Sunday, 30 November 2014

Naniamo bird report, November 30, 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 30, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay.  The morning was sunny and cool but the winds were calm.  A Gadwall and a Northern Shoveller were seen in with a flock of American Widgeon near the shore.  Killdeer and Dunlin were in the same area of the estuary. A Red-tailed Hawk and a Northern Shrike were in the tall snag at different times giving us good views.  Large numbers of Green-wing Teal, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, White-wing Scoters and Bufflehead were on the calm Strait of Georgia.

Gadwall: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Seven birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Widgeon
Gadwall
Northern Shoveller
Green-wing Teal
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Dunlin
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Berwick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco 

Hooded Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Thursday November 27:
A flock of Pine Siskins were seen at Laguna Way and Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo.

Other reports of Pine Siskins were seen in the Westwood area of Nanaimo. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014: 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. It was raining all morning, but the winds were calm and the waters of the Strait of Georgia were calm.
A large number of Harlequin Ducks were seen just offshore.  A flock of sixteen Long-tailed Ducks were further offshore.  Pacific Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes and Common Goldeneye were seen on the Strait throughout the morning.  A Red-necked Phalarope and two Rhinoceros Auklet were spotted offshore.
Horned Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
American Widgeon
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Phalarope
Rhinoceros Auklet
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Ring-bill Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Red-necked Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Over fifty Cedar Waxwings were seen feeding on Arbutus Berries at the top of Rock City Road near the end of Point Place Edgemont Condos in Nanaimo. 

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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 December 02, 2014 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park about 9:15 a.m.
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The Sunday bird walk on December 07, 2014 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Road at about 9:20 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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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

 

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