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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, May 15, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning
was cloudy with calm winds--a pleasant morning for birding. The highlight
birds of the walk, the Yellow Warbler were singing and hawking insects all
morning. We spotted a flock of Black Swift swooping high above us catching
insects. Black-headed Grosbeak were singing their melodious song as we
searched the bushy green trees for them.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada goose
Wood Duck
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Coopers Hawk
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Western Tanager
Orange-crown Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
House Sparrow

Tuesday, May 17:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. The morning was
sunny and warm with calm winds. We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler
singing from a perch high atop a snag. We watched several Red-breasted
Sapsuckers fly in and make their way up the trunks of trees several times
during the morning. We watched as two Western Tanager built a nest high up
in a tree near the trail. Wilson's Warbler were singing throughout the
morning. One flew in close to us, giving us great views of his black cap and
bright yellow body. We saw as two Northern Rough-winged Swallow flew over
the river hawking insects and returned to the bank to rest. Black-headed
Grosbeaks entertained us with their melodious songs for most of the morning.
Twenty-two birders including a visiting birder from Whitecourt saw and heard
the following thirty-six species:
Canada goose
Bald Eagle
Spotted Sandpiper
Band-tailed Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch

Saturday, May 21: Friday, May 20:
A lone Snow Goose was spotted flying over the Campbell River Estuary.

Friday, May 20:
A flock of seven White-faced Ibis flew South west over Lohbrunner Road and
Lochside Trail in Blenkinsop Valley in Victoria.

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 May 24, 2016 will be going to Moorecroft Regional
Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking
lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot
at Moorecroft Park off Stewart Road ( follow the signs) from Northwest Bay
Road, in Nanoose Bay.

The Sunday bird walk on May 29, 2016 will be going to Linley Valley in
Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road off
Lost Lake Road in north Nanaimo at about 9:20 a.m.


Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

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