[Tweeters] Nanaimo bird report

The Backyard thebackyard at shaw.ca
Sun Oct 24 14:32:22 PDT 2010


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

Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on this site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birding in Central and South America:
www.wildbirdtours.ca

Identify backyard birds:
National Geographic Bird Identifier Site
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/backyard-bird-identifier/

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching
with: http://www.birdingpal.org/

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 October 24, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River
in Parksville.
The morning was cloudy with heavy rain showers and a strong wind off the
Strait of Georgia. The highlights including seeing fourteen Buffhead and
several Dunlin and Green-winged Teal on the mudflats. A small flock of
Sanderling flew over heading down the island.
Fifteen hardy but wet birders saw and heard the following forty-six species
of birds:
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Buffhead, Greater Scaup, Northern
Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter,
Harlequin Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-necked Grebe,
Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Pigeon Guillemot, Pelagic
Cormorant, Double-crested Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Dunlin,
Sanderling, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Thayer's Gull, Mew Gull, Bonaparte's
Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher,
Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Steller's Jay, Spotted Towhee, Varied
Thrush, European Starling, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, Fox
Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brewer's
Blackbird and House Finch.

Saturday, October 23:
Over ninety Greater White-fronted Geese, sixty Cackling Geese and three
hundred Green-winged Teal were seen at Holden Creek.

Two Northern Harriers, a Northern Shrike, a Wilson's Snipe and a flock of
Cedar Waxwings were heard and seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south
Nanaimo.

Tuesday October 19:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The
morning was sunny and warm with a light breeze off the water.
The big surprise of the morning was hearing and seeing a Common Nighthawk as
we walked through the campground. We saw several Pacific Loons on the
Strait of Georgia, but one of them was in full breeding plumage--it was a
secular sight. One lone Black Turnstone circled and landed near the
shoreline. We watched a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
in the bushes next to us as they moved about quickly, gleaning insects.
Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species of birds.
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter,
White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon,
Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant,
Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Black Turnstone,
Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common
Nighthawk, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's
Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied
Thrush, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow,
Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch and House Finch.

Monday October 18:
A Varied Thrush was spotted in the 2700 block of Neyland Road in Nanaimo.

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
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The Arrowsmith Naturalists meeting.
Speaker Elke Wind takes us into the world of amphibians with "Why did the
Toad Cross the Road?"
Monday, October 25th at 7.30 pm
at Springwood School.
Parksville.
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The Nanoose Naturalists meeting.
November 11th at 7 pm
at the Library on Northwest Bay Road.
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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.
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on October 26, 2010. will be going to Columbia Beach.
We will meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park, at the parking area in
front of the Lions Playground at 9 A.M. or at the parking area off Admiral
Tryon Blvd. (Turn onto Columbia Drive from Highway 19A, across from Windsor
Plywood. Turn right onto Admiral Tryon Blvd. & go about 100 yards-- turn
left to the parking area)
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The Sunday Bird Walk on October 31, 2010 will be going to Neck Point in
Nanaimo
We will meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot
at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road.
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD
Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.3669
250.390.1633 fax
thebackyard at shaw.ca
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