Monday, 31 December 2012


NANAIMO BIRD REPORT -----” GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”


"Happy New Year"


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.

Monday, December 31, 2012:

 A Cooper’s Hawk came through a yard in the 2500 block of Glenayre eyeing up a bird feeding station.

 

A Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen at a bird feeding station in Coombs.

 

Sunday, December 30, 2012:

 A female Ring-necked Pheasant was spotted in the residential area of Columbia Beach in Parksville.

 

A flock of Red Crossbills was seen clipping Fir cones off the trees at Jack Point.

 


Evening Grosbeak: Photo from Malcolm in Comox

 

Friday, December 28:
A Northern Harrier was spotted flying over the Quality Foods in Qualicum Beach.

 

Two Evening Grosbeaks have joined Varied Thrush, Steller’s Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Red-breasted Nuthatches at a feeder in Deep Bay.

 

A Northern Shrike was seen in the 2500 block of Glenayre and Cosgrove Drives in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.




Monday, December 24:

Twenty-seven Bald Eagles were spotted south of Chemainus on the Chemainus River.

 

A single Western Meadowlark was seen at Pipers Lagoon Park in Nanaimo.

 


Sunday, December 23:

Six Common Loons were spotted in Northwest Bay in Nanoose.

 

A Northern Shrike was spotted in a backyard in Stephenson Point in Departure Bay Nanaimo.

 



Common Loon: Ralph Hocken.


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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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There will be no Tuesday bird walks on December 25 and January 01, 2013, The Tuesday bird walks will resume on January 08,

We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M.

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The Sunday bird walk on January 6 will be at Buttertubs Marsh off Buttertubs Drive in Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m or at the marsh at 9:20a.m.

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The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count took place yesterday, December 30.  We had great participation with nearly 100 field counters and at least 10 backyard feeder count participants. 19 teams covering 20 areas managed a total of 117 species.

 

Highlights of Count Day included Northern-pygmy Owl at Westwood Lake, Mourning Dove and Bonaparte’s Gull on Gabriola Island, Red-throated Loons in north Nanaimo, Townsend’s Solitaire in north Nanaimo and a Townsend’s Warbler on Nanaimo Lakes Road.

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on count day and hope to see you back next year.
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Good birding
Ryan Cathers

 

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


 

 

Monday, 24 December 2012

Top bird on the Island 2012

Citrine Wagtail: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Nanaimo bird report, December 23, 2012

                    Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year"
From the birdstore gang--- Colin, Dennise, Tyler, Lexi, Ralph, Natlie, Ryan, Neil and Marilynne.
 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT -----” GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”

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.

Sunday, December 23, 2012:
 The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with rain showers and windy on the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing flocks of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets. One Western Grebe was on the strait just off shore.
Ten birders saw and heard the following twenty-eight species:
Bufflehead,  Pacific Loon, Common Loon,  Double-crested Cormorant,  Pelagic Cormorant,  Common Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, Western Grebe, Horned Grebe, Common Merganser,  Red-breasted Merganser,  Common Murre, Spotted  Black Oystercatcher,  Bald Eagle,  Thayer’s Gull,  Glaucous-winged Gull,  Northern Flicker,  Northwest Crow,  Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet,  Ruby-crowned Kinglet,  Bewick's Wren,  Pacific Wren,  Anna's Hummingbird,  Spotted Towhee,  Dark-eyed Junco,  Purple Finch, Song Sparrow, Pine Siskin. 

Saturday, December 22:
“Rare bird alert-Little Gull” A Little Gull was seen at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.

Thursday, December 20,
“Rare Bird Alert- Citrine Wagtail”
The Citrine Wagtail is still being seen in Courtenay.
Directions to specific location: From Courtenay, cross the 17th St. Bridge (Courtenay River). Turn right onto Comox Road (Dyke Rd) until the Pumping Station on the right hand side of the road. There is a dirt road across the road with a For Sale sign on the left. Walk up the dirt road towards the steel chain blocking vehicle access. The Wagtail has been observed next to the dirt road, at the furthest brush pile

 Wednesday, December 19:
A Northern Shrike was seen in a backyard at Dover Road and Uplands Drive in north Nanaimo.

Tuesday, December 18:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny and warm in the bright sunshine but a little cool in the forest. There was a huge monster tide of 17.3 feet. Near the parking area we saw at least ten Golden-crowned Sparrows feeding under the fence in the snow. A flock of twenty to thirty Black Turnstones flew in looking for the shoreline, but it was limited because of the high tides. They finally settled on the point to feed. Eight Black-bellied Plovers, two Killdeer and two Black Oystercatchers shared the point with the Turnstones. Four Brant, Surf Scoters and Black Scoters flew over the water heading down the Strait. We spotted four Long-tailed Ducks, two Western Grebe, a raft of Common Mergansers as well as a raft of Red-breasted Mergansers further out from shore.
Three birders enjoyed the morning and saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Brant, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstone, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Glaucous-winged Gull, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, Spotted Towhee, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin.

 
Tuesday, December 17:
Three Greater White-fronted Geese were seen on Departure Bay near the Kin Hut and Departure Bay Road in Nanaimo. 

Thursday January 10, 2013
Nanoose Naturalists begin the New Yew year by sharing nature artifacts, photos and stories from 2012.  Everyone is invited on January 10th at 7:00 P.M.  We meet at Nanoose Library Hall on NW Bay Road.  nanoosenaturalists.org .
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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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There will be no Tuesday bird walks on December 25 and January 01, 2013, The Tuesday bird walks will resume on January 08,

We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M.

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There will be no Sunday Bird Walk on December 30, 2012, The Sunday bird walks will resume on January 06, 2013. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m.

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Christmas Bird Count----Nanaimo, December 30, 2012
Contact: Ryan Cathers at
ryancathers@yahoo.com
or phone 250-714-3947.
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Christmas Bird Count—Duncan, January 1, 2013.
Contact: Derrick Marven at
marven@shaw.ca or phone 250-758-8504
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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

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 18, 2012

Red-breasted Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny and warm in the bright sunshine but a little cool in the forest. There was a huge monster tide of 17.3 feet. Near the parking area we saw at least ten Golden-crowned Sparrows feeding under the fence in the snow. A flock of twenty to thirty Black Turnstones flew in looking for the shoreline, but it was limited because of the high tides. They finally settled on the point to feed. Eight Black-bellied Plovers, two Killdeer and two Black Oystercatchers shared the point with the Turnstones. Four Brant, Surf Scoters and Black Scoters flew over the water heading down the Strait. We spotted four Long-tailed Ducks, two Western Grebe, a raft of Common Mergansers as well as a raft of Red-breasted Mergansers further out from shore.
Three birders enjoyed the morning and saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Brant
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Glaucous-winged Gull
Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

There will not be any bird walks on December 25 or January 01, 2013, The Tuesday bird walks will resume on January 08, 2012.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Neil Robins
Parksville

Nanaimo bird report, Decenber 16, 2012

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT -----” GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”
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.
Sunday, December 16, 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh. The morning was clear but quite cool. The highlights included seeing a flock of twenty Common Redpolls, a large flock of about two hundred Pine Siskins, twenty Varied Thrush and large numbers of American Robins. We were entertained by three Merlin flying about chasing one another, calling the whole time.
Seven birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Mallard, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Barred Owl, Hooded Mergansers, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Blue Heron, Anna's Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Rock Pigeon, Steller’s Jay, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and House Sparrow.
Six Evening Grosbeaks were seen in a yard at French Creek.
Friday, December 14,
“Rare Bird Alert- Citrine Wagtail”
The Citrine Wagtail is still being seen in Courtenay.
Directions to specific location: From Courtenay, cross the 17th St. Bridge (Courtenay River). Turn right onto Comox Road (Dyke Rd) until the Pumping Station on the right hand side of the road. There is a dirt road across the road with a For Sale sign on the left. Walk up the dirt road towards the steel chain blocking vehicle access. The Wagtail has been observed next to the dirt road, at the furthest brush pile.
Northern Harriers, Short-eared Owls and a Northern Shrike were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
Tuesday, December 11:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a few sunny periods and wind off the Strait of Georgia. A male Anna’s hummingbird perched on a snag just off the trail giving us great looks at the colorful Hummer. The resident Northern Harrier put in a quick appearance as it flew over the estuary and disappeared behind some bushes. A Northern Shrike perched in a tall conifer overlooking the estuary. Later the Shrike perched on a short bush just past the viewing platform not twenty feet from us. A flock of Common Murre flew just above the water heading down the Strait of Georgia. A flock of Evening Grosbeaks flew over the trail. We watched a male Downy Woodpecker feeding in a low bush with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding on the bush just below him.
Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-five Species:
Canada Geese, Brant, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead,
Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, California Quail, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Shrike, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre,
Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow,
Common Raven, Eurasian Collared Dove, Anna’s Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Evening Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.
A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen in with a flock of Canada Geese in Maffeo Sutton Park in downtown Nanaimo.
“ Rare Bird Alert-Citrine Wagtail”
A juvenile Gyrfalcon was seen and photographed cruising over the field before the Citrine Wagtail was spotted in Courtenay today by birders from Washington State.
Monday, December 10:
A Snowy Owl was seen in the 5400 block of Kenwill Drive in Nanaimo.
Saturday, December 08:
Forty Trumpeters swans were seen at the Big Qualicum River Estuary.
“Rare Bird Alert--Citrine Wagtail” The Citrine Wagtail was seen in the same location at Courtney by birders from Nanaimo.
Saturday December 01:
A Snowy Owl was spotted beside Hub City Gravel Pit on Nanaimo River Road.
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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 December 18, will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial
Park In Parksville. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking
lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the main parking lot
at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on December 23, 2012 will be going to Neck Point Park in
Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off
Hammond Bay Road at about 9:20 A.M.
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Christmas Bird Count----Nanaimo, December 30, 2012
Contact: Ryan Cathers at ryancathers@yahoo.com
or phone 250-714-3947.
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Christmas Bird Count—Duncan, January 1, 2013.
Contact: Derrick Marven at marven@shaw.ca or phone 250-758-8504
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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

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 11, 2012

               Downy Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a few sunny periods and wind off the Strait of Georgia. A male Anna’s hummingbird perched on a snag just off the trail giving us great looks at the colorful Hummer. The resident Northern Harrier put in a quick appearance as it flew over the estuary and disappeared behind some bushes. A Northern Shrike perched in a tall conifer over looking the estuary. Later the Shrike perched on a short bush just past the viewing platform not twenty feet from us. A flock of Common Murre flew just above the water heading down the Strait of Georgia. A flock of Evening Grosbeaks flew over the trail. We watched a male Downy Woodpecker feeding in a low bush with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding on the bush just below him.
Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-five Species:
Canada Goose
Brant
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
California Quail
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian Collared Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Evening Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

The Tuesday bird walk on December 18, 2012 will go to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The tide will be high--there is a monster tide of 17.3 feet predicted at 9:50 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
British Columbia

Monday, 10 December 2012

Snowy Owl


 
Snowy Owl: Ralph Hocken Photo.

There was a Snowy Owl spotted in the 5400 block of Kenwell Drive in north Nanaimo today.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Nanaimo bird report, December 09, 2012

                                        Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT -----” GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”

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.  

Sunday, December 09, 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was rainy with strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing two Eurasian Wigeon in with American Wigeon.  Four Cackling Geese were spotted in with the Canada Geese. A Peregrine Falcon flew over and landed at the top of a conifer tree giving us great views through the scope.

Seven hardy birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:
Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, American Wigeon, Eurasian Wigeon,
 Green-winged Teal,  Surf Scoter,  White-winged Scoter,  Bufflehead,  Common Goldeneye, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Northern Pintail, Black Oystercatcher,    Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon,  Mew Gull,  Herring Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull,  Glaucous-winged Gull,  Northwestern Crow,   European Starling, Redwing Blackbird, Brewers Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco.

Saturday, December 08,
“Rare Bird Alert- Citrine Wagtail”

The Citrine Wagtail is still being seen in Courtenay.
Directions to specific location: From Courtenay, cross the 17th St. Bridge (Courtenay River). Turn right onto Comox Road (Dyke Rd) until the Pumping Station on the right hand side of the road. There is a dirt road across the road with a For Sale sign on the left. Walk up the dirt road towards the steel chain blocking vehicle access. The Wagtail has been observed next to the dirt road, at the furthest brush pile. 

Friday, December 07:
A Barred Owl was seen along Centennary Drive in Nanaimo. 

A Spotted Sandpiper was seen at Sunset Beach in Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  
 
Thursday, December 06:
Sixty-seven Bald eagles and fourteen Great Blue Herons were seen at Marshall Stephenson Sanctuary off Kinkade Road in Qualicum Beach. 

Over twenty Brown Pelicans are still being seen in the inner harbour in Victoria.

Tuesday, December 04:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but there were occasional clouds and a few light showers. The winds were calm. We spotted a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Community Park in Parksville to start the morning.  As we started the walk a Varied Thrush put in a quick appearance and disappeared into the forest.  We could hear Red Crossbills high in the conifer trees.  There were plenty of immature and adult Bald Eagles perching high in the trees and flying throughout the morning.  A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew overhead near the Englishman River and a Peregrine Falcon was perched high atop a snag near the viewing platform. We watched a male Anna's Hummingbird hawking insects as we ended the walk.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Greater White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter,
White-winged Scoter , Bufflehead , Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser , Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon,
Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant , Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle,
Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Mew Gull,
California Gull , Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird,
Hairy Woodpecker , Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren,
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.
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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 December 11, will be going to the Englishman River
Estuary, Plummer Road side. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the
parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the corner of Plummer
Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on December 16, 2012 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in
Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at Buttertubs Marsh
off Bowen Road at about 9:20 A.M.
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Christmas Bird Count - Lantzville (Nanoose estuary) and Nanoose Bay area –
Friday December 14, 2012
Contact: Rhys Harrison at rhysharrison@shaw.ca
or phone (250) 248-5305
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Christmas Bird Count—Parksville/Qualicum Beach, December 16, 2012.
Contact: Sandra Gray at saninerr@shaw.ca or phone 250-248-5565
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Christmas Bird Count----Nanaimo, December 30, 2012
Contact:  Ryan Cathers at ryancathers@yahoo.com
or phone 250-714-3947.
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Christmas Bird Count—Duncan, January 1,2013.
Contact:  Derrick Marven at marven@shaw.ca or phone 250-758-8504
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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

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Citrine Wagtail seen on December 08.


                                          Citrine Wagtail: Ralph Hocken photo.

The Citrine Wagtail was seen today December 08. It was seen along the trail next to the last bush pile this morning.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Citrine Wagtail




The CITRINE WAGTAIL is still present in the original location today, December 5th. The flooding has subsided.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 04, 2012

 
Anna's Hummingbird: Ralph Hocken Photo:
 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but there were occasional clouds and a few light showers. The winds were calm. We spotted a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Community Park in Parksville to start the morning. As we started the walk a Varied Thrush put in a quick appearance and disappeared into the forest. We could hear Red Crossbills high in the conifer trees. There were plenty of immature and adult Bald Eagles perching high in the trees and flying throughout the morning. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew overhead near the Englishman River and a Peregrine Falcon was perched high a top a snag near the viewing platform. We watched a male Anna's Hummingbird hawking insects as we ended the walk.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Greater White-fronted Geese
Canada Geese
Trumpeter Swan
American Wigeon
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

The Tuesday bird walk on December 11, 2012 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
 
Red Crossbill: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
British Columbia