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Monday, 19 September 2011

Nanaimo bird report, September 19, 2011




















American Pipit: 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

Monday September 19, 2011:
Two flocks of Sandhill Cranes were seen flying south over the Yellow Point area of Cedar.

Sunday September 18:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The beginning of the walk was cool and wet but it warmed up as the morning progressed. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of an American Bittern flying over the marsh and then landing and standing in the reeds, giving us a quick look at it. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was spotted chasing a Red-tailed Hawk.
Eight birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species of birds: Mallards, Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, Turkey Vulture, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Anna’s Hummingbird, Black Swift, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, House Finch and House Sparrow.

Thirty-two Sandhill Cranes were seen flying over the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.

Friday September 16:
Twenty-two Sandhill Cranes were spotted flying over Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Thursday September 15:
A Great Horned Owl, a Barred Owl, and two Pygmy Owls were seen at Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo.

American Pipits were seen at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

A possible Wandering Tattler was reported on Lost Beach at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Wednesday September 14:
American Pipits were spotted at Pipers Lagoon.

Sandhill Cranes were seen flying over Country Club Mall in Nanaimo.

Tuesday September 13:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy but very pleasant with calm winds. We saw four Common Loons just offshore giving us good views. They were also singing---a nice treat! Two Marbled Murrelet, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, a Double-crested Cormorant and a Pelagic Cormorant were offshore. Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were spotted flying over the water heading down the Strait of Georgia. A Semipalmated Plover, several Killdeer as well as Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers were on the mud flats as the tide was going out.
A special thanks to Bahar Bilgen from Turkey for joining us for the last two Tuesday bird walks. It was a pleasure having you join us, Bahar.
Twenty-six birders including Bahar and Marie from Illinois and Robyn from Australia saw and heard the following forty-three species of birds:

Canada Geese, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer,
Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Marbled Murrelet, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill and American Goldfinch.
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Arrowsmith Naturalist Meeting
Monday, September 26 at 7:30 pm.
General Meeting @ Springwood Middle School, Parksville
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting
Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm.
@ 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 20 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park 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 main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 A.M.

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The Sunday Bird Walk on September 25 will be going to French Creek. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Blvd. in Columbia Beach, 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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