Sunday, 18 February 2018

Nanaimo bird report, February 18, 2018



                                                 Nanaimo Bird Report, February 18, 2018.

This Sunday’s bird walk, February 18, 2018 was cancelled due to the weather. 

Please Note
Check this site early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

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February 16, 2018
A Common Teal was seen and photographed today, February 16, 2018 at the Mud Flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
Common Teal: Photo by John Purves:
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Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk, February 13, 2018:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. There were large numbers of Brant Geese, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and Harlequin Ducks on the Strait during the morning.  A Eurasian Widgeon was seen in with a flock of American Widgeon on the French Creek estuary.  A pair of Ring-necked Ducks were spotted on the pond near French Creek.  A Pigeon Guillemot and several Common Murre were seen just offshore.  A House Finch was singing his heart out from a tree along the trail.  A flock of six Red Crossbills were spotted flying overhead.  We saw several Anna’s Hummingbirds perched on trees near the trail during the walk.
Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Brant
 Eurasian Widgeon
 American Widgeon
 Northern Pintail
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
 Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant 
 Brandt’s Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
 Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
  Black-bellied Plover
 Killdeer
 Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
 California Gull
Iceland-Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Northern Flicker
  Northwestern Crow
                                                   Common Raven         

 European Starling
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 American Robin
Spotted Towhee
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
House Finch 
House Sparrow
Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo:

A Rufous Hummingbird was seen at a hummingbird feeder in the 6300 block of Metral Drive in Nanaimo.
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Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com)early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 20, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River. 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 ocean side of Highway 19Aat about 9:10 am.
The Sunday Bird walk on February 25 , 2018, will be going Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at Buttertubs Marsh on the Bowen Road side of Buttertubs at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins 
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

This Sunday bird walk, February 18, 2018 is cancelled due to the weather. 

Please Note
Check this site early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
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The Sunday Bird walk on February 25 , 2018, will be going Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at Buttertubs Marsh on the Bowen Road side of Buttertubs at about 9:10 a.m.

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@shaw.ca
Blog:http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca




Friday, 16 February 2018

Common Teal

A Common Teal was seen and photographed today, February 16, 2018 at the Mud Flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

                                                            Common Teal:Photo by John Purves:


Tuesday, 13 February 2018


Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk, February 13, 2018:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. There were large numbers of Brant Geese, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and Harlequin Ducks on the Strait during the morning.  A Eurasian Widgeon was seen in with a flock of American Widgeon on the French Creek estuary.  A pair of Ring-necked Ducks were spotted on the pond near French Creek.  A Pigeon Guillemot and several Common Murre were seen just offshore.  A House Finch was singing his heart out from a tree along the trail.  A flock of six Red Crossbills were spotted flying overhead.  We saw several Anna’s Hummingbirds perched on trees near the trail during the walk.

Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Brant
 Eurasian Widgeon
 American Widgeon
 Northern Pintail
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
 Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Brandt’s Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
 Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
  Black-bellied Plover
 Killdeer
 Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
 California Gull
Iceland-Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Northern Flicker
  Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
 European Starling
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 American Robin
Spotted Towhee
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
House Finch 
House Sparrow
Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo:

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 Tuesday Bird Walk on February 20, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River. 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 ocean side of Highway 19Aat about 9:10 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins 
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Nanaimo bird report, February 11, 2018


Nanaimo bird report, February 04, 2018:

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 and location of your sighting.

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Sunday bird walk, February 11, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with some sunshine and finished off with rain showers.  We saw four sightings of Northern Shrike, and two Western Meadowlarks. A Red-tailed Hawk was perched on top of a tall snag giving us great views.

Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following twenty-one species:
Trumpeter Swan
American Widgeon
Green-wing Teal
Mallard
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shrike
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Northern Flicker
Western Meadowlark
Steller’s Jay
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
House Finch 

Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk, February 06, 2018:

Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds—and no rain!  We watched as a Yellow-billed Loon was swimming and diving off shore along the Strait of Georgia for a good portion of the morning.  There were many flocks of Pacific Loons, Common Loons and Brant Geese heading up the Strait. Large flocks of Harlequin Ducks, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, Wing-winged Scoters and Black Scoters  were spotted not far from shore. A Large flock of Western Grebes were seen further off shore.  A small flock of Brant Geese were right along the shore line. As a grand finale at the end the walk, two Trumpeter Swans flew high overhead heading down the island. 

Yellow-billed Loon: Ralph Hocken Photo:  

Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Ottawa, Seattle, North Vancouver and Red Deer saw and heard the following thirty-five species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Brant
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Wing-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
                                                                      Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Yellow-billed Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Western Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Common Murre
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Trumpeter Swans: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

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

The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 13, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Blvd. (from Highway 19A turn onto Columbia Road and turn right at the tee intersection.  Go about one hundred feet along Admiral Tryon Blvd. to the parking lot on the left) at about 9:20 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on February 18, 2018 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 AM. Or at Buttertubs Marsh, on the Bowen Road entrance side at about 9:15 AM.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633