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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.
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Sunday, September 07, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm. We spotted two Marbled Murrelet on the bay near Shack Island giving us great views. We saw and heard many Chestnut-backed Chickadee throughout the morning. Six American Pipit flew from the park across the Strait of Georgia. A Black-throated Grey Warbler and Warbling Vireo were seen at the parking lot as we finished the walk.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:
Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Marbled Murrelet, Great Blue Heron, Thayer's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Anna's Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Warbling Vireo, Black-throated Grey Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, Savannah's Sparrow, American Pipit's, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin.

Saturday, September 06:
Ten American Pipit were seen near the mudflats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

Thursday, September 04:
Fifty Greater White-fronted Goose were seen flying over Departure Bay in Nanaimo..

A Western Tanager was seen along Rutherford Road in Nanaimo.

Wednesday September 03:
Four Black-throated Grey Warblers and American Goldfinch were seen near Peterson Road and Millard Drive in Lantzville.

Tuesday, September 02:
It was the first Tuesday that we have seen rain all summer and the Tuesday bird walk resumed for the year! We went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning saw light rain then heavy rain then no rain and finished off with heavy rain. The big highlight of the morning was the rare sighting of an American Redstart with a flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadee in the bushes next to the viewing platform. American Robin, Western Tanager, Orange-crowned Warbler, a Yellow Warbler, a Warbling Vireo and a Willow Flycatcher were spotted feeding in a berry bush further from the viewing platform. An Pelagic Cormorant, a Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Bonaparte's Gull and California Gull were seen on the Strait of Georgia.
Twelve birders including a visiting birder from England saw and heard the following thirty-two species.
Canada Goose, Mallard, American Widgeon, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Pacific Loon,
Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Bonaparte's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull,
Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Warbling Vireo, Willow Flycatcher, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow and American Goldfinch.

Monday, September 01:
A Cassin's Vireo was spotted in Lantzville.

Saturday, August 30:
Red Crossbill were seen along Rutherford Road in Nanaimo

Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover and Long-billed Dowitcher were seen at the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. A Greater Yellowlegs was seen at French Creek.
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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 September 09, 2014 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Bay at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.
The Sunday bird walk on September 14, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:30 a.m.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars

British Columbia rare bird alert link---

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WildResearch link---
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Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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