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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Nanaimo bird report, April 22, 2012




















Black-throated grey Warbler; Ralph Hocken Photo.

” 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

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 22: 2012:
An American Tree Sparrow was seen in a backyard at Nanoose Bay.

The Sunday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy but warm with calm winds. The highlights included seeing and hearing Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Townsend’s Warbler and a Black-throated Grey Warbler. We saw two Marbled Murrelets on the water off Vesper Point.
Twenty four birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species: Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Bufflehead, Harlequin Ducks Western Grebe, Horned Grebe, Greater Scaup, Common Loons, Pacific Loons, Pelagic Cormorant, Marbled Murrelets, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, Barred Owl, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Black-throated Grey Warbler, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco and Red-winged Blackbird.

Saturday April 21:
A Swainson's Thrush was spotted at the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville

Friday April 20:
A Warbling Vireo was seen in the tops of the deciduous trees at the Collier Dam park parking lot off Nanaimo Lakes Road in Nanaimo.

A Say’s Phoebe was seen in a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville. It was seen at a bird feeding station for about thirty seconds and then flew away.

Wednesday, April 18:
Four Evening Grosbeak were seen at feeders in the 180 block of Holland Road off Jingle Pot Road in Nanaimo.

Tuesday, April 17:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. For the first time this year we saw a Band-tailed Pigeon, several Savannah Sparrows and one Orange-crowned Warbler this morning. We also saw and heard four species of Woodpeckers-- Red-breasted Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and Pileated Woodpecker.
Twenty-three birders saw and hear the following fifty-seven species:
Canada Goose, Brant, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, California Quail, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull,
Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green, Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Evening Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch.

An American Tree Sparrow was seen in a backyard at Stephenson Point in Nanaimo.

Monday, April 16:
A Townsend's Solitaire was seen feeding among Alders at the back of Wexford Creek Care Home at 10th St 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.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting.Thursday, May 10th at 7pm at the Nanoose Library Centre on NW Bay Road. The speaker is Hans Boerger who will give a presentation entitled "Blood, Phantoms and Ghosts" - all about pond critters.
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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 24, 2012 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. We will meet at Parksville Bay at the Lion's Playground parking area in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at west end of Despard Road in Parksville at about 9:15.a.m.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on Sunday April 29, 2012 will be going to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary off Nanaimo Lakes Road at about 9:20 a.m.
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Good birding
Neil Robins

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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