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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Nanaimo bird report, June 22, 2014


To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 

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, June 22, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. The morning started of overcast but the weather cleared to a beautiful sunny day. Red-breasted Sapsuckers and Willow Flycatchers seem to be a common sight today.
Eighteen birders saw and heard the following 49 species:
Pied-billed Grebe, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, California Quail, Virginia Rail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Hutton’s Vireo, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Marsh Wren, Pacific Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Townsend’s Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch.
Red-breasted Sapsucker, photo by Ralph Hocken.

Sunday, June 22:
American Dipper was seen and videoed in a backyard on Lynburn crescent Nanaimo, near Departure Bay.

Wednesday June 18:
Olive-sided Flycatcher was heard calling in a snag above Colburne drive, Nanaimo.

Black-headed Grosbeak, photo by Ralph Hocken.

Tuesday June 17:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm.  We were greeted with the sighting and sounds of a pair of Black-headed Grosbeaks on the trees just above us at the start of the walk.  A Hooded Merganser was resting on a log with young chicks on the Beaver Pond.  We watched as a Red-tailed Hawk, six Bald Eagles and a Turkey Vulture caught a thermo high above us. A pair of Western Tanager’s entertained us as they fed in a tall cedar tree near the trail.
Seventeen birders including a visiting birder from Calgary saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, California Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet,
Swainson's Thrush , American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler , Black-throated Gray Warbler,
Townsend’s Warbler, Western Tanager , Spotted Towhee , Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch, House Finch,  American Goldfinch.

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. on 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 June 24, 2014 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Bay Community Park at the parking lot near the Lion’s Playground or on Kinkade Road on the mountain side of highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach.

The Sunday bird walk on June 29, 2014 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or the parking lot at the end of Buttertubs drive off Bowen road about 9:15 a.m.

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Good birding,
Colin Bartlett

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

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