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Nanaimo bird alert

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Old Tuesday 8th March 2005, 22:27   #1
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Nanaimo bird alert

The Nanaimo Bird Alert
provided by
The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
To report your sightings phone
The Bird Alert at: 390-3029 or
The Store at: 390-3669
e-mail: [email protected]

Please remember when reporting a sighting to leave your name, phone
number along with the date and location of your sighting.

Tuesday March 08, 2005:
The herring spawn has subsided around Parksville, but there are large amounts of roe washing up on the beaches now and this continues to attract thousands of gulls. Over 1000 Brant Geese are in the area. Thousands upon thousands of seabirds in huge rafts are near Admiral Tryon Blvd at French Creek, and the Surfside RV \ Hovercraft Base areas in Parksville.
The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD sightings are becoming more frequent and further inland in the Nanaimo area--one was seen along Labieux Road in Nanaimo.

Monday March 07:
Eight WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, a BLUE GROUSE and a TURKEY VULTURE were seen at the top of Little Mountain in Parksville.

The TURKEY VULTURES are back. There have been sightings over the meadows near the Esso Gas Station at Nanoose Bay, over Northwest Bay Road near the Wall Beach Road Farm, over the intersection of Highways 4 and 19 near Qualicum Beach, over Meridian Way in Parksville and over Cottle Lake in the Linley Valley in Nanaimo.
A TREE SWALLOW was spotted along Akenhead Road in Cedar.
A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was sighted at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.
Over 500 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and a large flock of diving ducks were seen offshore from the viewing tower at Qualicum Beach.

Sunday March 06:
An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen perched on a hydro line in the 1900 block of Northwest Bay Road.
A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD is coming to feeders along Cameo Drive on Gabriolia Island and another one was spotted on Mudge Island.
March 06, 2005, Sunday Bird Walks: Neck Point Park
Observers: Thirty-one Sunday Birders.
Number of Species: 50
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Canada Goose
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Barrow's Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
California Quail
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pigeon Guillemot
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Hutton's Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store presents Sunday morning bird walks. We meet at the store located at 6404 Metral Drive at 9:00 a.m. and go to a different birding location each week for about 2 or 3 hours. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday March 05:
Three TURKEY VULTURES were seen over Highway 19 at Parksville.

Friday March 04:
An ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD is coming to feeders in the 5900 block of Sunset Road in Nanaimo.

Thursday March 03:
A TURKEY VULTURE was seen above Wren's Road in Parksville.

Wednesday MARCH 02:
A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was sighted on Mudge Island.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please call:

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ (250) 390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: [email protected]

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Nanaimo Field Naturalists Club
March 23rd/05--Monthly Meeting
7:30 pm at the Bowen Park Activity Centre

"Naturalizing Around B.C."
by BC Parks Head Naturalist
David Stirling

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This Sunday Bird Walk March 13, 2005 will be going to Nanoose Estuary, (WEATHER PERMITTING).
Meet at the store, 6404 Metral Drive at 9:00 a.m. or at the beach behind the Church Camp off Arrington Road (just south of Northwest Bay Road and Highway 19) at about 9:20 a.m.

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The seabird boat tour with Beachcombers Excursions aboard the 41 M.V. Terry Wayne is going on Saturday, March 19, 2005. E-mail me, Neil Robins, at [email protected] or call me at (250) 954-1928 for more information.

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Good Birding!
Neil Robins
British Columbia
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