Monday, 1 April 2013

Nanaimo bird report, April 01, 2013

                              Orange-crowned Warbler: 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 31, 2013:
Two Great Horned Owls were calling and a Northern Saw-whet Owl was calling a mate at Morell Circle in Nanaimo.

Male Rufous Hummingbirds have been reported from Hammond Bay Road, Dawkins Lane, Nanaimo, Cinnabar Valley, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and River’s Edge, Nanoose Bay.  Spring is here for sure!

Seventy Bald Eagles. along with a huge flock of gulls, were seen at Deep Bay.

Rufous Hummingbirds, Orange-crowned Warblers, a Red-breasted Sapsucker and a Hutton's Vireo were seen along the power lines at Harewood Mines Road in Nanaimo.

Saturday, March 30:
A large number of Savannah Sparrows, a Northern Harrier, five Greater Yellowlegs, a Eurasian Wigeon, a Northern Rough-winged Swallow was among the Tree and Violet-green Swallows and two Western Meadowlarks were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Tuesday, March 26:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds off the Strait of Georgia. Large numbers of Pine Siskins were with us throughout the morning. We saw huge flocks of Red Crossbills in the forest and huge rafts of seabirds on the Strait. A Red-tailed Hawk perched close to the trail giving us great views to finish off a perfect morning of birding. A special thanks to John Purves for leading this morning’s bird walk!
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species.
Canada Geese, Brant, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Harlequin Duck, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Common Murre, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Black Oystercatcher, Eurasian-collared Dove, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Violet-green Swallow, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Pine Siskins and House Finch.

A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported seen in a backyard in the 3400 Block of Harris Crescent at Whisky Creek.

Monday, March 25:
Five Western Grebes were seen on the Strait of Georgia off the breakwater at French Creek.

Three Bonaparte’s Gulls were seen at Qualicum Beach.

Friday, March 22:
Large numbers of Violet-green Swallows were spotted flying over the river at Nanaimo River Regional Park in south Nanaimo.

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Thursday, April 11:
Nanoose Naturalists look forward to a presentation by photographer, Terry Thormin, on Dragonflies of Vancouver Island at our next meeting; 7 pm  at the Nanoose Library Hall on NW Bay Road.  Visitors are welcome.  For more info, call Joe at 250-468-1728.

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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 April 02, 2013 will be going to the Shelly 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 end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of highway 19a, at about 9:10 a.m.
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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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