Sunday, 10 March 2013

Nnanaimo bird report, March 10, 2013

                                        Bewick's Wren: 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 10, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning was
cloudy and  cool.  American Robins, Brown Creeper’s, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s and Pacific Wren’s were singing throughout the morning.
Seven birders saw and heard the following twenty species:
Mallard, Glaucous-winged Gull, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Anna's Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Pine Siskin and House Sparrow.  It was a quiet morning!

 Saturday, March 09:
Three tree Swallows were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

A flock of over fifty Evening Grosbeaks were seen at Holden Creek in Cedar.

Friday, March 08:
A Ruddy Duck and Tree Swallows were seen at Somenos Marsh.  A Canvasback was seen at Quammichan Lake and Lesser Scaup, Gadwall and Northern Shoveler  were seen at the Sewage Ponds in Duncan.

Thursday, March 07:
“Rare Bird Alert- Citrine Wagtail”
The Citrine Wagtail was seen once again in Courtenay on March 07.
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 on the left side of dirt road at the furthest row of trees.

Wednesday, March 06:
A Violet-green Swallow was spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

A Rufous Hummingbird was reported visiting a feeder at Sealand and Sunset Road in north Nanaimo.

A Turkey Vulture was seen above McKeon Road in Harewood Plains in Nanaimo.

Tuesday, March 05:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm. We were greeted with thousands upon thousands of gulls, huge numbers of sea lions, seals and fishing boats when we arrived.The Herring spawn has begun!
We spotted a Eurasian Wigeon and one Brant in with the gulls at the gravel bar. Several flocks of Brant flew over the water. Mew Gulls, California Gulls, a Ring-billed Gull, a Herring Gull,a Western Gull, a Glaucous Gull and a large number of Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen throughout the morning.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species:
Brant, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Harlequin Duck,
Northern Pintail, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck,
Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser,
Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe,
Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Northern Shrike, Black-bellied Plover,
Black Turnstone, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher,
Dunlin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Mew Gull, California Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull,
 Western Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous Gull,
Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Eurasian-collared Dove, California Quail,
Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, American Robin, European
Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned
 Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Sparrow.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013.
The Nanoose Naturalists look forward to hearing biologist, Jessica Wolf, speak about
Edible Native Plants at their next meeting:  7 pm on Thursday, March 14th at the
Nanoose Library Hall on NW Bay Road.  Admission free.
 For more info, call Margot at 250-468-9167
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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 12, 2013 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.
We will meet at Parksville Bay at the Lion's Playground parking area in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at the viewing platform near Garrett Road in Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on March 10, 2013, will also be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the at viewing platform near Garrett Road in Qualicum Beach at about 9:30 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

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