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- positive, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn
- flexible schedule and able to work weekends
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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Nanaimo bird report, September 20, 2015

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, September 20, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo.  The morning was sunny and warm. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of a Pectoral Sandpiper feeding on a stream with four Long-billed Dowitchers. A large number of Common Ravens were playing and talking above us throughout the morning. Savannah Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and  American Goldfinch was feeding on a shrub near the trail.

Pectoral Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Eight birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Common Loon
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
 Turkey Vulture
 Long-billed Dowitcher
Pectoral Sandpiper
Thayer’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
 California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Belted Kingfisher
 Northern Flicker
 Common Raven
 Steller's Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Bewick's Wren
 American Robin
European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
 Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Purple Finch
 American Goldfinch
House Sparrow   

Saturday, September 19:
A Lincoln’s Sparrow has been a frequent visitor to a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville, along with four Steller’s Jays who have taken up residence.

Tuesday, September 15:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds until near the end of the walk when the winds picked up making for lots of whitecaps on the Strait. We saw large numbers of Red-necked Grebes, Common Loons, one Pacific Loon and several Horned Grebes. One Western Grebe, one Pigeon Guillemot and four Common Murre were spotted offshore. A large number of Mew Gulls, a Western Gull and two Thayer’s Gulls were perched on a gravel bar not far from shore. Two American Pipits flew by over the water. A Merlin was perched on a fir tree near the beach.
 Red-neck Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.


 Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Harlequin Duck
Common Mergansers
Surf Scoters
White-winged Scoters
Black Scoter
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
American Pipit
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Western Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Bonaparte's Gull
California Gull
Mew Gull
Western Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Stellar Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Robin
                                                     Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren 
                      Merlin: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Monday, September 14:
Eight Common Loons, Two Canada Geese, forty American Wigeon, three Harlequin Ducks, twelve Surf Scoters, four White-winged Scoters, one Black Scoter, one Horned Grebe, one Red-necked Grebe, two Western Grebes, four Double-crested Cormorants, four Pelagic Cormorants, one Great Blue Heron, two Turkey Vultures, two Bald Eagles, fourteen Killdeer,one Greater Yellowlegs, two Bonaparte Gulls, forty California Gulls, sixty Glaucous-winged Gulls and two Common Murre were seen along the Strait of Georgia from the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.


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 September 22, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.

Meet at the Parksville Community Park parking lot near the Lions playground at 9:00 am or at the main parking lot in Rathtrevor Provincial Park at about 9:10 am. 

The Sunday bird walk on September 27, 2015 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a  at about 9:30 a.m.
British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

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.co

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