Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Tuesday bird walk, February19, 2019


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville, February 19, 2019.

It was great to be out birding again after the snowy weather. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of four Surfbirds in with a flock of at least two thousand Dunlin, a large number of Black Turnstones and Black-bellied Plovers along the shoreline—a birding paradise!  A large raft of Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup were seen offshore in Craig Bay.  A Western Gull, a Common Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were heading up the Strait of Georgia.  A Brown Creeper and two Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen at the base of a tall conifer tree near the trail.  A Purple Finch was heard singing and then seen perched on a short bush along the trail. 
                                                                        
 Surfbird: Ralph Hocken Photo:


Nineteen birders including visiting birders from Washington State, Alberta and Manitoba saw and heard the following forty-seven species
Brant
Canada Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose 
Mallard
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-neck Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s  Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Surfbird
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Black Oystercatcher
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Mew Gull
Iceland(Thayer's) Gull
California Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick’s Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Pine Siskin
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

A flock of Canada Geese with a Greater White-fronted Goose were seen at the Parksville Community Beach before the walk.

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on February24 2019 will be going to the Buttertubs Marsh in  Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at parking lot at Buttertubs on the Bowen Road side about 9:15 am.


The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 26, 2019 will be going to the Shelly Road side  of the Englishman River estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of highway 19a at about 9:10 am. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Sunday, 17 February 2019

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I have been informed that the link provided for voting for the Naniamo Business Awards on this weeks email isn't working.

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Nanaimo Bird Report February 17 2019

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, February 17 2019
BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca. Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species was seen and location of your sighting.
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Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.comearly Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
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Sunday Bird Walk, February 17 2019

There was no Sunday bird walk due to the long weekend.
Tuesday Bird Walk, February 12 2019
The Tuesday bird walk was cancelled due to weather conditions.
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 19, 2019 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor at about 9:10 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on February 24, 2019 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00am or at the parking lot at Buttertubs on the Bowen Road side about 9:15am.
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Nanaimo Business Awards
Our store has been nominated this year for three categories of the Nanaimo Business Awards for 2019 (Small Business, Retailer, and Inclusive Employer)! Voting is open from Feburary 15 - Feburary 28. Finalists will be celebrated and winners will be announced at the annual Nanaimo Business Awards gala event on April 11th, 2019 at the Port Theatre Nanaimo.
Thank you to everyone that nominated us for the Nanaimo Business Awards, as well as for those who vote for us in the 2019 competition. We have enjoyed being a locally-owned small business in Nanaimo for the last 23 years and can't wait to see what the furture brings.
Thank you from all of us at The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store.
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Links to Upcoming Local Events

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February 15 - 18 2019

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Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.comearly Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
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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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Friday, 15 February 2019

Nanaimo Bird Report February 11 2019

There is no scheduled bird walk for Sunday February 17 due to the holiday weekend.
The store will be closed on Monday February 18 for Family Day. Thank-you and sorry for an inconvienece.

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, February 14 2019
BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca. Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species was seen and location of your sighting.
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Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.comearly Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
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Sunday Bird Walk, Feb 10 2019


The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. 
Red-breasted Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Widgeon
Green-wing Teal
Northern Pintail
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crown
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Starling
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Red-tail Hawk
Golden-crowned Kinglet
White-crowned Sparrow
Varied Thrush
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown Creeper
Fox Sparrow
Eurasian-collared Dove

February 9 2019
A bohemian waxwing was spotted travelling with a flock of Cedar Waxwings at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Photo: Bohemian Waxwing (K. MacDonald)

Tuesday Bird Walk, Februray 12, 2019
The bird walk was cancelled due to weather.
Please NoteCheck this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.comearly Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 19, 2019 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor at about 9:10 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on February 24, 2019 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00am or at the parking lot at Buttertubs on the Bowen Road side about 9:15am.

Good birding
Colin Bartlett

Monday, 11 February 2019

Tuesday bird walk , February 12 is cancelled

Please Note

Due to the snowy conditions and the incoming weather, the Tuesday Bird Walk on February 12, 2019 to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is CANCELLED! 

We will try to go to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park again next Tuesday , February 19, 2019.