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Old Monday 19th June 2017, 16:24   #1
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Nanaimo Bird Report, June 18, 2017

Sunday Bird Walk, June 18, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.
The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm. We had great views of a Black-throated Gray Warbler. We heard and then saw several Willow Flycatchers around the pond. A family of Purple Martins was perched in a snag along the pond. Violet-green Swallows were seen hawking insects just above the pond. Swainson’s Thrush entertained us all morning with their songs. Red-breasted Nuthatch’s were spotted feeding in a tall tree near the trail.

Nine birders, including birders from Leamington Ontario, Seattle Washington and St Albert Alberta, saw and heard the following twenty-five species:
Northern Flicker
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Swainson’s Thrush
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Bushtit
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Red Crossbill
House Finch

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 13, 2017
The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 13, 2017 went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Four Black Swifts were seen hawking insects high above us at the beginning of the walk. Two Caspian Terns were spotted, one was resting on a gravel bar and the other one was plunging in the water in search of prey further offshore. Two Pigeon Guillemots and an Marbled Murrelet were seen further off shore. A Great Horned Owl being mobbed by a flock of American Robins was seen at the end of the walk.
Fifteen birders including visiting birders from Seattle and Australia saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Canada Geese
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Surf Scoter
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Bald Eagle
Great Horned Owl
Cooper’s Hawk
Glaucous-Winged Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Caspian Tern
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Black Oystercatcher
European Starling
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Black Swift
Tree Swallow
Violet-Green Swallow
Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swanson’s Thrush
American Robin
Orange-Crowned Warbler
Black-throated Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch

A flock of Evening Grosbeaks were seen in a backyard near Andover and Fairwinds in Nanoose Bay.

A flock of thirty Great Blue Herons were seen flying over the Casino in downtown Nanaimo.

Saturday, June 10:
Red Crossbills were seen above the Boat Harbour in Nanaimo.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 20/17 will be going to The Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. Meet at The Parksville Community Park at the parking lot in front of the Lion's Playground at 9 a.m. or at the Brandt Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

The Sunday Birdwalk on June 25/17 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines on Normarel Drive (off Superior Road & highway 19) at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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