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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*q
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 16, 2016:
This Sundays Bird Walk to Nanoose Bay is cancelled due to weather
We have re-scheduled the walk to Nanoose Bay for next Sunday.

Saturday, October 15:
A Northern Shrike was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

A Red-breasted Sapsucker was spotted at Cottle Lake in Nanaimo.

Steller’s Jays were seen in the Extension area of south Nanaimo.

Wednesday, October 12:
A White-throated Sparrow was seen in a backyard at Willow Park near Morrell
Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.

A Leucistic American Robin was seen in with a flock of American Robin at
Craig Creek near Craig Bay in Parksville.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 11, 2016
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. We saw and heard a
large number of Golden-crowned Kinglet at the start of the walk. A Barred
Owl was perched on a snag not far from the trail, giving us great long
views. We had six sightings of Northern Shrike perched at the top of shrubs
on the meadows. A large flock of Black Turnstone landed on a log next to
the shoreline near American Wigeon, Mallard, a Northern Shoveler, Northern
Pintails and Harlequin Duck. We watched in fascination as a Bald Eagle
swooped in and chased a Mallard for a about 10 minutes before catching him.
The Eagle held the Mallard under the water until the Mallard broke free,
with the Eagle in hot pursuit. The Mallard escaped to the cheering birders!
A Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk were seen high overhead.

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-eight species:
Canada goose
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Harlequin Duck
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Barred Owl
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Black Turnstone
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Pipit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Robin
Townsend’s Solitaire
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch


Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on Sunday & Tuesday.
We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different
location in and around Nanaimo. We leave from the Parksville Community Park
at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and go to a different location in the
Oceanside area.


The Tuesday bird walk on October 18, 2016 will be going to Lot Ten north of
Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot
near the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant Viewing
platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.


The Sunday bird walk on October 23, 2016 will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet
at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking near the Church Camp off
Highway 19 and Nanoose Station Road (across the road from Arlington Pub) at
about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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