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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Nanaimo bird report, April 15, 2012




















Tree Swallow: Ralph Hocken.

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 April 15: 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. The highlights included seeing and hearing many Savannah Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Common Ravens throughout the morning. We spotted a Northern Shrike perched on a short shrub.
Thirty-two birders saw and heard the following twenty-six species: Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Mallard, Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, Northern Shrike, Turkey Vulture, Merlin, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallows, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows, Belted Kingfisher, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Bewick’s Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Juncos and House Finch.

Two Sooty Grouse, a Barred Owl and a Northern Pygmy Owl were seen along Westwood Ridges in Nanaimo.

Nanaimo Museum Birdwalk, April 15:
Seven birders saw and heard the following seventeen birds:

herring gull
glaucous-winged gull
bald eagle
european starling
house sparrow
bufflehead
american gold finch
yellow-rumped warbler
yellow warbler
double crested cormorant
song sparrow
white crowned sparrow
chestnut-backed chick-a-dee
rock pigeon
spotted towhee
american robin
northwest crow

Saturday April 14:
A Lincoln’s Sparrow was seen in a backyard along Bellflower Way in Nanaimo.
A Mountain Bluebird was seen along Westwood Road near Wellington Road in Nanaimo.

Friday April 13:
Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen at the Morningstar Ponds in French Creek.

Thursday April 12:
A large flock of Evening Grosbeaks were seen at the end Grafton Road in Errington.
Two Cinnamon Teal were seen at Morningstar Ponds in French Creek.

Tuesday, April 10:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and warm. Harlequin Ducks were just below us on the rocks at the viewing platform in Qualicum Beach as we gathered for our walk. Huge numbers of seabirds were further off shore. An American Dipper welcomed us as we entered the Hatchery area. We saw and heard Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Downy Woodpeckers, a Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flickers and a Pileated Woodpecker throughout the morning. There were many Yellow-rumped Warblers that greeted us as we walked through the woods.
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species.
Canada Geese, Brant, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Black Oystercatcher, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, American Dipper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco.

Monday, April 09:
A pair of Mountain Bluebirds was seen at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.

A pair of Mountain Bluebirds was spotted at Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.

Saturday, April 07:
Eight Mountain Bluebirds were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in South Nanaimo.

Two Merlin’s were seen along Bayshore Drive in Nanaimo.

Thursday April 05:
A White-crowned Sparrow was seen along Neyland Road in Nanaimo.
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Arrowsmith Naturalists Meeting, Monday April 23, 7:30 p.m. Springwood School, Parksville. "Birds of Iowa and the Midwest" with presenter Lynne Brooks, Ph.D. Visitors welcome. More information at 250-752-7588.
Nanoose Field Naturalists Meeting.Thursday, May 10th at 7pm at the Nanoose Library Centre on NW Bay Road.
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Everyone is welcome 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.
The Tuesday Birdwalk on April 17, 2012 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at Parksville Bay at the Lion's Playground parking area in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at end of Shelly Road ( ocean side of highway 19a) at 9:15.a.m.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on Sunday April 22, 2012 will be going to Moorecroft Park in Nanoose bay. Meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park( Follow Northwest Bay Road turn at Stewart Road turn off Stewart Road where it meets Davenham Road ) 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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THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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