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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
Sunday, April 12, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was
cloudy with sunny periods. The highlights included seeing eight Cedar
Waxwings feeding just off the trail. We heard several Common Yellowthroat
singing throughout the morning. A Double-crested Cormorant was spotted high
up in the sky catching a thermal.
Nine birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada goose
Wood Duck
Ring-neck Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Lesser Yellowlegs
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
California Quail
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Great-blue Heron
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Saturday, April 11:
A Sora was heard at the North-east corner of Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Orange-crown Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Rufous Hummingbird were
seen on a walk along the foothills development in upper Lantzville.

Tuesday, April 07:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was
sunny and warm making for a pleasant bird walk. A Pileated Woodpecker flew
in and began drumming on a snag off the trail putting on quite a show for
us. Many Orange-crowned Warbler and several Yellow-rumped Warbler sang
for most of the morning. We also had some great views of the Warblers
during the walk. Violet-green Swallow were flying near the Bald Eagle’s
nest on the far side of the meadows. We spotted a Red-tailed Hawk perched on
top a snag looking over the meadow. A Peregrine Falcon flew in near the
eagle’s nest and then landed in a tall snag further away on the far side of
the meadow. Two calling Evening Grosbeak were perched on a tree branch in
the forest giving us good views of these colorful birds.
Twenty-one birders, including a visiting birder from Whitecourt Alberta, saw
and heard the following thirty-four species:
Canada goose
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Evening Grosbeak
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
Monday, April 27:
Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at Knox United Church in Parksville.
Doors open at 7 pm. Presentation on Ecological Reserves by Erica McClaren
from BC Parks at 7.30.

Tofino-Shorebird –Festival
18th Annual May 1-3, 2015
For information please contact----

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

The Tuesday bird walk on April, 2015 will be going to the Shelly Road side
of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park
playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the
Oceanside of highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.


The Sunday bird walk on Sunday, April 19 will be going to Legacy Marsh in
upper Lantzville. . Meet at the Birdstore at 9: a.m. or at parking area
under the Hydro lines on Normarel Drive (off highway 19 and Superior Road)
at about 9:20 a.m.


A note from visiting birders--
Jana and I have been house-sitting in Ladysmith for Jan - end of March.
We are avid birders and we wanted to express our appreciation to the store
and especially Neil for letting us Albertans tag along on the Tues and Sun
bird walks.
We enjoyed the knowledge that Neil and the group shared with us. It is so
helpful for birders new to the area to be able to access local birding
expertise. We enjoyed the social aspect (nice people in the group) and
appreciate the folks that shared their scope with us.
Please pass on our thanks to Neil and the group.
Jana and Tony
British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---

A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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