Thursday, 13 December 2018

Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count

It’s Christmas Bird Count Season! 

Every year since 1900, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - to count birds. Many organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action (https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count).

The count covers 24 hours, midnight to midnight, but most field counters participate from dawn to dusk. You do not have to be an expert birder to help with this vital citizen science project. If you’d like to learn about birds and meet other birders, you are encouraged to participate.

The CBC date this year or Nanaimo is: Saturday, DECEMBER 29 (organizer: Tanya Seebacher; tanyaseebacher@gmail.com)

Anyone can join alone or as a group, and you will be assigned to a team led by an experienced birder. All you need is binoculars, love of the outdoors in any weather, and a keenness to learn.
Each count includes a wrap-up at the end of the day where food can be purchased (Days Inn Nanaimo), and you hear stories and you can learn what everyone has counted.

For those wishing to participate in the Christmas Bird feeder count, we will have the check- list paper work available at the store.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018


Tuesday Bird Walk, December 11, 2018



The Tuesday bird walk, December 11, 2018 to Columbia Beach in French Creek was cancelled due to the weather!



Upcoming Bird Walks



The Sunday Bird Walk on December 16, 2018 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Road at about 9:15 am.



The Tuesday Bird Walk on December 18, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area along Admiral Tryon Bld. off Columbia Drive at French Creek at about 9:15 am.



Neil Robins



THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &; NATURE STORE

6314 Metral Drive

Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669

Fax: 250-390-1633

 www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Tuesday bird walk is cancelled




Tuesday Bird Walk, December 11, 2018


The Tuesday bird walk, December 11, 2018 to Columbia Beach in French Creek has been cancelled due to the weather!

Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Nanaimo bird report, December 09, 2018


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report
Nanaimo Bird Report, December 09, 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 was seen and location of your sighting.

Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
********************************************************************************Sunday Bird Walk, December 09, 2018
The Sunday bird walk, December 09, 2018 to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo has been cancelled due to the weather!
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Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 04, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary.
The morning was clear with calm winds on the Strait of Georgia. This bird walk turned out to be a whale of a walk as we were entertained for most of the morning with the sight of the whales breaching and blowing. There where were at least five Humpback Whales. Many Green-wing Teal, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Red-necked Grebes, Horned Grebes, Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Double-crested Cormorants, Pacific and  Pacific Loons were on the Strait. Over two hundred Trumpeter Swans, six Snow Geese, a large flock of Canada Geese and one Cackling Geese were seen at the mouth of the Little Qualicum River. Three Lone-billed Dowitchers, a flock of Killdeer and many Black Turnstone were seen on the estuary. A large flock of Western Grebe were seen near the far horizon at the end of the walk.
Trumpeter Swans: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-one birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Trumpeter Swans
Canada Geese
Cackling Geese
Snow Geese
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Long-tail Duck
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
Iceland Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Lone-billed Dowitcher
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
California Quail
Eurasian-collared Dove
American Robin
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch

Wednesday, December 02:
A Harris Sparrow, six Western Meadowlarks and a Northern Harrier were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. 

The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held on, Saturday December 29th, 2018.
For more information:
Please contact Tanya Seebacher

             Upcoming Bird Walks
The Tuesday Bird Walk on December 11, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area along Admiral Tryon Bld. off Columbia Drive at French Creek at about 9:15 am.                                     
                           
The Sunday Bird Walk on December 16, 2018 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Road at about 9:15 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

Sunday bird walk cancelled

Please Note


The Sunday bird walk, December 09, 2018 to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo has been cancelled due to the weather!

Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: ww.thebirdstore.blogspot.com