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Nanaimo Rare Bird Alert Transcript


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.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. A pair of Cedar Waxwing were fly-catching from a Conifer tree just off the road. We watched a Willow Flycatcher catching insects and then going into a nest. A fledgling American Goldfinch was being fed by it's parent in a tree not far from us.
Nine birders saw and heard the following twenty-seven species:
Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Willow Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin.

Saturday, July 26:
Eleven Common Nighthawk were spotted hawking insects over the community Park in the Rivers Edge area near Parksville.

Friday, July 25:
A flock of Common Nighthawk was seen high above the Ugly Dwarf Meadows along highway 19 near Nanoose Bay.

A Steller's Jay and a Black-headed Grosbeak were seen in a backyard along Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo.

A flock of twenty to twenty-five Black Swift and Common Nighthawk were seen at the south end of Ladysmith.

Saturday July 19:
Six Western Sandpiper, four Least Sandpiper and two Long-billed Dowitcher were seen at French Creek.
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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. 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.
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The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.

The Sunday bird walk on August 03, 2014 will be going to the Legacy Marsh in Lantzville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or along Normarel Drive under the hydro lines in upper Lantzville at about 9:20 a.m.

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British Columbia rare bird alert link---
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WildResearch link---
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Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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