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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, March 01 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The
morning was cloudy with calm winds. We spotted a Northern Shrike near the
start of the walk. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of four
migrating Western Meadowlark perched and singing low on bushes not far from
us. They entertained us for a long while as we watched them dive into the
grasses and then fly up onto a perch to sing. We spotted two Red-tailed
Hawks courting and landing on a bush giving us great views. A Northern
Harrier flew low over the field searching for prey. We spotted him later
perched on the big Garry Oak looking down on us.
Twenty-nine birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada goose
American Widgeon
Green-winged Teal
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Steller’s Jay
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Western Meadowlark
European Starling
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird

Saturday, February 28:
Two Rufous Hummingbird were seen visiting feeders in upper Lantzville.

Tuesday, February 24:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in
Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm, making for a
great morning of birding. We spotted two American Dipper feeding along the
river bank not far from us. We saw several Red-breasted Sapsucker feeding
and tapping the trees throughout the morning. A Varied Thrush was singing
atop a tall conifer and two other Varied Thrush were answering him as he
sang. American Robin were busy feeding and resting on the grassy area. We
spotted a leucistic American Robin--a very colorful bird—scurrying on the
ground giving us great views. A flock of Violet-green Swallow flew overhead
hawking insects. A Pileated Woodpecker was busy drumming on a snag near the
end of the walk.
Twenty birders saw and heard the following twenty-seven species:
Canada goose
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
American Dipper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
European Starling
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Violet-green Swallow
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Tofino-Shorebird –Festival

18th Annual May 1-3, 2015

For information please contact----

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 March 03, 2015 will be going to the Shelly Road
side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville
Community Park playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or the end of Shelly Road at
about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday bird walk on March 07, 2015 will be going to the Buttertubs Marsh
in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at parking area at
Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Road Nanaimo at about 9:15 a.m.

British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---

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

Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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