saturday July 23:
A Northern Harrier was seen along Rivers Edge in Parksville.

Five Caspian Terns were seen flying along shore line and resting on a bar at the
beach access at Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.

A Red-eyed Vireo was heard singing in a Lot Ten along the Little Qualicum River
in Qualicum Beach.

A Common Nighthawk was spotted over the Eaglecrest area of Qualicum Beach.

Friday July 22:
Four Sandhill Cranes were spotted flying northwest over Neck Point Park in

One adult and two Barred Owl chicks and one Common Nighthawk were seen at
Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.

A Red-eyed Vireo was heard singing at Lot Ten along the Little Qualicum River
in Qualicum Beach.

Thursday July 21:
A Dark-eyed Junco was spotted on a nest at Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.

Monday July 18:
The following fifty-five species were seen at Columbia Beach and French Creek.

Canada Goose, Mallard, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser,
Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron,

Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Black Turnstone,

Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull,
Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull,

Caspian Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared
Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker,

Pileated Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Northwestern
Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow,
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin,
European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler,

Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee,

Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged
Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Red Crossbill, American Goldfinch
and House Sparrow.

A female Northern Flicker was feeding three young flickers in an apple tree in a
backyard in upper Lantzville.

A large family of California Quail were seen feeding in a backyard in upper

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
The Tuesday Bird Walk season has come to a close. The bird walks will resume on
September 6, 2011. Have a great summer!
The Sunday Bird Walk on July 31 will be going to Beck Creek in Nanaimo. We will
meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area at end of Maki Road
near Living Forest Campground at about 9:30 A.M
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG---> www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

The early birders are heading out tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. We will meet at the usual meeting spot at the Parksville Bay near the Lions playground at 7:30 am or at our usual spot at Shelly Road side of the Englishman River at about 7:35 a.m.

"Pelagic birding trip in September"
WildResearch, a Vancouver base non-profit, is pleased to be offering a pelagic
birding trip departing from Ucluelet on the Sunday the 18th September 2011. The
ship we will be using is the M.V. Frances Barkley, a 39m (128ft), 300 ton
coastal freighter. The cost per person is $200 for WildResearch members.

For details visit: www.wildresearch.ca

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