Sunday, 1 February 2015

Nanaimo bird report, Febuary 01, 2015


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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Peter and Marion from Australia send their Best Wishes for the New Year to all their birding friends in Canada


Sunday, February 01, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia but we did get a little sunshine near the end of the walk. The highlights included seeing a Northern Shrike perched on a short bush near the estuary. We spotted three Eurasian Widgeons in with a large flock of American Widgeon. There was a large number of Green-wing Teal and Northern Pintail close by the shore. Several Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye was seen further off shore. 

Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twelve birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Green-wing Teal
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
Northern Shrike
Thayer’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow 

The Rough-legged Hawk is still being seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
 
Saturday, January 31:
A Harris'  Sparrow was seen along the hedgerow that is east of the large Oak Tree at the Nanaimo River Estuary.  It was in with a group of  Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows. 

The Rough-legged Hawk is still present, along with two Northern Harriers and at least thirteen Western Meadowlarks at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. 

Friday, January 30:
 Sixty Evening Grosbeaks were seen in a field at the corner of Lowery Road and Hodge Road in French Creek. 

Thursday, January 29:
A Yellow-billed Loon and three Western Grebes were seen on the Strait of Georgia off the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
 
About sixty Pine Siskins were seen at feeders and resting in a plum tree in a garden near Fairview School and the Cat Stream in Nanaimo.
Tuesday, January 27:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding high up in the trees.  Many large flocks of Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons, Common Loons and Common Murre's were seen off shore. Several flocks of Surf Scoters were heading up and down the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of Pine Siskins flew over and landed in a tall tree, giving us great views. A flock of Bushtits joined the Siskins in feeding on the tree.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.. 
 

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo
 
Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Chicago, Red Deer and Edmonton saw and hear the following fifty-three species:
Brant
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Gadwall
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Bufflehead
Long-tailed Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Ancient Murrelet
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian Collared-Dove
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Anna's Hummingbird
  Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin 

Sunday, January 25:

One Sandhill crane and over one hundred Trumpeter Swans were seen off Sahilton Road in Duncan. 

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Tofino-Shorebird –Festival 

18th Annual May 1-3, 2015 


 

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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 February 03, 2015 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 in Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.
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The Sunday bird walk on February 08, 2015 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs off Bowen Road 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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A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia. 

THE SEA AMONG US
THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE

 

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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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