Sunday, 22 September 2013

Nanaimo bird report, September 22, 2013


NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
” EXPLORE NATURE-GO BIRDING”

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, September 22, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning started out with light rain but  it soon turned to heavy and the walk ended early.  The big highlight of the morning was the sighting of a flock of eleven Black Swifts at the end of the walk, flying overhead in the rain.

Seven birders saw and heard the following twenty-two species:

Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Common Mergansers, Common Loons, a Pacific Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Pelagic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black Swifts, Northwestern Crow, Song Sparrow and House Sparrow.

 


California Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

 

Tuesday, September 17:

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach.
It was a beautiful fall morning with very little breeze.  We spotted several Black Swifts flying overhead near the parking area.  There were also several Great Blue Herons all along our beach walk this morning. 
18 birders saw and heard the following 39 species:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Green-winged Teal, Common Loon, Marbled Murrelet, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black Turnstone, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Western Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Black Swift, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Cedar Waxwing, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, Eurasian-collared Dove, Rock Pigeon and Anna's Hummingbird. 

 

 

Black Oystercatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Sunday, September 15:

A Cassin’s Auklet, Lincoln’s Sparrows and American Pipits were seen at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.  

Wednesday, September 11:

A Red-breasted Sapsucker was spotted at Colliery Dam Park. 

Sunday, September 08:
A Black-backed Woodpecker was seen and heard on Cortes Island.

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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 September 24 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at Parksville Community Park at the Lions Playground parking lot at 9:00 am or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of Highway 19A. at about 9:10 am.

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The Sunday Bird Walk on September 29 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the store at 9:00 am or at the end of Raines Road off Cedar Road at about 9:30 am.
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For anyone interested, we have a trip list and a lot of photos on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WildResearch/171922462820335 ***********************************************************************

British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/https://www.facebook.com/pages/WildResearch/171922462820335
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WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/

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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
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

 

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