[Tweeters] Nanaimo bird alert

The Backyard thebackyard at shaw.ca
Sun Nov 25 15:16:28 PST 2007

To report your sightings
please phone the Store at 390-3669
or e-mail us at thebackyard at shaw.ca
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Post your sightings on this site--

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date and location of your sighting.

"Christmas Bird Counts"
If you would like to participate in one or all of the Christmas Bird Counts, contact the following people:

Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2007
Contact-Rhys Harrison at
rhysharrison at shaw.ca
Parksville--Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count
December 16, 2007
Contact- Sandra Gray at
saninerr at shaw.ca
The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count
Sunday December 30, 2007
Contact- Carlo Pavan
cpavan at uvic.ca
Sunday November 25, 2007:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. Among the highlights were the sighting of a seven Western Meadowlarks and a Northern Shrike. We had some great views of a Short-eared Owl and a Northern Harrier flying right over us at the start of the walk.
Eighteen birders found the following forty-two species: Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Golden-eye, Red-breasted Merganser, Greater Scaup, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Greater Yellowlegs, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Short-eared Owl, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Western Meadowlark, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.

Friday November 23:
A Pileated Woodpecker is visiting a backyard suet feeder along Barrington Road in Nanaimo.
A White-throated Sparrow was seen in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.
A Varied Thrush and a Hutton's Vireo were seen at Jingle Pot R.V. Park in Nanaimo.

Wednesday November 21:
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to Deep Bay today. Among the highlights were a large number of Long-tailed Ducks--many of them very close to shore. Two Trumpeter Swans were in the marina and off shore, looking towards Denman Island, we saw large flocks of Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes as well as an Ancient Murrelet. From Nile Creek we saw a fishing boat with a huge mass of Gulls in a feeding frenzy along with a Common Murre and a Rhinoceros Auklet.
Eleven birders found the following forty-seven species:
Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe,
Red-necked Grebe, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet,
Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Ringed-necked Pheasant, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brewer's Blackbird ,Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch.

An Anna's Hummingbird was seen in the 5400 block of Kenwill Drive in Nanaimo.
A MERLIN was seen in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.

Sunday November 18:
A first winter HARRIS'S SPARROW was seen at a feeder after a heavy rain storm in the 2300 block of Pacific Rim Highway at Ucluelet on the west side of Vancouver Island. The Harris's Sparrow usually spends the summer in the high Arctic and winters in the mid-western USA states.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ (250) 390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: thebackyard at shaw.ca
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday November 26, 2007@ 7:30 pm.
Stan Orchard will speak on "Bullfrog Control Programs"
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday December 13, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
The Wednesday Bird Walk on November 28, 2007 will be going to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side. Meet at the Visitor Centre in Parksville on Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road at 9 a.m. or at corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.
The Sunday Bird Walk on December 02, 2007, will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 am or at the parking area off Bowen Road at about 9:20 a.m.
Good Birding!
Neil Robins

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