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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Nanaimo bird report, August 28, 2011





















Eurasian Collared Doves: Ralph Hocken Photo.



NANAIMO BIRD REPORT

“GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”


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 thebackyard@shaw.ca

Sunday August 28, 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following twenty-four species of birds.
Harlequin Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Great Blue Heron. California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black Oystercatcher, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Song Sparrow, Pacific Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Northwestern Crow and Common Raven.

Thursday August 25:
An Eurasian Collared Dove has been heard calling and seen periodically at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo.

Monday August 22:
The early birders went to Columbia Beach/French Creek. The morning was very windy. The surf was up and we had periods of throughout the morning. The big highlight of the morning was seeing and identifying a large number of shorebirds. Four Whimbrel flew past over the water near the parking area at Columbia Beach. At Pebble Beach we saw a large number of Black Turnstones and a flock of fifteen Whimbrel and one Short-billed Dowitcher disappear into the rocks along the shore. After finding the Whimbrel among the rocks we were able to identify the Short-billed Dowitcher. The Dowitcher is smaller than the Black-bellied Plover which were there in large numbers feeding among the rocks. Lots of Killdeer, two Spotted Sandpipers, four Western Sandpipers and ten Least Sandpipers were at the pond along French Creek.
Six birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species of birds:
Canada Geese, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Black Turnstone,
Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Eurasian Collared Dove, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow and
Brown-headed Cowbird.

A Cooper’s Hawk was seen perched between Westhaven Place and Leslie Crescent in Nanaimo.

Sunday August 21:
A Great Horned Owl was spotted in a cherry tree along Villa Road in Nanaimo.

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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting
September 8 at 7 P.M.
The Library Centre on Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay.
Guest speaker -Tim Clemont
Topic--Restoration of the Englishman River Estuary
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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 season has come to a close. The bird walks will resume on September 6, 2011. Have a great summer!

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The Sunday Bird Walk on September 04 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:30 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
thebackyard@shaw.ca
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“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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