Sunday, 30 January 2011

Nanaimo bird report, January 30, 2011

“GO BIRDING- EXPLORE NATURE”

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
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.

"Rare Bird Alert- Northern Mockingbird"
The Northern Mockingbird is still along Dumont Road near Eyelash Road in Nanaimo.

"Rare Bird Alert-Grey Catbird"
A Grey Catbird is still visiting a backyard suet feeder in North Nanaimo.

Sunday January 30, 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Buttertubs Marsh. The morning was clear and cool with calm winds. The highlights included seeing a Barn Swallow. We saw large numbers of Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees and Fox Sparrows on the path around the marsh. Ten Hooded Mergansers were swimming and diving on the water. We had great close views of seven Cedar Waxwings feeding on Hawthorn Berry bushes.


Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty-two species of birds: Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Mallard, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, American Coot, Glaucous-winged Gull, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Merlin, Rock Pigeon, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Steller’s Jay, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Barn Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Brown Creeper, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco and House Sparrow

A Barn Swallow was seen in a backyard in the 600 block of Prideaux Street of Nanaimo.

Twelve Trumpeter Swans were seen at Piper’s lagoon in Nanaimo.

Saturday, January 29:
"Rare Bird Alert- Northern Mockingbird"
The Northern Mockingbird is still along Dumont Road near Eyelash Road in Nanaimo.

"Rare Bird Alert-Grey Catbird"
A Grey Catbird is still visiting a backyard suet feeder in North Nanaimo.

A Sharp-shinned Hawk was spotted in a backyard in the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.

Friday, January 29:
Two Anna’s Hummingbirds, Varied Thrush and Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Alderwood Drive in Port Alberni.

Thursday, January 28:
Thirty Evening Grosbeaks were seen coming to feeders in upper Lantzville.

Tuesday January 25:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm until near the end of the walk when the winds pickup and the fog moved in. We spotted a Greater Scaup and a Lesser Scaup not far from shore. Ten Long-tailed Ducks were just offshore at the point. The White-winged Scoters were the most numerous of the Scoters although we did see Surf Scoter and Black Scoters on the water. A flock of Dunlin flew by offshore.

Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-six species of birds:
Canada goose, Mute Swan, Trumpeter Swan American Wigeon, Mallard. Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye,
Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Black Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch and House Sparrow.

Monday, January 24:
Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard and Green-winged Teal were seen on the Mud Flats at the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary.

Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Rhinoceros Auklet, Common Murre, Pacific Loons. Common Loons, Red-throated Loons and Common Loons, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe, Black Turnstone, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant and Pelagic Cormorant, were spotted on the Strait of Georgia from Madonna Point.

Common Murre, Marbled Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Common Merganser , Red-breasted Merganser, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet, Pacific Loons were seen on the Strait of Georgia from the Point at Beachcomber.

Sunday January 23:
A Cooper’s Hawk was seen on backyard lawn in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.

Saturday January 15:
A pair of Evening Grosbeaks are visiting feeders in the 2500 block of Glenayr Crescent in Nanaimo.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a bird please
call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ 250-390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
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Nanoose Field Naturalists Meeting.
Thursday, February 10th, 7 pm in the Library on Northwest Bay Road.
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Arrowsmith Naturalists meeting
Monday February 28, 7.30 pm at Springwood School in Parksville.
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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. 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 February 01, 2011 will be going to Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side. We will meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park, at the parking area in front of the Lions Playground at 9 A.M. or at corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9: 10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk, February 06, 2011 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. We will meet at the Backyard Store at 9:00A.M. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 A.M.
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD
Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.36621
250.390.1633 fax
thebackyard@shaw.ca
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG---> www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

“LINKS”

Post your sightings on this site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birding in Central and South America:
www.wildbirdtours.ca


Identify backyard birds:
National Geographic Bird Identifier Site
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/backyard-bird-identifier/

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching
with: http://www.birdingpal.org/

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