Sunday, 25 October 2015

Nanaimo bird report, october 25, 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 25, 2015  
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Three Common Murre flew low over the water heading up the strait. We saw a large number of Varied Thrush in the forest.  The Spotted Sandpiper was spotted in its usual spot on sunset beach. Many Common Mergansers and Red-breasted Mergansers flew over the water heading down the strait.

 

Bufflehead: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following Forty-three species:

Mallard

Bufflehead

  Harlequin Duck

  Surf Scoter

 White-winged Scoter

 Common Mergansers

Red-breasted Merganser

 Red-necked Grebe

 Horned Grebe

  Common Loon

  Pacific Loon

Common Murre

Double-crested Cormorant

  Pelagic Cormorant

  Great Blue Heron

  Spotted Sandpiper

  Black Oystercatcher

  Bald Eagle

  California Gull

  Thayer’s Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

  Downy Woodpecker

 Northern Flicker

  Common Raven

 European Starling

Steller’s Jay

 Anna’s Hummingbird

  Belted Kingfisher

 Pacific Wren

 Bewick's Wren

  Brown Creeper

  Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  American Robin

 Varied Thrush

Spotted Towhee

Fox Sparrow

  Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco 

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin.  

 

Friday, October 23: 
A Red-tailed Hawk, a Northern Shrike, five Western Meadowlarks and two Mourning Doves were seen and photographed in the shrubs past the Oak tree at the Nanaimo river estuary in south Nanaimo.

Three Rock Sandpipers were seen along the ocean side of the breakwater  at Ogden Point in Victoria.   

Thursday, October 22:
 A Swamp Sparrow was seen at Buttertubs west Marsh in
Nanaimo. 

A Snow Goose was seen on the sidewalk near the Qualicum Beach Visitors Center. 

Three Greater White-fronted Geese were seen flying over the Eagle Quest Golf Course in Cassidy. 

Tuesday, October 20:
The Tuesday bird walk, October 20, 2015 went to Deep Bay. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds, making for a lovely morning of birding. Hundreds of Surf Scoters White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were on Deep Bay with the calm seas. Seven Long-tailed Ducks were seen resting on the water behind the scoters. Two Pigeon Guillemots were spotted close to Denman Island.  Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and House Finch were seen in the bushes as we walked along the shoreline.

 

Long-tailed Ducks: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Sixteen birders including two visiting birders from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following fifty-one species:

Trumpeter Swan

Canada Geese

American Widgeon

Mallard

Bufflehead

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Greater Scaup

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Horned Grebe

Western Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Brandt’s Cormorant

Pigeon Guillemot

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Black Oystercatcher

Killdeer

Mew Gull

California Gull

Thayer's Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Eurasian-collared Dove

Rock Pigeon

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Northern Flicker

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
House Sparrow
 
                                                                           
  Surf Scoters: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

 

Monday, October 19:

“RARE BIRD ALERT
·A King Eider and a Red-throated Loon were seen on the Strait of Georgia looking from Madronia Point and looking towards Rathtrevor Park, in Parksville.     

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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 27 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot at the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:05 a.m.        

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The Sunday bird walk on November 01, 2015 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.
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British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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 Rare Birds of Vancouver Island:


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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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