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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, June 26, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Two Marbled Murrelet, diving for food, were seen close to shore. An Orange-crowned Warbler was spotted feeding high up in an Arbutus Tree next to the trail. We heard a Swainson's Thrush singing from the underbrush. American Robin serenaded us throughout the morning.
Eighteen birders, including a visiting birder from Malawi Africa, saw and heard the following twenty-six species:
Canada goose
Harlequin Duck
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammonds Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
House Finch

Friday, June 24:
Eight Gray Jay were seen on the Mount Benson trail about half way up the Mountain.

Tuesday, June 21:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. A Western Tanager greeted us at the start of the walk. Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Black Swift, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, a Cooper's Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk were seen flying over head during the walk. We heard a Cassin's Vireo, singing not far from the trail. We spotted two Cassin's Vireo just off the trail as they went to a nest and began to feed three chicks in the nest. We had discovered a very active nest that royalty entertained us for about thirty minutes as we watched the adult Vireos feeding their young.
Fourteen birders including visiting birders from California and Washington saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Coopers Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Barred Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin's Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

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 June 28 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the forest side of Highway 19a and Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. This is the final Tuesday bird walk of the season. The Tuesday bird walks will resume on September 06, 2016.

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The Sunday bird walk on July 03, 2016 will be going to Hemer Park in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at parking lot at Hemer Park on Hemer Road off Cedar Road in Cedar at about 9:30 a.m.

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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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