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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, September 18, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The
morning was sunny with calm winds. We spotted a Western Meadowlark perched
on a bush on the estuary. Common Raven were seen overhead all morning. A
Red-tailed Hawk was constantly being mobbed by the Common Raven before
catching a thermal and leaving the area. We watched an Osprey, with a big
fish in it’s talons, being mobbed by a Common Raven at the end of the walk.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the thirty-one species:
Green-wing Teal
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Western Meadowlark
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Pine Siskin

Friday, September 16:
Sandhill Crane were seen above the Englishman River in Parksville.

Wednesday, September 14:
A flock of Sandhill Crane were seen over Mount Washington.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016:
The Tuesday Birdwalk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north
Qualicum Beach. the morning was sunny with calm winds. Many Surf Scoter, a
White-winged Scoter, a Black Scoter, Horned Grebe and Red-necked Grebe
were seen from the viewing platform. Killdeer were seen throughout the
morning. We watched a Peregrine Falcon lift a flock of Gulls off the gravel
bar and then catch a thermal and fly away. We spotted another Peregrine
Falcon perched near the top of a tall conifer tree, giving us great views. A
Cooper’s Hawk was perched in a tall snag on the estuary. A Merlin was seen
catching a Barn Swallow high over the estuary.
Eighteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Canada goose
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bonaparte's Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Cooper’s Hawk
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Savannah Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch

A Horned Lark was seen on Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Sunday, September 11:
Fifteen American Pipit were seen at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo.

Tuesday, September 06:
Twelve Orange-crowned Warbler were seen at Diver’s Lake in Nanaimo.
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on Sunday & Tuesday.
We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different
location in and around Nanaimo. We leave from the Parksville Community Park
at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings go to a different location in the Oceanside
The Sunday bird walk on September 25, 2016 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh
in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot off
Jingle Pot Road at Buttertubs at about 9:20 a.m.
Please note that the parking lot off Buttertubs Drive is closed for
construction until October or November.
The Tuesday Birdwalk on September 20, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach
Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park parking
lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot
at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.

Reporting Collared Canada Goose Sightings
Hello fellow birders:
As part of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bird Banding project, we
banded and collared 200 Canada Goose around Nanaimo last June. This banding
effort is part of an undergraduate research project by VIU biology student
Stew Pearce, with main objective to determine the abundance, distribution
and movement of goose in the Nanaimo area. The goose have white neck
collars with black lettering that ranges from 000P to 199P.
We are conducting regular surveys to track goose, but we hope to increase
the number of collared goose sightings by encouraging birders and members of
the public to report their sightings through our project website - There is a simple form to fill out
to report sightings. We are interested in any sightings of these goose,
whether in the Nanaimo area or elsewhere, including the number of
“uncollared” goose they may associated with.

We appreciate your help with this project. Feel free to contact us off list
to find out more about the project or results so far (

Eric Demers, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.
Biology Department
B.Sc. Degree Advisor
Vancouver Island University

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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