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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Nanaimo bird report, April 21, 2013


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.

Sunday, April 21, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in south in Nanaimo.  The morning was windy and cloudy with a few sunny periods. We had great looks at a
Lapland Longspur feeding in the tall grasses on the estuary. One Lesser Yellowlegs and twenty Greater Yellowlegs were feeding along the gravel bar on the river. A Short-eared Owl was spotted on the ground not far from us. A Northern Shrike was perched in a bush on the estuary. A flock of over sixty Greater White-fronted Geese flew high overhead heading north.

                               Lapland Longspur: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Twenty-four birders, including visiting birders from Calgary, saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:
Greater White-fronted Geese, Canada Goose,  Great Blue Heron,   Common Mergansers,  Green-winged Teal,  Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Northern Shrike,  Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture,  Short-eared Owl,  Northern Harrier,  Red-tailed Hawk, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker,  Common Raven, Northwestern Crow,  Violet-green Swallows,  Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Tree Swallows,  Belted Kingfisher,  American Robin, European Starling,  Lapland Longspur, Spotted Towhee,   White-crowned Sparrow,  Savannah Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Song Sparrow.

Saturday, April 20:
Two Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Douglas Avenue and 7th Avenue in Nanaimo.   

Wednesday, April 17:
A Lapland Longspur was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Tuesday, April 16:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. We saw and heard several Orange-crowned Warblers throughout the morning.  A Common Yellowthroat entertained us from a perch on some Scotch broom next to the road giving us great views.  An American Kestrel was perched in a tree along the farmer’s field. We spotted a Great Horned Owl with a fledgling as well as two pairs of Townsend's Warblers on the way back to the parking area to finish off a great morning of birding.

                              Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from Lethbridge saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese, Ring-necked Pheasant, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, Anna's Hummingbird,
Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Sunday, April 14: Three Common Yellowthroats, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers were seen at the Nanoose Estuary in Nanoose Bay. 

An Osprey was seen heading south on Highway 19 coming from Harewood Mines Road in Nanaimo. 


Arrowsmith Naturalists - GENERAL MEETING  Knox United Church, 345 Pym, Parksville, on Monday April 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Topic: Bear Smart Program  Speaker: Crystal McMillan


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 April 23, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery. We will meet at Parksville Bay next to the Lions Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach near Garrett Road at about 9:15 a.m.


The Sunday Bird Walk on April 28, 2013, will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at Moorecroft Regional Park off Stewart Road at about 9:20 a.m.

Here is an interesting website re-the Coastal Tar Sands-

Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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