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03 Mar Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, March 03, 2015 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
02 Mar Herring Spawn has started. ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
01 Mar Nanaimo bird report, March 01, 2015 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
22 Feb Nanaimo bird report, February 22, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
17 Feb Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 17, 2015 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
15 Feb Nanaimo bird report, February 15, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
08 Feb Nanaimo bird report, febuary 08, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
03 Feb parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, february 03, 2015 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
01 Feb Nanaimo bird report, febuary 01, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
01 Feb Nanaimo bird report, Febuary 01, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
01 Feb Bird Monitoring and Banding AND Bird Identification Workshops. ["Derek AT birdvancouver.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
29 Jan Yellow-billed Loon ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
28 Jan Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 27, 2015 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
26 Jan Recent Posting ["Dorothy Chuhran djchuhran AT yahoo.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
26 Jan bcbirdingvanislan ["djchuhran AT yahoo.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
25 Jan Nanaimo bird report, January 25, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
20 Jan Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, January 20, 2015 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
20 Jan Harris' Sparrow at Nanaimo River Estuary ["eric_demers AT yahoo.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
18 Jan Nanaimo bird reportm January 18, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
13 Jan Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 13, 2015 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
11 Jan Nanaimo bird report, January 11, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
04 Jan Nanaimo bird report, January 04, 2015 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
2 Jan Re: Nanaimo CBC December 28, 2014 - Preliminary Report ["G JOHNSON gw-johnson AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
02 Jan Nanaimo CBC December 28, 2014 - Preliminary Report ["rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
02 Jan Another Nanaimo Report - Turkey Vulture ["rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
01 Jan Reported American Tree Sparrow ["rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
30 Dec Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 30, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
30 Dec Nanoose Bay & Lantzville CBC December 19, 2014 ["rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
28 Dec Nanaimo bird report, December 28, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
23 Dec Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 23, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
21 Dec Nanaimo bird report, December 21, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
16 Dec Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 16, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
14 Dec NANAIMO BIRD REPORT, DECEMBER 14, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
11 Dec Sunday bird walk location has changed for December 14, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
09 Dec Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 09 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
07 Dec Nanaimo bird report, December 07, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
02 Dec Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, December 02< 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
01 Dec Nanaimo bird report, November 30, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
25 Nov Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 25. ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
23 Nov Nanaimo bird report, November 23, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
23 Nov Arrowsmith Nats mtg time change ["saninerr AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
16 Nov Nanaimo bird report, November 16, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
11 Nov Nanaimo bird report, November 11, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
07 Nov Parksville Qualicum Beach CBC ["saninerr AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
04 Nov Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 04, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
03 Nov VARC - Fall Blog! ["Derek AT birdvancouver.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
02 Nov nanaimo bird report, November 02, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
28 Oct Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 28, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
26 Oct Nanaimo bird report, October 26, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
21 Oct Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 21, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
19 Oct Nanaimo bird report, October 19, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
14 Oct Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, October 14, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
12 Oct Nanaimo bird report, october 12, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
07 Oct Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 07, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
05 Oct Nanaimo bird report, October 05, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
04 Oct Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird walk, September 30, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
02 Oct Nanaimo bird report, September 28, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
07 Sep Nanaimo bird report, September 07, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
02 Sep Parkville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 02, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
31 Aug Nanaimo bird report, August 31, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
29 Aug World Shorebirds Day, 6 September ["gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
24 Aug Nanaimo bird report, August 24, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
17 Aug Nanaimo bird report, August 17, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
10 Aug Nanaimo bird report, August 10, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
05 Aug VARC Summer Blog! ["Derek AT birdvancouver.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
03 Aug Nanaimo bird report, August 03, 2014 ["thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
27 Jul Nanaimo bird report, July 27, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
15 Jul Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, July 15, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
13 Jul Nanaimo bird report, July 13, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
08 Jul Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Jult 08, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
07 Jul Nanaimo bire report, July 06, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
01 Jul Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, July 01, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
29 Jun Nanaimo bird report, June 29, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
24 Jun Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, June 24, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
18 Jun RBA Victoria, BC - June 18, 2014 ["'Ann Nightingale' motmot AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]
17 Jun Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 17, 2014 ["nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" ]

Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, March 03, 2015
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 16:12:20 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in 
Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds. We first heard and then saw 
Bewick's Wrens and Pacific Wrens throughout the morning. A Red-breasted 
Sapsucker was feeding just over our heads in a tree near the parking lot. We 
watched as a Northern Shrike perched in a short bushes on the meadows. Pigeon 
Guillemot, Gadwall and Greater Scaup were seen near shore on the Strait. A 
Red-tailed Hawk was catching a thermo not really bothered by the ten 
Northwestern Crows mobbing him. A Peregrine Falcon flew very fast over head 
heading for the forest. Several Orange-crowned Warblers, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
and a Yellow-rumped Warbler were feeding high above us in the tall trees along 
the trail. 

 
 Spring has arrived!                                
 
 Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
 
 Snow Geese
 
 Canada Geese
 
 Brant
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Gadwall
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Barrows Goldeneye
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Common Loon
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Red-tailed Hawk
 
 Peregrine Falcon
 
 Northern Shrike
 
 Turkey Vulture
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Bewick's Wren
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 American Robin
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 European Starling
 
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 House Finch
 
 Pine Siskin 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on March 10 , 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Herring Spawn has started.
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 13:52:12 -0800
 

 

 The Herring spawn has begun, there are thousands of Scoters, hundreds of 
Greater Scaup & Long-tailed ducks, along with thousands upon thousands of 
Gull’s on the Strait of Georgia off Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach. 
it’s our awesome annual March birding on the Strait of Georgia 


 Good Birding
 Neil Robins
 Parksville

Subject: Nanaimo bird report, March 01, 2015
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 19:28:51 -0800
 
 
  
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
thebackyard AT 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.
*****************************************************************************
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 Meadowlarks 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 Geese
 
  American Widgeon
 
  Mallard
 
 Green-winged Teal
 
  Bufflehead
 
  Common Goldeneye
 
  Common Merganser
 
  Red-breasted Merganser
 
  Gadwall
 
  Great Blue Heron
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Peregrine Falcon
 
  Northern Harrier
 
  Red-tailed Hawk
 
 Rough-legged Hawk
 
 Killdeer
 
 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 Hummingbirds 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 Dippers feeding along the 
river bank not far from us. We saw several Red-breasted Sapsuckers 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 Robins 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 Swallows 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 Geese
 Mallard
 Bufflehead
 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---- 
http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival 

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************* 

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 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--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

******************************************************************************* 

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
*****************************************************************************
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 AT shaw.ca
Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store 
http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 

 
 
 http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 
 
 The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING” To report your sightings 
phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard AT sha... 

 
 
 
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Subject: Nanaimo bird report, February 22, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Feb 2015 13:53:59 -0800
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
 thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 Sunday, February 22, 2015:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in 
Parksville. The morning was partly cloudy with sunny periods. The highlights 
included seeing three Gadwall near the mudflats. Several Steller’s Jays were 
singing throughout the morning. We saw several Pacific Loons were showing their 
breeding plumage on the ocean. Many flocks of Brant were moving up and down the 
Strait of Georgia. 

 
 Twenty-nine birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species: 
 
 Brant
 
 Canada Geese
 
  Mallard
 
 Gadwall
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Green-winged Teal
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 American Widgeon
 
   Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Hooded Merganser
 
 Common Merganser
 
  Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
  Pacific Loon
 
  Common Loon
 
  Double-crested Cormorant
 
  Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Killdeer
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Merlin
 
  Mew Gull
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
  Common Raven
 
  Northwestern Crow
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Pacific Wren
 
  Bewick's Wren
 
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 American Robin
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
 Purple Finch
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Fox Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Pine Siskin  
 
  
 
 Saturday, February 21:
 
 Two Rufous Hummingbirds we revisiting feeders in the Collage Heights area of 
Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 A Violet-green Swallow was seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
 
  
 
  
 
 Wednesday, February 11:
 
 Eighty Evening Grosbeaks were seen at feeders in the 2000 block of Fern Road 
in Cedar. 

 
  
 
 Tuesday, February 17: 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Little Qualicum River Estuary. The morning was 
calm, but unfortunately the fog remained over the water throughout the morning 
limiting our view. We saw a flock of Brant fly by at the viewing station and 
several Oystercatchers landed among the rocks. There was also a Western Gull 
spotted just off shore. A Yellow-rumped Warbler was spotted along the houses 
leading to the Estuary. Surf Scoters were heard off in the fog at the end of 
our walk. 

  
 
 17 birders saw or heard the following 35 species.
 
 Brant
 
 Canada Geese
 
 Mallard
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Killdeer
 
 Black-bellied Plover
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Western Gull
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 European Starling
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 House Finch
 
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 California Quail
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird  
 
  
 
 Good birding,
 
 Rhonda Fleming
 
 Parksville
 
  
 
 Sunday, February 15:  
 
 A yellow-billed Look was seen off Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo.
 
  
 
 Friday, February 13:
 
 A Cooper’s Hawk landed on top of a bird feeder in the San Pareil area of 
Parksville. 

 
  
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

 
 Monday, February, 23rd:
 
 The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7 pm at Knox United Church, Parksville.
 
 Guest Speaker--- Christopher Stephens will speak about Swainson’s Thrush.
 
  
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************* 

 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 February 24, 2015 will be going to the Little 
Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. Meet at the Parksville Community Park playground 
parking lot at 9 a.m. or the Hatchery parking lot off Claymore Rd (off Laburnum 
Rd) in Qualicum Beach at 9:15 a.m. 

 
 
 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on March 01, 2015 will be going to the Nanaimo River 
Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of 
Rains Road in south Nanaimo.at about 9:25 a.m. 

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

 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 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
 *****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store 
http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 

 
 
 http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 
 
 The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING” To report your sightings 
phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard AT sha... 

 
 
 
 View on www.thebirdstore.blo... http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 17, 2015
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 18:58:47 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to Little Qualicum River Estuary. The morning was 
calm, but unfortunately the fog remained over the water throughout the morning 
limiting our view. We saw a flock of Brant fly by at the viewing station and 
several Oystercatchers landed among the rocks. There was also a Western Gull 
spotted just off shore. A Yellow-rumped Warbler was spotted along the houses 
leading to the Estuary. Surf Scoters were heard off in the fog at the end of 
our walk. 

 17 birders saw or heard the following 35 species.
 Brant
 Canada Goose
 Mallard
 American Widgeon
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Northern Pintail
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Killdeer
 Black-bellied Plover
 Black Turnstone
 Black Oystercatcher
 Mew Gull
 Western Gull
 Thayer’s Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Belted Kingfisher
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Red-winged Blackbird
 House Finch
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 California Quail
 Anna’s Hummingbird
  
 The Tuesday bird walk on February 24, 2015 will be going to the Little 
Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. Meet at the Parksville Community Park playground 
parking lot at 9 a.m. or the Hatchery parking lot off Claymore Rd (off Laburnum 
Rd) in Qualicum Beach at 9:15 a.m. 

  
 Good birding,
 Rhonda Fleming
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, February 15, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 13:30:52 -0800
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
 thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 Sunday, February 15, 2015:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was 
cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait but the sun shone for the rest of the 
morning. The highlights included seeing three Trumpeter Swans fly over the 
Strait of Georgia. We heard Red Crossbills at the start of the walk. Two 
Long-tailed Ducks were swimming close to shore giving us great looks. Several 
flocks of Surf Scoters were flying up the Strait. We heard a Hutton’s Vireo 
at the end of the walk. Common Murre, a Marbled Murrelet and a Pigeon Guillemot 
were seen further offshore. 

 
  
 Twenty-nine birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species: 
 
 Trumpeter Swan
 
 Canada Geese
 
  Mallard
 
 Bufflehead
 
  Harlequin Duck
 
  Surf Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
 Barrow’s Goldeneye
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Common Merganser
 
  Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
  Pacific Loon
 
  Common Loon
 
  Double-crested Cormorant
 
  Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Brandt’s Cormorant
 
 Dunlin
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Common Murre
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
  Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
  Bald Eagle
 
  Mew Gull
 
 California Gull
 
  Thayer’s Gull
 
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 
  Common Raven
 
  Northwestern Crow
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Brown Creeper
 
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Bushtits
 
  Hutton’s Vireo
 
  Pacific Wren
 
  Bewick's Wren
 
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
  European Starling
 
  American Robin
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
 Purple Finch
 
 Red Crossbill
 
  Song Sparrow
 
 Pine Siskin 
 
  
 
 Tuesday, February 17: 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. Fog over the Strait of Georgia 
greeted us at the start of the walk, but soon the sun showed it’s warm rays 
for good birding. Several small flocks of Brant Geese flew over the water. 
Long-tailed Ducks were rested on the strait offshore. Black-bellied Plovers, 
Black Turnstones, Dunlin and Black Oystercatchers were feeding on the gravel 
bars. 

 

 Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-five species:
 
 Brant
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck 
 
 Surf Scoter 
 
 White-winged Scoter 
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Barrow’s Goldeneye
 
 Common Goldeneye 
 
 Common Merganser 
 
 Red-breasted Merganser 
 
 Horned Grebe 
 
 Red-necked Grebe 
 
 Double-crested Cormorant 
 
 Pelagic Cormorant 
 
 Pacific Loon 
 
 Common Loon
 
 Bald Eagle 
 
 Black-bellied Plover 
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Dunlin
 
 Black Oystercatcher 
 
 Mew Gull 
 
 California Gull 
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Ring-billed Gull 
 
 Common Murre 
 
 Northern Flicker 
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Rock Pigeon
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 Common Raven
 
 American Robin
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 European Starling
 
 Spotted Towhee 
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 White-crowned Sparrow 
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 House Finch
 
 Pine Siskin
 

 
   
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

 
 Monday, February, 23rd:
 
 The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7 pm at Knox United Church, Parksville.
 
 Guest Speaker--- Christopher Stephens will speak about Swainson’s Thrush.
 
  
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************* 

 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 February 17, 2015 will be going to the Little 
Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet 

 at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park 
at 9:00 a.m. or at the viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 
a.m. 

 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on February 22, 2015 will be going to Plummer Road side 
of the Englishman River in Parksville.. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or 
at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:25 
a.m. 

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

 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 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
 *****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
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Subject: Nanaimo bird report, febuary 08, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Feb 2015 14:21:35 -0800
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
Sunday, February 08, 2015:
 The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning started 
with rain showers but soon turned into a dry morning of birding. The highlights 
included seeing three Trumpeter Swans fly in and land on the marsh to start 
feeding. The woods were alive with the sounds of songbirds including Dark-eyed 
Juncos, Red-winged Blackbirds, Marsh Wrens, Bewick's Wrens, Chestnut-backed 
Chickadees, Fox Sparrow and American Robins. A Hermit Thrush was perched low on 
a shrub just off the trail. We spotted three Downy Woodpeckers were feeding 
along the trail. 

 Nine birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species: 
 Trumpeter Swan
 Canada Geese
 Mallard
 Gadwall
 Hooded Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Pied-billed Grebe
 Belted Kingfisher
 Great Blue Heron
 Barred Owl
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Northern Flicker
 Downy Woodpecker
 American Robin
 Hermit Thrush
 European Starling
 Steller's Jay
 Common Raven
 Northwestern Crow
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Marsh Wren
 Bewick's Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Fox Sparrow
 Pine Siskin
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Red-winged Blackbirds
 House Finch   
 
 A Turkey Vulture was seen flying over Cathers lake and Buttertubs Marsh in 
Nanaimo. 

  
 Tuesday, February 03: 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. 
The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, but it was a little choppy 
further off shore on the Strait of Georgia. A flock of well over one hundred 
singing Pine Siskins flew overhead at the start of the walk—they are back! An 
estimated five hundred to six hundred Dunlin, thirty Surfbirds, twenty 
Black-bellied Plovers and four Black Turnstones were feeding at the tide line 
and in the tide pools nearby. A large mixed flock of gulls---Mew Gulls, 
Thayer’s Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls--were also feeding 
and resting along the shoreline. A very large number of Pacific Loons, many 
Common Murre, several Red-breasted Mergansers, a Pigeon Guillemot, a Marbled 
Murrelet and two Eared Grebe were seen further offshore. 

 Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
 Brant
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Bufflehead
     Common Goldeneye
                           Barrow’s Goldeneye              
                                                         Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Long-tailed Duck
 Red-necked Grebe
 Horned Grebe
 Eared Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Bald Eagle
 Black-bellied Plover
 Black Turnstone
 Dunlin
 Surfbird
 Mew Gull
 Thayer’s Gull
 California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Pigeon Guillemot
 Marbled Murrelet
 Common Murre
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 Anna’s Hummingbird
        Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Pacific Wren
 Bewick’s Wren
 Spotted Towhee
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Song Sparrow 
 Pine Siskin 
 
 Wednesday, February 04:
 A Northern Hawk Owl was seen at the southwest corner of the parking lot at 
Wal-Mart in Duncan. 

 
 
************************************************************************************* 

 Thursday, February 12.
 Nanoose Naturalists at 7pm at the Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
 Guest speaker -- Dr. John Black, Dean of Social Sciences at VIU who will speak 
on Alexandro Malaspina and his voyage of discovery in this area. 

 
 
************************************************************************************* 

 Monday, February, 23:
 The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7pm at Knox United Church, Parksville.
 
 Guest Speaker--- Christopher Stephens will speak about Swainson’s Thrush . 

 
 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
 
********************************************************************************* 

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 February 10, 2015 will be going to Columbia Beach. 
Meet 

 at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park 
at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tyron Bld.( off highway 19a and 
Columbia Drive at about 9:20 a.m. 

*********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on February 15, 2015 will be going to 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. 

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


******************************************************************************* 

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
 
  
 
*****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
Subject: parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, february 03, 2015
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Feb 2015 20:22:50 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, but it was a little choppy further 
off shore on the Strait of Georgia. A flock of well over one hundred singing 
Pine Siskins flew overhead at the start of the walk—they are back! An 
estimated five hundred to six hundred Dunlin, thirty Surfbirds, twenty 
Black-bellied Plovers and four Black Turnstones were feeding at the tide line 
and in the tide pools nearby. A large mixed flock of gulls---Mew Gulls, 
Thayer’s Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls--were also feeding 
and resting along the shoreline. A very large number of Pacific Loons, many 
Common Murre, several Red-breasted Mergansers, a Pigeon Guillemot, a Marbled 
Murrelet and two Eared Grebe were seen further offshore. 

 
 Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty-one species: 

 
 Brant
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
     Common Goldeneye
 
                           Barrow’s Goldeneye                         
 
  Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Eared Grebe
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Black-bellied Plover
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Dunlin
 
 Surfbird
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 American Robin
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
        Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Bewick’s Wren
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow 
 
 Pine Siskin
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on February 10, 2015 will be going to Columbia Beach. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, febuary 01, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2015 13:34:51 -0800
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 **************************************************************************** 

 
 Peter and Marion from Australia send their Best Wishes for the New Year to all 
their birding friends in Canada 

 
 
Sunday, February 01, 2015:
 The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with a strong 
wind off the Strait of Georgia but we did get a little sunshine near the end of 
the walk. The highlights included seeing a Northern Shrike perched on a short 
bush near the estuary. We spotted three Eurasian Widgeons in with a large flock 
of American Widgeon. There was a large number of Green-wing Teal and Northern 
Pintail close by the shore. Several Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye was seen 
further off shore. 

 
 Twelve birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
 Canada Geese
 Mallard
 American Widgeon
 Eurasian Widgeon
 Green-wing Teal
 Northern Pintail
 Surf Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Common Loon
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Killdeer
 Bald Eagle
 Northern Shrike
 Thayer’s Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Bewick’s Wren
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 American Robin
 Spotted Towhee
 Red-winged Blackbird
 Song Sparrow  
 
 The Rough-legged Hawk is still being seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in 
south Nanaimo. 

  
 Saturday, January 31:
A Harris' Sparrow was seen along the hedgerow that is east of the large Oak 
Tree at the Nanaimo River Estuary. It was in with a group of Golden-crowned and 
White-crowned Sparrows. 

 
 The Rough-legged Hawk is still present, along with two Northern Harriers and 
at least thirteen Western Meadowlarks at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south 
Nanaimo. 

 
 Friday, January 30:
 Sixty Evening Grosbeaks were seen in a field at the corner of Lowery Road and 
Hodge Road in French Creek. 

 
 Thursday, January 29:
 A Yellow-billed Loon and three Western Grebes were seen on the Strait of 
Georgia off the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in 
Parksville. 

  
 About sixty Pine Siskins were seen at feeders and resting in a plum tree in a 
garden near Fairview School and the Cat Stream in Nanaimo. 

 

 Tuesday, January 27: 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in 
Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. 
Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding high up in the 
trees. Many large flocks of Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific 
Loons, Common Loons and Common Murre's were seen off shore. Several flocks of 
Surf Scoters were heading up and down the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of 
Pine Siskins flew over and landed in a tall tree, giving us great views. A 
flock of Bushtits joined the Siskins in feeding on the tree. 

 Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Chicago, Red Deer and 
Edmonton saw and hear the following fifty-three species: 

 Brant
 Canada Geese
 Mallard
 American Wigeon
 Northern Pintail
 Green-wing Teal
 Gadwall
 Greater Scaup
 Surf Scoter
 White-wing Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Long-tailed Duck
 Barrow’s Goldeneye
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Ancient Murrelet
 Common Murre
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Bald Eagle
 Belted Kingfisher
 Great Blue Heron
 Mew Gull
 Thayer’s Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Bushtit
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Anna's Hummingbird
   Downy Woodpecker
  Northern Flicker
 Steller’s Jay
  Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
  Bewick's Wren
  Pacific Wren
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
  American Robin
  Varied Thrush
  Spotted Towhee
  Song Sparrow 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Red-winged Blackbird
 House Finch
 Purple Finch
 American Goldfinch
 Pine Siskin  
 
 Sunday, January 25:
 
 One Sandhill crane and over one hundred Trumpeter Swans were seen off Sahilton 
Road in Duncan. 

 
 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************* 

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 February 03, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet 

 at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park 
at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot in Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on February 08, 2015 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in 
Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at 
Buttertubs off Bowen Road at about 9:15 a.m. 

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


******************************************************************************* 

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
 
  
 
*****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store 
http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 

 
 
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Subject: Nanaimo bird report, Febuary 01, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2015 15:57:41 -0800
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
 thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 
  
 
 Peter and Marion from Australia send their Best Wishes for the New Year to all 
their birding friends in Canada 

 
 
 Sunday, February 01, 2015:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with a strong 
wind off the Strait of Georgia but we did get a little sunshine near the end of 
the walk. The highlights included seeing a Northern Shrike perched on a short 
bush near the estuary. We spotted three Eurasian Widgeons in with a large flock 
of American Widgeon. There was a large number of Green-wing Teal and Northern 
Pintail close by the shore. Several Bufflehead and 

 
 Common Goldeneye was seen further off shore.
 
  Twelve birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
 
 Canada Geese
 
 Mallard
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Eurasian Widgeon
 
 Green-wing Teal
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Common Loon
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Killdeer
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Northern Shrike
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Bewick’s Wren
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 American Robin
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 Song Sparrow
 
  
 
 The Rough-legged Hawk is still being seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in 
south Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 Saturday, January 31:
 A Harris' Sparrow was seen along the hedgerow that is east of the large Oak 
Tree at the Nanaimo River Estuary. It was in with a group of 

 
 Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows.  
 

 
 The Rough-legged Hawk is still present, along with two Northern Harriers and 
at least thirteen Western Meadowlarks at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south 
Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
  
 
 Friday, January 30:
 
 Sixty Evening Grosbeaks were seen in a field at the corner of Lowery Road and 
Hodge Road in French Creek. 

 
  
 
 Thursday, January 29:
 
 A Yellow-billed Loon and three Western Grebes were seen on the Strait of 
Georgia off the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in 
Parksville. 

 
 About sixty Pine Siskins were seen at feeders and resting in a plum tree in a 
garden near Fairview School and the Cat Stream in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 Tuesday, January 27: 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in 
Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. 
Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding high up in the 
trees. Many large flocks of Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific 
Loons, Common Loons and Common Murre's were seen off shore. Several flocks of 
Surf Scoters were heading up and down the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of 
Pine Siskins flew over and landed in a tall tree, giving us great views. A 
flock of Bushtits joined the Siskins in feeding on the tree. 

 
 Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Chicago, Red Deer and 
Edmonton saw and hear the following fifty-three species: 

 
 Brant
 
 Canada Geese
 
 Mallard
 
 American Wigeon
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Green-wing Teal
 
 Gadwall
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-wing Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Barrow’s Goldeneye
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Ancient Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Bushtit
 
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
  Anna's Hummingbird
 
   Downy Woodpecker
 
  Northern Flicker
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
  Northwestern Crow
 
  Common Raven
 
  Bewick's Wren
 
  Pacific Wren
 
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
  American Robin
 
  Varied Thrush
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
  Song Sparrow 
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 House Finch
 
 Purple Finch
 
 American Goldfinch
 
 Pine Siskin
 
  
 
 Sunday, January 25:
 
 One Sandhill crane and over one hundred Trumpeter Swans were seen off Sahilton 
Road in Duncan. 

 
  
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************* 

 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 February 03, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet 

 at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park 
at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot in Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on February 08, 2015 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in 
Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at 
Buttertubs off Bowen Road at about 9:15 a.m. 

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

 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.
 
  
 
 “READ AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK “
 
 THE SEA AMONG US
 THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
 RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE
 
  
 
 
 *****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
 
 http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 
 
 The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 
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Subject: Bird Monitoring and Banding AND Bird Identification Workshops.
From: "Derek AT birdvancouver.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2015 11:36:57 -0800
The Vancouver Avian Research Centre is pleased to announce 2015 dates for Bird 
Monitoring and Banding AND Bird Identification Workshops. 

 
Bird Identification Workshop: 
 
• May 16 - 17 
 
Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop: 
 
• April 24 - 26 
• June 5 – 7  
 
The Bird Identification Workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate 
birders who may wish to participate in citizen science projects such as the BC 
Breeding Bird Atlas or similar programs or who just want to take their bird 
knowledge and identification skills to the next level. 

 
This course covers groups, topography, field marks, song, habitat, molt, ageing 
and more and includes a guided field session to the Colony Farm banding 
station. Although developed for beginner and intermediate birders the 
ornithological aspects of the course benefit even the most experienced birders 
and the workshop is invaluable for birders traveling overseas. 

 
The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is designed for people with little or 
no bird banding or bird in the hand experience and provides a fantastic 
opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumage, 
molt sequences and life habits. 

Most of all, these workshops are designed to be a fun and interesting 
experience and a way to take your interest in birds and the environment to the 
next level. See what people who have attended the workshops have to say and why 
the average rating from course participants is 9.5 out of 10!! 

  
Full details of course schedules and content and registration information can 
be found online at: 

 
http://www.birdvancouver.com/workshops.html  
 
Derek Matthews 
Vancouver Avian Research Centre
Subject: Yellow-billed Loon
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jan 2015 13:15:49 -0800
Hi birders, a Yellow-billed Loon and three Western Grebes were seen on the 
Strait of Georgia off the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in 
Parksville. 

  
 Good birding
  Neil Robins
 Parksville
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 27, 2015
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jan 2015 16:57:53 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in 
Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. 
Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding high up in the 
trees. Many large flocks of Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific 
Loons, Common Loons and Common Murre's were seen off shore. Several flocks of 
Surf Scoters were heading up and down the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of 
Pine Siskins flew over and landed in a tall tree, giving us great views. A 
flock of Bushtits joined the Siskins in feeding on the tree. 

 
 Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Chicago, Red Deer and 
Edmonton saw and hear the following fifty-three species: 

 
 Brant
 
 Canada Geese
 
 Mallard
 
 American Wigeon
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Green-wing Teal
 
 Gadwall
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-wing Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Barrow’s Goldeneye
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Ancient Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Bushtit
 
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
  Anna's Hummingbird
 
   Downy Woodpecker
 
  Northern Flicker
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
  Northwestern Crow
 
  Common Raven
 
  Bewick's Wren
 
  Pacific Wren
 
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
  American Robin
 
  Varied Thrush
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
  Song Sparrow 
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 House Finch
 
 Purple Finch
 
 American Goldfinch
 
 Pine Siskin
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on February 03, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor Park in 
Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville.
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Subject: Nanaimo bird report, January 25, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 13:43:25 -0800
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
Sunday, January 25, 2015:
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning was partly 
cloudy with sunny periods, making for a pleasant walk in the woods. We spotted 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets high in the trees. We heard 
several Pacific Wrens singing throughout the morning. A Merlin was perched at 
the top of a tall snag. An American Dipper was bobbing on the large rocks in 
the salmon stream. 

 
 Seventeen birders saw and heard the following nineteen species: 

 Mallard
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Merlin
 American Dipper
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Anna's Hummingbird
    Northern Flicker
 Steller’s Jay
  Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
  Rock Pigeon
  Bewick's Wren
  Pacific Wren
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
   Brown Creeper
  American Robin
  Song Sparrow  
 
 Tuesday, January 20: 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds and calm water on 
the Strait of Georgia. The highlights of the morning included seeing three 
Gadwall near the mud flats. American Wigeon, Mallards, Northern Pintails and 
Green-winged Teal were also feeding on the mud flats. Thousands of Mew Gulls, 
Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were resting behind the mudflats and 
lifted in a huge cloud as a Bald Eagle flew over. The gulls landed close by 
giving us all lots of time to study the different gulls at close range. A large 
flock of over sixty Brant Geese flew close to shore heading down the strait. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

 

 

 Seventeen birders, including visiting birders from Hinton Alberta and Chicago 
saw and heard the following forty-five species: 

 Canada Geese
 Brant
 American Wigeon
 Mallard
 Northern Pintail
 Green-winged Teal
 Gadwall
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
                                                            Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Belted Kingfisher
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Mew Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Common Murre
 Black Oystercatcher
 Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
 Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
                                                   Anna’s Hummingbird
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 Spotted Towhee
 Fox Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 House Finch
 

 
 

 An American Pipit was seen in a backyard along Haida Way in the Seacrest 
neighborhood of Nanoose Bay. 

 
 Sunday, January 18:
 A Turkey Vulture flew over a large flock of about two hundred very noisy 
Surfbirds and one Black Turnstone as they were feeding near high tide at Pipers 
Lagoon Park in Nanaimo. 

 
 One hundred Dunlin and one Black-bellied Plover were seen roosting offshore on 
Shack Islands across from Pipers Lagoon. 

  
 
 Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallards, Ring-necked Duck, Double-crested 
Cormorant, Red winged Blackbirds, Dark-eyed Junco, Chestnut -backed Chickadee, 
Song Sparrow, Golden- crown Sparrow, Bewick’s Wren, Spotted Towhees, American 
Robins, Northern Flickers, Steller’s Jay and a Bald Eagle were seen at Diver 
Lake in Nanaimo. 

  
 
 Common Mergansers, Harlequin Ducks and Black Turnstones and over one hundred 
Sea Lions were hanging out off the point by the parking lot at Neck Point Park 
in Nanaimo. 

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

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************* 

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 January 27, 2015 will be going to the Shelly Road 
side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet 

 at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park 
at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road off the Oceanside of highway 19a at 
about 9:10 a.m. 

*********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on February 01, 2015 will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet 
at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the beach near the Church Camp off Highway 
19 and Arlington Road at about 9:15 a.m. 

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


 
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A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.
 
  
 
 “READ AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK “

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

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Subject: Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, January 20, 2015
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 16:09:58 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds and calm water on 
the Strait of Georgia. The highlights of the morning included seeing three 
Gadwall near the mud flats. 

 American Wigeon, Mallards, Northern Pintails and Green-winged Teal were also 
feeding on the mud flats. Thousands of Mew Gulls, 

 Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were resting behind the mudflats and 
lifted in a huge cloud as a Bald Eagle flew over. The gulls landed close by 
giving us all lots of time to study the different gulls at close range. A large 
flock of over sixty Brant Geese flew close to shore heading down the strait . 

 Seventeen birders, including visiting birders from Hinton Alberta and Chicago 
saw and heard the following forty-five species: 

 Canada Geese
 Brant
 American Wigeon
 Mallard
 Northern Pintail
 Green-winged Teal
 Gadwall
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Belted Kingfisher
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Mew Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Common Murre
 Black Oystercatcher
 Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
 Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 Spotted Towhee
 Fox Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 House Finch
 Tuesday bird walk on January 27 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the 
Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

  
 Good birding
 Neil Robins
 Parksville

Subject: Harris' Sparrow at Nanaimo River Estuary
From: "eric_demers AT yahoo.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 14:47:18 -0800
Hello Everyone:
  
 While scouring the sparrow flocks at the Nanaimo River Estuary (Raines Road 
access) this morning with Kim Wetten and Gerard Duncan, we observed a HARRIS’ 
SPARROW in a large flock of Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows. We 
caught up with the flock along the long hedgerow that starts near the big oak. 
There’s a lot of sparrows to sort through, but the clean white belly and 
black spotting on the chest stand out. 

  
 The ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK is still easily observed. No meadowlarks seen or heard. 

  
 Eric Demers
 Nanaimo, BC
 

Subject: Nanaimo bird reportm January 18, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 15:23:49 -0800
 
 BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
 thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 Sunday, January 18, 2015:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in 

 Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the wind was calm. 
The 

 highlights included seeing a Long-tailed Duck not far from shore. Several 
flocks of 

 Common Murre flew up the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Pigeon Guillemot 
further 

 off shore.  Many Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen throughout
 the morning.  
 There were three Killer Whales ( Orcas) heading up the strait. 
 

 
 Fifteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one Species:
 
 American Wigeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Green-winged Teal
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Gadwall
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Common Murre
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Lesser Yellowlegs
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 American Robin
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Fox Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 House Finch
 
 Purple Finch
 
  
 
 Friday, January 16:
 
 A Peregrine Falcon was spotted at top of a tall conifer overlooking the 
marshland at the Little Qualicum River Estuary north of Qualicum Beach. 

 
  
 
 A White Hummingbird is visiting backyard feeders in Qualicum Beach.
 
  
 
 Tuesday, January 13:
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with calm 
winds and a smooth Strait of Georgia. 

 
 The highlight sighting of the morning was the exciting showing of a pod of 
four Killer Whales heading up the Strait near the far horizon. 

 
 Killer Whales or Orcas are the largest of the dolphins and one of the world's 
most powerful predators. They feast on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions 
and also on fish, squid, and seabirds. 

 
 Watching the whales blow as they travelled along the horizon and then dove 
below the surface, only to rise again in a few moments was awesome!!! 

 
  
 
 Harlequin Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Barrows Goldeneye, Common Mergansers, 
Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons, Common Loon and Horned Grebes were see 
just off shore throughout the morning. A Pigeon Guillemot, several Marbled 
Murrelets and Ancient Murrelets along with hundreds of Common Murre were seen 
further off shore. A Greater Yellowlegs was roosting on the gravel bar with two 
Black-bellied Plovers. A Black Oystercatcher was resting on a big rock giving 
us good views and a flock of six Black Turnstones flew low over the water. 
Along the road we spotted a large number of singing House Finch, White-crowned 
Sparrows, 

 Golden-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos  and Pine Siskins. 
 
  
 
                                     
 
 Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty- seven bird species: 

 
 Mallard 
 
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter 
 Long-tailed Duck 
 Bufflehead 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Barrows Goldeneye 
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Ancient Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Pacific Loon 
 Common Loon 
 Horned Grebe 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Pelagic cormorant 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Greater Yellowlegs 
 Black-bellied Plover 
 Black Oystercatcher 
 
 Black Turnstone
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull 
 Thayer's Gull 
 Glaucous-winged Gull 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 Rock Pigeon 
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird 
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Spotted Towhee 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Fox Sparrow 
 White-crowned Sparrow 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 House Finch 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Pine Siskin
 
 House Sparrow
 
  
 
  
 
 Three mammal species:
 
 Killer Whale
 
 Harbour Seals 
 
 Sea Lions
  
 
 
 Saturday, January 10:
 
 Thirty California Quail were seen feeding in a backyard in the 3000 block of 
Barrington Road in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 The Snow Goose and two Greater White-fronted Geese are still feeding on the 
grass at the Parksville Community Park in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
  
 
  
 
 Monday, January 26:
 
 Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at Knox United Church in Parksville at 7.30 pm. 
Members Night when members share their photos. All welcome. 

 
 Information at 752-7588. 
 
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
 
 
********************************************************************************* 

 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 January 20, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions 
Club Playground in Parksville 

 Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood 
Drive in Parksville. at about 

 9:10 a.m.
 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on January 25, 2015 will be going to Bowen Park in 
Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at 
Bowen Park(near the lawn bowling green) off Bowen Road at about 9:15 a.m. 

 *********************************************************************
 British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
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
 *****************************************************************************
 
 
 Good birding
 Neil Robins
 
 
 
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 13, 2015
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jan 2015 17:08:14 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with calm 
winds and a smooth Strait of Georgia. The highlight sighting of the morning was 
the exciting showing of a pod of four Killer Whales heading up the Strait near 
the far horizon. Killer Whales or Orcas are the largest of the dolphins and one 
of the world's most powerful predators. They feast on marine mammals such as 
seals, sea lions and also on fish, squid, and seabirds. 

 
 Watching the whales blow as they travelled along the horizon and then dive 
below the surface, only to rise again in a few moments was awesome!!! 

 
 Harlequin Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Barrows Goldeneye, Common 
Mergansers,Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons, Common Loon and Horned 
Grebes were see just off shore throughout the morning. A Pigeon Guillemot, 
several Marbled Murrelets and Ancient Murrelets along with hundreds of Common 
Murre were seen further off shore. A Greater Yellowlegs was roosting on the 
gravel bar with two Black-bellied Plovers. A Black Oystercatcher was resting on 
a big rock giving us good views and a flock of six Black Turnstones flew low 
over the water. Along the road we spotted a large number of singing House 
Finch, White-crowned Sparrows, 

 
 Golden-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and Pine Siskins. 

 
  Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty- seven bird species:
 
 Mallard 
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Surf Scoter 
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter 
 
 Long-tailed Duck 
 
 Bufflehead 
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Barrows Goldeneye 
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Ancient Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Pacific Loon 
 
 Common Loon 
 
 Horned Grebe 
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Pelagic cormorant 
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Greater Yellowlegs 
 
 Black-bellied Plover 
 
 Black Oystercatcher 
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull 
 
 Thayer's Gull 
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull 
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 Rock Pigeon 
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker 
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird 
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Spotted Towhee 
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Fox Sparrow 
 
 White-crowned Sparrow 
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 House Finch 
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Pine Siskin
 
 House Sparrow
 
  
 
 Three mammal species:
 
 Killer Whale
 
 Harbour Seals 
 
 Sea Lions                                        
 
                                                            
 
                                                                            
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on January 20, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road 
side of the Englishman River in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville.
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, January 11, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 13:35:18 -0800
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
 thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 Sunday, January 04, 2015: 
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was
 foggy with calm winds making the Strait of Georgia very peaceful.  Several
 Harlequin Ducks were seen just off shore.  A mixed flock of Surfbirds,
 Black Turnstones, Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin were roosting on the
  large rocks  just off shore.  We spotted a Rhinoceros Auklet and six 
 Marbled Murrelet swimming further offshore. Two Common Ravens were
 Nosily mobbing an Bald Eagle high up in a conifer tree next to the trail. 

 Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species: 

                                               Canada Geese
                                                      Mallard
                                               American Wigeon
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Common Murre
 
 Rhinoceros Auklet
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Pigeon Guillemot 
 
 Spotted Sandpiper
 
 Surfbird
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Black-bellied Plover
 
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Dunlin
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 California Gull
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Common Raven
 
 Northwest Crow
 
 American Robin
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 Anna's Hummingbird
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 Bewick's Wren
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 European Starling
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Purple Finch
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 
 
 Tuesday, January 06:
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum 
Beach. The morning was warm and the Strait of Georgia was calm but foggy. 
Several Horned Grebes, Long-tailed Ducks along with Pacific Loons and Common 
Loons were seen off shore. Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones and several 
Black Oystercatchers were chatting loudly as they were feeding along the 
shoreline near the viewing platform. Four Brant Geese flew over heading down 
the Strait. Hundreds of White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were singing 
just off shore. One lone Trumpeter Swan along with several Great Blue Herons 
were seen on the estuary. A mixed flock of hundreds of Mew Gulls, California 
Gulls, Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were resting on the large 
gravel bar near the mouth of the Little Qualicum River. The Gulls lifted in a 
huge cloud when the Bald Eagle flew close by. 

 
 Fifteen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
 
 Canada Geese 
 
 Brant
 Trumpeter Swan 
 Mallard 
 
 Greater Scaup 
 Harlequin Duck 
 Surf Scoter 
 White-winged Scoter 
 Black Scoter 
 Long-tailed Duck 
 Bufflehead 
 
 Common Goldeneye 
 Common Merganser 
 Red-breasted Merganser 
 Pacific Loon 
 Common Loon 
 Horned Grebe 
 Red-necked Grebe 
 Pelagic Cormorant 
 Great Blue Heron 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Red-tailed Hawk
 
 Sharp-shinned Hawk 
 Black-bellied Plover 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Killdeer
 Mew Gull 
 California Gull 
 Western Gull 
 Thayer's Gull 
 Glaucous-winged Gull 
 Common Murre 
 Belted Kingfisher 
 Northern Flicker 
 Northwestern Crow 
 
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird 
 
 European Starling 
 Spotted Towhee 
 Song Sparrow 
 White-crowned Sparrow 
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 Brewer’s Blackbird 
 
 

 

 
  
 
 A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen in a backyard in Deep Bay.
 
 A white hummingbird has been seen in Qualicum Beach in the area of First and 
Hemlock across from the play field. 

 
 Monday, January 05:
 
 Two Greater White-fronted Geese and a Snow Goose were seen at the Parksville 
Community Park in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Sunday January 04:
 
 Thirty California Gulls were seen feeding in a backyard in the 3000 block of 
Barrington Road in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 Monday, January 26:
 
 Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at Knox United Church in Parksville at 7.30 pm. 
Members Night when members share their photos. All welcome. 

 
 Information at 752-7588. 
 
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
********************************************************************************* 

 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 January 13, 2015 will be going to Columbia Beach. 
 Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville 
 Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the off Admiral Tyron Bld. at about
 9:20 a.m.
 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on January 18, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road 
side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. 
or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 
9:25 a.m. 

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

 
 ****************************************************************************
 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
 *****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, January 04, 2015
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jan 2015 13:06:05 -0800
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
 thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 Sunday, January 04, 2015:
 
  The Sunday bird walk was cancelled due to the weather conditions!
 
  
 
 Friday, January 02:
 
 Ruby Crowned Kinglets and a Townsend’s Warbler are visiting suet feeders in 
the 2100 block of Lintlow Road in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 A Cassin’s Auklet was spotted off shore from Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.
 
  
 
 Thursday, January 01:
 
 An American Kestrel was perched on a small tree just south of the flooded 
fields by Quennell Lake on Quennell Road in Cedar. 

 
  
 
 A Cassin’s Auklet was spotted off shore from Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.
 
  
 
 Wednesday, December 31:
 
 Eight Evening grosbeaks were seen along Lowry's Road in French Creek.
 
  
 
 A Yellow-billed Loon was seen on the Strait of Georgia off the Plummer Road 
side of the Englishman River in Parksville 

 
 Tuesday, December 30: 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was sunny with calm winds, although it was cool in the forest out of 
the sunshine. We had a great morning of birding. We watched a flock of thirty 
Black-bellied Plovers and about two hundred Dunlin dance in the sky for several 
minutes and then land on the rocks at the point. When we looked closely at the 
flock we discovered that there were nineteen Surfbirds in among the flock. Two 
Brant were just off shore. The group had great views through the scope at a 
Yellow-billed Loon diving and returning to the surface further off shore. A 
Pigeon Guillemot, two Marbled Murrelet and several flocks of Common Murre were 
also seen further offshore. 

 
 Twelve birders including a visiting birder from New Brunswick saw and heard 
the following thirty-eight species: 

 
 Brant
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Yellow-billed Loon 
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Black-bellied Plover
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Dunlin
 
 Surfbird
 
 Black Oystercatchers
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 American Robin
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow
 
  
 
 A Sharp shinned Hawk was spotted flushing out California Quail from blackberry 
bushes along Lewis Road in Nanaimo. 

 
       
 
 Monday, December 29:
 
 Two Great-horned Owls were heard along Morrell Circle in Nanaimo. 

 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
********************************************************************************* 

 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 January 13, 2015 will be going to Columbia Beach. 
Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community 
Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the off Admiral Tyron Bld. at about 

 9:20 a.m.
 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on January 11, 2015 will be going to 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. 

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

 
 ****************************************************************************
 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
 
 *****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store 
http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 

 
 
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Subject: Re: Nanaimo CBC December 28, 2014 - Preliminary Report
From: "G JOHNSON gw-johnson AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:41:12 -0700 (MST)
Hi Rhys, 

Great numbers, very cool to see.

Can you please send me your e-mail address, I lost it in last year's great 
hard-drive crash. 


Keep me in mind for next year for the Benson bit, I have covered it before in 
past counts a while back, despite it being fairly dry for birds. I have, on 
occasion up there, seen a Snow Bunting, Pine Grosbeaks, Golden Eagles, Red 
Crossbills several times, Horned lark (not winter I spose?) Rarely Gray Jays as 
per a recent thread about CBCs. 


many thanks,

Gord Johnson
Ladysmith

----- Original Message -----
From: "rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" 
 

To: bcbirdingvanisland AT yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, January 2, 2015 6:09:28 PM
Subject: [bcbirdingvanisland] Nanaimo CBC December 28, 2014 - Preliminary 
Report 












25,811 individual birds - the third highest total in the last 10 years and 
right around what we would expect. 


115 species with an additional 9 for count week - the highest combined total, 
124, for 10 years. 




88 field counters and 4 feeders - the highest number of participants for over 
10 years. 


3 boats counted our offshore areas - probably the highest number ever? 

Of our 23 separate areas within our 15 mile diameter circle centred on the 
Bastion, only 2 were not counted - Mt. Benson & Harewood Plains. 




Weather cloudy with sunny breaks, occasional light showers, temps +3 to +5, 
inland water open, offshore choppy to rough, wind 20-30 knots - calmer inland, 
excellent visibility. 





Highlights: 

Too soon to determine high and low counts for individual species but... 

Good diversity of gulls and raptors with 2 photographed Rough-legged Hawks a 
standout on the estuary. 


Good numbers if not diversity of shorebirds especially for Black Oystercatcher 
and Surfbird. Multiple Spotted Sandpipers overwintering appear to be the norm 
now. 


36 Virginia Rails might put us in the running for an all-Canada record again 
and we had good numbers of American Coots too. 


A shut out of small owls perhaps because we saw & heard lots of Great Horned & 
Barred Owls. 


Low count of Anna's Hummingbirds as we have very few feeder counters. 

Hutton's Vireo was missed - we know they are out there and maybe should have 
tried to call them in. 


A very uncommon American Tree Sparrow was reported by a single individual. 

Finches were few and far between this year and we had to rely on Count Week to 
see Pine Grosbeak, American Goldfinch & Evening Grosbeak. 


In fact, thanks to the efforts of a few die-hards, we had an excellent Count 
Week with Townsend's Solitaire, Townsend's Warbler & Ruffed Grouse - our only 
game bird & warbler respectively. 


The story of the day - and maybe the bird too - had to be the Rock Sandpiper 
photographed by the crew of one of our boats moments before they hit a rock!! 
The bird is fine but damage sustained by the birders and the boat may require 
some treatment. 


Rhys Harrison, Parksville, BC 








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Subject: Nanaimo CBC December 28, 2014 - Preliminary Report
From: "rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jan 2015 18:09:28 -0800
 25,811 individual birds - the third highest total in the last 10 years and 
right around what we would expect. 

 115 species with an additional 9 for count week - the highest combined total, 
124, for 10 years. 

 
 88 field counters and 4 feeders - the highest number of participants for over 
10 years. 

 3 boats counted our offshore areas - probably the highest number ever?
 Of our 23 separate areas within our 15 mile diameter circle centred on the 
Bastion, only 2 were not counted - Mt. Benson & Harewood Plains. 

 
 Weather cloudy with sunny breaks, occasional light showers, temps +3 to +5, 
inland water open, offshore choppy to rough, wind 20-30 knots - calmer inland, 
excellent visibility. 

 

 Highlights:
 Too soon to determine high and low counts for individual species but...
 Good diversity of gulls and raptors with 2 photographed Rough-legged Hawks a 
standout on the estuary. 

 Good numbers if not diversity of shorebirds especially for Black Oystercatcher 
and Surfbird. Multiple Spotted Sandpipers overwintering appear to be the norm 
now. 

 36 Virginia Rails might put us in the running for an all-Canada record again 
and we had good numbers of American Coots too. 

 A shut out of small owls perhaps because we saw & heard lots of Great Horned & 
Barred Owls. 

 Low count of Anna's Hummingbirds as we have very few feeder counters.
 Hutton's Vireo was missed - we know they are out there and maybe should have 
tried to call them in. 

 A very uncommon American Tree Sparrow was reported by a single individual.
 Finches were few and far between this year and we had to rely on Count Week to 
see Pine Grosbeak, American Goldfinch & Evening Grosbeak. 

 In fact, thanks to the efforts of a few die-hards, we had an excellent Count 
Week with Townsend's Solitaire, Townsend's Warbler & Ruffed Grouse - our only 
game bird & warbler respectively. 

 The story of the day - and maybe the bird too - had to be the Rock Sandpiper 
photographed by the crew of one of our boats moments before they hit a rock!! 
The bird is fine but damage sustained by the birders and the boat may require 
some treatment. 

 Rhys Harrison, Parksville, BC

 

Subject: Another Nanaimo Report - Turkey Vulture
From: "rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jan 2015 09:16:02 -0800
Please look out for a possible Turkey Vulture reported from Townsite Rd., 
Nanaimo on December 31. Out of season sightings require good field notes, 
preferably two or more observers and of course a pic if possible. 

 Rhys Harrison, Parksville, BC.
Subject: Reported American Tree Sparrow
From: "rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Jan 2015 17:47:33 -0800
An American Tree Sparrow was reported on the Nanaimo CBC near Wheatcroft Park 
at Pipers Lagoon. 

 A second observation would help to confirm this sighting as it would have to 
be considered very uncommon here at this time of year and we would like to 
eliminate juvenile White-crowned Sparrow as a possible alternative 
identification. 

 If anyone finds this bird please post it here and/or contact me directly. A 
pic would be wonderful if I'm not asking too much. 

 
 Rhys Harrison, Parksville, BC 
 

Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 30, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Dec 2014 16:34:16 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was sunny with calm winds, although it was cool in the forest out of 
the sunshine. We had a great morning of birding. We watched a flock of thirty 
Black-bellied Plovers and about two hundred Dunlin dance in the sky for several 
minutes and then land on the rocks at the point. When we looked closely at the 
flock we discovered that there were nineteen Surfbirds in among the flock. Two 
Brant were just off shore. The group had great views through the scope at a 
Yellow-billed Loon diving and returning to the surface further off shore. A 
Pigeon Guillemot, two Marbled Murrelet and several flocks of Common Murre were 
also seen further offshore. 

 
 Twelve birders including a visiting birder from New Brunswick saw and heard 
the following thirty-seven species: 

 
 Brant
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Yellow-billed Loon 
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Black-bellied Plover
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Dunlin
 
 Surfbird
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 American Robin
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow                      
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on January 06, 2015 will be going to the Little Qualicum 
River Estuary. 

  
 
 Happy New Year
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville.
 
  
Subject: Nanoose Bay & Lantzville CBC December 19, 2014
From: "rhysharrison AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Dec 2014 13:43:18 -0800
Christmas Bird Count Report
 

 21,630 individual birds - close to a 13 year record and twice our number from 
last year. 

 105 species with an additional 5 for count week - again high results.
 31 field counters and 18 at feeders equals highest ever.
 Weather light rain showers with one heavy shower in the pm. temp. plus 4-7 , 
Wind 5-10 knots increasing in the pm. Open water. 

 

 Highlights:
 3900 American Robins gorging on Holly & Arbutus berries.
 2000 Common Murres, 100 Ancient Murrelets & 1200 Pacific Loons streaming past 
our viewpoints. 

 One of the overwintering Spotted Sandpipers in Lantzville along with Virginia 
Rail & American Coot. 

 Continued increasing numbers of Anna's Hummingbirds & Eurasian Collared Doves. 

 3 Gray Jays, a first ever species for this count coming from the logging roads 
up behind N. Nanaimo/Lantzville. 

 Townsend's Solitaire, a single Cedar Waxwing & a few Pine Grosbeaks.
 

 ..and 2 Western Screech-Owls close together playing back simultaneously on 
their apps causing embarassment for the perps and amusement for all. 

 
 Rhys Harrison, Parksville, BC
 

Subject: Nanaimo bird report, December 28, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Dec 2014 13:18:27 -0800
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 Sunday, December 28, 2014:
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanoose Bay. The morning was partly cloudy 
with a cold wind off the Strait of Georgia. Five Black Scoters were seen 
swimming near the oyster beds. We spotted a Northern Shrike perched on a short 
bush near Nanoose Creek. A Red-tailed Hawk was perched in a conifer not far 
from us. Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers and two Hooded Mergansers 
were not far from shore. A Pigeon Guillemot was seen further from shore. 

 
 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J-lEwht2_mw/VKBys9c81gI/AAAAAAAADqE/gn7GB3NuB8s/s1600/Hooded%2BMerganser%2B%2BIMG_5648.jpg 

 
 
 Seven birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
 Mallard
 American Widgeon
 Green-wing Teal
 Northern Pintail
 Greater Scaup
 Surf Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Hooded Merganser
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Pigeon Guillemot
 Great Blue Heron
 Belted Kingfisher
 Bald Eagle
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Northern Shrike
 Thayer’s Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 European Starling
 American Robin
 Spotted Towhee
 Red-winged Blackbird
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Fox Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 
 


 


 

 

 
 Saturday, December 27.
 Six Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding near the ground close by two 
birders at Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island. 

 
 Tuesday, December 23:
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly road side of the Englishman River in 
Parksville. The morning started out with light showers and strong winds off the 
Strait of Georgia, but when the showers stopped we had a good morning of 
birding. We spotted a Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding low in the bushes next to 
the parking lot. A flock of Pine Siskins were feeding and singing at the top of 
a tall tree above the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. A flock of Common Mergansers were 
resting on the banks of the river. A flock of Canada Geese, a Cackling Goose 
and a Snow Goose all flew in and landed on the river. Two flocks of Common 
Murre were flying up the Strait. The resident Peregrine Falcon was perched in 
its usual spot high on a snag looking down on us as we looked up at him through 
our scopes. An Anna's Hummingbird was perched on a snag next to the trail 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Eight birders saw and heard the following forty-three species: Canada Geese 

 Cackling Goose
 Snow Goose
 Brant
 American Widgeon
 Mallard
 Northern Pintail
 White-winged Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Barrow's Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
 Common Murre
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
 Belted Kingfisher
 Bald Eagle
 Peregrine Falcon
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's  Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
 Northern Flicker
 Downy Woodpecker
 Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Pine Siskin
 
************************************************************************************* 

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

 
********************************************************************************* 

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 December 30, 2014 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet 

 at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park 
at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on January 04, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 
9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at 
about 9:25 a.m. 

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


****************************************************************************
 
 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
 
*****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/


Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 23, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Dec 2014 17:07:33 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in 
Parksville. The morning started out with light showers and strong winds off the 
Strait of Georgia, but when the showers stopped we had a good morning of 
birding. We spotted a Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding low in the bushes next to 
the parking lot. A flock of Pine Siskins were feeding and singing at the top of 
a tall tree above the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. A flock of Common Mergansers were 
resting on the banks of the river. A flock of Canada Geese, a Cackling Goose 
and a Snow Goose all flew in and landed on the river. Two flocks of Common 
Murre were flying up the Strait. The resident Peregrine Falcon was perched in 
its usual spot high on a snag looking down on us as we looked up at him through 
our scopes. An Anna's Hummingbird was perched on a snag next to the trail. 

 Eight birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
 Canada Geese
 Cackling Goose
 Snow Goose
 Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Murre
Pelagic Cormorant
 Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's  Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
 Downy Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
 Pine Siskin
 

 The Tuesday bird walk on December 30, 2014 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. 

 

 Merry Christmas 
Neil Robins
Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, December 21, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Dec 2014 13:25:29 -0800

 

 

 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
 thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 Sunday, December 21, 2014:
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The 
morning was partly cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. 

 Highlights included seeing a Northern Harrier fly low over the field next to 
the parking area. We had many great looks at a Rough-legged Hawk 

 Perched at the top of a short bush close to us. We saw fourteen Western 
Meadowlarks with two of them perch on a log looking straight at us giving us 
awesome views of their bright yellow breasts. A Cooper’s Hawk and two 

  Red-tailed Hawks perched for a long time giving us time to study them.
 Seven birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
 Trumpeter Swan
 Canada Geese
  Mallard
 American Wigeon
 Bufflehead
 Pied-billed Grebe
 Horned Grebe
 Common Goldeneye
  Northern Pintail
  Red-breasted Merganser
   Common Merganser
   Great Blue Heron
   Bald Eagle
 Rough-legged Hawk
  Cooper’s Hawk
  Northern Harrier
  Red-tailed Hawk
  Mew Gull 
 California Gull
  Thayer’s Gull
   Glaucous-winged Gull
  Belted Kingfisher
  Northern Flicker
 Downy Woodpecker
   Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
   European Starling
  Western Meadowlark
   American Robin
 Bewick’s Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-winged Blackbird
  Spotted Towhee
 Savannah Sparrow
 Fox Sparrow
  Song Sparrow
  Golden-crowned Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
  Dark-eyed Junco 
  Purple Finch
 American Goldfinch
 House Finch
 A Townsend’s Warbler was spotted in a backyard along Kenwill Drive in 
Nanaimo. 

 Tuesday, December 16:
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was filled with light rain 
and the Strait of Georgia was calm. The highlights included seeing a Eurasian 
Wigeon in with a huge flock of American Wigeon next to the parking lot. Large 
numbers of singing Black Scoters along with many White-winged Scoters were not 
far from shore. Fifteen Long-tailed Ducks, two Marbled Murrelets, two Common 
Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were diving and surfacing just off the Point not 
far from shore giving great views. 

 Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from Manitoba saw and heard the 
following forty-seven species: 

 Canada Geese
 Eurasian Wigeon
 American Wigeon
  Mallard
  Harlequin Duck
 Greater Scaup
 Surf Scoter
  White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
  Long-tailed Duck
  Bufflehead
  Common Goldeneye
  Common Merganser
  Red-breasted Merganser
 Marbled Murrelet
 Common Murre
 Pigeon Guillemot
  Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
  Red-necked Grebe
  Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Brandt’s Cormorant
  Great Blue Heron
  Bald Eagle
  Dunlin
  Mew Gull
 Thayer’s Gull
 California Gull
  Glaucous-winged Gull
  Rock Pigeon
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 Steller’s Jay
  Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
  American Robin
  Varied Thrush
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 European Starling
  Spotted Towhee
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Golden-crowned Sparrow 
  White-crowned Sparrow
 Fox Sparrow
 House Sparrow
 House Finch
                                            
 Thursday, December 18:
 A Rough-legged Hawk was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
 
************************************************************************************ 

 Sunday, December 28-- The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
 Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca 
mailto:rhysharrison AT shaw.ca 

 

 
************************************************************************************* 

 

 18th AnnualMay 1-3, 2015
 

  
 

 For information please contact---- 
http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival 
http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival 

 

  
 

 
********************************************************************************* 

 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 December 23, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road 
side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet 

 at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park 
at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road off the Oceanside of highway 19a at 
about 9:10 a.m. 

 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on December 28, 2014 will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet 
at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the beach near the Church Camp off 
Arlington Road at about 9:15 a.m. 

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

 
 ****************************************************************************
 WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
******************************************************************************* 

 “READ AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK “ 
 THE SEA AMONG US
 THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
 RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE 
 A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.
 *****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 

 

Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 16, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Dec 2014 17:21:33 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was filled with light rain 
and the Strait of Georgia was calm. The highlights included seeing a Eurasian 
Wigeon in with a huge flock of American Wigeon next to the parking lot. Large 
numbers of singing Black Scoters along with many White-winged Scoters were not 
far from shore. Fifteen Long-tailed Ducks, two Marbled Murrelets, two Common 
Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were diving and surfacing just off the Point not 
far from shore giving great views. 

 Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from Manitoba saw and heard the 
following forty-seven species: 

 Canada Goose
 Eurasian Wigeon
 American Wigeon
  Mallard
  Harlequin Duck
 Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
  White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
  Long-tailed Duck
  Bufflehead
  Common Goldeneye
  Common Merganser
  Red-breasted Merganser
 Marbled Murrelet
 Common Murre
 Pigeon Guillemot
  Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
Horned Grebe
  Red-necked Grebe
  Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Brandt’s Cormorant
  Great Blue Heron
  Bald Eagle
  Dunlin
  Mew Gull
 Thayer’s Gull
 California Gull
  Glaucous-winged Gull
  Rock Pigeon
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 Steller’s Jay
  Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
  American Robin
  Varied Thrush
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
  Spotted Towhee
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Golden-crowned Sparrow 
  White-crowned Sparrow
 Fox Sparrow
 House Sparrow
 House Finch
 The Tuesday bird walk on December 23, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

  
 Good Birding
 Neil Robins
 Parksville

Subject: NANAIMO BIRD REPORT, DECEMBER 14, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Dec 2014 15:13:16 -0800
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
 thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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.
 *****************************************************************************
 Sunday, December 14, 2014:
 The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was
 cloudy with calm winds. The highlights included seeing an Ancient Murrelet, 
two Marbled Murrelet and three Rhinoceros Auklet far offshore. Several flocks 
of Common Murre, Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Mergansers flew past just 
above the water. A flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets were feeding in the tall 
trees just off the trail. 

 
 Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
 Trumpeter Swan
 
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Common Merganser
 Bufflehead
 Horned Grebe
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
 
 Brandt’s Cormorant
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Spotted Sandpiper
 Common Murre
 
 Ancient Murrelet
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Rhinoceros Auklet
 
 Great Blue Heron
 California Gull
 Thayer’s Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 European Starling
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Brown Creeper
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 Spotted Towhee
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Purple Finch
 Song Sparrow
 Pine Siskin
 
  
 
 A Townsend’s Warbler was seen along Fairview Drive in North Nanaimo.
 
  
 
 Saturday, December 13:
 
  A Rough-legged Hawk was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
 
 
 Friday, December 12: 
 
 Eight Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Marina Drive in the San Pariel area of 
Parksville. 

 
 

 
 Tuesday, December 09:
 
 The bird walk on December 09, 2014, was cancelled!
 *****************************************************************
 Friday, December 19-- The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
 Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca 
mailto:rhysharrison AT shaw.ca 

 
 
************************************************************************************ 

 Sunday, December 28-- The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
 Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca 
mailto:rhysharrison AT shaw.ca 

 
************************************************************************************* 

 
 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 December 16, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet
 at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community
 Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35
 a.m.
 *********************************************************************
 The Sunday bird walk on December 21, 2014 will be going to the Nanaimo River 
Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of 
Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m. 

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

 
 ****************************************************************************
 WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
******************************************************************************* 

 “READ AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK “
 
 THE SEA AMONG US
 THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
 RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE
 *****************************************************************************
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
 
Subject: Sunday bird walk location has changed for December 14, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 13:40:15 -0800
 

 

 Raines Road going to the Nanaimo River Estuary has an Evacuation Alert posted 
for it today. We have decided to go to Neck Point Park on December 14 for the 
Sunday bird walk rather then the Estuary. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 
a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay Road at about 
9:15 a.m. on Sunday. 


 Good birding
 Neil Robins 

 


Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 09
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Dec 2014 07:22:39 -0800
Hi birders,
  
 The bird walk on December 09, 2014 is cancelled!
  
 The Tuesday bird walk on December 16, 2014 will go to Deep Bay—Weather 
permitting! 

  
 Good birding
 Neil

Subject: Nanaimo bird report, December 07, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2014 18:43:54 -0800
 
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT 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. 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, December 07, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was 
cloudy with calm winds. Twenty-four Trumpeter Swans flew overhead in four 
different flocks. Large numbers of Canada Geese and two Cackling Geese were 
resting on the marsh. Two Gadwall, several Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers 
moved through the marsh. We heard a Virginia Rail just off the trail. American 
Robins were busy mobbing a Barred Owl who was perched on a tree close to us. A 
Northern Waterthrush was spotted near the viewing platform straight across from 
the parking lot. 

 
 Fifteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
 
 Trumpeter Swan
 
 Canada Geese
 
 Cackling Geese
 
 Mallard
 
 Gadwall
 
 Wood Duck
 
 Hooded Merganser
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Ringed-necked Duck
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Virginia Rail
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Barred Owl
 
 Northern Waterthrush
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 
 American Robin
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 European Starling
 
 Steller's Jay
 
 Common Raven
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 Marsh Wren
 
 Bewick's Wren
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Fox Sparrow
 
 Pine Siskin
 
 Purple Finch
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Red-winged Blackbirds
 
 Brewer's Blackbird
 
 House Finch
 
 House Sparrow  
 
  
 
 Friday, December 05:
 
 A possible female Yellow Warbler was seen checking out a hummingbird feeder in 
a backyard along Cedar Place in the San Pariel area of Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Wednesday, December 03:
 
 A Townsend’s Warbler was visiting a backyard along Granite Park Road in 
Nanaimo. 

  
 
 Tuesday, December 02:
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was cloudy and cool with calm winds. The highlights included seeing an 
estimated two thousand Dunlin with large numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and 
Black Turnstones feeding in tide pools and at the tide line. A flock of 
fourteen Brant flew in near the shore. A Pigeon Guillemot, Bufflehead, Common 
Goldeneye and Barrow’s Goldeneye were seen further offshore. A Brown Creeper 
with a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets caught our 
attention at the edge of the forest as they moved about quickly feeding in the 
bushes just off the trail. 

 
 Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
 
 Brant
 
 American Wigeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Barrow’s Goldeneye
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Black-bellied Plover
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Dunlin
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Song Sparrow
 
  
 
 A Mute Swan was seen at Departure Bay Beach in Nanaimo
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************** 

 
 Sunday, December 14 --The Parksville/Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count (CBC) 

 
 Please contact Sandra Gray at saninerr AT shaw.ca
 
 *****************************************************************
 
 Friday, December 19-- The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
 
 Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca
 
 
************************************************************************************ 

 
 Sunday, December 28-- The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
 
 Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

 
 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 December 09, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at 
the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 
9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on December 14, 2014 will be going to the Nanaimo River 
Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of 
Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m. 

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

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 “READ AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK “
 
  
 
 THE SEA AMONG US
 
 THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
 
 RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store 
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Subject: Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, December 02< 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Dec 2014 16:14:28 -0800
 
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was cloudy and cool with calm winds. The highlights included seeing an 
estimated two thousand Dunlin with large numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and 
Black Turnstones feeding in tide pools and at the tideline. A flock of fourteen 
Brant flew in near the shore. A Pigeon Guillemot, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye 
and Barrow’s Goldeneye were seen further offshore. A Brown Creeper with a 
flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets caught our attention 
at the edge of the forest as they moved about quickly feeding in the bushes 
just off the trail. 

 
 Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
 
 Brant
 
  American Wigeon
 
  Mallard
 
  Harlequin Duck
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Northern Pintail
 
  Surf Scoter
 
  Bufflehead
 
  Common Goldeneye
 
 Barrow’s Goldeneye
 
  Common Merganser
 
  Red-breasted Merganser
 
  Pacific Loon
 
  Common Loon
 
  Long-tailed Duck
 
  Red-necked Grebe
 
  Horned Grebe
 
  Double-crested Cormorant
 
  Bald Eagle
 
   Black-bellied Plover
 
  Black Turnstone
 
  Dunlin
 
  Thayer’s Gull
 
  California Gull
 
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 
  Pigeon Guillemot
 
  Northern Flicker
 
  Northwestern Crow
 
  Common Raven
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
  Brown Creeper
 
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
  Pacific Wren
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
  Song Sparrow
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on December 09, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay.
 
  
 
 P.S. A Northern Shrike just landed in our backyard..Neil
 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, November 30, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Dec 2014 08:51:29 -0800
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT 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.
*****************************************************************************
Sunday, November 30, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay.  The morning was sunny and cool 
but the winds were calm.  A Gadwall and a Northern Shoveler were seen in 
with a flock of American Widgeon near the shore.  Killdeer and Dunlin were 
in the same area of the estuary. A Red-tailed Hawk and a Northern Shrike 
were in the tall snag at different times giving us good views.  Large 
numbers of Green-wing Teal, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, White-wing Scoters 
and Bufflehead were on the calm Strait of Georgia.
Seven birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Widgeon
Gadwall
Northern Shoveler
Green-wing Teal
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Dunlin
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Thursday November 27:
A flock of Pine Siskins were seen at Laguna Way and Hammond Bay Road in 
Nanaimo.

Other reports of Pine Siskins were seen in the Westwood area of Nanaimo.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. It was raining all morning, 
but the winds were calm and the waters of the Strait of Georgia were calm.
A large number of Harlequin Ducks were seen just offshore.  A flock of 
sixteen Long-tailed Ducks were further offshore.  Pacific Loons, Horned 
Grebes, Red-necked Grebes and Common Goldeneye were seen on the Strait 
throughout the morning.  A Red-necked Phalarope and two Rhinoceros Auklet 
were spotted offshore.
Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
American Widgeon
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Phalarope
Rhinoceros Auklet
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Ring-bill Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Over fifty Cedar Waxwings were seen feeding on Arbutus Berries at the top of 
Rock City Road near the end of Point Place Edgemont Condos in Nanaimo.

******************************************************************************** 

Sunday, December 14 --The Parksville/Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count 
(CBC)
Please contact Sandra Gray at saninerr AT shaw.ca
*****************************************************************
Friday, December 19-- The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca

************************************************************************************ 

Sunday, December 28-- The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca

************************************************************************************* 

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 December 02, 2014 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club 
Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking 
lot at Rathtrevor Park about 9:15 a.m.
*********************************************************************
The Sunday bird walk on December 07, 2014 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh 
in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot 
Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Road at about 9:20 a.m.
*********************************************************************
British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
****************************************************************************
WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/
******************************************************************************
West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
******************************************************************************* 

Visit www.bluedot.ca
What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
**************************************************************************
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 AT shaw.ca
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 25.
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Nov 2014 15:27:12 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning saw rain all the time 
and the winds were calm, the Strait of Georgia was calm. Many Harlequin Ducks 
were seen just offshore. A flock of sixteen Long-tailed Ducks were seen further 
offshore. Many Pacific Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes and Common 
Goldeneye were seen on the strait through out the morning. A Red-necked 
Phalarope and two Rhinoceros Auklet were spotted offshore. 

  
 
 Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
 Canada Goose
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
 American Widgeon
 Surf Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Long-tailed Duck
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Red-necked Phalarope
 Rhinoceros Auklet
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Western Grebe
 Common Murre
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Bald Eagle
 Black-bellied Plover
 Black Oystercatcher
 Killdeer
 Black Turnstone
 Mew Gull
 Ring-bill Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 

 
 The Tuesday bird walk on December 02,2014 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. 

 

 
 Good birding
 Neil Robins
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, November 23, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 19:17:41 -0800
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, November 23, 2014: 
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was 
mostly sunny with calm winds. The highlights included seeing a Ruddy Turnstone 
in with a flock of Surfbirds, Black Turnstones, Dunlin and Black-bellied 
Plovers on the rocks just offshore. Two Western Grebes were seen close to 
shore. A large flock of American Robins and Cedar Waxwing were busy feeding on 
Arbutus berries near the parking lot. A Hermit Thrush was seen just off the 
trail. 

 
 Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-five species: 
 
 Trumpeter Swans
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Western Grebe
 
 Common Loon
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Surfbird
 
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Black Turnstones
 
 Ruddy Turnstone
 
 Dunlin
 
 Black-bellied Plovers
 
 Common Murre
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Merlin
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Bonaparte’s Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 European Starling
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Bewick's Wren
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 Cedar Waxwing
 
 American Robin
 
 Hermit Thrush
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Fox Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 
  
 
 Song Sparrow A Snow Goose was spotted near the Black Bear Pub on Brennan Lake. 
One Hundred American Coots were seen on Brennan Lake in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 Friday, November 22: 
 
 A Rough-legged Hawk was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
 
  
 
 Tuesday, November 18: 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary. The morning 
was cool and overcast, but no wind. There were 75+ Bald Eagles throughout the 
walk, with 28 in one spot alone. There were also 18+ Great Blue Heron in the 
estuary. We also had a sighting of a Common Teal in the estuary and 14 
Trumpeter Swans at the mouth of the river. Off shore we spotted a large number 
of Common Murre as well an Ancient Murrelet and Cassin’s Auklet. 

  15 birders saw and heard the following 51 species:
 
 Canada Geese
 
 Trumpeter Swan
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Green-winged Teal
 
 Common Teal
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Common Murre
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Ancient Murrelet
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Cassin’s Auklet
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Western Grebe
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Brandt’s Cormorant
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Killdeer
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Bonaparte’s Gull
 
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 European Starling
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 
 American Goldfinch
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 Brewer’s Blackbird
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Rhonda Fleming 
 
 

 A Gray-crowned Rosy-finch was seen on Sugar Loaf Mountain in Nanaimo. 
 
  
 
 Sunday, November 16: 
 
 Two Greater White-fronted Geese, a immature Snow Goose and Brant were seen at 
Parksville Bay in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 
*************************************************************************************************** 

 
  
 
 Monday, November 24:
 
 The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7.30 pm at Knox Church in Parksville, to 
hear Sheena Majowski of the Pacific Biological Station report on Stellar Sea 
Lions and other marine life. 

 
 Everyone welcome. More info 752-7588.
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************** 

 
 Sunday, December 14:
 
 The Parksville/Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
 
 Please contact Sandra Gray at saninerr AT shaw.ca
 
 *****************************************************************
 
 Friday, December 19   
 
 The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC) 
 
 Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca
 
 
************************************************************************************ 

 
 Sunday, December 28
 
 The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC) 
 
 Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca
 
 
**************************************************************************************************** 

 
 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 November 25, 2014 will be going to the Columbia 
Beach. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville 
Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot off Admiral Tryon Boulevard ( 
turn right off highway 19a at Columbia Drive and right on Admiral Tryon 
Boulevard) at about 9:15 a.m. 

 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
  
 
 The Sunday bird walk on November 30, 2014 will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet 
at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at the beach off 
Arlington Road and highway 19 at about 9:15 a.m. 

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

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
 
  
 
  
Subject: Arrowsmith Nats mtg time change
From: "saninerr AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 17:25:34 -0800
 I wanted to let you know that Arrowsmith Naturalists meetings are now starting 
at 7:00pm, this allows attendees to mingle etc before the 7:30pm speaker. Our 
speaker on Monday Nov 24: 

 Sheena Majowski of the Pacific Biological Station report on Stellar Sea Lions 
and other marine life. 

 
 Everyone welcome
 

 

 

 

 

 happy birding
 Sandra Gray
 Errington
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, November 16, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 18:49:18 -0800
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
  
 
 Sunday, November 16, 2014: 
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny and the winds were calm. 
The highlights included great views of a Yellow-billed Loon. We watched as it 
came up out of the water with a large fish and struggled to eat it. Four 
Brandt’s Cormorants were spotted not far from shore. A Eurasian Widgeon was 
seen in with a flock of American Widgeon. 

 
 Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-five specie
 
 Trumpeter Swan
 
 Canada Geese
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Eurasian Widgeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Green-wing Teal
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Common Loon
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Yellow-billed Loon
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Western Grebe
 
 California Quail
 
 Killdeer
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Brandt’s Cormorant
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Rhinoceros Auklet
 
 Anna's Hummingbird
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 American Robin
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Bewick’s Wren
 
 European Starling
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 Brewer’s Blackbird
 
 House Finch 
 
 Purple Finch
 
 Pine Siskin 
 
  
 
 Wednesday, November 12: 
 
 Three Snow Geese were seen off the Boardwalk at Parksville Beach in 
Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Thursday, November 13:
 
 Three Evening Grosbeaks were seen at the end of Douglas Avenue next to the Cat 
Stream Creek in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 Friday, November 14:        
 
 A Hermit Thrush was seen at Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.
 
  
 
 Three Evening Grosbeaks were seen visiting feeders seen along Dunsmuir 
Crescent in Ladysmith. 

 
  
 
 Tuesday, November 11: 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny but cool with calm winds. 
Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding on a conifer 
tree close to the trail. A Peregrine Falcon flew in low overhead and landed on 
a tall conifer. He perched for a few minutes and then unsuccessfully tried to 
catch a Mallard Duck. We had good views of the chase. A Northern Shrike was 
perched in a tall shrub near Parksville Bay. A Northern Harrier flew in low 
over the meadow in search of prey. Five Trumpeter Swans flew overhead heading 
south. A Eurasian Widgeon was spotted in with a flock of American Widgeons 
close to shore. A late migrating was seen Turkey Vulture just above the tall 
Conifer Trees. 

 
 Twelve birders saw and heard the following fifty-seven species:
 
 Canada Geese
 
 Trumpeter Swan
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Eurasian Widgeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Green-wing Teal
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Northern Shoveler
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Common Goldeneye
 
 Hooded Merganser
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Common Loon
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Turkey Vulture
 
 Northern Harrier
 
 Northern Shrike
 
 Peregrine Falcon
 
 Merlin
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Anna's Hummingbird
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
 Eurasian Collared-Dove 
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 American Robin
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Bewick's Wren
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Bushtit
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 European Starling
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Purple Finch
 
 House Finch
 
 Pine Siskin  
 
  
 
 Monday, November 10: 
 
 A female American Kestrel was seen at the north end of the Nanaimo Airport in 
south Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 Greater White-fronted Geese were seen north of Quennel Lake in Cedar.
 
  
 
 
************************************************************************************* 

 
 RYAN CATHERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
 
 BEER AND BURGER NIGHT
 
  
 
 SATURDAY November 22, 2014
 
 5:00-8:00 pm
 
  
 
 To raise funds for the Ryan Cathers Memorial Scholarship at V.I.U.
 
  
 
 Tickets available at the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
 
 $20.00 each
 
  
 
 
*************************************************************************************************** 

 
 Monday, November 24:
 
 The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7.30 pm at Knox Church in Parksville, to 
hear Sheena Majowski of the Pacific Biological Station report on Stellar Sea 
Lions and other marine life. 

 
  
 
 Everyone welcome. More info 752-7588.
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************** 

 
  
 
 Sunday, December 14
 
  
 
 The Parksville/Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
 
  
 
 Please contact Sandra Gray at saninerr AT shaw.ca
 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
  
 
 Friday, December 19:
 
  
 
 The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC) 
 
  
 
 Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison AT shaw.ca
 
  
 
 
************************************************************************************ 

 
  
 
 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 November 18, 2014 will be going to the Little 
Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the parking lot near the 
Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant 
viewing platform (off highway 19a) in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
  
 
 The Sunday bird walk on November 23, 2014 will be going to 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. 

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

 
  
 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
  
 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca  
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
  
 
 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 AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, November 11, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Nov 2014 16:35:18 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny but cool with calm winds. 
Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding on a conifer 
tree close to the trail. A Peregrine Falcon flew in low overhead and landed on 
a tall conifer. He perched for a few minutes and then unsuccessfully tried to 
catch a Mallard Duck. We had good views of the chase. A Northern Shrike was 
perched in a tall shrub near Parksville Bay. A Northern Harrier flew in low 
over the meadow in search of prey. Five Trumpeter Swans flew overhead heading 
south. A Eurasian Widgeon was spotted in with a flock of American Widgeons 
close to shore. A late migrating Turkey Vulture just above the tall Conifer 
Trees. 

 
  Twelve birders saw and heard the following fifty-seven species:
 
  Canada Geese
 
 Trumpeter Swan
 
  American Widgeon
 
 Eurasian Widgeon
 
  Mallard
 
  Harlequin Duck
 
  Northern Pintail
 
  Green-wing Teal
 
  Surf Scoter
 
 Northern Shoveler
 
  Bufflehead
 
  Common Goldeneye
 
  Hooded Merganser
 
  Common Merganser
 
  Common Loon
 
  Pacific Loon
 
  Horned Grebe
 
  Red-necked Grebe
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
   Double-crested Cormorant
 
  Great Blue Heron
 
  Bald Eagle
 
 Turkey Vulture
 
 Northern Harrier
 
 Northern Shrike
 
  Peregrine Falcon
 
 Merlin
 
  Belted Kingfisher
 
  Mew Gull
 
  California Gull
 
  Thayer's Gull
 
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 
  Anna's Hummingbird
 
  Downy Woodpecker
 
  Northern Flicker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
   Northwestern Crow
 
  Common Raven
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
 Eurasian Collared-Dove 
 
 Varied Thrush
 
  American Robin
 
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
  Bewick's Wren
 
  Pacific Wren
 
  Bushtit
 
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
  European Starling
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
  Song Sparrow
 
  Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Purple Finch
 
  House Finch
 
 Pine Siskin 

 
 

 
 The Tuesday bird walk on November 18 will be going to the Little Qualicum 
River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Parksville Qualicum Beach CBC
From: "saninerr AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Nov 2014 17:17:45 -0800
The Parksville Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count takes place on Sunday 
December 14, 2014. 

 

 Birders of various skill levels are needed for teams in the field. You do not 
need to be an expert to participate, just a willing volunteer. There are 
usually 7-9 teams of 3-7 people per team. 

 

 A few more skilled birders to help lead teams would be greatly appreciated! 

 

 If you live within the PQ Count Circle you can help by doing a Feedercount at 
home. Checklists will be available after November 24 at: 

 - Colin's Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store in Nanaimo
 - Buckerfields in Parksville
 - the next Arrowsmith Naturalists meeting Nov 24, 7pm, Knox United, Pym St, 
Parksville. 

 OR  I can email you a checklist ... send me a request.
 

 Thank You
 Sandra Gray
 BCPQ compiler 
 saninerr AT shaw.ca
 

 

 

Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 04, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Nov 2014 16:56:13 -0800
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was sunny with a light breeze off the Strait of Georgia making for a 
great morning of birding. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of a 
Rhinoceros Auklet on the Strait. Hundreds of Dunlin and a large number of 
Black-bellied Plovers were feeding long the tideline and on the tide pools. We 
spotted Common Murre, Marbled Murrelet, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and 
Western Grebes further offshore. A Ring-billed Gull was spotted in with the 
other gull species near the shore. 

 Eleven birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
 Canada Goose
American Wigeon
 Harlequin Duck
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
Surf Scoter
 White-wing Scoter
 Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
 Horned Grebe
 Red-neck Grebe
 Western Grebe
 Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
 Rhinoceros Auklet
 Common Murre
 Marbled Murrelet
 Dunlin
 Black-bellied Plover
 Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco 
 The Tuesday bird walk on November 11, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road 
side of the Englishman River in Parksville. 

  
 Good birding
 Neil Robins
 Parksville

Subject: VARC - Fall Blog!
From: "Derek AT birdvancouver.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 16:05:52 -0800
Hi Birders and Banders,

 I’ve just uploaded the VARC fall blog with all the activity from a very busy 
two month’s monitoring and banding at Colony Farm. 

 
Included in this blog is a full photo essay on Northern Saw-whet Owls, a number 
of firsts for the station including the American Redstart, Clay-colored Sparrow 
and Belted Kingfishers: 

 
http://www.birdvancouver.com/blog_fall2014.html
 
Happy fall birding and banding!
 
Derek
 
Derek Matthews
Vancouver Avian Research Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Subject: nanaimo bird report, November 02, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Nov 2014 14:48:31 -0800
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE GO BIRDING”
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, November 02, 2014: 
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with 
strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk flying 
near the tops of the conifers trees. A flock of eleven Killdeer flew quickly 
over head with the wind behind them. Hundreds of Bonaparte’s Gulls flew low 
over the water heading down the Strait. Black-bellied Plovers, Black 
Oystercatchers, Dunlin and Black Turnstones were feeding along the gravel bars. 

 
 Six hardy birders saw and heard the following forty-six species: 
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Green-wing Teal
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Common Murre
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 
 Black-bellied Plover
 
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Dunlin
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Killdeer
 
 Bonaparte’s Gull
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Herring Gull
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Fox Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 House Finch
 
 House Sparrow   
 
  
 
  Saturday, November 01:
 
 A male Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting feeders along Devon Place in north 
Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 Six Trumpeter Swans were spotted flying over the Backyard Wildbird & Nature 
Store in north Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
  
 
 Tuesday, October 28: 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was cloudy with rain and wild winds off the Strait of Georgia as we 
felt the remnants of Hurricane Ana’s heavy rains and wind. Pacific and 
Bewick’s Wrens caught our attention as we saw them low in the bushes. We 
spotted a Varied Thrush high up in a conifer tree. We watched as a Red-tailed 
Hawk hovered in the wind for several minutes high above trees . A Pileated 
Woodpecker was busy pecking for bugs on a dead snag just off the road. A 
Harlequin Duck, three Bufflehead and several Surf Scoters flew past fast over 
the Strait. 

 
                          
 
                                                     
 
  
 
 Six wet and wind driven birders saw and heard the following thirty species: 
 
 Canada Geese
 American Wigeon
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Bufflehead
 Surf Scoter
 Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Bald Eagle
 
 Red-tailed Hawk
 
 Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Brown Creeper
 
 Pacific Wren
 Bewick's Wren
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 European Starling
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 

 

 

 

 

 
  
 
 Eight Snow Geese were seen at the Parksville Community Park near the 
Skateboard Park in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 November 04, 2014 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville once again. Meet at the parking lot near the 
Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at main 
parking lot at Rathtrevor Provincial Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on November 09, 2014 will be going to the Nanaimo River 
Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of 
Raines Road in south Nanaimo at about 9:30 a.m. 

 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/ 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
  
 
 
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 28, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Oct 2014 15:46:35 -0700
 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was cloudy with rain and wild winds off the Strait of Georgia as we 
felt the remnants of Hurricane Ana’s heavy rains and wind. Pacific and 
Bewick’s Wrens caught our attention as we saw them low in the bushes. We 
spotted a Varied Thrush high up in a conifer tree. We watched as a Red-tailed 
Hawk hovered in the wind for several minutes high above trees . A Pileated 
Woodpecker was busy pecking for bugs on a dead snag just off the road. A 
Harlequin Duck, three Bufflehead and several Surf Scoters flew past fast over 
the Strait. 

 
 Six wet and wind driven birders saw and heard the following thirty species:
 
 Canada Goose
 
 American Wigeon
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Bufflehead
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Common Loon
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Red-tailed Hawk
 
 Bonaparte's Gull
 
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Bewick's Wren
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 American Robin
 
 Varied Thrush
 
 European Starling
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on November 04, 2014 will once again be going to 
Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, October 26, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Oct 2014 13:17:05 -0700
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE GO BIRDING”
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, October 26, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.. The morning was 
cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. A Western Grebe was spotted close to 
shore near the rocks. Three Black Oystercatchers were nosily singing on the 
rocks. We spotted a Osprey and a Marbled Murrelet flying further offshore. 
Mixed flocks of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatch, 
Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and 

 
 Bushtits were feeding just off the trail. We spotted a Barred Owl after 
following a flock of mobbing American Robins to its location. Large numbers of 
American Robins and Varied Thrush were feeding on Arbutus Berries. 

 
 Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty species:  
 
  Mallard
 
   Harlequin Duck
 
   Surf Scoter
 
  White-winged Scoter
 
  Common Mergansers
 
  Red-necked Grebe
 
  Western Grebe
 
   Common Loon
 
   Pacific Loon
 
 Brant Cormorant
 
  Double-crested Cormorant
 
   Pelagic Cormorant
 
   Great Blue Heron
 
   Spotted Sandpiper
 
   Black Oystercatcher
 
   Bald Eagle
 
 Osprey
 
 Barred Owl
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
   Mew Gull
 
   California Gull
 
   Thayer’s Gull
 
 Ring-billed Gull
 
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 
   Downy Woodpecker
 
  Northern Flicker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
   Common Raven
 
  European Starling
 
  Anna’s Hummingbird
 
   Belted Kingfisher
 
  Pacific Wren
 
  Bewick's Wren
 
   Brown Creeper
 
   Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
   Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 Bushtit
 
   American Robin
 
  Varied Thrush
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Lincoln’s Sparrow
 
   Song Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
  
 
 Saturday, October 25:
 
 A Northern Pygmy-Owl was seen catching a Dark-eyed Junco along Morrell Circle 
in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 A female American Kestrel was spotted at a backyard bird bath in central 
Ladysmith. 

 
  
 
 Friday, October 24:           
 
 . A Western Screech Owl was seen in a backyard at the end of Douglas Avenue 
beside the Chase River in south Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 A Barred Owl was visiting a patio along Dawkins Lane in Nanaimo.  
 
  
 
 Thursday, October 23:
 
 A Spotted Sandpiper was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary near the end of 
Raines Road in south Nanaimo. 

  
 
 Wednesday, October 22:
 
 A Wilson’s Snipe was seen in Port Hardy.
 
  
 
 Monday, October 20:  
 
 An Arctic Loon was seen offshore from the viewing platform in north Qualicum 
Beach. 

 
  
 
 Tuesday, October 21:
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side 
in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a few light showers. There was a 
stiff sea breeze off the Strait of Georgia. A Barred Owl was spotted perched on 
a hydro wire just off Highway 19a along Plummer Road at the start of the walk. 
Two Bald Eagles, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Northern Harrier and a Cooper’s Hawk 
were seen as we walked along the trail next to the river. Large flocks of 
Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, American Widgeon and two Eurasian Widgeons 
were seen on the estuary near the mud flats. Large numbers of Harlequin Ducks 
were on the Strait throughout the morning. Five Western Grebe’s, a Marbled 
Murrelet and a Common Murre were seen further offshore. Red-necked Grebes, 
Horned Grebes, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen closer to shore. 

 
 Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from Whitecourt and Carstairs 
Alberta saw and heard the following fifty-two species: 

 
 Canada Geese
 
  American Widgeon
 
 Eurasian Widgeon
 
  Mallard
 
  Northern Pintail
 
 Green-winged Teal
 
  Harlequin Duck
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
  Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Western Grebe 
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
  Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
  Belted Kingfisher
 
  Bald Eagle
 
 Cooper’s Hawk
 
  Sharp-shinned Hawk
 
 Northern Harrier
 
 Barred Owl
 
  Dunlin
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
   Mew Gull
 
  California Gull
 
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 
  Northern Flicker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
  Common Raven
 
  Northwestern Crow
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
 
  European Starling
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Fox Sparrow
 
  Song Sparrow
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 
 Brewer’s Blackbird
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 Brown-headed Blackbird
 
 Purple Finch
 
 House Finch
 
  
 
 
************************************************************************************ 

 
 Monday, October 27: 
 
 The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7.30 pm at Knox Church on Pym Street in 
Parksville. Alan Kinglet, manager of the VIU Deep Bay Marine Station, will talk 
on how climate change is affecting the chemistry of the oceans –“The Other 
CO2 Problem”. More info at 250-752-7588 

 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 October 28, 2014 will be going to the Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club 
Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at main parking lot at 
Rathtrevor Provincial Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on November 02, 2014 will be going to Columbia Beach. 
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot off Admiral Tryon 
Boulevard ( turn right off highway 19a at Columbia Drive and right on Admiral 
Tryon Boulevard) at about 9:30 a.m. 

 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/ 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
  
 
 

 
 
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 21, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 16:23:54 -0700
 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side 
in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a few light showers. There was a 
stiff sea breeze off the Strait of Georgia. A Barred Owl was spotted perched on 
a hydro wire just off Highway 19a along Plummer Road at the start of the walk. 
Two Bald Eagles, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Northern Harrier and a Cooper’s Hawk 
were seen as we walked along the trail next to the river. Large flocks of 
Northern Pintail,Green-winged Teal, American Widgeon and two Eurasian Widgeons 
were seen on the estuary near the mud flats. Large numbers of Harlequin Ducks 
were on the Strait throughout the morning. Five Western Grebe’s, a Marbled 
Murrelet and a Common Murre were seen further offshore. Red-necked Grebes, 
Horned Grebes, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen closer to shore. 

 
 Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from Whitecourt and Carstairs 
Alberta, saw and heard the following fifty-two species: 

 
 Canada Geese
 
  American Widgeon
 
 Eurasian Widgeon
 
  Mallard
 
  Northern Pintail
 
 Green-winged Teal
 
  Harlequin Duck
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
  Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Western Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
  Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Marbled Murrelet
 
 Common Murre
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
  Belted Kingfisher
 
  Bald Eagle
 
 Cooper’s Hawk
 
  Sharp-shinned Hawk
 
 Northern Harrier
 
 Barred Owl
 
  Dunlin
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
   Mew Gull
 
  California Gull
 
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 
  Northern Flicker
 
 Pileated Woodpecker
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
  Common Raven
 
  Northwestern Crow
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
 
  European Starling
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Fox Sparrow
 
  Song Sparrow
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 
 Brewer’s Blackbird
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 Brown-headed Blackbird
 
 Purple Finch
 
 House Finch                                                          
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on September 28, 2014 will be going to Rathtrevor 
Provincial Park in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, October 19, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 15:49:07 -0700
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, October 19, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with strong 
winds. We saw many Surf Scoters Pacific Loons and Common Loons among the oyster 
barrels. A red-tailed Hawk flew overhead giving us great views. A Northern 
Shrike was perched on the top of a Cedar Tree giving us long looks as it looked 
for prey. We saw three Savannah Sparrows low in the bushes near the trail. 

 
 Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty species: 
 
 Canada Geese
 
  Mallard
 
 American Widgeon
 
  Northern Pintail
 
  Green-winged Teal
 
  Surf Scoter
 
  White-winged Scoter
 
  Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Red-tailed Hawk
 
   Common Loon
 
  Pacific Loon
 
  Horned Grebe
 
  Red-necked Grebe
 
  Double-crested Cormorant
 
  Pelagic Cormorant
 
  Great Blue Heron
 
  Bald Eagle
 
  Northern Shrike
 
 California Quail
 
  Mew Gull
 
  California Gull,
 
 Thayer’s Gull
 
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Northern Flicker
 
  Song Sparrow
 
 Savannah Sparrow
 
  Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
  Spotted Towhee
 
  
 
 Saturday, October 18:
 
 A Coopers Hawk was seen in the flying over the Backyard Wildbird & Nature 
store on Metral Drive in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 A Rufous Hummingbird was seen visiting a feeder in the Thunderbird area near 
the Nanaimo Hospital in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 Over one hundred Snow Geese were seen heading south over Dolphin Drive in 
Nanoose Bay. 

 
  
 
  
 
 Thursday, October 16:  
 
 A Lapland Longspur was seen at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo. 
 
  
 
 Wednesday, October 15:
 
 A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen in a backyard on Kilpatrick Road in Nanaimo.
 
  
                              Tuesday, October 14:
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay with a quick stop at Nile Creek. The 
morning was cloudy and very windy with a light shower to finish off the 
morning. A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head just above us, giving us great views. 
Two Bald Eagles were spotted on their nest high in a tall conifer. Two 
Yellow-rumped Warbler’s and a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglet’s were seen 
in the bushes just off the trail. Large numbers of Harlequin Duck’s, Surf 
Scoter’s, White - Winged Scoters, a few Black Scoter’s, Long-tailed 
Duck’s and Greater Scaup were seen just offshore. Three Western Grebe’s, 
several Red-necked Grebe’s and Horned Grebe’s were seen throughout the 
morning on the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese 
flew high overhead heading west. 

 
 Two Heermann's Gull’s along with Mew Gull’s, California Gull’s, Thayer's 
Gull’s and Glaucous-winged Gull’s were seen at the Nile Creek Estuary 

 
 Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
 
 Trumpeter Swan
 
 Greater White-fronted Geese
 
 Canada Geese
 
 American Widgeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Greater Scaup
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Western Grebe
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Cooper’s Hawk
 
 Killdeer
 
 Heermann's Gull
 
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 Rock Pigeon
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 American Robin
 
 European Starling
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Savannah Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Brewer’s Blackbird
 
 House Finch
 
 Purple Finch
 
 Pine Siskin
 
 American Goldfinch
 

 A Western Screech Owl was spotted in a backyard along Morell Circle in 
Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 Two great Horned Owls were seen at the Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.
 
  
 
                                                       
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 October 21, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot 
near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at 
the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on October 26, 2014 will be going to the Neck Point Park. 
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. 

 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/ 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
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Subject: Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, October 14, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Oct 2014 17:06:40 -0700
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay with a quick stop at Nile Creek. The 
morning was cloudy and very windy with a light shower to finish off the 
morning. A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head just above us, giving us great views. 
Two Bald Eagles were spotted on their nest high in a tall conifer. Two 
Yellow-rumped Warbler’s and a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglet’s were seen 
in the bushes just off the trail. Large numbers of Harlequin Duck’s, Surf 
Scoter’s, White-winged Scoter’s, a few Black Scoter’s, Long-tailed 
Duck’s and Greater Scaup were seen just offshore. Three Western Grebe’s, 
several Red-necked Grebe’s and Horned Grebe’s were seen throughout the 
morning on the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese 
flew high overhead heading west. 

 Two Heermann's Gull’s along with Mew Gull’s, California Gull’s, Thayer's 
Gull’s and Glaucous-winged Gull’s were seen at the Nile Creek Estuary. 

 Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
 Trumpeter Swan
 Greater White-fronted Geese
 Canada Geese
 American Widgeon
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Long-tailed Duck
 Greater Scaup
 Common Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Red-necked Grebe
 Horned Grebe
 Western Grebe
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Belted Kingfisher
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Cooper’s Hawk
 Killdeer
 Heermann's Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 Rock Pigeon
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Northern Flicker
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Savannah Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Brewer’s Blackbird
 House Finch
 Purple Finch
 Pine Siskin
 American Goldfinch
  
 The Tuesday bird walk on October 21, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot 
near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at 
the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m. 

  
 Good birding
 Neil Robins
 Parksville

Subject: Nanaimo bird report, october 12, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 13:22:48 -0700
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, October 12, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. The morning 
was cloudy with calm winds. A Northern Harrier was spotted flying low over the 
field. We saw and heard a Steller’s Jay and a Belted Kingfisher noisily fly 
around us for a good part of the morning. We saw two Yellow-rumped Warblers and 
a Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding in a bush next to the trail. A large flock of 
Greater White-fronted Geese and a flock of Double-crested Cormorants flew 
overhead and circled around the area. 

 
 Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
 
 Canada Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Mallard, American Widgeon, Greater 
Scaup, Great Blue Heron, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser, 
Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher, 
California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, European Starling, Northern Flicker, 
Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 
Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Spotted 
Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, 
Lincoln’s Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and House Finch. 

  
 
 Wednesday, October 8:
 
 Western Grebe’s, Surf and White-winged Scoters, Pacific Loons and Common 
Loons were seen offshore from Pebble Beach at Columbia Beach. 

 
  
 
 A Dunlin and Killdeer were seen at the Mud Flats on the Plummer Road side of 
the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

   
 
 Tuesday, October 07.
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, making 
for a great morning of birding. We heard a Pacific Wren singing at the start of 
the walk. An Eurasian Widgeon was spotted near the shore swimming with the 
American Widgeons. Several flocks of Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were 
heading down the Strait of Georgia. A Western Grebe was seen near the shore. 
There were a large number of Pacific Loons on the Strait. 

 
 Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
 
 Canada Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, 
Harlequin Duck, Green-wing Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common 
Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, 
Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Marbled Murrelet, Pelagic Cormorant, 
Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, 
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Killdeer, 

 
 Mew Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged 
Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, 
Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted 
Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, 
Eurasian-collared Dove, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, 
Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, 
Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch and American Goldfinch. 

 
   
 
 Monday, October 06:
 
 Thirteen Heermann’s Gulls and a Herring Gull were spotted at Nile Creek.
 
  
 
 Sunday, October 05:
 
 A Snow Goose and three Heermann’s Gulls were seen at Nile Creek. 
 
  
 
 A Ross’s Goose and seventy Cackling Geese were seen at McCoy Lake near Port 
Alberni. 

 
  
 
 Monday September 22:
 
 . Red Crossbills and a Western Tanager were spotted near the Heritage Forest 
in Qualicum Beach. 

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 October 14, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at 
the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 
9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Marina at the dock in Deep Bay at about 
9:35 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on October 19, 2014 will be going to the Nanoose Bay. 
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Beach near the Church Camp off 
Arlington Road at about 9:20 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/ 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
  
 
  
 
 THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
 
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 Nanaimo  B.C.
 
 V9T-2L8
 
 Phone: 250-390-3669
 
 Fax: 250-390-1633
 
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Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 07, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Oct 2014 15:48:20 -0700
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, making 
for a great morning of birding. We heard a Pacific Wren singing at the start of 
the walk. An Eurasian Wigeon was spotted near the shore swimming with the 
American Wigeons. Several flocks of Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were 
heading down the Strait of Georgia. A Western Grebe was seen near the shore. 
There were a large number of Pacific Loons on the Strait. 

 
 Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two specie
 
 Canada Goose
 
 Eurasian Wigeon 
 
 American Wigeon 
 
 Mallard 
 
 Northern Pintail 
 
 Harlequin Duck
 
 Green-wing Teal 
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter 
 
 Common Merganser 
 
 Red-breasted Merganser 
 
 Pacific Loon 
 
 Common Loon
 
 Horned Grebe 
 
 Red-necked Grebe 
 
 Western Grebe
 
 Marbled Murrelet 
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Doubled-crested Cormorant 
 
 Great Blue Heron 
 
 Bald Eagle 
 
 Red-tailed Hawk
 
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 
 Killdeer 
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Bonaparte’s Gull
 
 California Gull 
 
 Thayer's Gull 
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull 
 
 Anna's Hummingbird 
 
 Belted Kingfisher 
 
 Northern Flicker 
 
 Steller's Jay 
 
 Northwestern Crow 
 
 Common Raven 
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch 
 
 Pacific Wren 
 
 Bewick's Wren 
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet 
 
 American Robin 
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove 
 
 European Starling 
 
 Spotted Towhee 
 
 Savannah Sparrow  
 
 Song Sparrow 
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow 
 
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 
 Red-winged Blackbird 
 
 Brewer's Blackbird 
 
 House Finch 
 
 American Goldfinch 
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on October 14, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay, Meet at 
the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 
9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Marina at the dock in Deep Bay at about 
9:35 a.m. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, October 05, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Oct 2014 19:00:06 -0700
 
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, October 05, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was 
cloudy but warm. We watched as a Sharp-shinned Hawk circle above us and were 
fascinated as five Anna’s Hummingbirds came and mobbed the hawk--quite a 
marvelous sight! Several Steller’s Jays were very vocal throughout the 
morning. 

 
 Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
 
 Canada Goose, Greater White-fronted Geese, Mallard, American Wigeon, Gadwall, 
Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, 
Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Northern Flicker, 
Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Anna's Hummingbird, Common 
Raven, Northwestern Crow, Steller's Jay, Red-winged Blackbird, American Robin, 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Marsh Wren, Bewick's Wren, European 
Starling, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, 
Golden-crowned Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, House 
Finch and House Sparrow. 

 
  
 
 Friday, October 03:
 
 Twenty Greater White-fronted Geese were seen in a field on Normarel Drive in 
upper Lantzville. 

 
  
 
 Two Black Ducks were spotted at Piper’s lagoon in Nanaimo.
 
  
 
 Thursday, October 02:
 
 A small flock of Sandhill Cranes were seen flying south over Port Alberni.
 
  
 
 Tuesday, September 30.
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach in French Creek. The morning was 
sunny, but with a cool wind off the water. We had our first sighting this fall 
of some Long-tailed Ducks. A Red-necked Phalarope and Ancient Murrelet were 
also spotted. Both Western Grebe and Clark's Grebe were seen not too far off 
shore. Seven species of gulls were seen at the Pebble Beach end of the walk. 

 
 13 birders, including visitors from Port Coquitlam and Regina saw or heard the 
following 43 species: 

 
 Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Phalarope, 
American Wigeon, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Red-breasted 
Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western 
Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue 
Heron, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Black 
Turnstone, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Heermann's Gull, 
Ring-billed Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, 
Ancient Murrelet, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, 
White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Brown Creeper 

 
 and  Anna's Hummingbird.
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 October 7, 2014 will be going to the Shelley Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at Parksville 
Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. 
or at parking lot at the end of Shelley Road at about 9:10 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on October 12, 2014 will be going to the Nanaimo River 
Estuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot 
at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m. 

 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
 Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, October 9, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
 
 Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
 
 The speaker will be local naturalist, Bill Merilees who will talk about 
Middlenach Island. Bill spent a summer on the island 50 years ago as a young 
naturalist when it was first designated a protected park. Bill was back this 
past summer and has written about all of the changes he observed there. 

 
 Everyone welcome for this talk.
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca 
 
  
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store 
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Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird walk, September 30, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Oct 2014 10:14:53 -0700
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach in French Creek. The morning was 
sunny, but with a cool wind off the water. We had our first sighting this fall 
of some Long-tailed Ducks. A Red-necked Phalarope and Ancient Murrelet were 
also spotted. Both Western Grebe and Clark's Grebe were seen not too far off 
shore. 7 species of gulls were seen at the Pebble Beach end of the walk. 

 
 13 birders, including visitors from Port Coquitlam and Regina saw or heard the 
following 43 species: 

 
 Northern Shoveler
 
 Green-winged Teal
 
 Long-tailed Duck
 
 Red-necked Phalarope
 
 American Wigeon
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 White-winged Scoter
 
 Black Scoter
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Pacific Loon
 
 Common Loon
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Western Grebe
 
 Clark's Grebe
 
 Double-creasted Cormorant
 
 Pelagic Cormorant
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Black-bellied Plover
 
 Killdeer
 
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Black Turnstone
 
 Bonaparte's Gull
 
 Mew Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Heermann's Gull
 
 Ring-billed Gull
 
 Thayer's Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Ancient Murrelet
 
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 European Starling
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Savannah Sparrow
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 Anna's Hummingbird
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on October 7, 2014 will be going to the Shelley Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at Parksville 
Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. 
or at parking lot at the end of Shelley Road at about 9:10 a.m. 

 
  
 
 Good birding,
 
 Rhonda Fleming
 
 Parksville
 
  
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, September 28, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Oct 2014 11:47:31 -0700
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, September 28, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The 
morning was sunny and warm with fog over the water. Not a lot was happening on 
the water with the fog but we were able to see a few gull species, a pair of 
cormorants and Red-breasted Mergansers. A highlight of the walk was an 
Orange-crowned Warbler moving about in the shrubs near the beach and the Merlin 
put on a show for us while it was in hot pursuit of a Golden-crown Sparrow, 
which was able to elude the Merlin. 

 

  
 

 
 Sixteen birders including a two from the United Kingdom and one from 
Saskatchewan saw and heard the following 34 species: 

 
 Double-crested Cormorant
 
 Canada Goose
 
 Great Blue Heron 
 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 
 Cooper’s Hawk
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Merlin
 
 California Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Ring-billed Gull
 
 Mew Gull
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Northern Flicker 
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
 Common Raven
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 Bushtit
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 
 Bewick’s Wren
 
 American Robin
 
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Lincoln’s Sparrow
 
 Savannah’s Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Purple Finch
 

 
 
 
 
Sunday, September 26
 :
 
 Northern Pygmy Owl was seen at the top of Little Mountain in Parksville.
 
 Mourning Dove was seen after today’s bird walk at Rathtrevor Provincial 
Park. It was seen in the fenced off area near the entrance to the beach from 
parking lot #1. 

 
  
 
 Friday, September 26:
 
 A Eurasian Wigeon and Green-winged Teal were seen in the Englishman River 
Estuary on the Plummer road side. 

 
 Black-throated Gray Warbler was also seen a the Englishman River Estuary but 
on the Shelley road side. 

 
 A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese were seen over and making a quick 
stop at Buttertubs Marsh but not staying around. 

 
 Thursday, September 25:
 
 A Short-billed Dowitcher was seen at the Englishman River Estuary.
 
  
 
 Wednesday, September 24:
 
 74 Heermann’s Gulls were seen at the mouth of Nile Creek at Qualicum Bay. On 
Friday September 26 about 140 Heermann’s Gulls were seen. 

 
 Swamp Sparrow was seen at Buttertubs Marsh near the viewing tower on the west 
side. 

 
 Also Veery was also seen at Buttertubs Marsh, seen in the North West corner of 
the marsh feeding on Arbutus berries with the American Robins. 

 
 Great Horned Owl was seen and heard near the tall viewing tower at Buttertubs 
Marsh on Wednesday evening. 

 
 A Brant was seen off of Deep Bay.
 
  
 
 Tuesday, September 23: 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. There was light rain at the start, becoming heavier, 
with winds by the ocean, and then ending again with lighter rain. We were lucky 
enough to sight 6 Greater Yellowlegs feeding in the flats, as well as 8 
Long-billed Dowitchers. There were also several sighting of Savannah Sparrows 
feeding along the grassy shoreline. A great highlight of the morning was 
spotting 4 Heermann's Gulls at the shoreline a short distance from the other 
gulls. We also caught good views of some Western Sandpiper near the end of the 
walk. 

 
 10 wet but happy birders saw or heard the following 35 species.
 
 Canada Goose
 
 American Wigeon
 
 Mallard
 
 Northern Pintail
 
 Green-winged Teal
 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Common Loon
 
 Horned Grebe
 
 Red-necked Grebe
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Killdeer
 
 Greater Yellowlegs
 
 Long-billed Dowitcher
 
 Western Sandpiper
 
 Heermann's Gull
 
 California Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Common Murre
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Steller’s Jay
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 American Robin
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 European Starling
 
 Anna's Hummingbird
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Savannah Sparrow
 
 Purple finch
 
 House Finch
 
 American Goldfinch
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

  
 
 Tuesday, September 23:
 
 Great Horned Owl was seen near the top of the spillway at Colliery Dam Park in 
Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 September 30, 2014 will be going to Columbia Beach in 
Parksville. Meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions 
Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the beach access of Columbia Beach off of 
Admiral Tyron Blvd, at about 9:10 a.m. 

 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on October 5, 2014 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in 
Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the end 
of Buttertubs Drive of Bowen road at about 9:10 a.m. 

 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
 Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, October 9, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
 
 Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
 
 The speaker will be local naturalist, Bill Merilees who will talk about 
Middlenach Island. Bill spent a summer on the island 50 years ago as a young 
naturalist when it was first designated a protected park. Bill was back this 
past summer and has written about all of the changes he observed there. 

 
 Everyone welcome for this talk.
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Good birding
 
 Colin Bartlett
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
 THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
 
 6314 Metral Drive
 
 Nanaimo  B.C.
 
 V9T-2L8
 
 Phone: 250-390-3669
 
 Fax: 250-390-1633
 
 Email:  thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
 
  
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, September 07, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Sep 2014 13:25:56 -0700
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, September 07, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was 
sunny and warm. We spotted two Marbled Murrelets on the bay near Shack Island 
giving us great views. We saw and heard many Chestnut-backed Chickadees 
throughout the morning. Six American Pipits flew from the park across the 
Strait of Georgia. A Black-throated Grey Warbler and Warbling Vireo were seen 
at the parking lot as we finished the walk. 

 
  
 
 Seventeen birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species: 
 
 Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Marbled Murrelet, Great Blue 
Heron, Thayer’s Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, 

 
 Belted Kingfisher, Anna’s Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, 
Steller’s Jay, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick’s Wren, Warbling Vireo, 
Black-throated Grey Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, 
American Robin, Savannah’s Sparrow, American Pipit’s, Song Sparrow, Spotted 
Towhee, American Goldfinch and Pine Siskins. 

 
 Saturday, September 06:
 
 Ten American Pipits were seen near the mudflats on the Plummer Road side of 
the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Thursday, September 04:
 
 Fifty Greater White-fronted Geese were seen flying over Departure Bay in 
Nanaimo.. 

 
  
 
 A Western Tanager was seen along Rutherford Road in Nanaimo. 
 
  
 
 Wednesday September 03:
 
 Four Black-throated Grey Warblers and American Goldfinch were seen near 
Peterson Road and Millard Drive in Lantzville. 

  
 
 Tuesday, September 02: 
 
 It was the first Tuesday that we have seen rain all summer and the Tuesday 
bird walk resumed for the year! We went to the Shelly Road side of the 
Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning saw light rain then heavy 
rain then no rain and finished off with heavy rain. The big highlight of the 
morning was the rare sighting of an American Redstart with a flock of 
Chestnut-backed Chickadees in the bushes next to the viewing platform. American 
Robins, Western Tanagers, Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow Warbler, a Warbling 
Vireo and a Willow Flycatcher were spotted feeding in a berry bush further from 
the viewing platform. An Pelagic Cormorant, a Pacific Loon, Common Loons, 
Bonaparte's Gulls and California Gulls were seen on the Strait of Georgia. 

 
 Twelve birders including a visiting birder from England saw and heard the 
following thirty-two species. 

 
 Canada Geese, Mallard, American Widgeon, Common Merganser, Red-breasted 
Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Pacific Loon, 

 Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, 
Bonaparte's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, 

 Anna’s Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, 
Common Raven, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, 
Warbling Vireo, Willow Flycatcher, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, 
European Starling, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Savannah 
Sparrow and American Goldfinch. 

 
  
 Monday, September 01:
 
 A Cassin’s Vireo was spotted in Lantzville.
 
  
 
 Saturday, August 30: 
 
 Red Crossbills were seen along Rutherford Road in Nanaimo
 
  
 
 Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Black-bellied 
Plover and Long-billed Dowitcher were seen at the Englishman River Estuary in 
Parksville. A Greater Yellowlegs was seen at French Creek. 

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 September 09, 2014 will be going to the Little 
Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Bay at the parking 
lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing 
platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on September 14, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 
9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of highway 19a in 
Parksville at about 9:30 a.m. 

 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
 Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
 
 Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
 
 Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/ 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
  
 
 

 
 
Subject: Parkville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 02, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Sep 2014 17:11:01 -0700
It was the first Tuesday that we have seen rain all summer and the Tuesday bird 
walk resumed for the year! We went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman 
River Estuary in Parksville. The morning saw light rain then heavy rain then no 
rain and finished off with heavy rain. The big highlight of the morning was the 
rare sighting of an American Redstart with a flock of Chestnut-backed 
Chickadees in the bushes next to the viewing platform. American Robins, Western 
Tanagers, Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow Warbler, a Warbling Vireo and a 
Willow Flycatcher were spotted feeding in a berry bush further from the viewing 
platform. An Pelagic Cormorant, a Pacific Loon, Common Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls 
and California Gulls were seen on the Strait of Georgia. 

 Twelve birders including a visiting birder from England saw and heard the 
following thirty-two species. 

 Canada Geese
 Mallard 
American Widgeon
 Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
 Hooded Merganser 
Pacific Loon 
Common Loon 
Pelagic Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron  
Bald Eagle 
Killdeer 
Bonaparte's Gull 
California Gull 
Glaucous-winged Gull 
Anna’s Hummingbird
 Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker 
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow Warbler
 American Redstart
 Warbling Vireo
 Willow Flycatcher
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
American Robin 
European Starling
 Western Tanager 
Spotted Towhee 
Song Sparrow 
Savannah Sparrow
 American Goldfinch 

  
 The Tuesday bird walk on September 09, 2014 will be going to the Little 
Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Bay at the parking 
lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing 
platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

  
 Good birding
 Neil Robins
 Parksville
 www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
  

Subject: Nanaimo bird report, August 31, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Aug 2014 14:32:29 -0700
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, August 31, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was 
sunny with cloudy periods. The highlight of the morning was hearing a 
Cassin’s Vireo singing continually from the top of a tree and catching 
glimpses as it moved. We also head a fledgling calling from the same area. We 
spotted a Hooded Merganser catch a frog and struggle as he swallowed it. 

 
 Eight birders including a visiting birder from the England saw and heard the 
following thirty-two species: 

 
 Canada Geese, Mallard, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Great 
Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Belted Kingfisher, American Coot, 
Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Northern Flicker, Anna’s 
Hummingbird, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Cassin’s 
Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, 
Brown-headed Cowbird, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed 
Junco, Purple Finch, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, House Finch and 
House Sparrow. 

 
  
 Saturday, August 30:
 
 A Steller’s Jay was seen feeding in a backyard along Meridian Way in 
Parksville 

 
  
 
 Friday, August 29:
 
 . A Barn Owl was seen along the Ugly Dwarf Meadows close to the Gas Station at 
the top of Nanoose Hill along Highway 19. 

 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 Tuesday September 02 will be going to the Shelly Road 
side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Bay 
Community Park at the parking lot near the Lion’s Club playground at 9:00 
a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of Highway 19a in Parksville 
at about 9:10 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on September 07, 2014 will be going to 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 9:20 a.m. 

 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
  
 
 Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
 
 Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
 
 Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/ 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
  
 
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Subject: World Shorebirds Day, 6 September
From: "gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 15:18:11 -0700
Dear Birdwatchers,
 

 You might have heard about the World Shorebirds Day to be held on 6 September, 
2014 for the first time. One of the key programs of this special day is the 
Global Shorebird Counting, which is a public awareness initiative. I ask all 
Vancouver Island bird enthusiasts to take part in the counting in any areas 
where shorebirds occur. Don't worry, if there are no huge number of shorebirds 
in your area. We don't ask money to help. We just ask to go out birding, what 
every birdwatcher love to do anyway. 

 

 Please consider supporting this initiative and register your location on our 
website. By registering a location you can be a part of a draw to win a 
fantastic bird book package worth about £150. 

 

 Registration of the location and more details about the Global Shorebird 
Counting Program can be found here: http://goo.gl/jNW1VG http://goo.gl/jNW1VG 

 

 The map with more than 340 already registered locations can be viewed here: 
http://goo.gl/ICpB7X http://goo.gl/ICpB7X 

 

 Thanks for your time and please help us to reach our goal of having a thousand 
locations registered by 6th of September 2014. 

 

 Best wishes, Szimi
 _
 Gyorgy Szimuly
 Coordinator of the Global Events of the World Shorebirds Day
 Milton Keynes, UK
 http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com 
http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ 
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, August 24, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Aug 2014 13:53:32 -0700
 

 

 

 

 

 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING" 
 

 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 

 *****************************************************************************
 

 Sunday, August 24, 2014:
 The Sunday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. The highlight of the 
morning was a Merlin who entertained us as it chased a flock of European 
Starlings and spooked the shorebirds. We caught glimpses of a Lincoln’s 
Sparrow and two Orange-crowned Warblers just off the trail. There were 
Long-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Western Sandpipers, Least 
Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Sandpipers and Semi-palmated Plovers feeding on the 
mud flats. We spotted a Common Loon on the Strait of Georgia. 

 Eleven birders including a visiting birder from Calgary saw and heard the 
following forty-two species: 

 Canada Geese, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Common Merganser, 
Pelagic Cormorant, Common Loon, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Turkey 
Vulture, Black Oystercatcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Killdeer, Greater 
Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, 
Semi-palmated Plovers, Bonaparte's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, 
Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted 
Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed 
Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, European 
Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln’s 
Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch and 
American Goldfinch. 

 

 Saturday, August 23:
 A Western Screech Owl was heard and seen along Morrell Circle in Nanaimo. 
 

 Monday, August 18:
 Four Common Murre, four Pigeon Guillemot's, two Common Loons, one Pacific 
Loon, ten Red-necked Grebes and a Marbled Murrelet were seen offshore from the 
viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach. 

 

 Sunday, August 17: 
 Four Pileated Woodpeckers are feeding on suet feeders in the 5100 block of 
Broughton Place in Nanaimo. 

 

 
********************************************************************************** 

 

 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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
 

  
 

 *********************************************************************
 

 The Sunday bird walk on August 31, 2014 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in 
Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at 
Buttertubs March on the Bowen Road side at about 9:20 a.m. 

 

 
*********************************************************************************** 

 

  
 

 Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
 

 Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
 

 Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
 

 *********************************************************************
 

 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 

 ****************************************************************************
 

 WildResearch link---
 

 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 

 ****************************************************************************** 

 

 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 

  
 

 
******************************************************************************* 

 

 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/ 
 

 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 

  
 

 *****************************************************************************
 

 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 

 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 

  
 

 

  
 

  
 

  
 

  
 

  
 

  
 

  
 

Subject: Nanaimo bird report, August 17, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Aug 2014 13:20:42 -0700
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, August 17, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny 
and warm. Three Pileated Woodpeckers entertained us as they fed along of the 
trunk of a tree. A female Western Tanager was perched high in a conifer tree. 
We caught a glimpse of a Wilson’s Warbler near the marsh. 

 
 Ten birders saw and heard the following twenty-one species: 
 
 Mallard, Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, 
Merlin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common 
Raven, Northwestern Crow, Wilson’s Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown 
Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s Wren, Marsh Wren, Western Tanager, 
Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow 

 
 and American Goldfinch.
 
 
 
 Saturday, August 16: 
 
 A Northern Goshawk was seen in the 300 block of Seventh Street
 
 in Nanaimo.
 
  
 
 Thursday, August 14: 
 
 A Black-Throated Gray Warbler was seen perched in a tree right in front of a 
3rd floor balcony, behind the Fire Station in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Monday, August 11:
 
 Two Caspian Terns and a pair of Bonaparte Gulls in breeding plumage were seen 
at Parksville Beach in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Canada Geese, Mallard, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, 
Pelagic Cormorant, Doubled-crested Cormorant, great Blue Heron, Black-bellied 
Plover, Killdeer, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Black Turnstone, 
Short-billed Dowitcher, California Gull, Bonaparte Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, 
Eurasian-collared Dove Northern Flicker, Northwester Crow, Common Raven, Purple 
Martin Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brewer’s Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow and 
Song Sparrow were seen along the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. 

 
 
 
 Sunday, August 10: 
 
 Two Common Nighthawks were seen and heard above Meridian Way in Parksville.
 
  
 
 Saturday, August 09:
 
 A Sharp shinned hawk was seen in the 2500 block of Glenayr drive in Nanaimo.
 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on August 24, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road side 
of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or 
at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:30 
a.m. 

 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
  
 
 Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
 
  Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
 
 Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/ 
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
 
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, August 10, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Aug 2014 13:11:32 -0700
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, August 10, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and 
warm. We spotted a Cooper’s Hawk perched on a branch not far off the trail. A 
Dark-eyed Junco with a fledgling followed us along the path for a few minutes. 
We had great views of an American Dipper feeding in the slow moving Millstream 
River. 

  
 
 Four birders saw and heard the following twenty species:
 
 Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Great blue Heron, Cooper’ Hawk, Eurasian Collared 
Dove, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, American Dipper, Anna’s Hummingbird, 
Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Bewick's Wren, Dark-eyed 
Junco, American Robin and Spotted Towhee. 

  
 
 Wednesday, August 06:
 
 A Eurasian Collared Dove stopped in along 5400 Altavista Drive for a bath in 
the afternoon sun. 

 
  
 
  Tuesday, August 5:
 
 Eight Common Nighthawks were seen over the Rathtrevor Provincial Park car park 
in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************** 

 
 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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on August 17, 2014 will be going to Linley Valley in 
Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road (off 
Lost Lake Road) at about 9:20 a.m. 

 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/ 
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca http://www.bluedot.ca/
 
  
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store 
http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 

 
 
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Subject: VARC Summer Blog!
From: "Derek AT birdvancouver.com [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Aug 2014 18:06:56 -0700
Hi Birders and Banders,
  
 I’ve just uploaded the VARC summer blog with all the activity from a very 
busy two month’s monitoring and banding at Colony Farm. 

 
With lots of birds and visitors including information how to band at 50 feet 
please click here: 

  
 http://www.birdvancouver.com/blog_summer14.htm 
http://www.birdvancouver.com/blog_summer14.htm 

  
 Happy summer birding and banding!
  
 Derek
  
 Derek Matthews
Vancouver Avian Research Centre
Vancouver, BC
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, August 03, 2014
From: "thebackyard AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Aug 2014 13:37:33 -0700
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, August 03, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in Lantzville. The morning was sunny 
and warm. Three Cedar Waxwings with their bright yellow tail tips, put on a 
show for us flying from the top of the trees. We saw a large flock of American 
Goldfinch with several fledglings on the top of several conifer trees. We 
spotted two Orange-crowned Warblers on a bush just off the road. A 
Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over head with a Barn Swallow in hot pursuit—an 
interesting sight for sure! 

 Eighteen birders including birders from Kuwait, Scotland and Australia saw and 
heard the following thirty species: 

 
 Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Pied-billed Grebe, Band-tailed 
Pigeon, Anna’s Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy 
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, 
Purple Martin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren, Bushtit, American 
Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, 
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, 
White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Purple Finch and 
American Goldfinch. 

 
  
 
 Thursday, July 31:
 
 Two Caspian Terns and a pair of Bonaparte Gulls in breeding plumage, were seen 
at Parksville Beach in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Wednesday, July 30:
 
 Pectorial Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers Long-billed Dowitchers, Least and 
Western Sandpipers were seen at the mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the 
Englishman River in Parksville. 

  
 
 Tuesday, July 29: 
 
 Twenty Common Nighthawks were seen over Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.  
 
  
 
 Monday, July 28:
 
 An Albino Raven has been seen in Errington.
  
 
 Wednesday July 23:
 
 Five Black Swifts were seen high above Lee Road and Highway 19a in French 
Creek. 

 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
 
  
 
 *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on August 10, 2014 will be going to Bowen Park in 
Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot near 
the Lawn Bowling Green at about 9:20 a.m. 

 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 Visit www.bluedot.ca 
http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1039007692&msgid=2102594&act=UGUX&c=411677&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bluedot.ca 

 
  
 
 What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water 
and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 

 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog: The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store 
http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/ 

 
 
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Subject: Nanaimo bird report, July 27, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Jul 2014 18:41:39 -0700
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT " EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT 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. 

 
  
 
 ***************************************************************************** 

 
  
 
 Sunday, July 27, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was 
sunny and warm. A pair of Cedar Waxwings were fly-catching from a Conifer tree 
just off the road. We watched a Willow Flycatcher catching insects and then 
going into a nest. A fledgling American Goldfinch was being fed by it’s 
parent in a tree not far from us. 

 
 Nine birders saw and heard the following twenty-seven species:
 
 Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Band-tailed 
Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted 
Sapsucker, Willow Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed 
Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Swainson's 
Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, 
White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, 
American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin. 

 
  
 
 Saturday, July 26:
 
 Eleven Common Nighthawks were spotted hawking insects over the community Park 
in the Rivers Edge area near Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Friday, July 25:
 
 A flock of Common Nighthawks was seen high above the Ugly Dwarf Meadows along 
highway 19 near Nanoose Bay. 

 
  
 
 A Steller’s Jay and a Black-headed Grosbeak were seen in a backyard along 
Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo. 

 
  
 
 A flock of twenty to twenty-five Black Swifts and Common Nighthawks were seen 
at the south end of Ladysmith. 

 
  
 
 Saturday July 19:
 
 Six Western Sandpipers, four Least Sandpipers and two Long-billed Dowitchers 
were seen at French Creek. 

 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
 
  
 
    *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on August 03, 2014 will be going to the Legacy Marsh in 
Lantzville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or along Normarel Drive under 
the hydro lines in upper Lantzville at about 9:20 a.m. 

 
  
 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link---
 
  http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/   
 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/  
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 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 AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com 
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, July 15, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jul 2014 16:33:38 -0700
Please note:
 
 This was the last Tuesday bird walk for the summer season. The Tuesday bird 
walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014. 

 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary Fish Hatchery 
in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and hot. 

 
 It was a morning of birding by ear for the most part—there were not many 
birds out in the heat. We heard Northern Flickers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, 
Hammond’s Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallows, Pacific 
Wrens, Swainson’s Thrush, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Red Crossbills, Purple 
Finch and American Goldfinch. We spotted a fledgling Brown-headed cowbird 
perched on branch and watched as a Warbling Vireo came along and fed the 
cowbird. It was a rather sad sight watching the little Vireo struggling to feed 
the huge cowbird. 

 
 Six birders including a visiting birders from Ontario & Chemainus saw and 
heard the following thirty-two species: 

 
 Surf Scoter
 
 Turkey Vulture
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 California Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Violet-green Swallow
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 American Robin
 
 Swainson’s Thrush
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
 European Starling
 
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 
 Warbling Vireo
 
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 
 Hammond’s Flycatcher
 
 Willow Flycatcher
 
 Brown-headed Cowbird
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Chipping Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 House Finch
 
 Red Crossbill
 
 Purple Finch
 
 American Goldfinch
 
  
 
 This was the last Tuesday bird walk of the summer season. The Tuesday bird 
walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, July 13, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jul 2014 18:55:36 -0700
 
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT " EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at  
 
 thebackyard AT 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. 

 
  
 
 ***************************************************************************** 

 
 Sunday, July 13, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny 
and hot. We saw a Marbled Murrelet bobbing in the whitecaps off shore. Several 
Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants flew low over the water. We 
heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Swainson’s Thrushes and Red-breasted 
Nuthatches singing throughout the morning. 

 
 Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:
 
 Turkey Vulture, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, 
Bald Eagle, Marbled Murrelet, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted 
Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Warbling 
Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Brown-headed Cowbird, Chestnut-backed 
Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet, Anna’s Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, 
American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow and American 
Goldfinch. 

 
  
 
 Thursday, July 10:
 
 Long-billed Dowitchers, Semipalmated Plovers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least 
Sandpipers and Western Sandpipers were seen on the mud flats on the Plummer 
Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Wednesday, July 09:
 
 Two Caspian Terns were seen at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.
 
  
 
 Tuesday, July 08:
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and hot but very comfortable in 
the forested areas. Several families of Chestnut-backed Chickadees were spotted 
high up in the trees. Large flocks of Canada Geese and Common Mergansers rested 
along the gravel bars on the estuary. Savannah Sparrows were singing and 
flycatching among the snags along the meadows. Several bright American 
Goldfinch caught our eye as they flew near the top of the bushes. We heard and 
then saw a Western Tanager perched at the top of a tall conifer tree near the 
end of the walk. 

 
 Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
 
 Canada Goose, Common Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, 
Merlin, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, 
Belted Kingfisher, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, 
Eurasian-collared Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Downy 
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, 
Northwestern Crow ,Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn 
Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s Wren, 
Pacific Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow Warbler, 
Orange-crowned Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song 
Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch 
and American Goldfinch. 

 
  
 
 **************************************************************************** 

 
 You are invited to the 10th Annual Purple Martin Open House at the Ladysmith 
Maritime Society community marina (follow the yellow signs) on July 20 from 2 - 
4 pm. Wear something PURPLE!! 

 
  
 
 Come help us celebrate the phenomenal return of Purple Martins this year at 
the largest colony on Vancouver Island! 

 
 - see adult birds feeding nestlings 
 
 - learn more about the Purple Martins and the recovery program at our displays 

 
 - see baby birds being banded at 3 pm
 
 Light refreshments will be available, including our famous purple (blueberry) 
milkshakes (while quantities last). 

 
 Please park in the upper parking lot. Walk down the stairs and come onto the 
wharf to the Welcome Centre where the tents are, beyond the big blue boat shed 
and museum. 

 
 
********************************************************************************** 

 
 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 July 15, 2014 will be going to the Little Qualicum 
River Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Bay Community Park at the 
parking lot near the Lion’s Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing 
platform(off highway 19A) in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m. 

 
    *********************************************************************
 
 The Sunday bird walk on July 20, 2014 will be going to the Ladysmith Harbour 
in Ladysmith. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the left gravel parking 
lot at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith at about 9:40 a.m. 

 
  
 
 
*********************************************************************************** 

 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link---
 
  http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/   
 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
  
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link—
 
 http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/ 
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 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
 
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Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Jult 08, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jul 2014 16:32:07 -0700
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River 
Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and hot but very comfortable in 
the forested areas. Several families of Chestnut-backed Chickadees were spotted 
high up in the trees. Large flocks of Canada Geese and Common Mergansers rested 
along the gravel bars on the estuary. Savannah Sparrows were singing and 
flycatching among the snags along the meadows. Several bright American 
Goldfinch caught our eye as they flew near the top of the bushes. We heard and 
then saw a Western Tanager perched at the top of a tall conifer tree near the 
end of the walk. 

 
 Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
 
 Canada Goose
 
 Common Merganser
 
 Great Blue Heron
 
 Turkey Vulture
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Merlin
 
 Least Sandpiper
 
 Western Sandpiper
 
 Killdeer
 
 Black Oystercatcher
 
 Belted Kingfisher
 
 California Gull
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Band-tailed Pigeon
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 Rufous Hummingbird
 
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 
 Downy Woodpecker
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Willow Flycatcher
 
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Tree Swallow
 
 Violet-green Swallow
 
 Barn Swallow
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Bewick’s Wren
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Swainson’s Thrush
 
 American Robin
 
 European Starling
 
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 
 Black-throated Gray Warbler
 
 Yellow Warbler
 
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 
 Western Tanager
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Savannah Sparrow
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Red-winged Blackbird
 
 Purple Finch
 
 House Finch
 
 American Goldfinch
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on July 15, 2014 will be going to the Little Qualicum 
River Hatchery. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the 
Brant viewing platform along highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 
a.m. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bire report, July 06, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Jul 2014 08:44:18 -0700
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
 " EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"

 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT 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. 


 ************************************************** *************************** 

 Sunday, July 06, 2014:
 The Sunday bird walk went to Hemer Park in Cedar. The morning was cloudy with 
light showers but we did have a few sunny periods. We spotted a Barred Owl 
after we spotted an American Robin mobbing him. A Western Tanager caught our 
attention as it flew into the bushes. We had great looks at two Pacific-slope 
Flycatchers in the Cedar Trees. 

 Three birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
 Mallard, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Barred 
Owl, Turkey Vulture, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Blue Heron, Rufous 
Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, 
Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, 
Cliff Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, 
Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's 
Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson’s 
Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, 
Dark-eyed Junco, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, 
House Finch and House Sparrow. 


 An American Pipit was seen in a backyard in the Parkland subdivision in 
Nanaimo. 


 Friday, July 04:
 Two Greater Yellowlegs and forty Least and Western Sandpipers were seen on the 
mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in 
Parksville. 


 A Western Tanager, a Cedar Waxwing, an American Goldfinch and a Black-headed 
Grosbeak were seen at the Bluff in Linley Valley west. 


 Wednesday, July 02: 
 Thirty-seven American White Pelicans were seen flying over the south end of 
Chesterman Beach in Tofino. 


 A white Common Raven (who looks huge, because of his color) was seen flying 
just west of the traffic circle at Memorial Drive and Rupert Street in Qualicum 
Beach. 


 Tuesday, July 01: 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was 
very warm but cooled in the forest. We saw and heard a Yellow-rumped Warbler as 
it was feeding high up in the canapé. We watched a family of Chestnut-backed 
Chickadees feeding high up near the top of the trees. Several Brown Creepers 
were spotted climbing and feeding along the trunks of the trees. Willow 
Flycatchers were singing from the top of the shrubs near the road. There were 
Common Yellowthroats as we walked along the road. 

 Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
 Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Anna's 
Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, 
Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common 
Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, 
Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Bushtit, Swainson's Thrush, 
American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-rumped 
Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, McGillivray's Warbler, Common 
Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Brown-headed Cowbird, Song 
Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple 
Finch and American Goldfinch. 


 Saturday, June 28:
 A male and female Bullock’s Oriole was seen in the west marsh of Buttertubs 
Marsh in Nanaimo. 


 Saturday, June 21:
 A Spotted Sandpiper was seen in Biggs Park in Nanaimo.
 ************************************************** 
******************************* 


 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 July 09, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side 
of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at Parksville Bay Community 
Park at the parking lot near the Lion’s Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at end of 
Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m. 

 ************************************************** *******************
 The Sunday bird walk on July 13, 2014 will be going to Neck Point in Nanaimo. 
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or the parking lot at Neck Point Park off 
Hammond Bay Road at about 9:30 a.m. 

 ************************************************** ************************** 

 British Columbia rare bird alert link---
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 
 ************************************************** **************************
 WildResearch link---
http://www.wildresearch.ca/ http://www.wildresearch.ca/

 ************************************************** 
**************************** 

 West coast environment link--
http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/ http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/ 
 ************************************************** 
***************************** 

 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 AT shaw.ca mailto:thebackyard AT shaw.ca
 Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com/
 
   
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, July 01, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Jul 2014 16:28:37 -0700
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was 
very warm but cooled in the forest. We saw and heard a Yellow-rumped Warbler as 
it was feeding high up in the canapé. We watched a family of Chestnut-backed 
Chickadees feeding high up near the top of the trees. Several Brown Creepers 
were spotted climbing and feeding along the trunks of the trees. Willow 
Flycatchers were singing from the top of the shrubs near the road. There were 
Common Yellowthroats as we walked along the road. 

 
 Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
 
 Turkey Vulture
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 
 Band-tailed Pigeon
 
 Anna's Hummingbird
 
 Rufous Hummingbird 
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 Willow Flycatcher
 
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 
 Olive-sided Flycatcher
 
 Northwestern Crow
 
 Common Raven
 
 Violet-green Swallow
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Brown Creeper
 
 Bewick's Wren
 
 Pacific Wren
 
 Bushtit
 
 Swainson's Thrush
 
 American Robin
 
 Cedar Waxwing
 
 European Starling
 
 Warbling Vireo
 
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 
 Yellow Warbler
 
 McGillivray's Warbler
 
 Common Yellowthroat
 
 Western Tanager
 
 Spotted Towhee
 
 Brown-headed Cowbird
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 White-crowned Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Black-headed Grosbeak
 
 Purple Finch
 
 American Goldfinch
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on July 08, 2014 will be going to Shelly Road side of 
the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Good birding,
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: Nanaimo bird report, June 29, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jun 2014 18:30:44 -0700
 
 
 NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
 
 " EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"
 
  
 
 To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard AT 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. 

 
  
 
 *****************************************************************************
 
 Sunday, June 29, 2014:
 
 The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was 
sprinkling with light showers but there were a few sunny periods. The bird of 
the morning was the Yellow Warbler which we saw and heard throughout the 
morning. A flock of Bushtits were feeding near the trail giving us good close 
views. 

 
 Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
 
 Canada Geese, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, 
American Widgeon, Hooded Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed 
Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Northwestern 
Crow, Black Swift, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Northern 
Rough-winged Swallow, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, Marsh Wren, Bewick's 
Wren, Black-headed Grosbeak, Eurasian Collared Dove, American Robin, 
Swainson’s Thrush, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Warbling Vireo, Yellow 
Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, 
Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch 
and House Sparrow. 

 
  
 
 Saturday, June 28:
 
 Seven Vaux's and Black Swifts were seen high over Meridian Way in Parksville.
 
  
 
 Five Whimbrel, Black Swifts, Caspian Terns, Marbled Murrelets, Common Loon and 
Merlin seen at Salmon Point near Campbell River. 

 
  
 
 Tuesday, March 24:
 
 Tuesday's bird walk went to Lot 10 in Qualicum Beach. The morning started out 
with heavy drizzle, but began to clear by the time we reached the river. There 
seemed to be a multitude of American Robins on this walk. We were treated with 
the sighting of a Great Horned Owl not far in on a side trail, and also watched 
a Rough-winged Swallow flying out over the river. One Purple Martin was spotted 
high above the trees. We were also lucky enough to watch a Hermit Thrush 
feeding on the rocks along the river edge. 

 
  12 happy birders saw or heard the following 27 species:
 
 Bald Eagle, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, 
Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree 
Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Purple Martin, Great Horned Owl, Chestnut-backed 
Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, 
Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, 
Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, 
Black-headed Grosbeak, American Goldfinch, Brown-headed Cowbird. 

 
 Good Birding, Have fun,
 
 Rhonda=
 
  
 
 A special thanks to Rhonda, Paul and John for leading the Tuesday bird walk. 
  
 
 
********************************************************************************* 

 
 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 July 01, 2014 will be going to Springwood Park in 
Parksville. Meet at Parksville Bay Community Park at the parking lot near the 
Lion’s Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 
9:15 a.m. 

 
 *********************************************************************
 
  
 
 The Sunday bird walk on July 06, 2014 will be going to Hemer Park in Cedar. 
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or the parking lot at Hemer Park. Follow 
Cedar Road to Hemer Road (look for the Hemer sign) at about 9:30 a.m. 

 
  
 
 **************************************************************************** 

 
 British Columbia rare bird alert link---
 
  http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/   
 
 ****************************************************************************
 
 WildResearch link---
 
 http://www.wildresearch.ca/
 
 ****************************************************************************** 

 
 West coast environment link--
 
 http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/ 
 
  
 
 
******************************************************************************* 

 
 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 AT shaw.ca
 
 Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com http://www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com 
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, June 24, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jun 2014 17:53:06 -0700
Tuesday's bird walk went to Lot 10 in Qualicum Beach. The morning started out 
with heavy drizzle, but began to clear by the time we reached the river. There 
seemed to be a multitude of American Robins on this walk. We were treated with 
the sighting of a Great Horned Owl not far in on a side trail, and also watched 
a Rough-winged Swallow flying out over the river. One Purple Martin was spotted 
high above the trees. We were also lucky enough to watch a Hermit Thrush 
feeding on the rocks along the river edge. 

12 happy birders saw or heard the following 27 species:
Bald Eagle, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, 
Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree 
Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Purple Martin, Great Horned Owl, Chestnut-backed 
Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, 
Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, 
Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, 
Black-headed Grosbeak, American Goldfinch, Brown-headed Cowbird 


Good Birding, Have fun,
Rhonda=
 
  
 
 A special thanks to Rhonda, Paul and John for leading the Tuesday bird walk.
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on July 01 will be going to Springwood Park in 
Parksville. 

 
  
 
 Good Birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville
Subject: RBA Victoria, BC - June 18, 2014
From: "'Ann Nightingale' motmot AT shaw.ca [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:15:48 -0700
250-704-2555
* British Columbia
* Greater Victoria and Southern Vancouver Is.
* June 18, 2014
* BCVI140618
-Transcript

This is the Victoria Natural History Society's Bird Alert for Wednesday,
June 18, 11:00 PM update. To report sightings of interest, please press the
pound key and leave your name, message and phone number, or wait for the
tone at the end of this report. Remember to include the date, time and
location of your sighting. To summon those that can confirm a rare bird,
please call Barbara Begg at 250-656-5296 or Ann Nightingale at 250-514-6450.



RARE BIRD ALERT -  
Clay-coloured Sparrow and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER

Other birds of interest: WILSON'S PHALAROPE and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE

Wednesday, June 18

Two WILSON'S PHALAROPE were with KILLDEER and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS in the
northwest quadrant of Panama Flats on Wednesday.

 

Tuesday, June 17

A WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was singing on the south side of Quick's Bottom.

A RED-EYE VIREO was heard by the Tuesday Birding Group opposite the Cowichan
Bay Dock Rd.

 

Monday, June 16

A male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was seen at Mystic Pond in Cadboro Bay. The bird has
not been relocated since this sighting.

 

Sunday, June 15
The   Ash-throated
Flycatcher found at Jordan River on Saturday was observed
again near the bridge at 1 PM. 

Saturday, June 14
An   Ash-throated
Flycatcher was found by the Victoria Natural History
Society's Saturday field trip group in Jordan River. The bird was in small
alders and broom along the east bank of the river near the bridge.

 

A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was at Panama Flats.

A   Clay-coloured
Sparrow was still singing at the north side of Layritz
Park near the Vancouver Island Technology Park. The bird has been singing
in the broom on the small knoll between the bus loop near the end of
Markham Road and the left field foul pole of the large baseball diamond.

 

Friday, June 13 
2 male   Blue-winged Teal
were at Viaduct Flats.
A female   American Wigeon was
seen on Blenkinsop Lake.





 
Subject: Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 17, 2014
From: "nmrobins AT telus.net [bcbirdingvanisland]" <bcbirdingvanisland@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jun 2014 16:58:47 -0700
 
 
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was 
sunny and warm. We were greeted with the sighting and sounds of a pair of 
Black-headed Grosbeaks on the trees just above us at the start of the walk. A 
Hooded Merganser was resting on a log with young chicks on the Beaver Pond. We 
watched as a Red-tailed Hawk, six Bald Eagles and a Turkey Vulture caught a 
thermo high above us. A pair of Western Tanager’s entertained us as they fed 
in a tall cedar tree near the trail. 

 
 Seventeen birders including a visiting birder from Calgary saw and heard the 
following thirty-eight species: 

 
 Hooded Merganser
 
 Bald Eagle
 
 Red-tailed Hawk
 
 Cooper’s Hawk 
 
 Rufous Hummingbird 
 
 Northern Flicker
 
 California Quail
 
 Band-tailed Pigeon
 
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 
 Willow Flycatcher 
 
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher 
 
 Northwestern Crow 
 
 Common Raven
 
 Purple Martin
 
 Tree Swallow 
 
 Violet-green Swallow
 
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
 Bushtit 
 
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
 
 Brown Creeper 
 
 Pacific Wren 
 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet 
 
 Swainson's Thrush 
 
 American Robin 
 
 European Starling 
 
 Orange-crowned Warbler 
 
 Black-throated Gray Warbler
 
 Townsend’s Warbler
 
 Western Tanager  
 
 Spotted Towhee 
 
 Chipping Sparrow 
 
 Song Sparrow
 
 Dark-eyed Junco
 
 Red-winged Blackbird 
 
 Black-headed Grosbeak 
 
 Purple Finch
 
 House Finch 
 
 American Goldfinch
 
  
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on June 24, 2014 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum 
Beach. Meet at Parksville Bay Community Park at the parking lot near the 
Lion’s Playground or on Kinkade Road on the mountain side of highway 19a in 
north Qualicum Beach. 

 
  
 
 Good birding
 
 Neil Robins
 
 Parksville.