Sunday, 5 October 2014

Nanaimo bird report, October 05, 2014

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.
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Sunday, October 05, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy but warm. We watched as a Sharp-shinned Hawk circle above us and were fascinated as five Anna’s Hummingbirds came and mobbed the hawk--quite a marvelous sight!   Several Steller’s Jays were very vocal throughout the morning.
                      Steller’s Jay: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Goose, Greater White-fronted Geese, Mallard, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Great Blue Heron,  American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Northern Flicker, Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher,  Anna's Hummingbird, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Steller's Jay, Red-winged Blackbird, American Robin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Marsh Wren, Bewick's Wren, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, House Finch and House Sparrow. 
Friday, October 03:
 Twenty Greater White-fronted Geese were seen in a field on Normarel Drive in upper Lantzville.
Two Black Ducks were spotted at Piper’s lagoon in Nanaimo. 
Thursday, October 02:
A small flock of Sandhill Cranes were seen flying south over Port Alberni.
 
Tuesday, September 30.
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach in French Creek.  The morning was sunny, but with a cool wind off the water. We had our first sighting this fall of some Long-tailed Ducks.  A Red-necked Phalarope and Ancient Murrelet were also spotted. Both Western Grebe and Clark's Grebe were seen not too far off shore. Seven species of gulls were seen at the Pebble Beach end of the walk.
 

Long-tailed Ducks:-  Ralph Hocken Photo.

13 birders, including visitors from Port Coquitlam and Regina saw or heard the following 43 species:
Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Phalarope, American Wigeon, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Heermann's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Ancient Murrelet, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Brown Creeper
and  Anna's Hummingbird.
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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. on 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 October 7, 2014 will be going to the Shelley Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.  Meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at parking lot at the end of Shelley Road at about 9:10 a.m.
 
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The Sunday bird walk on October 12, 2014 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, October 9, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
The speaker will be local naturalist, Bill Merilees who will talk about Middlenach Island. Bill spent a summer on the island 50 years ago as a young naturalist when it was first designated a protected park. Bill was back this past summer and has written about all of the changes he observed there.
Everyone welcome for this talk.
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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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
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