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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 17, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was
cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. The highlights included
seeing three Rhinoceros Auklet, a Common Murre and twelve Marbled Murrelet
just off shore—all great sightings! Three Vaux’s Swift was fly catching high
overhead. A Wilson’s Warbler was spotted low in the bushes next to the
trail. A Merlin flew over head as we were doing the tally at the end of the
Twelve birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Bald Eagle
Canada goose
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Rhinoceros Auklet
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren,
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Great Blue Heron
Western Tanager
Vaux’s Swift
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Orange-crown Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Grey Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Saturday, May 16:
A Bullock’s Oriole was spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Tuesday, May 12:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning
started out cloudy and cool but when the sun came out it was a warm spring
day. We heard and then saw a Black-throated Warbler feeding high up in a big
leaf maple tree. Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Orange-crowned Warbler were
singing for most of the morning and on occasion we did spot them feeding.
We saw a Hammond’s Flycatcher perched fairly low in a bush giving us great
views. A Common Yellowthroat was perched on a fence just off the road. A
very musical MacGillivray’s Warbler sang low in a bush close to the trail
putting on a great show for us. A Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted singing
high up in a conifer tree. Turkey Vulture, a Great Blue Heron, Vaux Swifts
and Black Swift flew high overhead. We spotted a Warbling Vireo singing and
feeding in a low bush close to the trail at the end of the walk.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Grow
Common Raven
Great Blue Heron
California Quail
Band-tailed Pigeon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Violet-green Swallow
Vaux Swift
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Swanson Thrush
European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
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 19, 2015 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum
Beach. We meet at the Parksville Community Park by the Lions Club
playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or on the mountain side of Highway 19a
along Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach. at about 9:20 a.m.


The Sunday bird walk on May 24, 2015 will be going to Morrell Wildlife
Sanctuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking
lot at Morrell Sanctuary off Nanaimo Lakes Road at about 9:20 a.m.

British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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