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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 26, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was
cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. A Western Grebe was spotted close
to shore near the rocks. Three Black Oystercatcher were nosily singing on
the rocks. We spotted an Osprey and a Marbled Murrelet flying further
offshore. Mixed flocks of Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Bushtit were
feeding just off the trail. After following a flock of mobbing American
Robins we spotted a Barred Owl perched in a high conifer tree. Large numbers
of American Robin and Varied Thrush were feeding on Arbutus Berries.
Ten birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Brant Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Spotted Sandpiper
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Osprey
Barred Owl
Marbled Murrelet
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Brown Creeper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Saturday, October 25:
A Northern Pygmy-Owl was seen catching a Dark-eyed Junco along Morrell
Circle in Nanaimo.

A female American Kestrel was spotted at a backyard bird bath in central
Ladysmith.

Friday, October 24:
A Western Screech Owl was seen in a backyard at the end of Douglas Avenue
beside the Chase River in south Nanaimo.

A Barred Owl was visiting a patio along Dawkins Lane in Nanaimo.

Thursday, October 23:
A Spotted Sandpiper was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary near the end of
Raines Road in south Nanaimo.

Wednesday, October 22:
A Wilson’s Snipe was seen in Port Hardy.

Monday, October 20:
An Arctic Loon was seen offshore from the viewing platform in north Qualicum
Beach.

Tuesday, October 21:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road
side in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a few light showers. There
was a stiff sea breeze off the Strait of Georgia. A Barred Owl was spotted
perched on a hydro wire just off Highway 19a along Plummer Road at the start
of the walk. Two Bald Eagle, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Northern Harrier and a
Cooper’s Hawk were seen as we walked along the trail next to the river.
Large flocks of Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, American Widgeon and
two Eurasian Widgeons were seen on the estuary near the mud flats. Large
numbers of Harlequin Duck were on the Strait throughout the morning. Five
Western Grebe’s, a Marbled Murrelet and a Common Murre were seen further
offshore. Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Pacific Loon and Common Loon
were seen closer to shore.
Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from Whitecourt and
Carstairs Alberta saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada goose
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Harrier
Barred Owl
Dunlin
Thayer’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
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Monday, October 27:
The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7.30 pm at Knox Church on Pym Street in
Parksville. Alan Kinglet, manager of the VIU Deep Bay Marine Station, will
talk on how climate change is affecting the chemistry of the oceans –“The
Other CO2 Problem”. More info at 250-752-7588
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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 area

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The Tuesday bird walk on October 28, 2014 will be going to the Rathtrevor
Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club
Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at main parking lot
at Rathtrevor Provincial Park at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on November 02, 2014 will be going to Columbia Beach.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot off Admiral Tryon
Boulevard ( turn right off highway 19a at Columbia Drive and right on
Admiral Tryon Boulevard) at about 9:30 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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and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYAR

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