Sunday, 23 November 2014

Nanaimo bird report, November 23, 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, November 23, 2014:
        The Sunday bird walk went to the Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds. The highlights included seeing a Ruddy Turnstone in with a flock of Surfbirds, Black Turnstones, Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers on the rocks just offshore. Two Western Grebes were seen close to shore. A large flock of American Robins and Cedar Waxwing were busy feeding on Arbutus berries near the parking lot.  A Hermit Thrush was seen just off the trail.
 
 
                                                       Cedar Waxwing: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                                             

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Trumpeter Swans
Harlequin Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Bufflehead
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Surfbird
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstones
Ruddy Turnstone
Dunlin
Black-bellied Plovers
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Mew Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Brown Creeper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Cedar Waxwing
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco  

Song Sparrow A Snow Goose was spotted near the Black Bear Pub on Brennan Lake. One Hundred American Coots were seen on Brennan Lake in Nanaimo.   

Friday, November 22:
A Rough-legged Hawk was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. 

Tuesday, November 18:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary.  The morning was cool and overcast, but no wind.  There were 75+ Bald Eagles throughout the walk, with 28 in one spot alone.  There were also 18+ Great Blue Heron in the estuary.  We also had a sighting of a Common Teal in the estuary and 14 Trumpeter Swans at the mouth of the river.  Off shore we spotted a large number of Common Murre as well an Ancient Murrelet and Cassin’s Auklet.  

                                                                         Great Blue Heron: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
15 birders saw and heard the following 51 species:
Canada Geese
Trumpeter Swan
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Common Teal
Long-tailed Duck
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Greater Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Cassin’s Auklet
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
European Starling
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Dark-eyed Junco
Eurasian Collared-Dove
American Goldfinch
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee 

Good birding
Rhonda Fleming

                                                                   Bald Eagles: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

A Gray-crowned Rosy-finch was seen on Sugar Loaf Mountain in Nanaimo.  

Sunday, November 16:
 Two Greater White-fronted Geese, a immature Snow Goose and Brant were seen at Parksville Bay in Parksville. 

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Monday, November 24:
The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7.30 pm at Knox Church in Parksville, to hear Sheena Majowski of the Pacific Biological Station report on Stellar Sea Lions and other marine life.
Everyone welcome. More info 752-7588.

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Sunday, December 14:
The Parksville/Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Sandra Gray at saninerr@shaw.ca

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Friday, December 19  
The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca

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Sunday, December 28
The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca

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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 November 25, 2014 will be going to the Columbia Beach.  Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot off Admiral Tryon Boulevard ( turn right off highway 19a at Columbia Drive and right on Admiral Tryon Boulevard) at about 9:15 a.m.
 
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The Sunday bird walk on November 30, 2014 will be going to Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at the beach off Arlington Road and highway 19 at about 9:15 a.m. 

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British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ 

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WildResearch link---
http://www.wildresearch.ca/

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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/ 

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Visit www.bluedot.ca 
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
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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