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Nanaimo Rare Bird Alert Transcript

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
thebackyard@shaw.ca
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, March 22, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum
Beach. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A flock of over one thousand
singing Brant were feeding along the tide line near the estuary. Two Turkey
Vultures flew over head.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-seven species:
Brant
Canada goose
Mallard
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Northern Shoveler
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tail Duck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Northern Pintail
Barrows Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt's Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian-collared Dove
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch

Over forty Snow Goose were seen and heard flying over Departure Bay,
Nanaimo.

Tuesday, March 24:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum
Beach. The skies were cloudy and the water on the Strait of Georgia was
calm. The highlight was the sighting of two rafts of Surf Scoter,
Long-tail Ducks, Lesser Scaup and Greater Scaup. The two rafts of seabirds
stretched offshore from the viewing platform along highway 19a to the Little
Qualicum River Estuary. Over seventy Trumpeter Swan flew over and landed
on the far side of the raft of seabirds. Bonaparte's Gull, Herring Gull,
Ring-billed Gull Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer’s Gull and
Glaucous-winged Gull covered the gravel bars from the viewing platform and
along the shore to the estuary. Three Eurasian Widgeon, a Herring Gull, a
Ring-billed Gull, large numbers of Barrow’s Goldeneye and Common Goldeneye
were seen from the estuary side offshore. Four Yellow-rumped Warbler were
feeding near the parking area at the “A” frame house. We watched a Bewick’s
Wren gathering nesting material close-by.
Eleven birders saw and heard the following fifty–two species:
Trumpeter Swan
Brant
Canada goose
Mallard
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Northern Shoveler
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tail Duck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Northern Pintail
Barrows Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Eurasian-collared Dove
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch

Saturday March 21:
An Orange-crowned Warbler was seen near the Bowen Road entrance to
Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Wednesday March 18.
A flock of Bushtit were seen covering a suet feeder by the Little Qualicum
River in Qualicum Beach.

Tuesday March 17.
A Virginia Rail was seen and heard on the west marsh at Buttertubs Marsh in
Nanaimo.

A Northern Shrike was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Monday, March 16.
A Northern Goshawk was seen at Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach.
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Monday March 23.
Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7 pm at Knox United Church in Parksville.
Meeting begins at 7.30 pm with guest speaker Michael Kusugak an Inuit
Storyteller. Cost for this time only $5. More info 752-7588.

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Tofino-Shorebird –Festival
18th Annual May 1-3, 2015
For information please contact----
http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival

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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 March 24 will be going to the Plummer Road side of
the Englishman River in Parksville.. Meet at the Parksville Community Park
playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and
Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:15 a.m.
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The Sunday bird walk on March 29, 2015 will be going to the Neck Point Park
in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off
Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

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British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

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A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.

THE SEA AMONG US
THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com





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