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Nanaimo bird report, October 23 2011 (1 Viewer)

Neil Robins

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NANAIMO BIRD REPORT

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

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at [email protected]

Sunday October 23, 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but cool with only calm winds.
The highlights included seeing a Townsend’s Warbler with a flock of Pine Siskins. Cedar Waxwings and Purple Finch were in the same bushes. We saw a large flock of Varied Thrush feeding on berries and a Steller’s Jay, with the usual attitude of a jay, flew overhead.
Nine birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Doubled-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black Oystercatcher, Townsend’s Warbler, Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Friday October 21:
A Townsend’s Warbler was spotted at the Little Qualicum Village.

Wednesday October 19:
Six Greater White-fronted Geese were seen on Craig Bay Pond in Parksville.

Four Greater White-fronted Geese and one Snow Goose were seen at Parksville Bay in Parksville.

Tuesday: October 18:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning started off cool and foggy but the fog lifted and let the sun shine on the birds and the birders. A Merlin perching on the top of a tall Fir Tree greeted us near the parking lot. A large flock of American Robins were feasting on a berry bush near the trail. A Herring Gull was just off shore. A large flock of Pacific Loons, Common Loons, several Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes and two Western Grebes were further off shore. We saw Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Cedar Waxwings in the bushes just off the trail.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-five species of birds:
Canada Geese, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon,Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Mew Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Monday October 17:
A White Throated Sparrow was seen visiting feeders along Pilot Way in Nanoose Bay.

There was a confirmed report of a female or immature Lark Bunting at Jordan River, on the west side of Vancouver Island. Lark Buntings are usually seen in the southern prairies in North America and are an unusual species for this area.

Sunday, October 16:
A Barred Owl, a Belted Kingfisher, a Steller’s Jay, a Bald Eagle and a flock of Northern Pintail were seen at Spider Lake.
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Arrowsmith Naturalist Meeting
Monday, October 24 at 7:30 pm.
Springwood Middle School, Parksville.
Guest speaker-- Faye Smith will bring us up to date on the current projects and findings of the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society.

Nanoose Naturalists Meeting
Thursday, November 10 at 7 pm.
@ The Library Centre along Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay
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Everyone is invited 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. 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 October 25 will be going to Columbia Beach. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at parking area off Admiral Tryon Bld. at about 9:20 A.M. (From highway 19a turn onto Columbia Drive across from Windsor Plywood, turn right on Admiral Tryon Bld. and go about 100 yards and turn left to the parking area)

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The Sunday Bird Walk on October 30 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Road at about 9:20 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins


THE BACKYARD Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250-390-3669
[email protected]
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The Purple Martin charity dinner and silent auction:

Come join us on Saturday, November 12 at the Coast Bastion in Nanaimo for "A Night in Brazil" charity dinner and silent auction for the BC Purple Martin Recovery Program. We are celebrating the most successful year of the 25-year nest box recovery program (730 pairs up from 5 pairs in 1985) and the fall migration of our Purple Martins to SE Brazil, a 11,000 km trip one way as well as raising funds for the 2012 recovery program.

Guest speakers:
Tony Ransom, retired geologist and current President of the Nanoose Naturalists, on " A Tour of Brazil's Pantanal - the World's Largest Freshwater Wetland"
Mike Yip, well known Bird Photographer, on "Migratory Birds on Vancouver Island"

No Host Bar at 5 pm with a buffet dinner at 6 pm. Tickets: $60/person (includes a $23 donation) available at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store in Nanaimo or by emailing Charlene at [email protected]. Advance purchase of tickets required.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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