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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Nanaimo bird report, September 11, 2011




















Yellow-rumped Warbler; 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 September 11, 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to the newly opened Moorecroft Regional District Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm with a breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We saw and heard all five species of woodpeckers from the island---Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker and Red-breasted Sapsucker. Several Brown Creepers entertained us throughout the morning. Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers and Townsend’s Warblers were spotted high up in the trees.

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species of birds: Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Bonaparte's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch and Red Crossbill.

Tuesday September 06:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with a strong breeze off the Strait of Georgia.
We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler in with a flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees in the trees near the trail. There were a large number of Lincoln's Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows and Cedar Waxwings along the edge of the meadows. Two young Western Tanagers gave us good looks from the low bushes along the trail. Ten Evening Grosbeaks flew over us at end of the walk.
Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Turkey, Chicago and Victoria saw and heard the following thirty-three species of birds:
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Common Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Killdeer, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Eurasian Collared Dove, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch and Evening Grosbeak.

A Great Horned Owl was seen at 8:00 P.M. in the 1300 block of Pilot Way in Nanoose Bay.

A Wilson's Warbler was seen at the end of Brookwood Drive in north Nanaimo.

A Marsh Wren was seen at Brookwood Marsh in north Nanaimo.

Sunday September 04:
A juvenile Parasitic Jaeger was spotted at Deep Bay harassing Bonaparte’s Gulls before settling on the water for about five minutes and then flying off.

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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting
October 13 at 7 P.M.
@ The Library Centre along Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay.
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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 September 13 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood drive at about 9:10 A.M.

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The Sunday Bird Walk on September 18 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, 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
thebackyard@shaw.ca
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