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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Nanaimo bird report, September 23, 2012

Townsend's Warbler and an Anna's Hummingbird: Photo by a Birdstore Customer.

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 23, 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cool with fog on the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing two male Townsend’s Warblers and a flock of Bushtits feeding on a apple tree near the trail.  We saw six Pacific Loon’s in breeding plumage gleaming on the water.
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Surf Scoter, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,  Bushtits, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Anna’s Hummingbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Townsend’s  Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American Goldfinch.

Saturday September 22:
A Seller’s Jay and two Dark-eyed Juncos were seen at feeders along Meridian Way in Parksville---winter is coming!

Friday Sept 21:
Steller’s Jays and a Barred Owl were seen at the end of Douglas Road in Chase River.
Steller’s Jays were seen in lower Lantzville.
Tuesday, September 18: The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was sunny and warm with a slight breeze off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included having a quick look at a Parasitic Jaeger as it flew up the Strait of Georgia. We saw several Common Loons, a Horned Grebe, a Western Grebe, six Red-necked Grebes, several Surf Scoters and a White-winged Scoter on the open water. Black-bellied Plovers, Killdeer, Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Western Sandpipers, Bonaparte's Gulls,Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were on the gravel bar at Pebble Beach.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe,
Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Western Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Parasitic Jaeger, Eurasian collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow and House Finch.
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 bird walk on September 25, 2012 will be going to Englishman River Estuary Shelly Road side.  We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the end of Shelly Road (on the Ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 am.
The Sunday Bird Walk on Sunday September 30, 2012 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.
Monday September 24th Arrowsmith Naturalists
Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at Knox United Church at 7.30pm. (Please Note Change of Meeting Place.) A chance to hear and share what will be happening at the BC Nature Conference to be held in Parksville.
Good birding
Neil Robins
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
””Nature by the Salish Sea"
"Nature By The Salish Sea" is the title of BC Nature's Fall General Meeting which will be held at the Quality Resort Bayside from Sept 27th -30th. The meeting, organized by Arrowsmith and Nanoose Naturalists, includes field trips, presentations, a banquet and a barbecue. For more information go to www.arrowsmithnats.org or phone 250-468-7475.

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