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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, January 25, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning was
partly cloudy with sunny periods, making for a pleasant walk in the woods.
We spotted Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Golden-crowned Kinglet high in the
trees. We heard several Pacific Wren singing throughout the morning. A
Merlin was perched at the top of a tall snag. An American Dipper was
bobbing on the large rocks in the salmon stream.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following nineteen species:
Glaucous-winged Gull
American Dipper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Rock Pigeon
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
American Robin
Song Sparrow

Tuesday, January 20:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds and calm water
on the Strait of Georgia. The highlights of the morning included seeing
three Gadwall near the mud flats. American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern
Pintails and Green-winged Teal were also feeding on the mud flats. Thousands
of Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull and Glaucous-winged Gull were resting behind
the mudflats and lifted in a huge cloud as a Bald Eagle flew over. The gulls
landed close by giving us all lots of time to study the different gulls at
close range. A large flock of over sixty Brant goose flew close to shore
heading down the strait.
Seventeen birders, including visiting birders from Hinton Alberta and
Chicago saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada goose
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Black Oystercatcher
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch

An American Pipit was seen in a backyard along Haida Way in the Seacrest
neighborhood of Nanoose Bay.

Sunday, January 18:
A Turkey Vulture flew over a large flock of about two hundred very noisy
Surfbird and one Black Turnstone as they were feeding near high tide at
Pipers Lagoon Park in Nanaimo.

One hundred Dunlin and one Black-bellied Plover were seen roosting offshore
on Shack Islands across from Pipers Lagoon.

Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Double-crested
Cormorant, Red winged Blackbirds, Dark-eyed Junco, Chestnut -backed
Chickadee, Song Sparrow, Golden- crown Sparrow, Bewick’s Wren, Spotted
Towhees, American Robin, Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay and a Bald Eagle
were seen at Diver Lake in Nanaimo.

Common Merganser, Harlequin Duck and Black Turnstone and over one hundred
Sea Lions were hanging out off the point by the parking lot at Neck Point
Park in Nanaimo.
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 January 27, 2015 will be going to the Shelly Road
side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet
at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community
Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road off the Oceanside of highway
19a at about 9:10 a.m.
The Sunday bird walk on February 01, 2015 will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet
at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the beach near the Church Camp off
Highway 19 and Arlington Road at about 9:15 a.m.
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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