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Nanaimo Rare Bird Alert Transcript



NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"

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.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with strong
winds. We saw many Surf Scoter Pacific Loon and Common Loon among the
oyster barrels. A Red-tailed Hawk flew overhead giving us great views. A
Northern Shrike was perched on the top of a Cedar Tree giving us long looks
as it looked for prey. We saw three Savannah Sparrow low in the bushes near
the trail.
Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty species:
Canada goose
Mallard
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-tailed Hawk
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Shrike
California Quail
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northwestern Crow
Northern Flicker
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee

Saturday, October 18:
A Coopers Hawk was seen in the flying over the Backyard Wildbird& Nature
store on Metral Drive in Nanaimo.

A Rufous Hummingbird was seen visiting a feeder in the Thunderbird area near
the Nanaimo Hospital in Nanaimo.

Over one hundred Snow Goose were seen heading south over Dolphin Drive in
Nanoose Bay.

Thursday, October 16:
A Lapland Longspur was seen at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.

Wednesday, October 15:
A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen in a backyard on Kilpatrick Road in Nanaimo.

Tuesday, October 14:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay with a quick stop at Nile Creek. The
morning was cloudy and very windy with a light shower to finish off the
morning. A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head just above us, giving us great
views. Two Bald Eagle were spotted on their nest high in a tall conifer.
Two Yellow-rumped Warbler’s and a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglet’s were
seen in the bushes just off the trail. Large numbers of Harlequin Duck’s,
Surf Scoter’s, White - Winged Scoters, a few Black Scoter’s, Long-tailed
Duck’s and Greater Scaup were seen just offshore. Three Western Grebe’s,
several Red-necked Grebe’s and Horned Grebe’s were seen throughout the
morning on the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of Greater White-fronted
goose flew high overhead heading west. Two Heermann's Gull’s along with Mew
Gull’s, California Gull’s, Thayer's Gull’s and Glaucous-winged Gull’s were
seen at the Nile Creek Estuary.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
Trumpeter Swan
Greater White-fronted goose
Canada goose
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Heermann's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

A Western Screech Owl was spotted in a backyard along Morell Circle in
Nanaimo.

Two Great Horned Owl were seen at the Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in
Nanaimo.
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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
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The Tuesday bird walk on October 21, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot
near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or
at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about
9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on October 26, 2014 will be going to the Neck Point
Park. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck
Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
http://www.wildresearch.ca/
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
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Visit www.bluedot.ca
What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store




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