Sunday, 24 March 2013

Nanaimo bird report, March 24, 2013

 
Brandt's Cormorant: 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, March 24, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy and there was a strong cold wind coming off the Strait of Georgia.  We saw several Double-crested Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants and Brandt’s Cormorants in breeding plumage--- spring is getting closer!   A flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers kept us entertained as they sang and fed on the bushes close to us.  We also spotted a flock of Red Crossbills, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets all feeding in the same area.
Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada Geese, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant, Bufflehead, Surf Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Horned Grebe, Black Turnstones, Black Oystercatcher, Bald Eagle, Mew Gulls, Thayer's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Common Murre, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, European Starling, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Anna’s Hummingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler ,Red-breasted Nuthatch, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bushtit, Pacific Wren, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Red-winged Blackbird and Red Crossbill.

Saturday, March 23:
A pair of American Goldfinch were visiting feeders in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.
A very large flock of possibly one thousand Brant were seen at Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville

Thursday, March 21:
“Rare Bird Alert- Citrine Wagtail” The Citrine Wagtail was seen once again in Courtenay on March 21.
Apparently the land is now being actively farmed and there is no longer any access to the original site/farm lane.

Tuesday, March 19:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a strong biting cold wind off the Strait of Georgia. Thousands of singing Brant were just offshore at the main beach. Hundreds of Mew Gulls, a number of California Gulls, many Thayer's Gulls, three Herring Gulls and several Glaucous-winged Gulls were along the shoreline. Thousands upon thousands of Surf Scoters, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks formed a huge raft further offshore. We spotted one lone Pigeon Guillemot swimming by itself along the Strait. We had good views of a Brown Creeper climbing a tree, with Golden-crowned Kinglets feeding above the Creeper.  A Pacific Wren sang in the forest and gave us good long views.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Geese, Brant, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon,Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Mew Gull, California Gull,Thayer's Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot,Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Anna’s Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bewick’s Wren,
Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.
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Monday, March 25:
Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7.30pm at Knox United Church in Parksville.  Speaker Richard Varela: "Horne Lake Caves and Caves on Vancouver Island"  All welcome. More info 250-752-7588

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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 March 26, 2013 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
We will meet at Parksville Bay at the Lion's Playground parking area in Parksville 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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There will be no Sunday Bird Walk on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.  Happy Easter!
The Sunday Bird Walk on April 07, 2013, will be going to Buttertubs in Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs off Bowen Road in Nanaimo at about 9:20 A.M.
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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

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