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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.

Saturday, April 19, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk on April 27 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper

Friday, April 18:
Seventeen Sandhill Crane were singing and catching a thermal above the
Harwood area of Nanaimo. After several minutes they had gained enough
altitude and headed north.

Thursday, April 17:
A Chipping Sparrow was seen near the Morningstar Ponds in French Creek.

Tuesday, April 15:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was
mostly sunny with cloudy periods and calm winds.
We spotted a Townsend's Warbler feeding high up in a Big Leaf Maple tree.
We saw and heard several Orange-crowned Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler
throughout the morning. Four Common Yellowthroat kept us entertained
singing and moving through the scotch broom next to the road. A Red-tailed
Hawk was being mobbed by a Common Raven high up in the sky. A Great Horned
Owl flew in and perched on a tree giving us great views. A second Great
Horned Owl was being mobbed by a flock of American Robin nearby giving us
more great views of the owls. We saw a Barred Owl near the end of the walk.
The owl was perched on a limb out in the open which made for more great
views and a great finish to our walk.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl,
Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, 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, Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling,
Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Common
Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Song Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco,
House Finch, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch.

Monday, April 14:
A raft of thousands of Surf Scoter along with White-winged Scoter, Brant,
Greater Scaup and Red-necked Grebe were seen just off shore at Parksville
Bay stretching to French Creek.
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 22, 2014 will be going to Top Bridge Trail in
Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near
the Lions Club playground at 9:00 am or at the parking area along Enterprise
Way at about 9:10 am.
There is no Sunday bird walk on April 20, 2014

The Sunday bird walk on April 27 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper
Lantzville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or under the Hydro lines
along Normarel Drive at about 9:15 a.m.

British Columbia rare bird alert link---
WildResearch link---
Spring Pelagic Seabird Trip Announced – May 11, 2014
WildResearch is pleased to announce that WildResearch's 2014 Spring Pelagic
Seabird Trip will run on Sunday May 11, 2014! Proceeds generated from the
pelagic trip fundraiser will go towards running WildResearch’s research
West coast environment link--
Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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