Sunday, 18 October 2015

Nanaimo bird report, October 18, 2015


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 18, 2015  

The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with calm winds and fog.   A Western Grebe, two Pigeon Guillemots, Surf Scoters,  White-winged Scoters and a  Black Scoter were seen resting on the water near the oyster barrels.  A Eurasian Widgeon was spotted in with the American Widgeons.  A shorebird flew in and landed near the grassy shore by the Green-winged Teal and began feeding, giving us lots of time to identify him.  We concluded that it was a Red Knot--a first sighting for the Sunday bird walks.

Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following Fifty-four species:
Canada Geese
  Mallard
  American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
 Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
 Green-winged Teal
  Surf Scoter
  White-winged Scoter
  Black Scoter
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeon Guillemot
  Double-crested Cormorant
  Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
  Great Blue Heron
  Red Knot
Killdeer
 Bald Eagle
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
 Red-Tailed Hawk
Mew Gull
California Gull
  Glaucous-winged Gull
 Belted Kingfisher
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
  American Robin
  European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
  Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
  Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Spotted Towhee
  Purple Finch
 Dark-eyed Junco
 House Finch
Pine Siskin  

Saturday, October 17:
A Cassin’s Finch was spotted feeding in a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville. 

Friday, October 16: 
Twelve Western Meadowlarks were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. 

”RARE BIRD ALERT”
A juvenile King Eider was seen offshore from the main beach at Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville
 

Tuesday, October 13:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with a breeze off the Strait of Georgia.  A flock of twelve Black Scoters, three flocks of Surf Scoters, several White-winged Scoters, numerous Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen on the Strait.  A Red-tailed Hawk, a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Merlin flew overhead, entertaining us during the morning.  One Killdeer, four  Black Turnstones, a Dunlin, two Pectoral Sandpipers and nine Black Oystercatchers were seen feeding close to shore.  A large flock of  Bonaparte's Gulls gathered along the gravel bars not far from shore.

                                                                                   
                                                       Black Scoters: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eleven birders saw and heard the following fifty-six species:
Canada Goose
 American Wigeon
 Mallard
Green-wing Teal
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Western Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Merlin
 Killdeer
 Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Pectoral Sandpiper
Black Oystercatcher
 Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian Collared Dove
 Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
European Starling
California Quail
 American Robin
Varied Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-winged Blackbird
 Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
  Dark-eyed Junco  
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 

 Black Turnstones : Ralph Hocken Photo. 

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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 20, 2015 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Parks at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9: 40 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on October 25, 2015 will be going to Neck Point in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay 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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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.co

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