[Tweeters] Nanaimo bird report

The Backyard thebackyard at shaw.ca
Sun Aug 15 14:13:57 PDT 2010

To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard at shaw.ca

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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 August 15, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. There was a Smoky
haze in the air and the winds were calm.
We had some quick glances of singing Purple Martins at the start of the
walk. There were Bushtits gleaning insects from a Cedar tree and a Hairy
Woodpecker preening itself at the top a tall snag.
Eight birders saw and heard the following twenty-two species of birds:
Mallard, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Belted
Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Purple
Martin, Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed
Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, Orange-crowned
Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow and Pine Siskin.

There was a large flock of mixed Western and Least Sandpipers, three
Semipalmated Plovers and several Killdeer on the Plummer Road side of the
Englishman Estuary in Parksville.

A Heermann's Gull was spotted at French Creek.

A pair of Purple Martins were seen flying back and forth from MacGregor
Marsh to Brookwood Marsh over Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo.

Wednesday August 11:
A Northern Harrier, a Merlin, four Lesser Yellowlegs, a Greater Yellowlegs,
forty Western and a Least Sandpiper were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary
in south Nanaimo.

Forty Common Nighthawks were seen feeding high over Cedar.

Monday August 09:
Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Cooper's
Hawk and a Merlin, Barn Swallows, Violet-green Swallows and a Cliff Swallow
were seen along the Holden Creek side of the Nanaimo River Estuary in south

Over one hundred Killdeer, Western Sandpipers, and Least Sandpipers and a
Semipalmated Plover were seen along the mudflats on the Plummer Road side of
the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

Bonaparte's Gulls, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Pigeon Guillemot
and a Marbled Murrelet were seen on the Strait of Georgia from the Plummer
Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

Saturday August 07:
Twelve Common Nighthawks were seen hawking insects over Despared Avenue and
Corfield Road in Parksville.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a bird
call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ 250-390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: thebackyard at shaw.ca
The Arrowsmith Naturalist meetings will resume in September, 2010

The Nanoose Naturalists meetings will resume in September, 2010

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 Walks will resume on September 07, 2010.
The Sunday Bird Walk on August 22, 2010 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in
We will meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area
at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Road at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.1633 fax
thebackyard at shaw.ca
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