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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.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was
sunny and warm. The highlight sighting of the morning was a White-throated
Sparrow near the large Oak Tree. In the same area we saw many Yellow-rumped
Warblers feeding in the Oak Trees.
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following Forty-Six species:
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Wood Duck
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
American Coot
Pied-billed Grebe
Virginia Rail
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Flicker
Red=breasted Sapsucker
Belted Kingfisher
Anna's Hummingbird
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
California Quail
Steller's Jay
Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Friday, October 02:
Over fifty Sandhill Crane and White-fronted goose were seen flying over
Horne Lake heading south.

Tuesday, September 29:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was sunny but
windy by the Strait of Georgia. We saw over a huge number of Pacific Loon,
one Greater Scaup, many Horned Grebe, many Red-necked Grebe and about
fifty Western Grebe on the Strait. A large flock of Black-bellied Plover
flew in and landed near the gravel bar. Killdeer and Black Oystercatcher
were singing and feeding near the shore. Two Western Meadowlark, the
surprise bird of the morning, flew in and landed near the parking area
giving us great views. A flock of singing Red Crossbill landed on the top
of a tall conifer near the creek. We watched a Red-breasted Nuthatch feeding
on a conifer cone near the trail. American Robin were plentiful all
morning and we spotted a Varied Thrush near the marsh.
Eighteen birders including two visiting birders from Victoria saw and heard
the following fifty-four Species:
Canada goose
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian collared-Dove
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
European Starling
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Meadowlark
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-wing Blackbird
House Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Monday, September 28:
A Townsend’s Solitaire and a Pacific Golden Plover were seen on the Plummer
Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

Two Red Knot were seen at the Parksville Community Park in Parksville

Friday, September 25:
A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen at the Little Qualicum River Estuary
in Qualicum Beach.

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

The Tuesday bird walk on October 06, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road
side of the Englishman River in Parksville. meet at the Parksville Community
Park at 9:00 am or the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about
9:10 am.

The Sunday bird walk on October 11, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor Park in
Parksville.. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the Main parking lot
at Rathtrevor park at about 9:30 a.m.
British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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